Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: The Gladiator's Master

Reviewed by Jen
Holy. Crap.  This book is hot.  As in, I need a cold shower RIGHT NOW hot.  It's like Spartacus (the Starz version), but with gay sex. Hot gay sex.  Let me start from the beginning.

Caelius is a Roman who inherits his uncle Craxus' lutus upon the man's death.  Caelius isn't a man who enjoys blood-sport, but he recognizes the importance the lutus can play in raising his political power.  So he decides to restore it to greatness.

Craxus was a self-absorbed man who cared nothing for his slaves or his gladiators... so when Caelius arrives, the men are in terrible condition. All but one man -- Gaidres.  Caelius is instantly attracted to the gladiator, but would never force himself on a man who doesn't share his interest.  He begins seeking counsel from Gaidres as he restores the house; he takes his advice on the men and they begin to spend more time together.  Eventually, Caelius asks Gaidres if he would be interested in an affair.  Gaidres is no man to be dominated but that isn't what Caelius is after.  He wants to be beneath the strong gladiator.  Gaidres agrees. 

The two men are on fire in bed... and against the wall... and on the floor... and in the baths.  But the growing passion between them is difficult for Gaidres to accept. He hates Romans. He was forced into slavery and wants to snuff all anyone who shares a blood tie with Craxus.  The sex is realllly good though, so he keeps coming back for more.

Somehow, though, the affair begins to become something more.  And real feelings develop between the men.  Can Gaidres move past his anger and his regrets to let Caelius in? 

I enjoyed this book a lot.  You may have picked up on the fact that is was highly sexy, but it had a real story too.  The characters were empathetic and fleshed out; there was action and emotion.  It was everything you'd hope for in a m/m gladiator book (<--I don't get to say that every day.)  If it sounds like your cup of tea, I'd definitely recommend it.  Yum.  4 1/2 stars.

*ARC Provided by NetGalley

The Gladiator's Master
by Fae Sutherland and Marguerite Labbe
Release Date: September 19, 2011 
Publisher: Carina Press

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At Monday, August 22, 2011 at 8:58:00 AM CDT , Blogger Mandi said...

zomg...I need this book. Off to NetGalley.....

Great review!

At Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:27:00 AM CDT , Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome review. I must get this. Thanks a gazillion for sharing!

At Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:31:00 AM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I hope you both enjoy it as much as I did!

At Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:32:00 AM CDT , Anonymous Dani K said...

Great review, You got me with "It's like Spartacus (the Starz version), but with gay sex. Hot gay sex."
Love the show and m/m books... =)

At Monday, August 22, 2011 at 8:28:00 PM CDT , Blogger Inez Kelley said...

I adore this book! I BETA read it before submission and OMG hawtness. And the story line is solid, the characters real, the history detailed but not overwhelming.

At Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:35:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

It really was awesome. I've been pimping it out on Twitter and Goodreads for the past two days!

At Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 9:57:00 AM CDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this book, it sounds so great and these authors always tell an amazing story!


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