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Seduced by the Gladiator (Avon Red) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Hawkeye
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Lauren Hawkeye’s Seduced by the Gladiator is a sexy romp through the arenas of Ancient Rome.

Lilia, in the unparalleled role of female gladiator, has worked hard for her position and reputation. When she meets Christus, a fellow warrior in her ludus, their instant, undeniable attraction puts both of them in jeopardy. They must keep their affair secret from their fellow gladiators, and fight for the champions of Rome.

Racy and compelling, Seduced by the Gladiator, a fast-paced and smart historical romance, with powerful characters and an adventure-packed storyline that’s wickedly sexy, fast-paced, and full of hot romance.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062252054
  • Publisher: Avon Red; Reprint edition (29 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092QKZ58
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Seduced By The Gladiator 29 Jan 2013
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
If you stumbled upon this book thinking it was your average historical romance then you would be very, very shocked when you found out what was inside. This is what happened to me, I was intrigued by the idea of a gladiator romance, in my mind I saw Russell Crowe sweeping me off my feet and feeding me grapes off the vine. What I forgot (which is terrible considering I was thinking about Russell Crowe) was that the Romans were well known for their rather open and scandalous sexual appetites.

Seduced by the Gladiator is full of debauchery of all different and varies tastes. To say my eyes have been opened would be an understatement. Now, I am no trembling virgin, my tastes are by no means `vanilla' but there were times when this was a little too much for me. A vast majority of the content is consensual but some is mixed with a trace of menacing violence that I did not like. I was also unsure of how far the author would take things and I was a little nervous about what might come next.

Strangely enough it was not the sex (although there was so much that I did start skimming) that made me give this book a low rating. In the end, the problem I had with this was the main character Lilia, I really disliked her. I hated that everyone loved/wants/desired her and that she was so awake if it. She is arrogant and I struggled with her personality. It was a shame because Christus is the opposite; I liked her and thought he could do better.

Seduced by the Gladiator is not for everyone and it is at times extreme with its content, it was interesting enough and I read the whole thing but really it wasn't for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Emotional and Raw (Not for Everyone!) 7 Feb 2013
By The_Book_Queen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted on TBQ's Book Palace

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I loved this book! It wasn't a typical historical, but I've come to expect this from Lauren Hawkeye. Instead of visiting the balls of the London ton, I was taken back to the times of the gladiators, and I loved every shocking, raw moment of it!

Lilia was a wonderful heroine, very strong, but not so strong that she can't learn to lean on someone else when need be. I found her story very interesting, I guess I never thought about a woman as a gladiator. In fact, as this is written from the 1st person, I was a bit taken back when, around 4 or 5 pages in, I realized that this mighty gladiator was, in fact, a woman. Entirely my fault for not reading the summary first. ;) Oh well, it may have surprised me, but in a good way.

Christus..ah, what a wonderful hero. So dangerous. So tortured. Such a strong man, forced into slavery and treated like a caged lion, brought out to fight, to stare at, but not worthy of anything. I almost cried when he told Lilia about his past. He so deserved a HEA, Lilia as well, and I was happy to see them reach it.

"Have you thought that, by letting someone in, you will be stronger than you are alone."

~Christus

I can't tell you how much I loved this quote. Not only did it fit so beautifully, as Lilia was so hesitant to let someone in, thinking that the only way she could stay strong was by keeping that wall up. But this quote...it really hit home with me, perhaps due to some personal issues I've had lately. Regardless, I thought this simple quote, while perhaps not the sexiest one in the book, was the perfect one to describe Seduced by the Gladiator. And when he then tells her a few paragraphs later that she needs to accept that she's no longer alone, she's his...I melted!

4.5 STARS! Emotionally gripping, physically demanding, Seduced by the Gladiator is a perfect read! But be warned--it is not for the faint of heart. It's gritty, raw and rough, sticking to the real Rome of the past. If you prefer your historicals to be more tepid, look somewhere else, because this one is not for you. But if you want to try something new and exotic, this is the author to keep your eye on. Two gladiator books so far and I'm hooked, fascinated by the love stories she weaves during such a hard, but shockingly intriguing era! For a wickedly sexy and wonderfully intense story, be sure to pick this one up! Fair warning though: read this one at home... I wanted to finish reading it so bad, I took it with me. Let's just say that as steamy as this is, I could not stop myself from blushing, wondering if the people sitting next to me where reading over my shoulder...If so, they sure got an eyeful! :)

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For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Edgy, Sexy, Story! 29 Jan 2013
By Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received Seduced by the Gladiator for review from the publisher. It's not a book I would normally pick up because I find the gritty, harsh world of the Gladiators to be, well... gritty and harsh. In fact, that whole time period is so barbaric that sometimes I can't bring myself to believe it was real. I don't want to believe it. How can anything good exist for anyone other than the most elite of society? So I began this book with much trepidation, but by the end, I was pulled into the world, invested in our hero and heroine, and wanting to see them be together, even if that meant in death.

This was a pretty tough story to read, at times. The way slaves were treated, how humans had to fight one another to survive, just for the pleasure, the entertainment of the upper classes. Even now I'm shaking my head and the thought of it. If I didn't know this was all true, I would think the author had a pretty twisted imagination!

But I digress.

I won't recap the synopsis, but Seduced by the Gladiator gives us a glimpse into what life was like for slaves, Gladiators, merchants, rulers... the day to day kind of living, whether filthy and impoverished or extravagant. It's a well written story, told in the first person from Lilia's point of view. There was quite a bit happening right from the start, but the pace was slow due to the necessary world building and plot layout. It was all very interesting and the further along the story went, the more invested I became.

Lilia is a strong woman. Of course, she has to be. She's the only female Gladiator and that makes her an icon for some, and a target for others. I had a hard time connecting with her at first because she's so determined. So strong. So independent. But the more I read, the more I came to realize that in her world, to be otherwise would mean death. At this point, I not only came to care about her, but to respect her.

Christus is definitely a swoonworthy, tormented hero. He had had a good life, a wife and a child, and it had all been brutally taken away when they were slain by a neighbor who wanted Christus's land. One thing leads to another and Christus is sold into slavery, and then, like Lilia, sold to this ludus to be trained as a Gladiator. Once he sees Lilia, the petite but fierce warrior, you can imagine how protective he became. Unfortunately, that wasn't always a good thing, and led to more than a few problems between them.

As I said, the story started on the slow side, but once it picked up, it did so with a vengeance. The fight scenes were exciting and, when I allowed myself to think about why they were there, also heartbreaking.

And heads up! There's a lot of sex in this book, and I do mean a lot. The most explicit of it takes place between Christus and Lilia, but there are also scenes with anal sex, an orgy and even some spanking.

If you're a fan of the movie Gladiator, or the STARZ original series, Spartacus, you'll want to check this out. It's gritty, brutal, barbaric...and it's honest. It's also a very, very sexy story, and I might even go so far as to say it's an erotic novel. The ending is sweet, the happily ever after is well deserved - and no, they don't have to die to get it. When I'm in the mood for something given to the darker side of humanity, I'll definitely be looking for more from this era by this author.

You might have noticed that I capitalized the word Gladiator throughout my review. I did so out of respect for those real men and women who had no choice but to fight or die.

My thanks to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Dark, and Enjoyable 15 Feb 2013
By Among The Muses/Novel Reflections - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Lauren Hawkeye captures the essence of the dark, dangerous, gritty, and politically incorrect world of the Ancient Roman time period with a story as seen through the eyes of the heroine, Lilia. Written in 1st person point-of-view, the reader is experiences the ups, but mostly downs, of what life entails for this sole female gladiator in a world dominated and owned by men. As a slave, Lilia's life is but strings to her puppet master, the ludus that houses the prized gladiator of Rome. As a skilled warrior, Lilia is given a little more appreciation than most, but as a woman, Lilia experiences the tragedies of rape and debasement during a time period where woman are little more than a commodity.

Always present with a hardened exterior, in-check emotions, and keen attention to her surroundings, Lilia's life is shifted off balance when the dominus brings in a new gladiator warrior, that is both her newest rival and newest fear and weakness. The strongest fight of Lilia's life has officially begun as she attempts to rebuff and rebuke her dangerously fast growing attraction to this alpha warrior. It is Christus who offers her hope, a cleansing of sorts, because of his unwavering and powerful love for her.

The magnetic chemistry between the two protagonists is very strong, and the smexin' scenes are nothing short of scorching hot! This is a love story filled with tragedy, yet at the same time filled with perseverance, determination, grit, and a lot of erotic romance.

I applaud the author for making the love of the story be the light in the darkness, as well as allowing the characters to feel, recognize, and admit their love and attraction of one another without too much conflict and beating around the bush. Sure, they must fight (literally) to hold onto that love, and their lives, but it only enhances the love story.

Being that the story is told through the eyes of Lilia, you are able to truly understand her conflict with allowing herself to feel like a woman - and to be loved like a woman should, by an alpha man who deeply loves her and cares for her.

Antagonists are abound in this story, whether literally or metaphorically in regards the time period and setting, especially when it comes to the place of woman in history. Lauren Hawkeye weaves a solid conflict based plot that is lightened in the moments of darkness between the hero and heroines love.

My only qualm with the story are that I'm greedy and I really did want to "hear" more from Christus. Despite the author doing a great job at showing and not telling, this alpha hero captured me without his inner musings.

With the time period and setting as the main backdrop and catalyst for the conflict, Seduced by the Gladiator captivates the fictional telling of what life was like through the eyes of the sole (and prized) woman gladiator in Ancient Rome. The sexual magnetism between the hero and heroine is palpable, the struggles are brutal and the reality is often dark, so readers who appreciate a great, dark erotic historical romance will enjoy Seduced by Gladiator. And while the plot is rife with dark conflict, love between two strong warriors, willing to risk life and death to hold onto something so rare and precious during this time, become the beacon of light in a dark setting.

Despite my enormous issues with authors penning romance stories in the 1st POV, I have to admit, Lauren Hawkeye pulled this off fabulously. She truly demonstrated that showing and not telling in writing can make a 1st person POV romance work. This was my first reading experience with this author and it will not be my last. I've already added more stories from this author to my line up!

Only bewares to mention: Lauren really does do a great job at capturing the gladiator `world,' so if you have issues with violence and the objectivity of woman, including the alluding to of rape, then you may not enjoy the storyline.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 25 April 2013
By Acal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book, just like the first book in the series this one was full of tension and sexual passion. The undercurrent of danger ramped up the tension, Lauren really captured the essence of Roman times, which truly were barbaric. You can really feel their bond getting tighter through the book. The only disappointment about this book is that it wasn't longer, I had hoped too see Lilia training a sparring session with Christus before they got together for the first time would have really amped up the tension further before we dove right into it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seduced By The Gladiator by Lauren Hawkeye 4 Feb 2013
By Tori SmexyBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Favorite Quote: "You are always safe by my side, my lady."

Lilia is a novelty. She is a female gladiator and her skill and prowess has made her one of the most feared woman in Rome. When a former champion is sold to her ludris, she fears not only for her status...but also her heart.

Christus's owner has died and he is sold to a new ludris. When he first meets Lilia, he defends her honor, not knowing his interest will only make her life harder. Lilia fascinates him and brings forth his long buried protective and sexual interests. In his pursuit of Lilia, they capture the attention of a very important and dangerous man. A man who will do anything to process possess Lilia, even if it destroys them all.

Lilia and Christus find themselves forced to participate in a to the death match between all the strongest gladiators in Rome. Only one gladiator can walk out of the arena alive. They will have to use all their skills if they want win their freedom to live and love.

Seduced by the Gladiator is a dark historical erotic romance. Fast pacing with engaging characters and a seductive action packed storyline makes this short 100 page novella fly by. It takes place after the events in My Wicked Gladiators. It is not necessary to read My Wicked Gladiators to enjoy or understand this story, but there are some characters that bleed over.

Lilia and Christus are both damaged individuals. Lilia was sold as a young girl to a slaver by her father and has never known any other life. Christus was a freeman until a jealous man took it all from him and forced him into slavery. Hawkeye does a good job of painting us a desolate and somewhat heartbreaking picture of what life was like for those caught under the crush of Roman rule. Slaves had no rights and were often used with cruel apathy both physically and sexually. Gladiators only had it a little better because they were considered a valuable commodity.

Character definition is crisp and clear. For all of Lilia's problems, she doesn't give up. I enjoyed watching her skirt the edges of propriety with her owner and other's who could kill her on a whim. Her inner dialogue goes far in explaining her thoughts, opinions, and actions. We don't hear much from Christus's POV as this is told from Lilia's POV I would have liked to have seen what it was about her that made him risk everything now. I have my own opinions but they were neither confirmed nor denied in the story. I enjoyed that we see the main protagonists from My Wicked Gladiators and what happened to them.

The chemistry between Lilia and Christus is extremely hot and well written though a little emotionally bereft. Graphic scenes leave nothing to the imagination yet they aren't gratuitous. This star crossed couple burns up the pages with each stolen encounter. My only contention was that I never quite bought into the love aspect. I'm not big on instant love and the author failed to adequately explain what catapulted their attraction to love, for me. Lilia especially all her sexual experiences, until Christus, had been forced. The only reason I can come up with is the seriousness and utter despair of their situation. They could die at anytime, be in the arena or at the whim of their owner. I think that facilitated the speed in which the relationship went from sexual to emotional. I think if we had heard some of Christus's thoughts about Lilia, maybe I would have felt it more.

The plot was well defined in the steps that lead up to the famed games, but the actual games were only touched upon as all energies were expanded on Lilia and Christus. I would have enjoyed actually seeing Lilia in action. The ending is a climatic affair as we learn exactly why the games were held and the reasons for certain scenes that took place early. All in all a pleasing historical erotic with some steamy, hot gladiator loving. I do feel certain storylines could have fleshed out better, but enjoyable all the same.
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