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My Wicked Gladiators by [Hawkeye, Lauren]
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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye is a writer, theatre enthusiast, knitting aficionado, and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. She's published several novels and novellas with Harlequin and, under the name Lauren Jameson, with New American Library.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Red (15 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OWRB7W
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Alba has led a fairly happy and luxurious life in ancient Rome with her husband Lucious, but things are about to take a turn. After years of being unable to conceive, the couple has grown apart. Not only this, but she discovers her husband isn't the good man she thought he was. Lucious is unable to give her the children she wants, and as it turns out, he suddenly needs her to get pregnant in order to satisfy a potential patron. A patron who could help them to keep running the expensive Gladiator School that funds their fine lifestyle. The only answer is for Alba to sleep with a gladiator of her husband's choosing who can help her conceive and she isn't given a choice in the matter. Unfortunately, she has already had her eye on one in particular due to the lonliness she had been feeling and now she desires no other. How can she be married to one man, sleep with another on her husband's orders, and pine for the one she wants the most?

From the start I was drawn into the setting. What's not to like about a woman who has the attention of not one but two gladiators in ancient Rome? If only there were more books written in this setting. Despite it being more along the lines of erotica than romance, it does have a love story and a plot. Neither were as deep as you might find in some novels, but there was enough that it wasn't all lust-filled scenes. Readers will get a taste of the culture, history and lifestyles from this period, along with some of the politics and violence. It should be noted that those who are more bashful and conservative should stay away. There are m/m, m/f, m/f/m, and a brief f/f scene, along with some exhibition. I thought it was very well done, but we all have our own reading preferences to consider.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman Raunch Fest 28 May 2012
By The Raunch Dilettante - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
From the first few pages this books screamed "SPARTACUS!!!!!" to me. I'm not talking Kirk Douglas in a 1960's loin cloth. I'm talking the mcRaunch fest that is Starz Network's Spartacus, the show that started out being campy and laughingly awful and somehow evolved into a gory and pornographic masterpiece. RIP Andy Whitfield. Though Spartacus himself doesn't make an appearance, his activities in overthrowing his Dominus is mentioned and plays a part in Ms. Hawkeye's book.

Alba is the wife of an upper class Roman Dominus, Lucius. When Lucius is presented with a business opportunity he can't refuse, he approaches Alba with an arrangement to help make it happen. She has to get pregnant. Lucius is sterile, so he tells her that he will pick one of his gladiators to do the deed. She's horrified. At first. You see, Alba has had a thing for their star gladiator, Marcus. When he returns her interest in the minimal way he can, she begins to obsess. She has no idea who her husband has chosen, as he comes to her wearing a mask. When her relationship with her husband begins to thaw (and really it had been for awhile), Alba fantasizes about a life with her gladiator, or at this point gladiators, plural. She's figured out her stud-for-hire is either Marcus or their second best, Caius. When Alba realizes that Marcus & Caius are actually an item, she's confused and fascinated. When word of a gladiator revolt reaches her estate, her husband forces her to their sea side home, and sends both Marcus and Caius with her for protection. I'm sure you can imagine where this is going.

To anyone that isn't familiar with Spartacus, the blatant sexuality and gore of My Wicked Gladiators would have shocked you at first. The rest of us would have just shrugged and continued on, popcorn in hand. This is a super raunchy book. If you're looking for vanilla, go elsewhere. This is some serious Rocky Road crazytrain. The only thing lacking here was BDSM, and given time it probably would have gone there eventually.

I enjoyed this book the way one enjoys a super sweet dessert wine - sparingly and slowly. Ms. Hawkeye takes the time to use the correct latin names for just about everything, and the historical aspect is a lot of fun. The raunch aspect can be a bit overwhelming if you let it, which is why I had to wade through slowly. The only thing that didn't really work as well for me was the first person narrative. The story is told from Alba's perspective, and though it works, I feel like we could've perhaps gotten more out of a a third person narrator.

If you're looking for a guilty pleasure read that will sweep you to another time, this is the one for you.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gladiator Delicious! 17 Jun. 2012
By Ronda Tutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Gladiator Delicious!

Holy Smokes Batman! LOL I thought the book cover was hot, (MAN!) that was until I read the story - I mean forget about being just hot, no, I'm talking body quivering with shattering orgasm hot. The story captivated me with the culture of the Roman times between the classes of slavery and how they gained their freedom through fighting which I loved the snippets of action in the book but also how women were treated during this time like they were possessions and in truth you could actually say they were almost slaves themselves in a way since they belong to their husbands and basically had no rights.

The female character Alba" "won my heart over as her eyes opened up to what a cruel and deceitful man her husband "Lucius" really was. She finally woke up to find out what true love really was and I was rooting her on as she found love and pleasure in the arms of the two gladiators Marcus and Caius. I also admired her because of the way she treated all slaves in general with respect and the fact that she finally found the courage to stand up to her husband Lucius and beat him at his own game by turning the tables on him in the end.

What is great about great stories like this is that there is always the evil villians and the heroic hero's who save the day and in this case I have to say that I literally felt like jumping in the story to help kick some serious assss. I didnt know I could actually hate someone so much as I did Lucius right hand slave Justinus - I mean the guy was a sneaky snake who would sell his own mother to get ahead. Another person I hated was the high society rich bitccchhh Hilaria who was a major sluttt and would probably screw her dog in public if given the chance.

However, the best part of this story was the two wonderful charming gladiators Marcus and Caius. Yes they were lovers before Alba and boy was it hot to read about the passion between them but when Alba was added to the equation the whole book ignited into a scorching torch of pleasure as both men worshiped her body so get ready for some one on one, some anaall action, some suuckn', blowin', Light BDSM, and my favorite 69 position while be hammered from behind.

I am truly a new and big fan of this author and look forward to reading more of her works. With that said if you are looking for a hot menage than I highly recommend this awesome book.

Lastly I would like to give a big thanks to my friend Jodie at Riverina Romantics for having this on her site and turning me on to this great read, those girls there read some great hot romances.

Excellent Read!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate story with an amazing setting 8 Jun. 2012
By Mistress of The Dark Path - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Alba has led a fairly happy and luxurious life in ancient Rome with her husband Lucious, but things are about to take a turn. After years of being unable to conceive, the couple has grown apart. Not only this, but she discovers her husband isn't the good man she thought he was. Lucious is unable to give her the children she wants, and as it turns out, he suddenly needs her to get pregnant in order to satisfy a potential patron. A patron who could help them to keep running the expensive Gladiator School that funds their fine lifestyle. The only answer is for Alba to sleep with a gladiator of her husband's choosing who can help her conceive and she isn't given a choice in the matter. Unfortunately, she has already had her eye on one in particular due to the lonliness she had been feeling and now she desires no other. How can she be married to one man, sleep with another on her husband's orders, and pine for the one she wants the most?

From the start I was drawn into the setting. What's not to like about a woman who has the attention of not one but two gladiators in ancient Rome? If only there were more books written in this setting. Despite it being more along the lines of erotica than romance, it does have a love story and a plot. Neither were as deep as you might find in some novels, but there was enough that it wasn't all lust-filled scenes. Readers will get a taste of the culture, history and lifestyles from this period, along with some of the politics and violence. It should be noted that those who are more bashful and conservative should stay away. There are m/m, m/f, m/f/m, and a brief f/f scene, along with some exhibition. I thought it was very well done, but we all have our own reading preferences to consider.

I must admit the author kept me guessing the whole time on how things were going to work out with the gladiators. It seemed like a hopeless situation, yet I had to believe it would end on a happy note. There were some exciting moments, along with pain-filled ones, but it all added depth and built momentum for what would eventually occur. There were even a few surprising twists. Every character had at least some developement, and I felt it was enough for the genre it was written. Alba even spent a considerable amount of time contemplating the plight of slaves and the treatment they received by those who controlled them. She was freeborn herself, but didn't like the concept of any one person being better than others. It explained a lot of her actions as the book progressed.

All I can say is if you're looking for an erotica novel with more depth than most and an exciting setting that is sadly underused, this may be the one for you. My Wicked Gladiators has the excitement of ancient Rome, the passion of impossible love, and the suspense to keep you turning the pages. I enjoyed every minute of it and wish I could find more like it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hottest Book I've Ever Read! 3 Jun. 2012
By Andrea T - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'll get straight to the verdict. I loved MY WICKED GLADIATORS. I almost can't wrap my mind around everything that happened. So I thought the best way to review the book would be to break it down into two parts, the story and the steam.

The plot of the story was great. I used to love historical romance and have read several that took place during the days of the gladiators. The main character, Alba, is the oppressed wife of Lucius. Lucius owns a ludus, a gladiator facility. So of course, if your husband is an world-class asshat who'd rather get it on with the slaves than you AND you have hunky gladiators to lust over, what are you going to do? You're going to find the biggest badass gladiator around and tell him in no uncertain terms to service you, right? And that is exactly what our lovely Alba does. And apparently, once you go gladiator, you don't go...I can't think of a rhyme for that. But anyway, once Alba experiences a taste (heh) of Marcus, she's done for.

But...Alba's husband needs an heir to secure a business deal and he's shooting blanks. So, he does what any smart man does and forces his wife to "mate" with the ridiculously hot gladiators. What a dummy. And so, she is introduced to Caius. Now, Caius and Marcus are physically very similar. So much so that she is unable to determine which of the two she is breeding with (because he's wearing a mask). Alba who is still having illicit relations with Marcus, has no idea who will be the father of her child if she does become pregnant, but as long as it's Marcus or Caius and not her sleaze of a husband, she's cool with that.

Here's where things get kinky(er): Marcus and Caius are having "relations" with EACH OTHER. This is the norm in Rome, sexuality is very fluid. Alba's very concerned, though, because why do Marcus and Caius need her when they have each other? Never fear, fair Alba, because there is always room for one more in their life and bed and you are the secret ingredient they've been missing. Now, all the three need to do is secure their freedoms from the evil Lucius. Simple, right?

Like I said, the plot was great. It held my attention on it's own without the sex. But since I brought it up...

Holy. Freaking. Wow. This was, hands down, the hottest book I've ever read. Ever. Author Lauren Hawkeye did an awesome job of painting a smoking hot picture. Nothing is vague. I could visualize everything. I liked what I saw. <----Understatement of my life.

MY WICKED GLADIATORS is such a great read, it makes me wish I still smoked. And yeah, I'm going to be cliche' and say that it is a WICKED good time. I've already ordered my copy.

Favorite Quote:

"I would remember that the two filled different halves of my soul, and that when we were all together, I was complete." (eARC, 81%)

Source: I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review 2 Jun. 2012
By The Autumn Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My Summary:
Alba is the Domina or mistress of her home, but really defers to her husband for all things. This obedience has left her feeling lonely and unhappy. Her husband often finds comfort in their slaves and doesn't come to her anymore. Alba and her husband, Lucius run a Gladiator school, where they train men to fight. Because of her loneliness and feeling of being abandoned, she begins to have interest in the Champion Gladiator of the compound. One day, the opportunity arises in which she and the Champion, Marcus, have an encounter. Since she is the mistress of the house, she demands he satisfy her needs. She never expected to have the chance to meet with him again, but her husband has other plans.

As their familia funds begin to deteriorate, Lucius makes a deal that will secure his family. The problem is, the contributor wants to give his money to a family that has children. Lucius always believed that Alba was the problem, but because his infidelity hasn't produced an heir, the problem seems to be his. So, Lucius comes up with the idea to "mate" Alba with the Champion Gladiators.

Even though Alba is thrilled with the possibility of being with Marcus again, she's furious that he is breeding her out without her consent. On the first night of "mating", she's unsure whether or not the Champion that has been sent to her is Marcus or not, because he is wearing a mask. After that time, she meets Caius. It turns out that Caius is her masked mate.

As Alba's feelings for both men grow, she discovers that they too have a relationship based on years of friendship. Alba tries to figure out how she can fit into their lives and bring them the same happiness they bring into her life. Will there be room for her? How can they all be happy together with the threat of Lucius' deceitful ways?

My Take:
Alright, here are the straight out facts, if you don't like erotica or sexy romance novels, stop reading. There's no point. This is one HOT book from start to finish. However, as you can see from my summary, there is a story there as well. I could have gone on more about the actual events of the story, but I don't want to give too much away.

It's been a long time since I've read a historical romance. I love history, but have never been to keen on historical romance. So, why did I read this you ask? Well, I do like Roman history, so that was one reason. I mean, did you all watch ROME??? LOVED IT! The other reason, honestly...one of my best friend's, Andrea at The Bookish Babe, got this book as well and skimmed through it one day. She said it was hotter than anything she'd ever read. That sold me right then and there. So, Andrea and I decided to read this book together. We tend to provide moral support for each other.

So, what makes this story great? I really did like the actual story behind all the sex. The sex had a purpose. That might sound silly, but it's true. Alba was meant to have a baby, so she needed to have sex. It's true that in Roman society at that time, that sex was freely performed anywhere, anytime, but Alba did have standards for crying out loud. I mean, wouldn't you want to have the hottest Gladiators in the compound? WORD

Here's my breakdown on the characters. I loved Alba right away. I felt kind of bad for her. If she had been a woman in today's society, she wouldn't have taken crap from that husband of hers. HATED Lucius. He was a total sleaze. I never trusted him, but you aren't meant to. You aren't supposed to like him. I also detested his personal "guard". YUK! Now for my boys, yes, MY boys. I would take them both and cherish them forever. *who said that?* I fell pretty fast for Marcus. Here's why....he's a ROMAN GOLDEN GOD! Marcus is also the strong, silent type, that actually has a brain. I like and need that in man. Not to mention that he follows instruction well, if you know what I'm sayin'. Then, there is Caius. He's the other ROMAN GOLDEN GOD, but with a sense of humor. He's a bit more carefree, but man is he sexy.

On to the smexy. I feel that the best way to describe my thoughts on the sex, is for me to give you a list of instructions.
Items to have on hand while reading this book:
1. An ice bucket or be close to a freezer.
2. Some type of alcoholic bevy.
3. A change of panties.
4. Something or someone to relieve the......tension.
5. Ice, ice, and more ice.
6. Your cell phone to phone a friend.
7. Have the option of leaving the room to sneak in some "alone time".
8. Don't read this while taking your kids to the park, dr's, or waiting in line at the school.
9. Give yourself at least 20 minutes before operating a vehicle.
10. Read with a partner, so you can gush about all the sexy parts.

Why do I give this advice? I give you this advice as a warning. You will be in, what I like to call a "Gladiator Haze". You will not understand anyone or anything around you while reading this book. You will feel faint, light headed, beyond turned-on, and completely unable to understand life as you know it. This story will stay in your mind for days. I'm blushing just thinking about all the steamy scenes.

I leave you with this. Keep your eyes out for the following scenes:
1. Alba bath
2. balcony
3. sconces
4. candlelight by the sea
5. bathtub at the inn

Is your mind racing yet? Well, it should be. If you like erotic romance, don't walk, RUN to get this book.
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