Publish Date: 2 June 2012
My Rating: 4 of 5 Ravens
Synopsis: Alba has spent her entire life pleasing others.
As an upper-class plebeian woman in Ancient Rome, that is her place in life. But when her husband Lucius, the owner of aprestigious gladiatorial school, uses her body as a bargaining tool to increase his fortunes, she is faced with doing as he demands, or finding herself on the street.
Forced to lay with masked gladiators chosen by Lucius, Alba is surprised to discover pleasure in being powerless. Only in the forbidden arms of Caius and Marcus does she find comfort, however temporary it may be.
But with Lucius’ demands looming and the threat of death for her gladiators ever-present, will Alba’s fleeting pleasures be enough? Or will Alba finally grab hold of her happily ever after, no matter the consequences?
Review: This book is first and for most HOT. I was wondering how the the cover scene was going to be managed after I started the book but I am sure glad it happened. Mainly, I thought the plot was a little lacking, especially the ending but...I saw the twist coming from a mile away. I also though a TON about Spartacus the TV show as I read this book and I just couldn't help it. I tried not to, but I did it and you will too if you saw the show. Not necessarily a bad thing but it was hard to separate the story lines.
Oh, so on the steam. The sensuality in this book is over the top sexy, sensual, and almost touchable. I loved the way Ms. Hawkeye did her descriptions, it was detailed without be gratuitous as well as perfectly censored to leave some things to the reader's imagination.
I loved this book and I hope to see more by this author. If you are a fan of Saskia Walker, this might be an excellent book for you.
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