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Dominus

Dominus, Book 1
Series: Dominus, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
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Summary

In AD 107, after a grueling campaign against Rome's fierce enemy, the kingdom of Dacia, Gaius Fabius, returns home in triumph. With the bloody battles over, the commander of the Lucky Fourth Legion now craves life's simple pleasures: leisurely soaks in fragrant baths, over-flowing cups of wine, and a long holiday at his seaside villa to savor his pleasure slaves. On a whim, he purchases a spirited young Dacian captive and unwittingly sparks a fresh outbreak of the Dacian war; an intimate struggle between two sworn enemies with love and honor at stake.

Allerix survived the wars against Rome, but now he is a sex slave rather than a victor. Worse, the handsome general who led the destruction of his people now commands his body. When escape appears impossible, Alle struggles to find a way to preserve his dignity and exact vengeance upon the hated Romans. Revenge will be his, that is, if he doesn't lose his heart to his lusty Roman master.

Dominus is a plot-packed erotic m/m fantasy that transports listeners back to ancient Rome during the reign of the Emperor Trajan (98-117). This is the first book in an alternate history series - a tumultuous journey filled with forbidden love, humor, sex, friendship, political intrigue, deception, and murder.

©2014 JP Kenwood (P)2019 JPK Publishing

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as good as the ebook

Nick J Russo

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Nick J Russo is one of the top 5 narrators for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. It took me a while to get into Hannibal Hills, but it worked after a while.
I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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Intriguing

When I read the synopsis for this book, I was interested. When I heard it was coming out on audio I was thrilled. Then I listened to the book and I’ll admit I’ve struggled a bit with writing this review. Some reviews are easy, some are challenging. Some books I finish and I immediately put pen to paper (metaphorically) so I can write down my thoughts and share them right away. Other times I sit back and think about what I’ve listened to. Try to find the right words. This was definitely one of those books.

I’ll start with the narration. I was somewhat surprised to see Nick. J. Russo was one of the narrators. He’s reliable and competent, to be sure. Recently he tackled N.R. Walker’s SIR, which definitely required an accent of sorts. He’s not my first thought when I think of accents, and when I realized his part in this book, it all made sense. His role is minor but important in starting and then tying up this part of the trilogy. Hannibal Hills carries the load of narration in this book and he’s a great choice. This is his first m/m book but he’s done plenty of others audios, including many on the dark side. Since this book has moments of great darkness, he’s perfect for this story.

So on to the story. I’ll start by saying there’s a lot going on. Plenty of characters, tons of intrigue, and several different storylines. This book is the first in a trilogy, so all this world building makes sense. The year is AD 107 in the Roman Empire. Hedonism abounds as does violence. This book has plenty of both. I’ve read other books from this ancient history including Axios by Jaclyn Osborn and Nova Praetorian by N.R. Walker. I enjoyed both of those tremendously, and so had high hopes for this book. Compared to the world we live in today these books tell of a time when survival wasn’t guaranteed. Gladiators and Spartans lived and died by the sword. The level of violence in all these stories matches their times.

I liked Allerix. As a slave he was, of course, sympathetic. I liked that he kept his agency, using his cunning to survive. I am definitely interested in seeing where this plot lines goes as he becomes more entrenched with his captor, Gaius. I am hoping books 2 and 3 will eventually be put out on audio so I can see where thee story winds up. I love a good enemies-to-lovers story and with one whose stakes are this high, I’m excited to see what happens next. The book ends of a cliffhanger so consider yourself forewarned.

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Dominus

This short story was a great introduction to the main characters and it left me yearning for more. I will be following this author

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What a story!

In the beginning I was first a bit lost because of all the characters and names and POV's. It took me a while to get into the story, but somehow the story sucked me in. It's like a roman empire darkish gay soap opera with a hint of BDSM. Lots of people whos names are quite hard to follow in audio. Definitely different from any other book I've listened to! Beware of cliffhanger in the end! This is only thr first in series. I had to buy the second book immediately after this.
The narration was ok.

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The Narrators first MM was a triumph!

I have the paperback of this book, but the narration by Hannibal Hills really brought the story to life. When it finished I came straight to Audible to get book 2 but it isn't out yet. The story is addictive and the narration, pretty damn flawless. Good job all round.

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A journey to the time of the Roman Empire

A story that completely sucks you in and takes you on a time travel back in time. I really hope that the other books of the series will be also released as audiobooks.

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Like time travelling!

I had already read the book, so I was already familiar with the story, but I was really amazed at how the characters seem to come to life with this performance.

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Every bit as good as I'd hoped for

I'd read this book (and the others in the series) last year and was very excited to be able to listen to it when it came available on Audible. The world of ancient Rome that the writer created came even more to life in this audio version: from the sights, smells and sounds to the food and drink of the time plus all the other minutiae of daily life, in other words, terrifically researched historical fiction. And then when you add in the great plot and wonderfully diverse, flawed but compelling characters as well, it was just magnificent. And the two very talented narrators only added to that enjoyment, especially Hannibal Hills who handled the large cast of voices so expertly. His Gaius Fabius was definitely my favourite but he managed to make the others equally distinctive and memorable too. I sincerely hope we get the chance to enjoy the next books on the series in audio format too.

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A Rollicking Roman Ripping Yarn

I read the book a while ago, and pounced on the audio as soon as I had a chance. The narrators had a lot of fun with this - they've done an excellent job recreating the first part in Kenwood's Dominus series, and if you enjoy an engrossing historical story with great characters, with drama, humour, tragedy, and R-rated scenes, you'll enjoy this. The books are all available across the Amazon sites, by the way.

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  • witchy tay
  • 05-02-20

Amazing!

This story is amazing! I was hooked from the start. Be ready to want to get into the next book immediately! The characters are superb and the plot is entrancing!

The narration helped me visualize the story perfectly and I enjoyed every part of it!

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  • cheryl_cajun
  • 03-02-20

Dominus

Thank you for the Audio, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. When you see something you want, you get it. At least in Gaius case and that something was a Dacian captive but first he has to learn his identity. Gaius desire the new pleasure slave, but getting him to open up and reveal his own desire is proving to be a challenge. Will it be to late for the truth to come out? Narrators Hannibal Hills & Nick J. Russo does an amazing job with this book and all it's many different elements of characters.

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  • Zizawah
  • 31-01-20

Thrilling historical romance

Wrapper Story (Modern Rome)
This is a modern day story that’s unfolding across the series and related to the main story through an archeology find.

Main Story (Past Rome)
When the story started, Max, a beleaguered recently freed personal slave and new slave handler, is our narrator who’s trailing along his master (Dominus) Gaius, our main character who burst into frame — aggressive, excessively confident, and overwhelming. We then meet Theo, Lucius (Gaius’s best friend and forbidden lover), Hadrian (from actual history), and our other main character Allerix, the Dacian captive, the slave for sale.

The story becomes intriguing starting from there and we are thrust into the Roman high born life style, the lives of pleasure slaves and others. What follows is two threads of stories that intertwine the politically oriented life as a powerful adopted son of Trajan and that of a somewhat reluctant pleasure slave who’s considered as unnatural because of his love for a man in his former life as a Dacian prince but now able to explore his sexuality freely but at a loss of his freedom.

There are hidden layers in the story that unfolds. Characters are intriguing and interesting. Dialog is sharp and smart. You really get to see multiple social strata through the eyes of multiple characters and at times you are hanging on by the seats of your pants — worried, anxious for what’s coming to some of the characters — given a glimpse of trouble looming ahead for them.

The story started out a bit rough but once you get past the first two chapters, you’ll fall in love with the story and the characters. Gains grew on me though he really started out as horrid by modern standards. By the end, I had reluctantly handed my heart to him.

Narration
I’m a big fan of Nick J Russo and it’s great listening to him for the wrapper story who makes it easy to get into the story. Hannibal Hills is a new to me narrator. He did a great job for sure — Gaius really jumped out at you in a wonderful way. His voice for Allerix was not as pleasing to me (personal taste). I’ve read the book but the tension, the laughter, the love, all came alive with his voice narration. In the end, I really liked it.

Summary

Here’s the thing. This story is so true to history in its world building, characterization, and so immersive in Roman custom and culture that from a modern day perspective, it is harrowing to read at times. I cringed at how horribly slaves are treated. I wanted to fling the book away — or stopped my ear in this case. In that time and place, things were likely worse than described in the story. We are happily reading a romance with promise of a happily ever after. I cannot guess how that HEA will come about because the future seems shaky and uncertain.

The story has plenty of heat, passion, laughter, friendship, and love and also abuse, cruelty, and violence. They come hand in hand. This is not a story for everyone. It’s a roller coaster of a ride — for lovers of historical romance, dark romance, kinky romance, polyamorous romance, with a bit of political intrigue and life and death situations thrown in.

Did I enjoy it? Absolutely! Would you enjoy it? Most likely — just keep in mind that when in Rome, you should at least think or feel like a Roman. :) So, stow away your modern sensitivities briefly and enjoy the ride.

Note: This story does end in a soft cliff hanger as it's the start of a 4 book series. There's so far 2 more books after this and one more to come soon (in book form).

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  • Kat
  • 29-01-20

Love It!

I thought I couldn't love the book any more. Then I got to listen to it! The voices really bring the characters to life. I can't say enough about it.

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  • Lena Belle
  • 26-03-20

Excellent

J.P. Kenwood is a new to me author and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to listen/read Dominus. You will need a fan and ice cold water this book is so steamy. The narration by Hannibal and Nick is out of this world fabulous. If you enjoy a sexy slow burn historical romance you will love this book. Note it ends on cliffhanger.

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  • Joe Puzzo
  • 13-03-20

rape is not ok

this is the worst audiobook i have ever started if i could get my.money back i would. fuck audiable for putting a rape story on here.

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  • Lex Lavender
  • 10-03-20

Great story, lame ending.

The story was a pleasure listening to, until the last 6 minutes. Anticlimactic. I would still recommend if you don’t offend easily to unfinished story’s.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 16-02-20

Fantastic!

I don't usually go in for historical novels but this book may have changed my mind. It was so very good, unlike anything I've read before! The characters were rich and intriguing and the plot was phenomenal. Both narrators did an excellent job and I cannot wait for book 2!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-20

When in Rome.....

......A plea for the mighty bastard, Gaius Fabius.

I’ll preface that I have read all three books available in the series by JP Kenwood, this one gets the story rolling. I personally love book three, but after hearing the characters voiced, I’m positive all of them will be fantastic in audio format.

The narrator is splendid in his ability to jump through each character so effortlessly. Although, I was a bit taken aback with his voice for Allerix, it grew on me, and now I find that I’m looking forward to more dialogue with him involved.

What makes these stories so lovely is the immense research and detail the writer has put into the series. I applaud the intensity to which they developed each storyline with meticulous emotion and heart.

To be clear, Gaius is a jerk. Totally privileged male, treating humans as property (which is literally what happened in ancient Rome). However, he becomes endearing with noticing things like the shabby sleeping quarters for his ‘beautiful boys’ and taking time to ask about the lives of those around him, regardless of societal standing. As much as we are to despise his purchase of Allerix, it is deep down a means of protection.

I love this series, and am very certain the remaining books will be just as wonderful as this first book in the Audible series.

Listen and enjoy, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • MelRose@BlueRoseAudiobookReview
  • 25-01-20

Marvelous!

4 Blue Roses
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Dual Narrators Hannibal Hills and Nick J. Russo delivered a marvelous historical journey to ancient Rome, an unrestrained imaginative erotic fiction. The wonder and incredible love between a master and his slaves, with a BDSM kink undertone. Hannibal Hills is new to me, his introduction was a howling success. I always enjoy discovering a new narrator for my “Hall of Fame”.

Listeners will fall in love instantly with these unique characters, their quirkiness and their ancient life stories. We hear their POV from mainly 4 different primary characters and to make matters more complicated, one of them are in current time period, Rome. This character performed by Nick J. Russo searches for answers as an archaeologist, but an undertone of unanswered or secretive questions kept me latched on and captivated by the unusual circumstances.

The rest of the plot takes place in Rome during the reign of the Emperor Trajan (98-117). This was masterfully done!
As a lover of all things history, I never lost interest nor did I get confused as the author weaved their tale, she knew exactly when to infuse eroticism into the story line. I’m so glad I found this author, and I hope to hear so much more from her. This series, caught my attention and I’m hooked!

This world where masters own slaves and slaves are spoils of war, freed slaves becomes masters and new slaves like Allerix, who is the captive Dacian prince.

He is playing a curious long game. That is precisely the crux of the fucking matter. We don't know who is going to end up in a heap of bones as discovered by the archaeologists. We all know shit is about to hit the fan, but we don’t know the radius of it.

I definitely recommend this audiobook. Especially, if you like your historical fictions, an unpredictable plot and hot almost primitive, but not cruel sex scenes.

I swear BDSM was born here!

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