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In this sequel to Dominus, Gaius Fabius Rufus, the victorious general of Rome’s brutal Dacian Wars, finds his loyalties and his affections pulled in different directions. Should he return to Rome and secure his claim to the imperial throne, or remain at his seaside villa and protect his pleasure slave, the fierce Dacian prince, Allerix? Retaliation for the murder of his beloved friend beckons him home, but his desire for justice could put both him and Allerix in mortal danger. As Gaius’s deceptions multiply, another tragedy strikes. Will the Lion of the Lucky IV Legion be forced to sacrifice his besotted heart to achieve his aspirations for supreme power?

Every moment since Allerix’s violent capture has tested the young prince’s fortitude and cunning. If he can kill the triumphant emperor who decimated his Dacian nation, revenge and immortality will be his glorious, everlasting rewards. But to realize his scheme for vengeance, he must deceive the Roman master whom he has grown to adore and admire. Can two former enemies - the conqueror and the conquered - find trust and true love, or are the consequences of war destined to tear them apart? Can Gaius and Allerix survive the perilous games of Rome?

©2015 JP Kenwood/JPK Publishing (P)2020 JP Kenwood/JPK Publishing

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Very enjoyable

This series is really getting into its stride and the audio narration brings it to life even more. The narrator manages the large cast of characters adroitly. I love his Gaius! I didn’t like his voice for Alle in the first book (I had heard a younger, lighter voice in my head) but am getting used to it. This is my only quibble - otherwise I think the narration is perfect. Really looking forward to the next book which is my favourite.

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A great continuation of the first book

I was delighted when this second in JP Kenwood's ancient Rome series became available to listen to as the first part was excellent. And I enjoyed this part even more - we really got into the nitty gritty of the saga and I felt we got to know all the characters that bit better. I really liked that as well as the romance we also got a lot of proper politically orientated plot, with lots of excellently researched historical detail. And once again the two narrators did a stellar job, I particularly enjoyed Hannibal Hills apparently channeling Dame Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell in his characterisation of Gaius's grandmother! I'm now really looking forward to being able to listen the the third part whenever it's ready. I would, and have, recommended, this series to other friends to try.

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Long well written story

This is the second book in the Dominus series. It is the sequel to the first book. Games of Rome is a well written, eventful story with a lot of energy. You are there! Sense it, experience it. There are many characters to keep track of. And all of them are important parts of the story and you are given time to get to know them all. Even if it is two main characters. The first book is 10,5 hour and this is 14 hours long and it is still an ongoing story. I still don’t really understand the pro- and epilogue. That is another story, still not connected to the main. I choose between 4 and 5 ⭐️, and choose 4 because I was a bit overwhelmed and couldn’t really take it all in. And that is on me! But it is also me giving the review. Hannibal Hill act the characters with perfection. So many different people and he as a unique voice for each and everyone. I was given this book to leave a review!

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Enjoyed every minute of this sequel to Dominus!

Part murder mystery and part slow burn romance, this sequel to DOMINUS Book 1 brings the story forward and further immerses the reader in the world of Gaius Fabius Rufus’s “family” of servants and pleasure slaves in Rome and Campania in the time of Trajan. I really love these characters and the developing relationship between Gaius and his Dacian slave, Allerix. The ongoing investigation of Gaius’s friend Lucius’s murder is compelling, and as a reader I find myself very invested in how this will resolve in the larger story arc which continues in Book 3. The story of an archeological dig in modern Rome which bookends the main story (and continues from Book 1) is an added treat. There are more than 14 hours of brilliant audio here to enjoy, narrated superbly by Hannibal Hills and Nick J Russo.

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Immersively Entertaining

I thought this would be a long listen- at 14 hrs- but in the end I realized it just wasn't long enough. I was completely pulled in and transported to Ancient Rome to bear witness to Rufus and Allarix's developing relationship. Has the Lion of the Lucky IV Legion really lost his heart to a slave boy? I suggest you listen and find out for yourself! This audiobook has all of the angst, dramatic tension, and smoldering M/M sex scenes I'd hoped for, with a few laugh out loud funny moments thrown in. I am very impressed by the historical detail the author has gone to for this series. There is some seriously intense research that has gone into these stories. So Bravo! Hannibal Hills works wonders as the voice of bombastic bisexual Roman General Gaius Fabius Rufus, although the narration isn't perfect (The Scot's accent for a character isn't up to par) but he makes up for it with consistently good, distinctive, and energetic voices for all of the other characters. If you love historical M/M, this audiobook series is a must! I adore this series and eagerly await the third book in audio.

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Excellent book

This is the second instalment and I enjoyed it as much as the first. It has a great plot, lots of action and excellent narration. I can't wait for the third audio book.

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A gripping and enjoyable sequel

A well-constructed and gripping sequel to Dominus that tugs on your heart strings. The compelling murder mystery is interwoven with action and angst. There’s a romance storyline and plenty of steamy scenes. All superbly narrated by Hannibal Hills. I’m intrigued by the modern day prologues/epilogues narrated by Nick J Russo that link to the past.

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To love your captor

Slave narratives are often problematic because unless you’re showing the true horrors of being a slave, there’s a question about the depiction. Were there good masters who treated their slaves well? Possibly. But that didn’t change the fact the person was in bondage. That the horrific power imbalance would always exist. That no matter how comfortable the life of the slave, there would never be true freedom. True enjoyment of life. Okay, all that being said, this is a work of fiction, and I have to say Ms. Kenwood does depict the harshness of slavery during the Roman empire. Allerix was a Dacian prince, ripped from his homeland that’d been decimated. He’s sold into bondage to Gaius Fabius Rufus. (Can I just say there are plenty of characters, many of whom had multiple names so, at times, it was a struggle to keep up? But this is a book of political intrigue, so I did understand.) Gaius’ best friend has been murdered and Gaius has promised retribution to the guilty party. Problem is that he doesn’t know who committed the dastardly deed, and even the ghost of his dead friend isn’t a lot of help. Didn’t predict there would be a ghost scene, but I’ve learned to roll when it comes to these books. Oh, and let me mention these are very violent books. One scene in particular was a little traumatizing for me – but it was meant to be. A reminder of the life and times of the Romans. A hint of what might happen to Allerix should his plan to kill the emperor to exact revenge be discovered. The man does almost get derailed by his feelings for Gaius. Those problematic ones I was discussing earlier. But it’s clear the men do care for each other – or at least satisfy each other’s physical needs. There’s one more book in the series and I’m excited to see how things conclude. Of course I’m hoping Allerix is able to kill the emperor, but I know that will leave him in a terrible position. It’ll likely cost him his life. To him, it’ll totally be worth it. Finally, you might wonder why there are two narrators. Nick J. Russo narrates the beginning and end of the books as a modern-day archeologist digging up Rome’s history. Hannibal Hills narrates the bulk of the book – the past Rome. I enjoy his narration but occasionally the women are a little irritating. I sometimes wondered if that was the narration or the characterization. Possibly a bit of both. Anyway, not enough to take away from the enjoyment of the book. Can’t wait for the next one to see how this saga ends.

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The story continnues...

Again I'm struck by how true this story feels, I know it's made up but it's such a multifaceted story with all sides included, the good and the bad, so that makes it feel more real. I still find the whole master/slave thing a bit unsetteling, but this is a historical story and that's what it was like at the time. In this book Allerix is also slightly divided on the slave-thing, he of course doesn't like being a slave, but he starts to devellop feelings for Gaius, starting to fall in love. These mixed feelings make the book more interesting and I'l looking forward to seeing where the author will take this in the next book. Hannibal Hills' narration was good and made it easy to follow the story.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 18-12-20

An amazing sequel!!

An amazing follow up to the first book in the series. I would recommend listening the first book before heading into this one to get a better understanding of the universe in which it is set. I am in absolute awe of the world building created by the author. It is very engaging and interesting. A lot of research has gone into making this believable and authentic and I was floored by the amount of detail included in this. The narrators Hannibal Hills and Nick J. Russo performed an exceptional audio delivery and the narration was smooth and enjoyable.

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  • zoe pappa
  • 05-01-21

excellent!!!

OMG!!!! This series is so amazing, I'm hooked!! I couldn't stop listening, it's so good! I love the historical setting and I absolutely adore the characters. It's really really good I highly recommend it. just keep in mind that it will break your heart. And the narrattors are brilliant! Excellent! I can't wait for the next one!

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  • marrybell
  • 22-12-20

Good

The way history is painted with words is so vivid it feels as though your a part of the story. The narration is exquisitely done. My only issue is a personal one some of the violence is so vivid that it makes me squeamish.

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  • xmgt
  • 20-10-20

Epic adventure continues

First of all, let me give a shoutout to that gorgeous cover. Look how beautiful and erotic that cover is! The mystery deepens in the incredibly exciting book 2 of the Dominus series.Games of Rome takes us further into the Roman traditions as we follow along the journey of Alle, Nic, Simon, Max, and the powerful, incredibly handsome, sexy Roman Commander Gaius Fabius Rufus.The murder mystery, as well as a few other surprises, provides a nice counterpoint to the developing ‘romance’ between Gaius and Allerix. What I also admire is the author's ability to write the erotica without the scenes seeming repetitive, and every sex scene furthers the characterization I'm hoping I can pick up book three as soon as possible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-20

Getting better all the time!

The first book to a little bit for me to get into with the narrator. However this second installment has me captivated! Patiently waiting for book 3 of the series to be available. Which will pick up where the climactic ending of this one left off. *Possible Spoilers* Allerix is growing to be one of my favorite characters (previously I loved Gaius). The obvious struggles he is facing with guilt towards his people and country, revenge seems the only answer. He’s slowly realizing that he has lost his heart to his Domius, whom has already made it known how captivated by Allerix he has become. The narrators has gained momentum with his character development, for that I’m grateful of his stronger ‘voice’ of Allerix. This reader is still in love with the Roman red headed bastard, but his pleasure slave is slowly creeping into the lead! Fantastic stories by a very talented writer. Her stories are incredible, I encourage everyone to listen to these. You won’t be disappointed in them. Looking forward to the next two books in this historical series.

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  • Vania
  • 18-08-20

More Gaius and Allerix, a great sequel!

I loved this second book so much! We find all the characters from book 1, and since we’re now acquainted with them, their personalities and interactions, the plot begins to thicken! There’s so much in this second book: sex, politics, new lives, death and betrayal. But there’s also love and affection, hope and heartbreak. I really hope that the audiobook for book 3 will be in our ears ASAP, I need more Gaius and Alle!

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  • BlueRose
  • 28-07-20

Liked it alot

4 Blue Roses 4 Blue Flames Dual narrators Hannibal Hills and Nick J. Russo delivered or should I say hauled this performance with their strong narration skills, assisting the author in creating a vivid mental picture of the classical antiquity during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117). Nick J had a chance to entice us with a prologue and epilogue, while Hannibal managed to keep us entertained through more than a few dry spells. The voices he used for his characters are distinguishable. I enjoyed listening to him at 1.4 speed. He carried the angst, drama, and political tension extremely well. It is tremendously sad that I couldn’t lie on a beach, dozing back and forth into consciousness, perusing beautiful male bodies, while listening to this audiobook. Every time I come up for air and a sip of margarita, Hannibal will enlighten me whether Allerix has finally killed Rufus or not. In the meantime, big Roman balls of shit are hitting the fan, ghosts are looking for revenge and Bry has lost his testicles. I feel divided about the second installment in the series. So much so, I hate the main character. Rufus an idiot and in lust. Totally fucking blind to what is going on around him, and the next minute he pops up with a wisecrack answer or two, seemingly to convince the listener he is not as dumb as he appears to be. I nod off into nothingness and hope he gets killed before I drift back up for another sip of my margarita. I love Maximus and Bryaxis the most and I hope to hear more about them. I have a feeling we should, because why tell me about such prominent secondary characters and chop it short with one stone-roll over the hag. The sex scenes are hot, but since I hate the two I just wished they cum already and slice each other's throats. This audiobook should be listened to in reading order. I do recommend it, there will be some unhinged evoked emotions, you will either love or hate Rufus. Happy Listening