Gladiator Games

Gladiator Games[Download] ✤ Gladiator Games By Jana Downs – Having lost his lover and his family lion shifter Antinious only wants to be left alone to wallow in his anger The acclaim of being the best gladiator in the Roman Empire ensures there is never a shor Having lost his lover and his family lion shifter Antinious only wants to be left alone to wallow in his anger The acclaim of being the best gladiator in the Roman Empire ensures there is never a shortage of people in his bed He just didn't expect to be confronted by a stubborn slave with than pleasure on his mind The house slave Angelus knows the legend of the Animal of the Gauls and finds Antinious's feral attitude absolutely alluring He wants to be among the slaves the man takes into his bed but he doesn't want only one night Angelus wants to know the man underneath the rage A bid for freedom and a game of seduction bring the two together but secrets from their past threaten to tear them apart Can the pair overcome years of learned habits Or will their inherent selfishness drive them apart. 35 starsThis is an intense book in some ways but sweet and frustrating in others Told from both Angelus and Antinious' point of view this story deals with confinement freedom and acceptance of one's desires It's an interesting book that literally covers many different topicsAngelus is a Roman noble turned slave working for the same Dominus that Antinious is enslaved to Angelus is stubborn brave and daring while Antinious is brutal brash and has no ualms about hurting others After all he's a gladiator made to kill weekly for his master Angelus lures Antinious in with his challenging nature but Angelus is just as captivated with Antinious' roughness They have a strange give and take relationship that's rocky most of the time but settles eventually Although their passion is strong there's no trust between the two Deception lies and betrayal play a huge part in their relationship over numerous occasions but even with everything that happens there's a connection between the two that doesn't stop them from forgiving each otherI really enjoyed this story because of who Angelus and Antinious are How stubborn Angelus is was appealing because of how Antinious reacted toward it Antinious is brutal but it's gentled only slightly for Angelus so he's still rough and harsh It was interesting to see the dynamics these two have and how they deal with it all I liked how the relationship started in captivity then branched into dealing with one of them being freed while the other is still enslaved Things get really intense after Angelus is freed because Antinious is the 'Master' in their relationship while Angelus is the 'slave' and they have to come to terms with their role reversals As I said this story takes on many themes such as slavery freedom escaping hostages jealousy ex lovers separation and even things In a way it's too much but it all kind of comes together in a controlled chaotic way shaping the story into a very entertaining read The story isn't perfect though In the middle it dragged a bit to where I struggled to stick with it There's also a part near the end I didn't like but only because I don't like themes where ex lovers are brought back It brings up old feelings within Antinious that I'd rather have not known to be honest because it's made obvious how intense those feelings still are I felt like it didn't actually contribute anything to Angelus and Antinious story but instead turned the plot into of Doiros the ex lover and Bellenus' story Honestly it just frustrated me Other than that they didn't talk like what I imagine Roman's in history would talk They talked like twenty first century individuals than anything else Plus there's a lot of sex They solve their issues by having sex first talking later if at all and it grew tiresome eventually Also I wish the ending had been longer it seemed over way too fast especially since it skipped a few months after the very brief and un suspenseful conflictOverall I liked the story There's something appealing about it maybe the writing maybe something else that made me stick with the book I wanted to know how these two worked things out While some of the story wasn't to my tastes others of it were and I really enjoyed those parts I'm wondering if this story will be made into a series because there are uestions left unanswered about Ever and Crassus other slaves as well as Doiros and Bellenus and I'd really like to see those four get an HEA as well With that said I'd recommend this to those that like shifters and are looking for a hot and slightly sweet story Liked the premise and the characters Too many inconsistencies in holding true to each characters personalities and a little slow in places but an enjoyable read