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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Games of Rome by J. P. Kenwood (025-02-28-2016)

1) The plot is excellent, full of suspense and apparently accurate historical detail, but this volume is part of a series, and it ends on a cliffhanger, an unresolved situation which seems intended to persuade readers to buy the next volume. Fabulous, persuasive depiction of ancient Rome and surrounding area. If I could assign a 12 to setting development, I would. Vivid but somewhat too melodramatic for my taste, and the dialogue includes much masculine bluster and overly-frequent invocations of ancient gods.

2) This is a unique read. Characters are well drawn out, plot has murder and intrigue woven into tales of sex and romance.

Games of Rome (Dominus #2) by J. P. Kenwood
Gay Historical
Publisher: JPK Publishing (November 18, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Games of Rome (Dominus #2)

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 whose body he lusts, the handsome, arrogant man 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?

Dominus is a plot-packed erotic m/m fantasy set in ancient Rome during the reign of Emperor Trajan (AD 98-117). Games of Rome is the second book in this alternative history saga—a tumultuous journey of forbidden love, humor, sex, friendship, political intrigue, deception, and murder.

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