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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
I was to teach a slave.

Marcus, a gladiator in my father’s ludus, was compelled to my presence to learn of Rome’s gods, her legends. When first he came, fear consumed me – fear of this silent, resentful slave who burned with his anger.

Time, though, changes much. Marcus softened and I grew unafraid. As we became closer, I grew more than merely unafraid – I grew to love him.
ebook, 138 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Decadent Publishing (first published July 12th 2011)
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Suzie Grant
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't like to read stories in first person pov, it's just not my thing. But this author did an excellent job with it. I was hooked from the first chapter. I thought the H/h spent a little too much time apart but not enough to mark off for it or anything. The visuals, the writing, the research, all were well done. And the premise was so unique I couldn't help but wonder how she was going to wrap this up and make it work. I may have done things a little differently were I in her shoes but again, ...more
Rose May
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-minus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf ( This review was done on an ebook copy provided by the lovely ladies at Sirens Song Reviews.

Lucia’s father owns slaves, but most especially he owns gladiators. One named Marcus has shown particular promise, and Lucia’s father has great aspirations for him – but first he must learn of the Gods. Determined to have Marcus learn, Lucia’s father demands that she teach him all
Siren's Song
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first thing I noted was that Dean is excellent at world-building. I am no particular expert on Ancient Rome, but to me it seemed like the story was historically accurate. I was immersed in historical cities with gladiators, excess, and coliseums. I found the time and place fascinating, and so well-written that for time and place alone I would’ve kept reading – simply because it was unique and different. I liked that Dean wrote in first person (from Lucia’s point of view) and I truly enjoyed ...more
Haley Whitehall
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The author did a wonderful job transporting the reader to Ancient Rome. I really liked her writing style. As a history buff this alone earned the book another star. The premise of this book was unique which drew me to it, unfortunately the romance fell flat. This story is written solely in Lucia's POV. She is the daughter of a noble family. Her father instructs her to teach a gladiator Marcus about the gods of Ancient Rome. During these sessions the two develop feelings for each other. I wish th ...more
Shiloh Saddler
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have a thing for Ancient Rome at the moment so I was drawn to this book with a pretty cover and an interesting premise. How can a noble's daughter fall in love with a gladiator and they live HEA?

Well... this historical novel was very well researched. The writing style helped transport me to Ancient Rome as well. This story was written only in Lucia's POV. I wish the gladiator Marcus could have had his own page time. They were both interesting characters but I never felt close to Marcus because
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just love to read a story that takes you to the past. To get lost in the pages of a twist love story that you cannot put down.
I can’t really put it to words without giving it away.
So I am going to have to say that this is a most read for anyone who is looking for a different kind of historical love story. It’s not a mushy love story but one that if full of action and heat!
I’m giving this one 4 stars
Staci Perkins
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stayed up reading this till 4am :) Lovely book, I enjoyed this story of love, hardships, and finding a lost love. Oh, and a hot-bodied gladiator isn't so bad either. ;)
Christina Joyner
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I never could really get into the book. I waited for something hot to happen but nothing did. It was a short read. I was glad when it ended.
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