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The Gladiator's Master

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,622 ratings  ·  236 reviews
When Roman politician Caelius inherits a stable of gladiators, there is one who captures his attention above the whose eyes gleam with hate, pride and desire.

Forced into slavery by Roman greed, Gaidres can barely conceal his contempt toward his new Dominus. Gaidres has a plan: kill Caelius and end the lineage of the Roman family that enslaved him. For his plan
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published September 19th 2011 by Carina Press
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The Critic I think it's due to the fact that there's a dominant/submissive relationship between the main characters. Firstly, the dom/sub relationship is…moreI think it's due to the fact that there's a dominant/submissive relationship between the main characters. Firstly, the dom/sub relationship is cultural and social because Caelius is the dominus, the master, and Gaidres is the gladiator, the slave, the "submissive". Then there is a dom/sub relationship in a sexual way, Gaidres dominates Caelius in bed and the latter submits to his "lion". I think it shall be considered from a Roman, antique, eye, what's different from the modern vision of BDSM relationships, and the book has an interesting historical scope that's always welcomed 😊(less)
Marguerite There was initially, but it didn't pan out. :(

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May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
If you pick up a book and cannot put it down until finished, you know you are onto a good thing...and this is not a short read! If you like m/m romance...that gets your heart pounding, hands sweating, leaves you holding your breath for so long you are in danger of suffering from hypoxia....where you experience such depths of emotion that you are sure your chest will explode with the sadness of it all and your head will come off with anger and frustration, then this is the book for you.

The two ma
Shin Mon Thway

First of all, I can’t thank my friend “naughty Lyn” (she said so herself and I quote .. 😂) enough for recommending me this book. I have never read any of Fae or Labbie works and I regret that I didn’t discover these authors sooner. This book is hands down one of the best books when it comes to Roman historical MM romance. The book was such a delicacy to me and I reveled every minute reading it. 😍

We have two polar opposites of MC, Caelius an
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Update: Rating downgraded from 4 stars to 3/3.5 stars, January 17, 2013


I’m glad I took a plunge into unknown waters. It was very good and I really liked it!


Caelius has inherited the House of Laraniia including a ludus from his uncle who had died a few weeks ago. As a side note: Ludus is a gladiator school. The plural of ludus is ludi. The ludi were important occasions for entertainment in Roman society. Now Caelius has come to claim his property. At the same time
5 plus stars!!!

This book was A WORK OF ART!!!! I didn’t want it to end. The writing was beautiful. The MCs were well matched, and their chemistry was mind blowing!!!
3,8 Stars - great attraction, lust, hatred, dare to believe in new love, to overcome and shape your own destiny - all in an ancient Rome

Finally, a complete review August 30, 2013

Sometimes I don't at all know what I will get and experience when I start reading a new book. A love story between two men, a Roman nobleman and a gladiator slave, felt at least very tempting to get to know more about. I have always loved these stories, movies and TV dramas about the old ancient Rome, and their quite lib
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ⚣Michaelle⚣ by: Shin Mon Thway
4.5 Stars

I have owned this book for easily over 5 years and never quite got around to it. I put it on a challenge shelf, and it was chosen, but I've been putting it off for some reason. Then, my friend Shin prodded me with a recommendation and despite her review assuring me it wouldn't break my heart like Axios did, I still left it for later. Finally, it fit the Pass-the-Parcel challenge for week 2 and I decided to bite the bullet.

And now I'm kicking my own ass for having waited so long to read
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A gladiator, a Roman noble, and... a cute baby! What else do you want in M/M story?

The theme (gladiator and his master) might give us wrong impression that this is a BDSM novel, but it actually is not. While there is an issue of domination and submission, it's not done in physical way.

Caelius, the gladiator master, inherited a poorly-run gladiator house. Of gladiators he saw, one with blue eyes captured his attention. Unfortunately Gaidres, the gladiator, sees his master as a Roman, the same peo
Angela Bee Bee
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of captive prince, Nagron, Spartacus.
Recommended to Angela Bee Bee by: my dad
By the gods, he was gorgeous, all of his muscles taut, and leaned back before him.
A nod to my man, Stuart Reardon. Bows head...

Captive Prince: meets Brothers of the Wild North Sea, with a Nagron flare. All my favorites blended. I adored this book. In a way, it reminded me of the intensity of Love the Sinner. I was absolutely taken with this, impressed, dazzled, loved it!

This is my Dominus,

I had trouble with the names, here is my Gay-dress, my Gladiator, so pissed off

This book checked all my bo
★★★★★ 5 Hits-All-The-Feelz Stars ★★★★★

5 stages I went through whilst reading this spectacular book:





Yup, in case you haven't guessed it yet, for the entire length of the book, I took a ride on the
and was perpetually entombed in a
that tore my heart out, made my eyes prickle with tears of sadness and happiness, and that left me satisfied with an HEA that made all the hurt worth it.

First and foremost, I definitely have to commend Ms. Sutherland and Ms. Labbe for all the hard work they pu
Nile Princess
Jun 17th, 2017. Fourth read. Still ABSOLUTELY LOVE!


PERFECTION!! Will review more later but WOW, I LOVVVVVED this book. In terms of the language, it would help if you've seen the Starz series 'Spartacus'. Actually, this book had a lot in common with that series. Caelius and Gaedres = YUMM! Gaedres is a true alpha that just made my toes curl and stomach flutter. The love between them is awesome and the writing pretty much flawless. Love the inclusion of Faustus which rounded out the family un
I had high hopes for this book but unfortunately it fell a bit flat for me. I was excited to read a book set in ancient Roman times and while the characters and the imagery were well developed, the plot failed.

The first half of the book really caught my interest. We were introduced to Caelius, the master who inherits his uncle's villa and gladiators. Caelius is not the typical Roman. He is kind to his slaves and doesn't enjoy inflicting pain or humiliation. He treats his household with respect.
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
3.5 stars

Wow. This was pretty great up until about the last 10-15% when it took a dive into Sapsville. Still good though. Would've loved an epilogue and another sex scene after they got together to tie it all up.

Those who are fans of historical, the language is a bit more modern in parts but I'm not a big stickler for that kind of thing so it wasn't a huge deal breaker for me.

This book was HOT...This bears repeating THIS.BOOK.WAS.HOOOTTTT!

So like I mentioned this book was hella sexy...But not only that I really loved the story.Argon or Gaidres is a slave, he was captured when his village was raided by Romans and now he is a Gladiator for the ludus of the House of Lariiana. Gaidres LIVES to avenge what was done to him and those he loved. The only thing that keeps him breathing is the desire to kill the people who enslave him.

After his Master Craxus dies, his nephew C
2.5 Your average crappily-written M/M chock-full of repetition, clichés, poor vocabulary (despite being written by two writers, man), and...relatively hot sex. Rounded up because of the latter. Would probably have been a 4 star read for me back in 2011, when I first discovered M/M.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yes! Yes, I recommend this book! The word that comes to mind is refreshing. While reading it I never thought, "I've read this book before." Books bleed together but this one stands out.
I was afraid it would be all about violence but not at all. There was also the potential for the historical aspect to make me cringe, and it did a little bit, but I loved the characters enough that it didn't matter.
Is it sexy? Yes. Oh dear god, yes.

4 Stars because I skimmed through some repetition. Enough that
Kaje Harper
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
This was an engrossing story of Caelius, a Roman politician who inherits his uncle's slaves and finds among them a gorgeous gladiator,Gaidres, whom he brings to his bed (and floor, and walls.) Gaidres was not born a slave but was captured by Caelius' uncle, losing home, lover and freedom. He hates Caelius as a relative of the man who destroyed his past, and while willing to have sex with Caelius, is biding his time with the intent to kill him. The initial heated sex scenes show how these men's p ...more
Holy crap! That was just... the hottest. I've loved gladiatorial stuff ever since Russell Crowe won that Oscar, so this book obviously appealed. But I seriously did not expect to enjoy it so much. It's a story about a Roman lord who falls in love with one of his gladiators, but the twist is that Caelius, the master in name, is kind of a sub in bed and the gladiator, Gaidres, hates his guts. That sounds maybe a bit silly, but this book turned out to be fantastic. Their strained and unconventional ...more
4.25! Awesome!

So vivid, with such a slow burn. I loved it.
I loved some of the cheesy lines, and the way Caelius seemed to always be floating around touching Gaidres as Gaidres just stood still. Hilarious.
Caelius was so endlessly hopeful and a very unique character in the way that he wasn't quirky, or overly logical, even though he was smart. He was more... floaty, and obviously quite the romantic.
A very special book.
Reminds me greatly of The Emperor's Wolf, actually to the point where 40% throug
All the freaking stars!!!!!!

Great storyline ✔
Two amazing MC’s ✔
Untamed animal sex✔
Spectacular pacing✔

What more can a girl ask for??
The problem here is that the authors tried to write a modern romance in a historical setting. The characters themselves are thinly disguised modern men whose problems don’t really stem from the differences in their social statuses in the ancient Rome.

Gaidres could have just as easily been blaming Caelius and his family for a road accident that took his lover from him as he could have been blaming them for the loss of his freedom. And Caelius doesn’t seem to fully comprehend his position as mast
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always loved stories about Rome and if they included gladiators that definitely was the icing on the cake. So, of course, I needed to read this one as well and I can say that I was not disappointed.
Caelius, a Roman noble, inherits his uncle's estate, including a Ludus - a stable of gladiators, who, unfortunately just like the whole place, are in a really bad shape, malnourished and abandoned for months.
Only one of them - Gaidres seems unbroken and immediately catches Caelius attention.
Little d
Heather C
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was HOT!
...and I mean with intense, rough...against the wall...on the floor sex.  Did they even need a bed?!
I really enjoyed this story even though there wasn't a lot of action/fighting like I expected...and way more sex than I could have imagined. Surprisingly it really does progress the story.  Caelius and Gaidres were just insanely hot together.  And it was very beautiful and romantic IMO.   
Don't let the slave description worry you.  All the sex is pretty much consens
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker by: Jen Davis
I really liked this one and it surprised me. Sure... lots of m/m sex but also a convincing love story between a master and his slave set in a time in history that had beautiful muscular gladiators fighting to their death, politics, revenge, and everything else I love!

Come for the m/m sex, stay for the story. You won't be disappointed.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This was a great read if you are looking for something different, and I was.
When thinking ancient Rome and Gladiators; I conjure up images from the movies and the epic plots filled with politics, intrigue, blood, lust, love, and hate. All the things that make you feel all the emotions rolled into one. I guess I was expecting a lot huh?

This was good, but not great. It might have been set in Ancient times but the characters still seem to harbor the same insecurities and drama that they do in mode
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
”The world is cold and cruel and lonely. If we find some respite in each other’s arms there can only be good in that.”

I was very surprised with The Gladiator’s Master (TGM). To be honest, I was expecting a porn-with-slight plot kind of story (featuring a very horny gladiator who takes his –sexual- frustration out on a master willing to bend over). I was 95% wrong on that assumption and was blown away with the spectrum of emotions I went through. I even had to use some tissues.

The book blurb expl
Beautifully developed. I love it. Not despite, but because of being a 'love conquers all' story.

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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, mm, historical
What a fabulous story. This has none of the darkness or descriptive brutality I was expecting, but instead is a wonderful story of love and finding happiness. Caelius is just an all round good guy. He inherits the villa and its gladiator slaves, which have been equally neglected and lacking care. He sets his sights on making it thrive again, and sparks ignite when he encounters Gaidres, the slave who seems to have the most fight in him.

Caelius wants Gaidres, wants Gaidres to went to be with him
Jen Davis
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, m-m
Holy. Crap. This book is hot. As in, I need a cold shower RIGHT NOW hot. It's like Spartacus (the Starz version), but with gay sex. Hot gay sex. Let me start from the beginning.

Caelius is a Roman who inherits his uncle Craxus' lutus upon the man's death. Caelius isn't a man who enjoys blood-sport, but he recognizes the importance the lutus can play in raising his political power. So he decides to restore it to greatness.

Craxus was a self-absorbed man who cared nothing for his slaves or his glad
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish

A sexy gladiator and his master getting sweaty? Yes please! The cover is gorgeous and so are the men, so you'd think this book would have blown my mind. Unfortunately not so much.

This book was just ok for me. Usually my next phrase would be, "and here's why..." However, in this case I have to say I couldn't quite put my finger on why this wasn't a great read for me. The premise was fairly new to me and the characters were likable
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Yet another amazing novel from my favorite MM historical writing duo!

Gaedris and Caelius are wonderful. They are full on male and with personalities that are distinct. I loved the historical setting, the way the two men interacted, and all the details that make this writing team so effective! I'm not sure I can add more than what others have said. All I can say is that Fae and Marguerite are autobuy for me when it comes to historical settings!

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Fae Sutherland is the award-winning, bestselling author of 30 M/M erotic romance novels - co-authored and solo. She also writes M/F erotic romance under a pen name.

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