Author: Eva Gordon
Date of Publication: August 20, 2013
Formats Available: E-book
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Synopsis: During a time of bloody gladiator games and treacherous schemes, a secret society of lycans live amongst the Romans.
When Ulric, a lycan gladiator, meets a mysterious human woman with green eyes, he’s drawn to her fiery beauty, enraptured by her alluring aroma. Unfortunately, Ulric and the beauty are slaves. To make matters worse, he can mate only with someone marked with the sign of the wolf.
Cassia’s hidden wolf mark burns in the presence of the handsome gladiator. While her heart yearns to be near Ulric, logic warns her against it—having a slave as a mate is against the lycan society’s plans for her.
In spite of the lycan society’s rules and the emperor’s brutal plots, their love grows … but their passion just may cost them their lives.
After completely loving Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon I was thrilled to start another novel by the same author! Even though I didn't end up liking this one as much as I liked the first novel I read by her, this novel turned out to be a super fun and sizzling read. With an ancient Roman setting, passionate characters, and plenty of sexual tension this novel had all the things that make romance novels so much fun to read.
The number one thing I liked about this novel was the sexual tension between Cassia and Ulric. From their first meeting I could feel the chemistry between them and I loved reading each of their interactions. Toward the end of the novel I was so eager for them to finally be together I was on the edge of my seat. Gordon created just enough sexual tension to make the moment when they finally came together all the better and leave me completely engrossed in the novel.
Cassia's gift for healing lycan's was an interesting one and I really enjoyed the twist Gordon put on werewolves. The ancient Roman setting added an interesting angle to the story and I really enjoyed the gladiator aspect to the novel. I really loved the detail Gordon put into world building and creating a Roman atmosphere, I felt as though I was right there beside Cassia and Ulric throughout the novel and though the historical aspect was exaggerated for the sake of the story I always enjoy a novel with a historical setting.
One of the only things holding this book back from getting a higher rating was the slow plot. Even though I was fascinated by Cassia's gift I felt like a huge amount of the novel was spent talking rather than taking action. There were quite a few moments when I found myself struggling to get through parts of the novel just because there wasn't enough happening to hold my interest. However the moments there was some action almost made up for the moments when there wasn't, so overall the novel wasn't painful or difficult to read. I just wish there had been a little bit more to the plot to hold my interest.
I would recommend Lycan Gladiator to fans of indie romance/paranormal novels. Despite the slower plot this novel had quite a few things going for it and I'll be excited to read more novels by Gordon in the future.
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*I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a honest review. All views expressed in this post are completely my own.