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In AD 107, after a grueling campaign against Rome's fierce enemy, the kingdom of Dacia, Gaius Fabius, returns home in triumph. With the bloody battles over, the commander of the Lucky Fourth Legion now craves life's simple pleasures: leisurely soaks in fragrant baths, over-flowing cups of wine, and a long holiday at his seaside villa to savor his pleasure slaves. On a whim, he purchases a spirited young Dacian captive and unwittingly sparks a fresh outbreak of the Dacian war; an intimate struggle between two sworn enemies with love and honor at stake.

Allerix survived the wars against Rome, but now he is a sex slave rather than a victor. Worse, the handsome general who led the destruction of his people now commands his body. When escape appears impossible, Alle struggles to find a way to preserve his dignity and exact vengeance upon the hated Romans. Revenge will be his, that is, if he doesn't lose his heart to his lusty Roman master.

Dominus is a plot-packed erotic m/m fantasy that transports listeners back to ancient Rome during the reign of the Emperor Trajan (98-117). This is the first book in an alternate history series - a tumultuous journey filled with forbidden love, humor, sex, friendship, political intrigue, deception, and murder.

©2014 JP Kenwood (P)2019 JPK Publishing

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Thrilling historical romance

Wrapper Story (Modern Rome) This is a modern day story that’s unfolding across the series and related to the main story through an archeology find. Main Story (Past Rome) When the story started, Max, a beleaguered recently freed personal slave and new slave handler, is our narrator who’s trailing along his master (Dominus) Gaius, our main character who burst into frame — aggressive, excessively confident, and overwhelming. We then meet Theo, Lucius (Gaius’s best friend and forbidden lover), Hadrian (from actual history), and our other main character Allerix, the Dacian captive, the slave for sale. The story becomes intriguing starting from there and we are thrust into the Roman high born life style, the lives of pleasure slaves and others. What follows is two threads of stories that intertwine the politically oriented life as a powerful adopted son of Trajan and that of a somewhat reluctant pleasure slave who’s considered as unnatural because of his love for a man in his former life as a Dacian prince but now able to explore his sexuality freely but at a loss of his freedom. There are hidden layers in the story that unfolds. Characters are intriguing and interesting. Dialog is sharp and smart. You really get to see multiple social strata through the eyes of multiple characters and at times you are hanging on by the seats of your pants — worried, anxious for what’s coming to some of the characters — given a glimpse of trouble looming ahead for them. The story started out a bit rough but once you get past the first two chapters, you’ll fall in love with the story and the characters. Gains grew on me though he really started out as horrid by modern standards. By the end, I had reluctantly handed my heart to him. Narration I’m a big fan of Nick J Russo and it’s great listening to him for the wrapper story who makes it easy to get into the story. Hannibal Hills is a new to me narrator. He did a great job for sure — Gaius really jumped out at you in a wonderful way. His voice for Allerix was not as pleasing to me (personal taste). I’ve read the book but the tension, the laughter, the love, all came alive with his voice narration. In the end, I really liked it. Summary Here’s the thing. This story is so true to history in its world building, characterization, and so immersive in Roman custom and culture that from a modern day perspective, it is harrowing to read at times. I cringed at how horribly slaves are treated. I wanted to fling the book away — or stopped my ear in this case. In that time and place, things were likely worse than described in the story. We are happily reading a romance with promise of a happily ever after. I cannot guess how that HEA will come about because the future seems shaky and uncertain. The story has plenty of heat, passion, laughter, friendship, and love and also abuse, cruelty, and violence. They come hand in hand. This is not a story for everyone. It’s a roller coaster of a ride — for lovers of historical romance, dark romance, kinky romance, polyamorous romance, with a bit of political intrigue and life and death situations thrown in. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely! Would you enjoy it? Most likely — just keep in mind that when in Rome, you should at least think or feel like a Roman. :) So, stow away your modern sensitivities briefly and enjoy the ride. Note: This story does end in a soft cliff hanger as it's the start of a 4 book series. There's so far 2 more books after this and one more to come soon (in book form).

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I love this audiobook!

I actually read the book twice and just finished listening to the audiobook twice. I'm definitely hooked. Dominus is the first book in a historical Roman series, set in AD 107. One of the MCs is Gaius Fabius, a Roman general, known as a fierce warrior with a lusty appetite, dominating spirit, an overabundance of snark, and fabulous good looks. Looking for a new gorgeous pleasure slave, he purchases MC #2, Allerix, a captured Dacian, and fierce warrior in his own right, at a posh slave auction. Allerix then has to adapt to life as a pleasure slave, sort out his conflicted feelings for his new master (Dominus), and figure out how he can avenge his his conquered people. I really enjoy historical fiction, so I was seriously impressed at how vividly J.P. Kenwood paints a picture of the ancient Roman world. You actually feel transported. You can see the structures, the landscape, the gardens, the bathhouses, the frescoes on the walls, the clothing, the furnishings, the crowded city streets, and the beautiful countryside of Gaius' seaside villa. It's an interesting glimpse into the world of aristocratic Romans and their pleasure slaves of both sexes. There are a lot of characters to get to know, but they are all unique and have a part to play in the story, which has an engaging plot that really draws you in. Oh and let's not forget the sex scenes. Deliciously erotic, hot, and steamy. The audiobook features Hannibal Hills and Nick J. Russo. Both men are amazing! I really enjoyed how different each character sounded, which is no small feat considering the huge number of characters in the book. It was easy to tell which character was speaking at any given time and I was never confused. It took me a bit to get used to Allerix's voice, but that's just because I imagined it differently from reading the books. Gaius' voice is especially brilliant. I highly recommend this audiobook and cannot wait to listen to book two. Oh, and this ends with a cliffhanger, so you'll want to obtain book two as soon as possible. =D Grab a glass of wine, relax, and prepare to enjoy!

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Good start. I need more!

Admittedly, it took me a while to get into the story. Most of this first book sets the tone and introduces the different characters and their interactions. Of course, just as the story was starting to make sense and flaw easily (for me at least) the book finishes with a cliffhanger making me yearn for the next chapter (luckily it's already available). If you're looking for a typical romance, fluff and monogamy, this is definitely not the book for you. We find constantly horny Roman's satisfying their every want with pleasure slaves of both sexes, so a good part of the book is a description of sexual activities of some kind. There's no romance, little tenderness and definitely no mush! It's raw, sometimes violent, and highly erotic. Great narration by Hannibal Hills (new to me narrator).

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Amazing!

This story is amazing! I was hooked from the start. Be ready to want to get into the next book immediately! The characters are superb and the plot is entrancing! The narration helped me visualize the story perfectly and I enjoyed every part of it!

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When in Rome.....

......A plea for the mighty bastard, Gaius Fabius. I’ll preface that I have read all three books available in the series by JP Kenwood, this one gets the story rolling. I personally love book three, but after hearing the characters voiced, I’m positive all of them will be fantastic in audio format. The narrator is splendid in his ability to jump through each character so effortlessly. Although, I was a bit taken aback with his voice for Allerix, it grew on me, and now I find that I’m looking forward to more dialogue with him involved. What makes these stories so lovely is the immense research and detail the writer has put into the series. I applaud the intensity to which they developed each storyline with meticulous emotion and heart. To be clear, Gaius is a jerk. Totally privileged male, treating humans as property (which is literally what happened in ancient Rome). However, he becomes endearing with noticing things like the shabby sleeping quarters for his ‘beautiful boys’ and taking time to ask about the lives of those around him, regardless of societal standing. As much as we are to despise his purchase of Allerix, it is deep down a means of protection. I love this series, and am very certain the remaining books will be just as wonderful as this first book in the Audible series. Listen and enjoy, you won’t be disappointed.

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Dominus

Thank you for the Audio, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. When you see something you want, you get it. At least in Gaius case and that something was a Dacian captive but first he has to learn his identity. Gaius desire the new pleasure slave, but getting him to open up and reveal his own desire is proving to be a challenge. Will it be to late for the truth to come out? Narrators Hannibal Hills & Nick J. Russo does an amazing job with this book and all it's many different elements of characters.

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Love It!

I thought I couldn't love the book any more. Then I got to listen to it! The voices really bring the characters to life. I can't say enough about it.

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Loved this series

Awesome series. A little sad at times but super fun and sexy. I loved all the characters.

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An Incredible Book!

Dominus is the first book in a historical Roman series with an overarching plotline. This book is incredible. Set in AD 107, J.P. Kenwood takes the reader on one of the most intense reading journeys I’ve been on in a while. Gaius Fabius is a Roman general potentially in line to be the next Roman emperor. He’s a fierce and powerful warrior with a lusty appetite and dominating spirit, and he is in the market for a new pleasure slave. Allerix is a captured Dacian who just had his world torn apart by the Romans. Enslaved and sold to the general who destroyed his people, Allerix now has to adapt to the life of a Roman pleasure slave while plotting his revenge. The basic plot of the book sounds simple, but there is nothing simple about this beautiful and intricate book. Dominus (which is the Latin word for master) introduces the reader to the wonderful and erotic world of aristocratic Romans and their pleasure slaves. This book introduces the main characters and sets the stage for more drama and suspense to follow in book two. Luckily, book two is out already, so there’s no real cliffhanger since you can instantly grab up the next book. It’s hard to put down Dominus, the characters are enthralling, the plot is intriguing, and the sex scenes were erotic and steamy. Plus, you can tell J.P. Kenwood knows the ancient Roman world very well. There are so many well researched little details that make you feel like you are transported back into ancient Rome. It’s an extraordinary experience, especially since the Romans views on life are so different from our modern world. There are no moral qualms about destroying entire countries and enslaving people. And although it can be hard at times to read such cavalier opinions on what we see as atrocities in our contemporary world, it also brings a raw edge of realism and historical accuracy that is fascinating to explore. The audiobook has a dual narration featuring Hannibal Hills and Nick J. Russo. These men did a fantastic job with the audiobook. I loved their voices and how the voiced each character. There are a multitude of characters, so it was amazing how well they were able to make each character distinct and unique—I had absolutely no trouble following in the audiobook and differentiating each character based upon their voices. The narrators also did a fabulous job with performing the book. There are a lot of scenes with raw emotions that require a certain energy in order to be performed well, and the narrators met that challenge and exceeded all my expectations. The audiobook production was also well done. There were no glitches or mistakes, and there was a wonderful use of music that enhanced the experience without distracting from the book. I was utterly captivated and loved every moment of this audiobook. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to starting book two.

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Amazing

This book is amazing. It's so vivid and rich. You could feel like you're there with the characters. There are so many intriguing things in this book and the author does an amazing job in making you feel all the emotion and excitement. The narrators do an amazing job of being this world to life. Not only do we get the past, but we get the present as well. Both narrators take their individual characters and storylines and bring them to life in a way that really makes you feel for them. It's such a rich story that the narration could have felt stiff or too expositional, it didn't, which is hard to do, so bravo to the narrators. I cannot wait to see what they do with the next book.

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  • Lolo Davis
  • 07-16-20

Well Written Roman Slave Story

I’m usually put off by stories that have polyamorous and group sex scenes but this is really worth a read so don’t be put off. This book is the first in a four part series and develops the characters in strength and detail. The series is called an m m romance and the first book certainly sows the seeds into how this relationship will develop. Alle is a very likeable character and the reader becomes invested in him, so much so that you actively dislike Gaius and need the arrogant slave owner and General to be brought down a peg or two; I certainly hope this happens later in the series as the power dynamic is very one sided( as it would be in Ancient Rome but I am a modern reader). The supporting cast are interesting and well developed and there are mysteries that need to be solved in the rest of the series. All in all would highly recommend. The only criticism I have of the audible is that Alle’s voice did not sound right; it wasn’t light and attractive but slow and a bit dumb but maybe this is deliberate because Ally is playing a game.

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  • C M Silver
  • 11-23-20

Spoilt by English narrator

Having visited many Roman and ancient British sites, thought this tale sounded interesting. Sadly the English narrator sounds like he'd be more at home voicing a garden show about planting turnips and mangelwurzels. With so many good English narrators (Gary Furlong, Shane East or North whichever one he is currently using and others), one has to wonder why he was chosen to spoil this book. Only lasted an hour.

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  • Chris L
  • 09-25-20

I loved this story.

I loved this story, when I read it way back. I may have been one of the very first readers. I love the series, and have read all the snippets on JPK's website. I am not a fan of audio books in general but this one is pretty damn good. The voices are extremely fitting. I would say to you read or listen. You won't regret it!

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  • LGB
  • 09-07-20

Historical romp with a modern twist

This is a well-written, engaging and steamy historical romp. It’s sensual yet moving, following the friendships and passionate liaisons of Gaius Fabius, a Roman commander in the time of Emperor Trajan, and his pleasure slaves and friends. There’s humour, there's heat, there’s also plenty of emotions and feelings. This book introduces a multitude of characters and sets up the story, with the beginning of a slow-burn romance between Gaius and Allerix, a captured prince who is now a slave. The story is told from a variety of POVs, which sometimes changes mid scene. Hannibal Hills provides the excellent narrative voices for the main ancient storyline and Nick J Russo narrates the modern scenes of the archaeological dig in Rome.

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  • MrsOls
  • 08-23-20

Fun story set in Ancient Rome

Fun story that took me a while to get in to. Many characters and also different names for each of them got me confused in the beginning. But after a while I got more in to the story and it was entertaining. Nick J Russo only does the prologue and epilogue that is set in modern days. And just after this first book I don’t really understand the connection of that to the main story. But I love Nick’s narration. Hannibal Hills narrates the main story and does it well. There are a few high pitched voices that don’t suit me, but that is personal taste. My main problem is that he uses accents for some side characters that I have a hard time to follow as a non native in English. But as I got more and more into the story it was easier to understand and therefore enjoy.

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  • P D
  • 08-14-20

Highly recommended

I loved this book when I read it but it has been brought to life with this narration. Highly recommended!!

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  • Leah jane
  • 07-25-20

Loved this book

I have always been a sucker for History add I a bit of male romance and you havey attention. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator was quite amusing.

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  • A.K.
  • 07-23-20

Remarkable story

3.5 Stars At first I wasn't sure how to rate this. The narration was excellent. Some of the sex slave voices had me cracking up, to be honest, but overall, they all sounded so different it was easy to keep in mind who was talking. The story itself started out in Rome as a battle has been won and Gaius learns of a sex slave sale. He ends up finding a man there that was taken prisoner and waiting to be sold as a slave. After spending too much money, Gaius wins as highest bidder, then takes his new toy, Alle, back to his home by the sea. Once there, Alle plays a fool, pretending not to speak the language, not understanding what is asked of him, but when he finally sees Gaius for the first time as his owner, he can't leave. Gaius lives in a world plagued by ancient battles and aristocracy. He's one of the soldiers that fights battles and comes home the victor. He's well known and his brother is next in line for the throne. But in every life, there are politics that keep people uninformed and dangerous. Once he tries to break in Alle, his newest toy, he realizes how much he's wanted someone just like him, to have and enjoy. But when his world gets turned upside down, he's not sure how much he can take and survive. I loved the writing. It was so well done. My only downside was how much sex there was (a lot!) and how the story didn't really get going until more than halfway through. I felt I knew a lot about the history of Rome, but wanted more in the way of story line. Otherwise, the characters were actually redeemable and endearing for the most part.

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  • Ulrika
  • 07-13-20

Roman era in all its glory

This is an interesting and engaging story set in a very well described historical world, you almost feel like you’re there. I like that you get to see both the good and the bad, and that most of the people are described as having both good and bad traits. In the mirror of our own time the whole issue with slaves and their owners is a bit... disturbing, but you know that going into this book. However, it made me like Allerix a bit more than Gaius, but this is the first book in a trillogy, so I might warm up more to Gaius. As it was I still find the truthfulness of the book so much better than if those not so savory aspects had been glossed over, this is after all a historical book. I really liked Hannibal Hills’ narration, he brought an extra dimention to this book and made me even more feel that I was actually there, not merely had it read to me.

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 03-24-20

as good as the ebook

Nick J Russo The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me. The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Nick J Russo is one of the top 5 narrators for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow. It took me a while to get into Hannibal Hills, but it worked after a while. I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review. PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!! To my ratings: 5* - very very good it's like an A+ 4* - very good and will be often re-listening it's like an A 3* - it's more then a one-time-listening. it's like a B

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  • L Sommerland
  • 11-13-20

Grating narator

Enjoyed the story enough to put up with the narrator - the voice he gives Alle is horrific. Still worth listening to though, so the story must be pretty good :)

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  • P D
  • 08-19-20

Loved everything about this❤️

I loved reading the book but the narrators really brought it to life. Highly recommended!!!