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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 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?

©2015 JP Kenwood/JPK Publishing (P)2020 JP Kenwood/JPK Publishing

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An amazing sequel!!

An amazing follow up to the first book in the series.
I would recommend listening the first book before heading into this one to get a better understanding of the universe in which it is set.

I am in absolute awe of the world building created by the author.
It is very engaging and interesting.
A lot of research has gone into making this believable and authentic and I was floored by the amount of detail included in this.

The narrators Hannibal Hills and Nick J. Russo performed an exceptional audio delivery and the narration was smooth and enjoyable.

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The games continue...

The mysteries opened at the end of Dominus only deepen in this fast-paced second installment. Like the first book, Games of Rome features nuanced characters in complex and dangerous relationships, where figuring out who to trust and who to please means life or death. The narration of this series is immensely entertaining, with a talented voice actor who brings the characters and urgency to life.

Disclaimer: I received a copy for free and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions are my own.

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Amazing original series

This story has a very original setting. I love historical novel, romance and interesting characters and here I found it all.

This book is not meant to be enjoyed as a stand alone, it is the second of the series and in it we can see the character development (which is excellent) and how the plot thickens with the contradictory feelings of the characters (it is an enemies to lovers story).

The secondary characters are very exciting and their sub stories are just as interesting as the main one, and the narration is great. It made me get so lost into the story that I found myself shedding a tear at times.

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OMG! The writer tops the first novel!

With the incredible world-building, in-depth character development, and awesome storyline, how could the writer possibly top Dominus book 1? The author does so magnificently! The first book leaves us with a tragic occurrence and several challenges that simply must be addressed in the second book. And JP Kenwood handles it all so beautifully. Gaius is faced with trying to secure his succession to the imperial throne, retaliate for the murder of his long-time friend/lover, and protect his sex slave Allerix who is a Dacian noble. Keeping Allerix is considered treason but Gaius insists on having him for his salacious pleasures! With such precise pacing, the writer keeps us interested at every moment within the book. There are no excessive words or excessive time spent on scenes or points within the narrative that could leave a reader frustrated and annoyed. We readers are given just what we need when we need it. The descriptive text is clean and crystal clear, making it impossible for the audiobook listener to do anything but sit back and enjoy. There was NO hand sewing, crocheting, or knitting going on with this audiobook on the speakers. There was NO sitting back quietly for a listen, either. This audiobook had me pacing within my home. And there were some scenes that got replayed more times than I care to admit! Once again, Hannibal Hills delivers an INCREDIBLE performance bringing the characters of Ancient Rome to life and Nick J. Russo provided a welcomely warm embrace at the very beginning and end of the book (the voices of the modern-day folk) as I am very familiar with his work. This book has earned ten stars! You simply cannot believe how extraordinary this series is!

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Awesome as always

Another's amazing book. I love this series and can't wait for the next. The first 2 are so good. Lots of adventure, steamy scenes , and humor. Great narration too.

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Games of Love and Vengeance

Games of Rome is the second book in the Dominus series, a historical series set within an alternative timeline of ancient Rome. I highly, highly, highly recommend reading Dominus, the first book in the series, before reading Games of Rome. There are a lot of important plot points and character development that happens in the first book that is carried forward into this book.

One of my favorite elements about Games of Rome, and the Dominus series as a whole, is the INCREDIBLE world building based on accurate historical information. These details really bring the book to life and I love how certain plot elements tie in with major events that actually happened in history. I can tell the author is an expert in this subject and used her expertise to craft this rich and intriguing story. I also adore the characters – their morals and cultural norms definitely reflect the time period they are set in (which can be hard for some readers), but I found this fascinating. All the characters have depth and layers to them, and their emotions and reactions are powerful and tangible. The intensity that flows through this book made it hard to put down. This book has it all – action, drama, political intrigue, suspense, and some delicious steamy moments.

The audiobook is so well done with a wonderful production and narration. It was dueled narrated by Nick J. Russo and Hannibal Hills who both do such a fantastic job. They not only narrated this book, but performed it with a wonderful mix of emotion and energy without overdoing it. I love these narrators voice and felt captivated by their voices and the story. Overall, I was really pleased with this audiobook and enjoyed it immensely.

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excellent!!!

OMG!!!! This series is so amazing, I'm hooked!! I couldn't stop listening, it's so good! I love the historical setting and I absolutely adore the characters. It's really really good I highly recommend it. just keep in mind that it will break your heart. And the narrattors are brilliant! Excellent! I can't wait for the next one!

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Good

The way history is painted with words is so vivid it feels as though your a part of the story. The narration is exquisitely done.
My only issue is a personal one some of the violence is so vivid that it makes me squeamish.

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Epic adventure continues

First of all, let me give a shoutout to that gorgeous cover. Look how beautiful and erotic that cover is!

The mystery deepens in the incredibly exciting book 2 of the Dominus series.Games of Rome takes us further into the Roman traditions as we follow along the journey of Alle, Nic, Simon, Max, and the powerful, incredibly handsome, sexy Roman Commander Gaius Fabius Rufus.The murder mystery, as well as a few other surprises, provides a nice counterpoint to the developing ‘romance’ between Gaius and Allerix. What I also admire is the author's ability to write the erotica without the scenes seeming repetitive, and every sex scene furthers the characterization

I'm hoping I can pick up book three as soon as possible!

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Getting better all the time!

The first book to a little bit for me to get into with the narrator. However this second installment has me captivated!

Patiently waiting for book 3 of the series to be available. Which will pick up where the climactic ending of this one left off.

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Allerix is growing to be one of my favorite characters (previously I loved Gaius). The obvious struggles he is facing with guilt towards his people and country, revenge seems the only answer. He’s slowly realizing that he has lost his heart to his Domius, whom has already made it known how captivated by Allerix he has become.

The narrators has gained momentum with his character development, for that I’m grateful of his stronger ‘voice’ of Allerix.

This reader is still in love with the Roman red headed bastard, but his pleasure slave is slowly creeping into the lead!

Fantastic stories by a very talented writer. Her stories are incredible, I encourage everyone to listen to these. You won’t be disappointed in them.

Looking forward to the next two books in this historical series.

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  • RjS
  • 09-19-20

Very enjoyable

This series is really getting into its stride and the audio narration brings it to life even more.

The narrator manages the large cast of characters adroitly. I love his Gaius! I didn’t like his voice for Alle in the first book (I had heard a younger, lighter voice in my head) but am getting used to it. This is my only quibble - otherwise I think the narration is perfect.

Really looking forward to the next book which is my favourite.

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  • Miss Lesley A Skoyles
  • 09-02-20

A great continuation of the first book

I was delighted when this second in JP Kenwood's ancient Rome series became available to listen to as the first part was excellent. And I enjoyed this part even more - we really got into the nitty gritty of the saga and I felt we got to know all the characters that bit better. I really liked that as well as the romance we also got a lot of proper politically orientated plot, with lots of excellently researched historical detail.
And once again the two narrators did a stellar job, I particularly enjoyed Hannibal Hills apparently channeling Dame Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell in his characterisation of Gaius's grandmother!
I'm now really looking forward to being able to listen the the third part whenever it's ready.
I would, and have, recommended, this series to other friends to try.

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  • MrsOls
  • 08-25-20

Long well written story

This is the second book in the Dominus series. It is the sequel to the first book.
Games of Rome is a well written, eventful story with a lot of energy. You are there! Sense it, experience it.
There are many characters to keep track of. And all of them are important parts of the story and you are given time to get to know them all. Even if it is two main characters. The first book is 10,5 hour and this is 14 hours long and it is still an ongoing story.

I still don’t really understand the pro- and epilogue. That is another story, still not connected to the main.

I choose between 4 and 5 ⭐️, and choose 4 because I was a bit overwhelmed and couldn’t really take it all in. And that is on me! But it is also me giving the review.

Hannibal Hill act the characters with perfection. So many different people and he as a unique voice for each and everyone.

I was given this book to leave a review!

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  • Randall J
  • 08-12-20

Enjoyed every minute of this sequel to Dominus!

Part murder mystery and part slow burn romance, this sequel to DOMINUS Book 1 brings the story forward and further immerses the reader in the world of Gaius Fabius Rufus’s “family” of servants and pleasure slaves in Rome and Campania in the time of Trajan. I really love these characters and the developing relationship between Gaius and his Dacian slave, Allerix. The ongoing investigation of Gaius’s friend Lucius’s murder is compelling, and as a reader I find myself very invested in how this will resolve in the larger story arc which continues in Book 3. The story of an archeological dig in modern Rome which bookends the main story (and continues from Book 1) is an added treat. There are more than 14 hours of brilliant audio here to enjoy, narrated superbly by Hannibal Hills and Nick J Russo.

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  • Mary
  • 08-11-20

Immersively Entertaining

I thought this would be a long listen- at 14 hrs- but in the end I realized it just wasn't long enough.
I was completely pulled in and transported to Ancient Rome to bear witness to Rufus and Allarix's developing relationship. Has the Lion of the Lucky IV Legion really lost his heart to a slave boy? I suggest you listen and find out for yourself!

This audiobook has all of the angst, dramatic tension, and smoldering M/M sex scenes I'd hoped for, with a few laugh out loud funny moments thrown in.

I am very impressed by the historical detail the author has gone to for this series. There is some seriously intense research that has gone into these stories. So Bravo!

Hannibal Hills works wonders as the voice of bombastic bisexual Roman General Gaius Fabius Rufus, although the narration isn't perfect (The Scot's accent for a character isn't up to par) but he makes up for it with consistently good, distinctive, and energetic voices for all of the other characters.

If you love historical M/M, this audiobook series is a must!
I adore this series and eagerly await the third book in audio.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-20

Excellent book

This is the second instalment and I enjoyed it as much as the first. It has a great plot, lots of action and excellent narration. I can't wait for the third audio book.

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  • Lena Belle
  • 04-16-21

Great

This is one of the best historical series that I have read/listened to. The narration is superb and the story is great. Plenty of steam and action which I love.

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  • LGB
  • 01-21-21

A gripping and enjoyable sequel

A well-constructed and gripping sequel to Dominus that tugs on your heart strings. The compelling murder mystery is interwoven with action and angst. There’s a romance storyline and plenty of steamy scenes. All superbly narrated by Hannibal Hills. I’m intrigued by the modern day prologues/epilogues narrated by Nick J Russo that link to the past.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 01-05-21

To love your captor

Slave narratives are often problematic because unless you’re showing the true horrors of being a slave, there’s a question about the depiction. Were there good masters who treated their slaves well? Possibly. But that didn’t change the fact the person was in bondage. That the horrific power imbalance would always exist. That no matter how comfortable the life of the slave, there would never be true freedom. True enjoyment of life.

Okay, all that being said, this is a work of fiction, and I have to say Ms. Kenwood does depict the harshness of slavery during the Roman empire. Allerix was a Dacian prince, ripped from his homeland that’d been decimated. He’s sold into bondage to Gaius Fabius Rufus. (Can I just say there are plenty of characters, many of whom had multiple names so, at times, it was a struggle to keep up? But this is a book of political intrigue, so I did understand.)

Gaius’ best friend has been murdered and Gaius has promised retribution to the guilty party. Problem is that he doesn’t know who committed the dastardly deed, and even the ghost of his dead friend isn’t a lot of help. Didn’t predict there would be a ghost scene, but I’ve learned to roll when it comes to these books. Oh, and let me mention these are very violent books. One scene in particular was a little traumatizing for me – but it was meant to be. A reminder of the life and times of the Romans. A hint of what might happen to Allerix should his plan to kill the emperor to exact revenge be discovered. The man does almost get derailed by his feelings for Gaius. Those problematic ones I was discussing earlier. But it’s clear the men do care for each other – or at least satisfy each other’s physical needs.

There’s one more book in the series and I’m excited to see how things conclude. Of course I’m hoping Allerix is able to kill the emperor, but I know that will leave him in a terrible position. It’ll likely cost him his life. To him, it’ll totally be worth it.

Finally, you might wonder why there are two narrators. Nick J. Russo narrates the beginning and end of the books as a modern-day archeologist digging up Rome’s history. Hannibal Hills narrates the bulk of the book – the past Rome. I enjoy his narration but occasionally the women are a little irritating. I sometimes wondered if that was the narration or the characterization. Possibly a bit of both. Anyway, not enough to take away from the enjoyment of the book. Can’t wait for the next one to see how this saga ends.

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  • Ulrika
  • 11-03-20

The story continnues...

Again I'm struck by how true this story feels, I know it's made up but it's such a multifaceted story with all sides included, the good and the bad, so that makes it feel more real. I still find the whole master/slave thing a bit unsetteling, but this is a historical story and that's what it was like at the time. In this book Allerix is also slightly divided on the slave-thing, he of course doesn't like being a slave, but he starts to devellop feelings for Gaius, starting to fall in love. These mixed feelings make the book more interesting and I'l looking forward to seeing where the author will take this in the next book.

Hannibal Hills' narration was good and made it easy to follow the story.