Great M/M historical set in ancient Rome, with tons of fascinating details about, wait for it, GLADIATORS!!! What could be sexier?
The book also has an unusual take on the whole master/slave dynamic, with the hedonistic rich-boy master loving being dominated by his angry, extremely alpha warrior slave. The scenes between them are HOT, but the authors have also crafted a tender story about love and healing. Though the authors take their time developing the relationship, the book did not drag for me. I especially loved the whole visit to Caere--the scene where Gaidres stands up to the wife's family, him teaching the kid about swords. The book is full of believable moments that make you feel you really know these two.
Sort of SPOILER. But its not all sweetness and hot sex. Extra kudos for the major fifth act crisis that was highly dramatic and an almost complete surprise. The authors tell us in an after note that it was drawn from an actual event--they succeeded in their goal of bringing it to life for their readers. My only qualm was, as usual, with the villain, who only seemed to be there because romance novels just have to have a villain--he was a lot less interesting than the rest of the book.
All in all, a great read. And I mentioned there were gladiators, right?