Title: The Left Hand of Calvus
Author: Ann Gallagher
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: November 4, 2016Summary:
Former gladiator Saevius is certain Fortune’s smiling on him when a Pompeiian politician buys him to be his bodyguard. That is until his new master, Laurea Calvus, orders Saevius to discover the gladiator with whom his wife is having a sordid affair. In order to do that, Saevius must return to the arena, training alongside the very men on whom he’s spying. Worse, he’s now under the command of Drusus, a notoriously cruel—and yet strangely intriguing—lanista.
But Saevius’s ruse is the least of his worries. There’s more to the affair than a wife humiliating her prominent husband, and now Saevius is part of a dangerous game between dangerous men. He isn’t the only gladiator out to expose the Lady Verina’s transgressions, and her husband wants more than just the guilty man’s name.
When Saevius learns the truth about the affair, he’s left with no choice but to betray a master: one he’s come to fear, one he’s come to respect, and either of whom could have him killed without repercussion.
For the first time in his life, the most dangerous place for this gladiator isn’t the arena.
Re-Read Review March 2018:
Truth be told, I don't think there's much I could add to my original review from 2016. The Left Hand of Calvus still had me hooked from page one, even knowing what happens. I think that statement right there sums up how brilliant this tale is: knowing what's coming I still couldn't put the book down. Re-reading Left Hand filled me with the same thrill and "YAY!" feeling that I get whenever I do a binge watch of STARZ Spartacus series. As I said in my original review, even without pages upon pages of sex, this tale is filled with so much heat don't be surprised if your Kindle doesn't fry out😉. If you're a fan of Ancient Rome than you will love this story and if you're not well you will be.
Original Review January 2016:
First off I want to say, even though I have featured LA Witt's work on my blog before and even have a couple on my Kindle, this is the first time I've read her but it won't be the last. Her grasp of Ancient Rome is pretty spot on, the characters, the setting, the story all held my attention from the beginning. Those looking for erotica will be disappointed, in fact many would not label this as erotic romance, me on the other hand found it incredibly erotic, not because there is pages upon pages of sex, there isn't. No, I find the whole sub-genre of Ancient Rome amazingly erotic because the era was so open minded, even when it was behind closed curtains and LA Witt captures that from beginning to end.
Ann Gallagher is the slightly more civilized alter ego of L.A. Witt, Lauren Gallagher, and Lori A. Witt. So she tells herself, anyway. When she isn’t wreaking havoc on Spain with her husband and trusty two-headed Brahma bull, she writes romances just like her wilder counterparts, but without all the heat. She is also far too mature to get involved in the petty battle between L.A. and Lauren, but she’s seriously going to get even with Lori for a certain incident that shall not be discussed publicly.
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