Sold to the Gladiators

Two gladiators.

One owns her body

The other claims her heart

Bethan has served multiple masters since she was captured by a rival clan and sold to the Romans, but nothing could have prepared her for Felix and Rufus. After purchasing Bethan, the two handsome, battle-hardened former gladiators quickly make it clear that she will be shared between them, taken hard and often by them both, and punished sternly for any disobedience.

Having been told by a seer that he must claim a woman from among his own people in order to appease the goddess of fertility, Felix is delighted to stumble upon a girl as beautiful as Bethan, and he is determined to use her as thoroughly as needed to bring blessing on his new estate. Rufus, on the other hand, was never much of a believer in fate, but the moment he sets eyes on Bethan he wants her in his arms… and in his bed. Will she surrender willingly to her new owners’ dominance or spend her days with a bright-red, well-spanked bottom?

Publisher’s Note: Sold to the Gladiators includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

 

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Romance Reviews:

The Romance Review

Felix, a freed gladiator, has been given dark news by the Seer. If his newly won land is to be plentiful, he must sow his seeds before the goddesses of fertility with a native girl who is both comely and bountiful (among other things). When he and his friend, Rufus, meet Bethan, they both feel that their prayers have been answered. 

It takes some doing, but Felix is able to purchase Bethan and together, the three of them embark on a figurative journey together. One where each one learns something about him or her self and they all come to know love.

Likes: I’ve always enjoyed period stories (heavy or light) and since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved gladiator stories. Well, the romanticized version. Both Felix and Rufus are dominant and sexy, firm and fair. Bethan is a strong female character and also very likable. The sex scenes are hot and delicious in all the right ways as are the spanking scenes. 

SOLD TO THE GLADIATORS by Jaye Peaches is a Stormy Night Publications, which means it’s heavier on the naughty bits including spankings and a yummy ménage. If such things trouble you, then you definitely don’t want this book. If you enjoy them, then poor yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, sit back and savor the story.

Amazon Reviews:

After delivering a message from Rome to the barracks Felix and Rufus were heading to their new home where Felix would manage his own lands farming and trading with his country men he had won his freedom from the Emperor, he was no longer a Gladiator however he carried himself with pride and purpose. Bethan had watched the two men arrive at her master’s property little did she know that she would soon be over the ones knees for punishment and then that they would purchase her.
Rufus has saved the life of Felix when he had fallen by fighting off any attackers he had stood strong, defiant and determined and when Felix won his freedom he had asked him to accompany him, they would build a home together. The wise man had advised Felix that when they reached their lands before he would began ploughing it was essential that Felix appease the gods by sowing his seed in a woman that was submissive, beautiful and when the land failed her punishment would once again appease the gods, however this would only succeed if she gave herself willingly.
Bethan was their appeasement to the gods she gave herself willingly to both me she respected Felix’s beliefs and she loved him. She was loved and cared for by Rufus and she also gave herself to him there was no jealously or secrets between them….
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; keep up all the great writing.

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I really enjoyed this book. Bethan is sold to Rufus and Felix as a slave. One wants her as an offering to the goddess and the other wants to love her. This is a hot, steamy menage with lots of punishments. Strong characters and a good storyline.

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I really liked this book, and loved the unusual setting of ancient Roman times. Interesting historical facts were sprinkled throughout the novel, deepening my immersion in the setting. There were many, many explicit sizzling hot ménage scenes (no m/m) and quite a few thorough discipline scenes. It was an easy and enjoyable read, another winner for Jaye Peaches. 

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My first book by Ms. Peaches and I am now a fan. The three main characters were engaging and I loved the hot sex scenes.

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Jaye Peaches takes us back to Britain when it was still Britannia and ruled by the Romans and lets us get familiar with some gladiators and their slave.

Felix and Rufus were gladiators in Rome. When Felix is freed, he is given land back in his native Britannia. Rufus, whom he trained and who volunteered to be a gladiator, decides that he will go with him. Before they leave, Felix visits a soothsayer who says that his land is poor and he will have to have a particular woman who he can use to satisfy the Roman fertility goddesses.

When Felix and Rufus get to where they are going, they see a slave named Bethan. Her owner wants her punished, and Felix offers to punish her. Then he recognizes that she fits the requirements that the soothsayer laid out so he buys her.

When they get to his new land, Felix puts his plan into action, getting up close and familiar with Bethan, but is determined to not love her. That’s what Rufus is for.

I like all the other books that I’ve read by Jaye Peaches. I like this one too. Felix did make me mad sometimes because he didn’t seem to care about Bethan and her feelings. However, that’s not all the time, and he isn’t a total jerk. Rufus does make sure that Bethan feels like she has some stability and that she’s loved. I really liked the interaction between the 3 of them and how well it works.

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When you read this new book of sold to the Gladiatiors im sure you would wish that you were the female. If the picture on the front of the book describes the men then oh la la. Both Men were definately Alpha Dominant with a firm hand and big hearts.
Felix is on a journey along with his friend Rufus, to find a women among his people in order to please the fertility gods. On his way home he comes across Bethan who has been accused of stealing and is due to be punished. As the way things go Felix gets to punish the slave, and there after purchases her and makes her his. She is also shared by Rufus as they are both used to sharing women.As they go along with their journey Felix and Rufus purchase more slaves, but it is Bethan that causes them a bit more trouble with things that she isn’t sharing with them.

I just love these two men and I’m sure you will to. the men may be fierce, large, but they both have good hearts. And there’s nothing more better than a good man, who rules with a firm hand.

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An interesting and creative story set in ancient times with lots of sexy heat. I enjoyed the different approaches of Rufus and Felix. Although I will say that Felix’s approach to Bethan could be frustrating at times. He did find his way in the end. Bethan is such a strong character, she needed two strong gladiators to take her in hand. I loved the interactions between the characters and the attention to details are well done, making it easy to visualize the ancient world.

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Sold to the gladiators ia a book about Felix, Rufus and Bethan. Bethan is a slave who is sold to Felix after she is caught stealing food to give to hungry children. Felix and Rufus are traveling to there new home and they decide to share Bethan. Bethan started out as their slave but as they journey home she becomes much more.This is a sexy tale with a hea.

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This story by Jaye Peaches is full of rawness and grit. It explores the power exchange between masters and their slaves when Britain was still Britannia and ruled by the Romans. Felix and his loyal friend Rufus, were fierce Gladiators in Rome. Now free, Felix returns to his native land. Felix has been gifted with land but it is in poor condition, life has drained the land of its virility. Felix must sow his seeds before the goddesses of fertility. Rufus has never believed in fate but will accompany his best friend and grab any opportunity that comes his way. When Felix comes across Bethan, a slave with a cruel master, he recognizes her as the women meant for him to help fertilize his lands. Like everything in their lives, Felix and Rufus will share Bethan. Felix is a fair but stern master, while Rufus loses his heart to Bethan. I enjoyed the journey with all the different beliefs of the time. Bethan did not enjoy the punishments but was aroused by them. The author did a great job exploring what it was like to be a slave in that era. The plot includes many strict punishment and graphic sex scenes. Felix came to realize that underneath it all ,he was still a Briton himself. The emotional journey of the characters was the beauty of the story for me. My favorite parts were the growing love and quieter moments between the men and Bethan despite the master/slave relationship.

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The story takes us back to a Britannia ruled by Romans and two now free gladiators – Felix and Rufus. Felix an enslaved gladiator and former Briton was given a small villa in his homeland upon earning his freedom. A soothsayer has told him the land won’t be fruitful until he seeds a Briton girl and honors the fertility gods. Travelling to the new home they acquire and share Bethan, who fills the soothsayers requirements. Their relationship is interesting, as Felix is Master and remains aloof, while Rufus provides love and affection along with punishments. The book does give some insight into slave, master, Roman versus Briton thinking. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.

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Really enjoyed this book about Bethan and her two gladiators – Felix and Rufus. When Felix comes upon Bethan and her cruel master he decides he must have her as she will be perfect for him to please the fertility goodness to restore his lands. He buys her and the three travel together to his new home. The men are like brothers and share Bethan in every way. Rufus is more caring than Felix and Bethan feels herself drawn to him.
Bethan is also interested in finding her brother who was captured along with her. When she tries to escape the two men she is spanked and punished. She will not tell them why she ran so they keep her even closer. The men can’t help their growing feelings for the young girl. This book was quite sexy. The two gladiators were opposite and punished Bethan in different ways. Jaye Peaches knows how to write some hot stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. You won’t be disappointed.

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Sold to the Gladiators is an interesting romance set in the time of ancient Rome. And it’s interesting in many ways. This is a time period you don’t see that often in romance, but Peaches explores how this era, with its social strata and accepted slavery, makes for a worthwhile ménage setting. It also takes a rather matter-of-fact view of slavery, both for those enslaved and those who are masters. There’s very little of the modern sense of horror around slavery portrayed. When something is a fact of your life you rarely question it, and it was really interesting to see this angle portrayed instead of the more common, rebellion-against or antipathy-towards slavery angle you find in many other romances.

I loved how the ménage story here also took a truly interesting approach. In most ménage books, the lovers are equally balanced in their love—everyone loves everyone else the same. Here, Peaches takes a risk, and for me it actually enhanced the story. Here Bethan feels more love for one partner over the other; for the second, she has a strong dominance/leadership vibe going on. And neither Rufus nor Felix mind this. They understand and work with those different dynamics. It doesn’t weaken or demean one partner over the other—it just shows that having different feelings within the ménage structure can work depending on how the partners in this situation approach it.

The sense of being part of one of the far-flung areas of Roman culture is very well depicted, and it’s yet another interesting (see, there’s that word again) aspect of Sold to the Gladiators. The one plot point that didn’t make as much sense to me was Bethan’s search for her brother. Seeing how Bethan accepted her slavery in general, I really wondered how she felt she even could go off and search for her brother, instead of accepting that she wouldn’t see him again. Structurally, it motivates her bit of rebellion for plot tension, but I think this might have been better woven into the earlier part of the book. For me, this came in a bit out of the blue.

But there are so many interesting and fascinating twists on the typical ménage story that it’s easy to recommend Sold to the Gladiators. Peaches has crafted a story that well worth exploring!

 

 

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