Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lycan Gladiator by Eva Gordon (Wolf Maiden Saga, #1)

LYCAN GLADIATOR
By: Eva Gordon 


My Rating:  5 Stars
Wolf Maiden Saga, Book 1
Published By: Corvallis Press
Published: Aug 18, 2013
ISBN # 9781625289803
Word Count: 95,000
Print Length: 282 Pages




A lycan gladiator in Rome's brutal arena vows to claim his forbidden mate … but her secrets may seal their doom. 

Description:

During a time of bloody gladiator games and treacherous schemes, a secret society of lycans live amongst the Romans.
When Ulric, a lycan gladiator, meets a mysterious human woman with green eyes, he’s drawn to her fiery beauty, enraptured by her alluring aroma. Unfortunately, Ulric and the beauty are slaves. To make matters worse, he can mate only with someone marked with the sign of the wolf.
Cassia’s hidden wolf mark burns in the presence of the handsome gladiator. While her heart yearns to be near Ulric, logic warns her against it—having a slave as a mate is against the lycan society’s plans for her.
In spite of the lycan society’s rules and the emperor’s brutal plots, their love grows … but their passion just may cost them their lives.

My Review:
Lycan Gladiator (Wolf Maiden Saga #1)Lycan Gladiator by Eva Gordon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As if the Roman times and the brutality of the Gladiator Games weren’t bloody enough, imagine a secret society of brutal Roman Lycans putting their Lycan Gladiators in the arena! In a fight to the death, there can be only one winner and to protect his family, Ulric, an alpha male, warrior and slave is determined to always be the last one standing, too much is at stake not to be.

Cassia is a gifted healer, trained in the art of healing lycans by “normal” means, she hides a secret. She has super natural healing powers and a hidden wolf mark, making her a rare human mate for one alpha male and to be discovered could mean a life of imprisonment and abuse as a breeding machine if anyone should find out. Are Cassia and Ulric destined as mates? If Ulric can survive the arena, will Cassia’s secrets get them killed?

You know those mental images a good author can create for their characters? Take a close look at the cover for Lycan Gladiator, go ahead, look…admit it, you already did…trust me, THAT IS ULRIC, without a doubt! Are we panting yet? Ulric is power, controlled, just barely. Cassia is giving, and willing to sacrifice all for those around her. I couldn’t help but like and admire them both! All of the characters in this bleek world feel real, their frustrations and immense self-control are as admirable as their pain is palpable as their “masters” seek to break their spirit any way possible for full control. The villains are completely disgusting, totally unlikable, no middle of the road here, and definitely to be feared for the power they wield.

Author Eva Gordon has taken a brutal part of ancient history, complete with its prejudices, slaves, and over-indulgence and spliced in a paranormal twist that will have you hanging on by your fingernails. I was cringing at the whipping, the blood, the haughty attitudes, the deceit, the treachery…and thanking the powers that be that I didn’t live then. If you like your paranormal romance with jagged edges and tension as taut as a garrote, strong characters and larger than life conflict, this new series is going to rock your world as you are pulled back in time and find yourself standing in the arena hearing the shouts for blood. Eva Gordon knows how to make a bold paranormal statement!

I received a copy of Lycan Gladiator in exchange for my honest review as part of the Lycan Gladiator Book Tour September 17 at Tome Tender!

Wolf Maiden Saga, Book 1
Published By: Corvallis Press
Published: Aug 18, 2013
ISBN # 9781625289803
Print Length: 282 Pages
Available at: Amazon Kindle

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