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Enslaved by [Dean, Cassandra]
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From the Author

ENSLAVED is the first-person tale of Lucia, daughter of a lanista (gladiator trainer), and her decade-long love for Marcus, the most prized of her father's gladiators. Much occurs to separate them and it is only when they are reunited years later the truth of their feelings arise...

ENSLAVED is spicy romance of approximately 45,000 words.

About the Author

Cassandra Dean is a best-selling, multi-published author of historical and fantasy romance. She is proud to call South Australia her home, where she regularly cheers on her AFL football team and creates her next tale.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company (July 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CKK81Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M. Harte on September 26, 2011
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I don't like to read stories in first person pov, it's just not my thing. But this author did an excellent job with it. I was hooked from the first chapter. I thought the H/h spent a little too much time apart but not enough to mark off for it or anything. The visuals, the writing, the research, all were well done. And the premise was so unique I couldn't help but wonder how she was going to wrap this up and make it work. I may have done things a little differently were I in her shoes but again, the author did a wonderful job on her own. Well done.
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I'm so tired of cliched historical romances that seem to be written by Publishing Company Autobot 3000. Regency bluestocking spinster who's beautiful even though she doesn't think so? Check. Wicked but kind-hearted rake with friends or relatives ready-made for sequels? Check. One reason I love romances that come out from smaller e-presses is that they're quirkier and more interesting. If you're like me and bored with the same old romances, I highly recommend that you check out Cassandra Dean's "Enslaved." It's a cool, fun novella set in ancient Rome, a time period you don't often see in this genre.

Another one of my complaints with romance novels is that the happy ending often feels tacked on- that the characters don't earn their HEA. That is not the case in "Enslaved." Both the hero and heroine have very satisfying character arcs in this. And it does a great job of avoiding most Roman era cliches. There's no Christians, no evil emperors, no cheesy orgies, or freedom-loving barbarians mucking about in the wilderness. This is impressive especially for a first-time author- in fact it completely defied my expectations.

At first it starts out a bit like "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" fanfiction- which is not entirely a bad thing as I love that show. But then it leaves the gladiatorial school, and it takes on a life of its own. I've read my share of gladiator romances, but this book zigged when I thought it would zag. The plot takes unpredictable twists and turns, and I found that delightful. It's really cool to read a romance where you literally have no idea what's going to happen next.
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The first thing I noted was that Dean is excellent at world-building. I am no particular expert on Ancient Rome, but to me it seemed like the story was historically accurate. I was immersed in historical cities with gladiators, excess, and coliseums. I found the time and place fascinating, and so well-written that for time and place alone I would've kept reading - simply because it was unique and different. I liked that Dean wrote in first person (from Lucia's point of view) and I truly enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. To be honest, I generally dislike first person so that was another first for me, that I enjoyed it here. Dean clearly writes very well.

The book was too short for my tastes, for all that happened during it, and it moved at an incredibly fast paced - so fast I almost felt rushed. I still enjoyed and savored every page, every moment, every word - and I desperately wanted to see more. Dean was very good about marking how much time had past - either using the age of characters or by actually stating it, which was important. The story takes place over the first 30 or so years of Lucia's life, and without the marking of time I could've been very lost. Dean seemed to be cognizant of her reader's possible confusion while writing, and filled in any holes almost immediately - making it an easy, fast, and fun read.

What else is there to say? Good characters (Oh Marcus! *fans self*), a great location and time period, and a wonderful romance - put this book on your to-read list right away!
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Reviewed by Bridget

Ancient Rome is becoming an increasingly popular setting for historical romances, with gladiators, unsurprisingly, playing a prominent role. Nevertheless, Cassandra Dean's Roman romance is in many ways a unique love story, one that is as surprising and unexpected as it is fulfilling, that challenges a lot of conventions, and remains utterly touching and memorable throughout every tense, emotionally-packed scene.

Lucia has always been something of an outsider--a scholar and a student of her people's myths and folklore, she's remained unmarried and not even courted long after many of her age have been wed. But this makes her the ideal tutor for her father's newest slave. A trainer of gladiators, Lucia's father is determined to create the greatest warrior ever seen, which includes instilling in him a knowledge of the gods and their own glorious victories.

Having never seen a gladiator competition in person, Lucia is initially terrified of her pupil and the mask of utter disregard he wears in her presence. But day by day, week by week, she begins to see something else indeed beneath his stoic stance and furious glares. In the course of their lessons, Marcus reveals not only a sharp intellect, but also a genuine regard for his tutor, and a gentle sense of humor that lights up Lucia's world. But in many ways, Lucia's fate is as structured and controlled as Marcus', and no matter how much she might yearn to share more with him than their lessons, a life beside her gladiator is nearly impossible...

The language and narrative of the book are meant to sound more authentic and can occasionally slow down the reading process, however, these characters shine through, complete, vivid, and deeply emotional.
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