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Love & Vengenace (The Gladiators) by [Danna, Gina]
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About the Author

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Gina Danna has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction. Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, and her only true break away is to spend time with her other lifelong dream—her Arabian horse. With him, her muse can play. Please visit her at

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  • File Size: 1341 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Bitter End Publishing (November 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017UNF21G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A. Massiah on July 10, 2014
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Okay, I have to say that from the start I was fascinated by the plot of this book. I know the movie is a few years old, but I’ll never forget Gladiator and how entranced I was by Russell Crowe’s character. Not to mention there is the recent gladiator movie Pompeii that was fairly interesting as well. But back to this story which first hooked me just because you don’t see many gladiator story lines out there.

From page one, you get insight into this very different world of Ancient Rome and our very appealing, tortured hero, Marcus. Marcus is a noble turned to a barbarian through awful secrets and betrayals. His story is one you can’t help sympathize with because it is so unfair. Though lowly, he is no doubt a champion inside the gladiator ring and outside of it, most especially when it comes to Gustina. Admittedly, I was completely into Marcus from the start. I’m a sucker for those darker, tortured yet strong males and he completely lived up to expectations.

Gustina was amazing as a strong heroine and Ms. Danna does a great job of emerging us into this ancient world. As awful as Gustina is treated and as awful as the realities of her life as a slave are, we as the readers have to face the fact that life for slaves in Ancient Rome was simply that, difficult and at times truly horrible. Gustina’s strength only makes you gasp in wonder at how she survives it all.

Gustina and Marcus’ relationship is one of passion and fire and I was engrossed throughout this entire book. I hated what they suffered through and their emotional roller coaster kept me flying through the pages. This is my first novel I’ve read of Ms. Danna’s and I was certainly not disappointed. In fact, I will definitely be reading quite a bit more of her work. And soon!
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This was the first of my "spring fling" reads and I couldn't put it down! The characters are real, vivid, passionate, sometimes desperate as they struggle for love and freedom in ancient Rome. The description of the grueling training of free men sentenced to a life of slavery; then turned gladiator by their captors, pitting man against man in a bid for freedom seems so real you can smell the sweat and taste the sand ground into their flesh. And the love scenes....intense, passionate, urgent, and finally, to read them with a glass of wine or two after the kids are in bed for the evening. I lingered over some of the scenes, and they were delicious! Miss Danna has a gift, just loved this book and planning to get her next "Her Eternal Rogue" for some more bedtime reading....
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Okay, my number one guilty pleasure is watching Starz’s “Spartacus” series. Oh, wow, that show is so . . . the male actors on it are so . . . and the plot is just . . . I have no clue how to say it, but I love it.

With that in mind I set out to read Gina Danna’s LOVE AND VENGEANCE, hopeful I could get my fill of something like “Spartacus,” because I no longer pay for Starz. Anyway, I was not at all disappointed! Squee!

Marcus, the gladiator, is a brooding, dark hero, but instantly falls for Gustina, the heroine. She’s a condemned slave, but Marcus saves her from a horrible death. They have immediate chemistry, which is understandable, since I pictured Marcus to look like one of the actors from “Spartacus.” Marcus keeps trying to save Gustina from the life of a slave, but, alas, she is, as is he. However reading about how Marcus tries everything he can to keep saving her is quite romantic, even if he is a demon-fueled killer.

There are some bad guys—who may or may not be a guy at all—of the book that also rival the “Spartacus’s” antagonists, because these are some baddies that make pathological look civil comparatively. Yeah, real bad, bad guys, who make Marcus’s goal that much harder, as well as there are a few cringe-worthy events.

The ending quite surprised me with a nice nod toward Gustina becoming a lot stronger and made the happily ever after that much more happier for me.

Even if I still had Starz, I’d eagerly look forward to Ms. Danna’s next in the Roman series!
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This novel is a chilling depiction of life in the decadence of Rome in 108 AD. It centers around Marcus, a proud Roman citizen taken down by his evil ex-wife and brother for their own gain. Accused of treason he is sentenced to slavery but his prowess with a sword and his inner demons screaming for vengeance, he becomes a very successful Gladiator. He is revered for his many successes, which allows him privileges of wine and women, but not his freedom.

Gustina was born a slave, knows no other life. But after being falsely accused of killing her mistress, she is sentenced to death in the arena by animals tearing her apart. She is awaiting her death and called to the arena with the others who are to die, when a dark, muscled man secrets her away from the others and saves her life. This man is Marcus, who just may have found a reason to live.

This story is gritty, bloody and a little graphic at times. I was a little lost at first with multiple Roman names, slaves and owners alike. The basic story is very entertaining, and has a few twists I was not expecting. Gustina and Marcus seem to have an impossible love, constantly being interfered with by outside influences neither have control of. I found the ending very satisfying.

I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Pat Fordyce
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