Review: Hero’s Redemption

Reviewed by Jen

This story suffers from novella-itis.  The premise is interesting, but the development suffers due to the story length.  Too many scenes are wrapped up quickly or happen off page. And the last chapter reads more like an epilogue that wraps everything up in an easy and shiny bow.  Is it bad? No.  It was a fairly enjoyable read. But it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

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Review: Mask of the Gladiator

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been a sucker for sexy gladiators since the first time I laid my eyes on Andy Whitfield in his Spartacus loincloth. So I had high hopes for this story. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to its potential.

The story surrounds the widowed lady Livia. In a moment of abandon, she does the nasty with a sexy gladiator. She has no idea that he is the man her uncle is about to force her to marry. Titus is actually a senator, who went undercover as a gladiator as part of his plan to overthrow a dangerous ruler. The rest of the novella follows their unexpected relationship and the unseating of the emperor.

The story is very short… about 50 pages or so. And I just couldn’t feel much for the characters. The sex was just ok; the speed of their falling in love was extremely unrealistic; and the political elements just didn’t excite me. The novella wasn’t bad, but it was superficial. Not great for me. A little less than 3 stars.

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Mask of the Gladiator
by Georgie Lee
Release Date: January 30, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press