Lycan Gladiator can be termed a historical romance and a paranormal romance seeing as to how the book takes place in ancient Rome during a time where people were brutalized regularly for sport in the arena either by other people or beasts. This time period never was a favorite of mine due to the blood shed that happened and because of the cruelty people endured. Certain groups such as Christians were especially targeted for the arena or some other type of execution. This book brings that world to life while adding shifters to the mix, making it an even more volatile combination. The story of two people who fall in love even through their difficult circumstances is a good summing up of Lycan Gladiator. Cassia and Ulric are both slaves but to two very different masters. Ulric was meant to be an alpha with a pack of his own. He is a good man who is surrounded by the worst of circumstances as he is forced to fight in the arena for his master so as to keep those he cares about from harm. His master's wife constantly tries to take him to bed, but he refuses. The master's son was quite the spoiled brat until an unfortunate accident almost killed him, bringing him and Ulric into close contact with Cassia since she is a physician of sorts and a very special woman. She has power like no other and has worked hard to keep who she is a secret. Well that secret will be revealed, but not before Ulric has fallen for her. A great and entertaining read, there were still some areas left rather vague and as always, there are questions left unanswered.
4 out of 5 stars!
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.