Lucius and Callistus #1
Raised in the city of Capua, renowned for its gladiator training grounds---Lucius, a young patrician, is unprepared for the obsessive desire that almost overwhelms him when he first sees Callistus, a captive Gaul condemned to a life, and probable death, in the arena. Unsuccessful in his attempt to buy Callistus and save him from a premature death, Lucius instead follows his career, attending all of his bouts in the arena, including one with Spartacus, the rebel slave. Spartacus incites Callistus and his fellow gladiators to rebel and form an unbeatable army, almost bringing the Roman legions to their knees.
Although torn between his love for Callistus and loyalty to his friends and family, Lucius determines that before one, or both of them might die, he must find Callistus, confess his feelings, and spend at least one night in the arms of the man he loves.
Lucius and Callistus don't actually spend much time together in this series opener but every word they share is powerful and memorable. A great story of what we do to find the ones we love even when it isn't that smart.
Damien and Demetrios #2
When Damian, a young artist, is commissioned to sculpt the image of Demetrios, Rome's current darling of the arena, he finds himself falling in love with the handsome gladiator. Despite his father's vow to disown him, Damian follows his heart---and when he and Demetrios are caught in the conflagration that threatens to destroy Rome, their love for one another gives them the strength to survive the flames.But their future together looks uncertain when Damian, rounded up along with Christians accused of setting the fire, is separated from Demetrios and forced into a fight to the death in the arena.
Damian and Demetrios is a great entry in the Slaves to Love series but when I saw book 3 followed Lucius and Callistus from book 1, I confess to reading that one and coming back to this installment. As enjoyable and entertaining as Damian and Demetrios' story is, they just did not capture my heart to the same extent as Lucius and Callistus did. I have said it before and I'm sure I'll it again in the future, I am a HUGE history lover and have been fascinated with Ancient Rome since I first watched the 1985 television mini-series A.D. but it's never really been an area I have spent a lot of time studying. Since I have not studied it I cannot say how accurate it is that Demetrios and his fellow gladiators would have that level of freedom to roam about the city but I think it helps to attest where his character is coming from and behaves. Great addition to my Ancient Rome library and it can be read as a standalone.
Warrior Prince #3
Set in the early turbulent years of the Roman Empire, and seen through the eyes of three men, Warrior Prince tells the story of a love that will not be denied, of courage in the face of adversity, of political intrigue, betrayal and death. Against this backdrop of death and mayhem, Lucius and Callistus, two estranged lovers, meet at last, but can their love overcome the enormous odds they must face when it seems that every man - and the gods - are determined to tear them apart once more?
It is safe to say that Lucius and Callistus really come into their own in Warrior Prince. A tale of knowing what you want and going after it even if you know your chances are not good. On the surface, Lucius does not appear to be your typical Roman soldier but when he goes that route to try and find his past love, Callistus, he finds out just what he is capable of. The friendship between Lucius and Flavius leads the lovers on paths that were not expected but definitely amazing to read. I hated to see the last page appear but when it did, I knew that I had just finished a well written journey of tragedy, friendship, and love.
J.P. Bowie was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He wrote his first (unpublished) novel – a science fiction tale of brawny men and brawnier women that made him a little suspect in the eyes of his family for a while.
Leaving home at age eighteen for the bright lights of London, he found himself in the midst of a “diverse and creative crowd” that eventually led him to the performing arts. For the next twelve years he sang, danced and acted his way around the theatres of London and the provinces, appearing in shows with many famous British singers, actors and comedians.
After immigrating to the US and living for many years in Las Vegas where he worked for that incomparable duo, Siegfried and Roy, J.P. found himself entranced by the fair city of San Diego where he currently lives with his partner, Phil.
Lucius and Callistus #1
Damian and Demetrios #2
Warrior Prince #3