I hope you had a nice Halloween day if you celebrated it. I stayed at home to study for my midterm exams so I didn’t have much of a choice and therefore didn’t go out.
Without further ado let’s start with the post!
Title – Nova Praetorian
Author – N.R. Walker
Publication day – October 26th, 2018
Genre – Adult/Historical/LGBTQ+
Synopsis provided by the organizer:
Quintus Furius Varus is one of the best lanistas in Rome. Tall and strong in build, fearsome in manner, and sharp of wit, he trains the best gladiators bound for the arenas of Rome. When Senator Servius Augendus seeks personal guards, he attends the Ludus Varus for purchase of the very best. He puts to Quintus an offer he cannot refuse, and Quintus finds himself in Neapolis, contracted as a trainer of guards instead of gladiators.
Kaeso Agorix was taken from his homelands of Iberia and delivered to Rome as a slave. Bought by a senator to be trained as a guard, his fate is handed to the man who would train him. Absent free will, Kaeso knows his life is no longer his own, though he soon realises the gods have favoured him when he learns his new master has a kind heart.
Quintus and Kaeso forge a bond that far exceeds the collar at Kaeso’s neck, and together they discover the senator’s move for promotion has an ulterior motive. Thrown into a world of politics and conspiracy, of keeping enemies close, they move against time to save Rome before traitors and the gods themselves see to their end.
And in doing so, see the dawn of the nova praetorian—the new guard—rise.
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Kaeso felt conflicted. He’d been given the prime opportunity to escape—to walk through the city with only Quintus. No other guards, no other witnesses. He could have easily slipped through the crowd and disappeared. He would be faster than Quintus, and he could give his name of rabbit a better meaning.
But he knew then Servius would hold Quintus responsible, accountable. And Kaeso did not wish for Quintus to suffer because of him.
He had been nothing but kind.
If Rome was full of conceited men and greed, then Quintus was the one good man amongst them.
Kaeso had enjoyed the challenge in the training yard. If there was one place where all men stood on equal footing, it was in battle. Wealth and status meant nothing when a slave had more skill. And Quintus treated all his training men as equals. He showed no favours and expected none in return. Quintus had declared to Servius his trust in Kaeso, and it plucked at his heart like a seamstress picking at tapestry gone wrong; one thread at a time would see it all undone.
Kaeso respected Quintus, and he had not expected that. He had not expected to forge any kind of bond with a Roman. Kaeso had every intention of leaving this place at his first opportunity, being free of his binds, free of Rome.
But he had not expected Quintus.
And as they walked back to the villa, Kaeso’s chance for escape was gone. Still, he walked beside Quintus, and he couldn’t bring himself to be sorry.
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.She’s been writing ever since…
- $50 Amazon gift card
That’s it! Are you interested in reading this book? I added it to my virtual TBR shelf because the synopsis really intrigued me. Please let me know in the comments below what you think about Nova Praetorian!
All the information and pictures were provided by the organizer of this blitz.
Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours for including me in this blitz.