GoR, amuse-bouche #20

Last pre-release nibble of Games of Rome. A peek at a scene featuring Gaius and Allerix. No plot spoilers. As always, this may or may not make the final cut. I’ve had to push the publication date forward just a few more days to Nov. 20th. Fingers crossed my crazy life will not interrupt again. We’re well over 100K words now, and growing! \o/


Out on the terrace, the two enjoyed a leisurely, scrumptious meal as they reclined side by side along the couch. Gaius reached over Allerix’s shoulder to feed him bites of seasoned lamb, poached snails, and green olives; neither man had bothered with clothes. As the night wore on, the air grew cooler, and the stars’ twinkling lights grew brighter. Gaius brushed his lips up Alle’s neck and whispered into his ear, “Are you cold?”

“No, sir, but I’m stuffed. I can’t eat another morsel. Did the meal exceed your expectations, Dominus?”

“Euphronia’s cooking is impossible to surpass, but this spread was tasty.”

“Why didn’t you relocate Euphronia to Rome with the rest of us?”

“She’d requested to remain in Campania. I suspect she fancies our dear Plautus. The woman asked me a couple of curious questions before we’d left: his age, whether he’d ever married, and other such trifles. Perhaps a romance will blossom while we’re away.” Gaius grinned as he popped the last succulent snail into his mouth, tossing its empty shell to the floor.

“Plautus, the grumpy, portly cook at the stable house?” Alle snorted, mocking Plautus’s rotund girth with exaggerated arm gestures.

“Everyone wants love, Alle—slaves, barbarians, and even plump, ornery veterans. All men desire to share their hearts. And speaking of desires, let’s light the braziers and retire to the bed. My damn feet are freezing.”


JPK ❤️❤️

  4 comments for “GoR, amuse-bouche #20

  1. a reader
    October 31, 2015 at 4:56 am

    I read all your little bits of writings of Games of Rome to try to get a feel for the next book because I’ll be honest I didn’t like Gaius all that much, the asshole master who is so good at sex that can make a traumatized former prince who is now a slave who lost everything want him is not a favorite trope, the “it’s not rape because that’s the way of the world and most important he secretly wanted” thing is actually a bit of turn off but if you like slavefic, you gotta be prepared for that sometimes and I LOVED Allerix.

    I thought his background was super interesting and I had a tiny little hope that Allerix would still want to be free and continue hating him, until Gaius would have to change if that was suppose to be a love story but everything I read is Allerix being such a good little slave, it seems the next book will be all about him being the best and most well behaved sex slave ever and if he’s not well behaved all the time I’m sure there will be punishment until he is while Gaius continue to be a dick but also the best master EVER for the simple reason that everyone else is worse and being his sex slave is the best that can happen to Alleric in this life which is fair enough and probably true but it certainly doesn’t make me think of love between those two and that Gaius will ever see Allerix as more than a very beloved pet.

    Sorry for the ramblings but I remembered the first book and thought the second was already out until I saw that it wasn’t and read bits of the sequel and saw that it won’t be anything I was hoping for but this is all on me not on you.

    • October 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Morning! I’m thrilled that you feel so passionately about the characters, whether it be love or hate.

      And thank you for reading the first book. These amuse-bouches sneak peeks for “Games of Rome” are deliberately plot-free tidbits. The first 40% or so of GoR is up over at AO3 in draft form if readers want more than glimpses of the first ten chapters.

      This five-book saga will continue to be a roller coaster ride of plot twists and character development, esp. for Gaius and Allerix. I adore Allerix and his fierce badassery. I suspect he’ll surprise many folks, as will Gaius. I’m sorry you won’t be continuing the crazy journey with me and the lads (though I hope you change your mind), but I thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’ll take very good care of Allerix… and Gaius.


    • Sevigne Morris
      June 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      I think that Gaius falling in love with Allerix will start to see Allerix more than a sex slave but more as a soulmate, as the love of his life etc, etc, etc.

      • June 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm

        It would take time and a whole slew of drama to get there. I might just have a few things up my sleeve. ❤️

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