"Romans" by Joe Nobel could be crudely described as a "menage" or M/f/f story, but the three-way relationship defies expectations. In the context of an empire like that of ancient Rome, a master must leave his female slave temporarily, and she feels abandoned. In the place where he has business, he meets a woman gladiator who has had to give up her vocation or find almost certain death in the arena. The emotions of all three characters are almost palpable. Is there a way for each of them to get the acceptance, the companionship and the ecstasy they each want? With enough creativity and forgiveness, anything seems possible.

Reviewed by Jean Roberta

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