A Roman Imperial erotic epic with romantic elements
Published by Regina Kammer/Viridium Press, 2012 (paperback), 2015 (ebook).
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An imperial marriage is a complicated affair.
She faced him once again, this time with hate in her eyes. “What about all your slave boys? Are they not satisfying enough? Is your appetite so voracious you need to start in on the women of the imperial household?” She spat in his direction.
Incensed by her vituperation, Hadrian recoiled to strike her. He flinched, stopping himself, knowing abundantly well that he would be admonished harshly…
It is said theirs was a loveless union.
He was vain and arrogant, his passion for a youth one of the most celebrated romances in history. She was moody, difficult, and aborted his heir to prevent harming the human race.
And yet, she left her home and followed him to the ends of the Empire, from Britannia to Egypt. He died only months after her, a crushed, broken-hearted man.
This is the story of Hadrian and Sabina.
Divided into four parts, following four love affairs – including that of Hadrian and his beloved Antinous – Hadrian and Sabina: A Love Story offers a new interpretation of the relationship between the Roman emperor and his wife, and new insights into 2nd-century imperial politics. Darkly erotic and intensely historical, Hadrian and Sabina features actual personages as well as entirely fictional characters, plus has a touch of mysticism and the paranormal with appearances by ghosts and goddesses, priests and astrologers.
Sexy fun includes: polyamory, ménage, homosexuality, bisexuality, anal sex, double penetration, light bondage, voyeurism, dubious consent, mature/youth. Graphic content warning: violence, ancient Roman slavery, ancient Roman treatment of animals.
Hadrian and Sabina Excerpts
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“The Promise of Memory” an erotic romance set in Trajanic Rome
“An Unexpected Discovery” a Parthian erotic romance
“The Eunuch” a flash fiction BDSM follow-up to “An Unexpected Discovery”
“Protecting Her” a Byzantine-Viking erotic romance
The original cover photo for Hadrian and Sabina: A Love Story was once used in a rotating header image on this website but was considered too provocative for the Associates Program of a major online retailer. The image is the back view of Doryphoros (Spear-bearer), a Roman copy (c. 2nd-1st c BCE; previously believed to be c. 1st c BCE-1st c CE) of the 5th c BCE Greek original by Polykleitos. The statue, of Carrara marble, was found in Pompeii in 1797. Photo is ©Kathleen Cohen and used with permission.