The Lupanarium by Adele Leigh is more than erotica. The book is a gripping adventure that just so happens to have a lot of sex. With heart and humor, the author tells the story of two enslaved prostitutes, in a fictionalized Ancient Rome, who are conditioned to eat and sleep only after giving or receiving an orgasm.
The story begins when the heroine, Matt-Lin, is sold to the Lupanarium, a corporate brothel in the capital that pimps out tens of thousands of bodies a day. She is the only living survivor of all of the 9 trials, a series of physical and psychological tortures that obliterates a person’s identity and turns them into a slave. Her first assignment is to perform a dangerous live sex act in the arena with the hero, Jak, the most profitable and panty-dropping male prostitute in the world. Jak sees promise in the girl’s abilities, but she proves unwilling to submit as she vigilantly seeks a way to escape, putting her life, and his, in danger. The Lupanarium is the first book in The Many Trials of Matt-Lin and Jak, a series about a relationship built in brutal times.
The book is socially relevant, examining topics like rape culture, human trafﬁcking, and misogyny. Adele Leigh gives agency to characters that have none and sheds a scathing and satirical light on those who abuse their power. Despite the dark subject matter, the book is always one of survival and hope, while exemplifying the healing nature of friendship, family, and love.
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Adele Leigh grew up in Petaluma, California. As a child, she wrote plays and a series of short stories about being best friends with a demon until her third-grade teacher told her to stop. She’s currently working on the second book of her dark erotic series “The Many Trials of Matt-Lin and Jak.”