Gladiator by Anna Hackett
Galactic Gladiators #1
Science Fiction Romance
Harper will never be a slave and she’s determined to fight back against her captors. But then she finds herself bought by the House of Galen and fighting with the dangerous Raiden. And when she finds out she can never go home she’ll have to accept her new life. Raiden has been consumed with vengeance for the evil Thraxians who destroyed his entire planet and he doesn’t have room for anything else in his life.
This was a fun action romp filled with varying types of aliens and lots of butt kicking. This was short so the story and characters are only so developed and it does rely on the characters falling in love quickly but that doesn’t personally bother.
I particularly liked how tough Harper is and that she can take care of herself. Raiden is attracted to this quality so he never tries to take over from Harper, only make sure she’s ok. Harper, as an Earth human, is much smaller than most of the alien species but she’s trained in weapons and fencing and she refuses to be anyone’s slave. Her devotion to her friends is also very strong. There was one moment that Harper has that was pretty annoying. She gets a letter, supposedly from her friend, telling her to meet somewhere alone and she goes off without even once thinking it could be a trap. I can understand her acknowledging a trap but being so loyal and determined to save her friend that she’s willing to risk it but that wasn’t even the case. She just immediately believes it’s real.
Raiden is a somewhat typical uber-alpha warrior but he doesn’t seem to have the jerk qualities that sometimes come with alphas. He’s used to getting his way but he’s still respectful of Harper. There were lots of other gladiators introduced and I look forward to reading their stories and learning more about this alien world and how they each got to the Arena.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
Heroine was kidnapped and held captive (referenced, on page)
When Earth space marine Harper Adams finds herself abducted by alien slavers off a space station, her life turns into a battle for survival. Dumped into an arena on a desert planet on the outer rim, she finds herself face to face with a big, tattooed alien gladiator…the champion of the Kor Magna Arena.
A former prince abandoned to the arena as a teen, Raiden Tiago has long ago earned his freedom. Now he rules the arena, but he doesn’t fight for the glory, but instead for his own dark purpose—revenge against the Thraxian aliens who destroyed his planet. Then his existence is rocked by one small, fierce female fighter from an unknown planet called Earth.
Harper is determined to find a way home, but when she spots her best friend in the arena—a slave of the evil Thraxian aliens—she’ll do anything to save her friend…even join forces with the tough, alpha male who sets her body on fire. But as Harper and Raiden step foot onto the blood-soaked sands of the arena, Harper worries that Raiden has his own dangerous agenda.
Published by Anna Hackett on October 23, 2016
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