Thorin might be a great warrior and a favorite gladiator around the Arena but he doesn’t believe he is worthy of love. There’s a darkness inside him that even his family can’t accept and he won’t endanger Regan by getting close.
It was nice to be back with the House of Galen and reading about these great gladiator aliens. There was a lot of action in this one but it was more of the intrigue type of action — sneaking into other houses and battling guards instead of Arena action. I would have liked a little more of the Arena as I enjoyed it so much in Gladiator. However, Regan is not a natural born fighter and she doesn’t become a gladiator like Harper, so it’s probably fitting that the action happened in other ways.
I liked Regan (but not as much as Harper) because she’s smart and emotionally strong and she’s tough in a sweeter way. She struggled a bit with the idea that she would never get back to Earth but ultimately she wanted to make a place for herself in the House and feel useful to the group. She doesn’t wallow, even when she believes that Thorin isn’t interested in her.
Thorin himself is a much more “traumatized” hero than Raiden was. He’s very conflicted over his more dangerous side and he lets it hold him back for a lot of the book. Regan and Thorin are a nice contrast, one large, strong, and aggressive and the other small, sweet, and more mild mannered. Regan is by no means a pushover though and she knows when to stand up to Thorin.
We got a brief look into Kace and his love interest, Rory, and it’ll definitely be interesting. I’m also curious to see more of the mysterious Rillian. As a minor note, there are a lot of R names in this books — Regan, Raiden, Rory, Rillian — and I was getting a few mixed up sometimes.
Content Note: captivity
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Galactic Gladiators #2 • Romance, Science Fiction • November 6, 2016
It was supposed to be an exciting job on a space station, but instead, scientist Dr. Regan Forrest finds herself fighting for her life when she’s kidnapped by alien slavers. Far from Earth and forced into a violent gladiatorial arena on the outer rim, she finds herself swept into the brawny arms of a big, wild alien gladiator.
Weapon, brute, gladiator, warrior… Sirrush warrior Thorin has been called many things. As a warrior of his people, he was a dark, dangerous weapon until even his own family were too afraid of him. Sold into slavery in the Kor Magna Arena, he has long ago earned his freedom. Now he enjoys the violent but rewarding life he’s carved out for himself. Until he rescues one small, smart, and perplexing female from alien slavers.
Regan is determined to make a place for herself in her new home. She may not have the skills to fight in the arena, but she’s smart and knows she can help…even as she fights her attraction to the big, bold, and fascinating Thorin. She knows he’ll never be interested in her. But when Regan catches a glimpse of her cousin across a crowded market, she needs help to mount a rescue, and it comes in the form of the gladiator she desperately wants. A gladiator hiding a dark, uncontrollable secret with the power to destroy them both.