Barbarian by Anna Hackett
Galactic Gladiators #6
Science Fiction Romance
A great adventure and addition to the overall series. Winter and Nero have a love you/hate you relationship as Nero tries to protect Winter and she misinterprets everything he says.
Nero’s often putting his foot in his mouth and messing things up with Winter because of the views instilled in him from his home planet. Winter is more mentally and emotionally strong rather than physical. They eventually get their stuff together and work things out; once they do there’s not much tension in their romance, it’s pretty inevitable they’ll be together.
“I had no idea what real strength was until I met her. She taught me about having the courage to truly risk yourself.”
One of the things I love in Anna Hackett’s series is how much we get to see previous couples. I do wish there had been more of Harper as she’s probably my favorite heroine in this series. There was also a new species in the desert wraiths who I found really cool. I don’t know if they’ll show up again as they’re pretty primitive, but I found them very intriguing.
I love reading romances with a character that has some physical obstacle that they’ve learned or are learning to overcome. In Winter’s case, it’s that she’s been recently blinded and she’s still adjusting to that. I was a little disappointed that right in the beginning of the book she gets a “vision device” which allows her to see most things (not details) in shades of blue. I would have preferred this story line impact more of a struggle on Winter, but at the same time, she wouldn’t have been able to do all she did if she was completely blind, so I understand the purpose of getting her eye-site partially back.
3 out of 5 stars
Heroine was kidnapped and held captive (referenced, on page)
Abducted by alien slavers, experimented on, and left blind, the last thing doctor Winter Ashworth needs is a big barbarian gladiator in her life, especially an annoying one who thinks she’s small and weak.
Rescued by gladiators on the desert world of Carthago, Winter is doggedly working to embrace her new life. But two of her friends are still missing and she’ll do anything to help get them back…even if she has to work alongside Nero Krahn: hunter, barbarian, gladiator. The scowly, brooding man is too big, has too many muscles, and pushes all her buttons.
Nero is the House of Galen’s best hunter and tracker. Raised on a barbarian world, where strength and might are prized, he was bred to hunt and fight. Now the arena is his home and his loyalty is to his imperator. He knows he can use his skills to find the two lost women, even if that means protecting a small blind woman who takes every chance to misjudge his words and lash him with her sharp tongue.
But as they follow a dangerous trail to save their friends, a new enemy emerges—one who wants Winter. The pair find themselves reluctantly attracted to each other, uncovering a scorching desire that shocks them both. As Nero fights to protect Winter, the barbarian gladiator will discover the true meaning of strength from the small Earth woman he wants to claim as his.
Published by Anna Hackett on June 26, 2017
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