Guardian by Anna Hackett
Galactic Gladiators #9
Science Fiction Romance
Dayna Caplan has finally been rescued from her captivity by the Thraxians and the Desert Witch but her ordeal is far from over. With a symbiont attached to her chest, Dayna has to learn to control this new part of herself which wants to feed on the energy of other people. With the help of dark and dangerous casino owner, Rillian, Dayna confronts her new life. But Rillian is used to keeping people at a distance and he doesn’t know what to do with this uncontrollable need for Dayna. But personal issues must be put aside when people from Rillian’s past start turning up dead and threatening messages are left at the crimes. Rillian, Dayna, and the House of Galen gladiators are determined to find and stop the Thraxians and their secretive fights to the death.
As always, Anna Hackett does a wonderful job writing an action packed romance. Guardian was an enjoyable, fast paced read with a sexy romance and wonderful characters. From the beginning, the House of Galen has been on a mission to stop the evil Thraxians and their forced fighting arena. Through this endeavor they’ve picked up other allies like Rillian who want to stop what’s going on; I love the gladiators but it’s also nice to see some other people from Carthago. Rillian has been mysterious from the first time we met him and his dark, smoldering ways have left me wondering. Now that we have his story, is was so heartbreaking to learn about Rillian’s past and realize how alone he has been in the world. Having Dayna come along really shook up Rillian’s life but it was exactly what he needed.
“You aren’t going to scare me off with the icy-cold Rillian routine. I know you.”
Strong, compassionate, and fiery, Dayna was the perfect woman for Rillian. She calls him on his moods, never puts up with his arrogance, and has no problem going toe to toe with him. I loved her fire and determination even when she was struggling to accept the changes her symbiont had wrought on her body and soul. Having a symbiont of his own, Rillian understands what Dayna is going through and wants to help in any way he can. Dayna’s resistance to feeding her symbiont says a lot about her honor and morals; she’s more worried about hurting another person then having relief from her pain and hunger.
I know this series is probably closing in on it’s ending and I’ll be sad when that happens. Until that time, I’ll continue to enjoy this desert planet, it’s strong gladiators, and the humans who now call it home.
4 out of 5 stars
Heroine was kidnapped and held captive (referenced, on page)
Rescued from alien slavers, former cop Dayna wakes to discover she’s host to a powerful alien symbiont, and the only man who can help her is the mysterious and dangerous casino owner, Rillian.
Dayna Caplan has dedicated her life to protecting others…and now that she’s no longer a captive at the desert arena of Zaabha, she desperately wants to help find the last of the other human women who were abducted by the Thraxians. But now she has to deal with the intense hunger and powerful new abilities the alien living inside grants her…and the person forcing her to confront her new reality is the cool, enigmatic, and far-too-attractive Rillian.
Rillian has wheeled and dealed his way to the top of the food chain on the lawless desert world of Carthago. He lets no one close and keeps iron-clad control on his life…which vital to keeping the lethal power within him in check. But one human woman—tough, stubborn, and fascinating Dayna—works her way under his skin, and he finds himself obsessed with protecting her. But as dead bodies start appearing in his casino as a deadly warning, dangers are closing in on them.
With their allies, the gladiators from the House of Galen, Rillian and Dayna find themselves fighting for survival on every front. On the hunt to find Zaabha and the lost humans, they will face murderers, slavers, and the deadliest of all challenges…the aliens living within them.
Published by Anna Hackett on March 4, 2018
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