Author: Anna Hackett
Series: Galactic Gladiators
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 25th Oct
Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy’s lawless outer rim…
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…
Source: ARC from the author
High-tech, low tech, hidden tech, space tech, big, burly, alpha guys, strong, tough women, cruel aliens, strange and savage beasts and plenty of action both inside and outside the arena – yup, Anna Hackett has a new series and it’s ready to grab your attention and wrestle you into submission.
Harper is tough. She’s been through a terrible ordeal since her abduction, but she refuses to be broken. She might be small compared to all the aliens around her, but she’s strong and smart and knows just how to find an opponent’s weakness. She’s also fiercely loyal to those she loves – though she’s slow to trust and can take a while to accept strangers. I did feel as though she got over the loss of Earth a bit quickly, but she’s definitely capable of taking that pain and channeling it elsewhere – such as into her fledgling relationship with a certain sexy gladiator.
Raiden is a curious mix of revenge and loyalty, with a surprising touch of compassion that he works very hard to keep hidden. I liked that he instantly saw there was more to Harper than her small size, even if it took him a while to acknowledge it. His complete lack of soft words also made me laugh at inappropriate moments – particularly his response after Harper has just spilled her most painful secrets.
The action, once everything is set up at the beginning, comes thick and fast, meaning there’s rarely a dull moment as the plot moves from one problem for Harper to the next. I did find the section told from Thorin’s pov a bit clunky, mostly in the dialogue of the woman he’s holding at the time, and from there to the end things weren’t as smooth as I’d have expected.
Still, on the whole, this is an exciting ride, dealing up another intriguing world and introducing some truly alpha males. I enjoyed seeing Raiden and Harper form a tight partnership, each building on the strengths of the other, and I look forward to seeing how the other gladiators fall. If you like your sci-fi romance with action, adventure and another world that mixes history with futuristic tech, then give this a go. It’s a fun ride and I look forward to the next one.
Gladiator is out October 25th.
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