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.
Note to listeners: This sci-fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and daring rescues), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a scowly barbarian gladiator and a determined doctor). So if you like it fast and gritty and sexy, this is for you!
©2017 Anna Hackett (P)2017 Anna Hackett
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5 out of 5 stars
By lisa j on 29-04-18

another winner!

I can't believe this is already book 6 of this series, but I tell you they just keep getting better and better as the story is propelled forward and we get ever more deeply into this world of Galactic Gladiators. Each book adds to the complex layers of this world, brings back characters we love, and is so dimensional and seem so real that you feel like they have to really live out there somewhere.

******Spoilers if you haven't read the first five in the series. What are you waiting for?! Go back and read/listen to them!!

This story continues the search for Mia and Dayna, two of the survivors from the Thraxian slave abduction. I love that the tension with Blue is still present and continues with his personal search for Mia even though the main story is about Winter and Nero. These two got off on the wrong foot when she was first rescued, but their bantering and irritation with each other only masks their attraction for so long. Once Winter is targeted while on the search, Nero can no longer fight the pull to protect and claim; even if he has to break warrior conditioning from his childhood to do so.

I tell you, I wouldn't think alien abduction was for me, but if it meant being rescued and then ending up with any of these gladiators...I might reconsider.

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. Please see for yourself how wonderful Anna Hackett's worlds are for the avid reader. You won't be disappointed by this or her multiple other series.

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3 out of 5 stars

I liked it but.....

I liked this book but didn't love the characters. I'm not even really sure what was wrong with the characters except they just didn't feel complete. There was something missing. In fact of all the books I've read from this author this was the first set of characters that didn't leave me wanting to read more about them. That being said I did still like the over all story.

The narrator did a great job with the characters voices.

- - Gifted copy by author - -

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