Gladiator by Anna Hackett

32738657Fighting 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…

 

6 Feet Under Books

3 stars

Harper is kidnapped by an alien race, she is sold to a Gladiator house where she is further trained. It is there that she meets and falls in love with Raiden – another gladiator. A prince no less who has a sad backstory – queue sad music – but he is turning that frown upside down and is now rescuing other gladiators and setting them free! Awe!

Raiden can’t let Harper go. No matter how bad Harper wants to get back to Earth, he won’t let her go. She is HIS! She is a good fighter and can match him in the arena. At the end when he risks losing her, he realizes that she is worth more than revenge for his family, people, and a planet that were all destroyed!

It’s a Roman gladiator story set on another planet with some other creatures. The world was okay, the aliens were okay, the story was just okay. I wanted more sci-fi world building. I craved more. I did learn about some pretty cool animals on the other planet – but not the aliens.

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