Date read: May 29, 2018
9. Guardian - Paperback | Kindle
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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.Thoughts on Guardian: Hee! The ex-cop and the powerful owner of half of Carthago. I like Rillian. But, then, I like characters who seem cold and ruthless on the surface only to reveal their mushy center when someone gets close. Heck, that pretty much describes all the men we've met in this series. Which works for me, man. It works for me.
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.
Note to readers: This sci fi romance contains a lot of action (think wild gladiatorial fights and terrible murders), tough gladiators (the warriors of the House of Galen) and a steamy romance (between a sexy, mysterious casino owner and a tough, stubborn cop from Earth). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!
But let's talk about Rillian. He's sexy. He's powerful. He's filthy rich. Oh, and he has a powerful symbiont living inside him. Which works for Dayna, because she needs his knowledge on how to coexist with her symbiont if she hopes to ever having a chance at having a normal life. Or, you know, as normal a life as a person can have when they've been abducted to a planet halfway across the galaxy.
Anyway. Dayna and Rillian. She's fighting her new reality, he's trying to get her to see that eventually she'll have to figure out how to live in harmony with what's inside her. They have some sparks. They fight those. The sparks end up being too strong and they give in. AS ONE DOES.
I've enjoyed this series from the first and I'm loving where things are going. Unless there's another cache of humans somewhere on Carthago, the gladiators and their allies have almost rescued them all. Which actually makes me a little sad because I like these guys and the crazy situations they find themselves in.