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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Review - The Gladiator and The Thief by India Masters

Title: The Gladiator and the Thief
Author: India Masters
Publisher: Loose ID

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Ilara Depherra, aka The Shepherd, grew up on the streets of Toru City, the victim of a corrupt child welfare system that did little to protect the children in its care. Now Ilara protects them, teaching them the skills they need to survive on the streets and hiding them from the men who would enslave them. But she'll need all her skills to survive the loneliness and danger ahead, especially to her heart.

Kei Rewu is an arena gladiator of inter galactic renown. When he catches a thief stealing from his precious vegetable garden, he's determined to teach the lad a lesson he won't soon forget. Imagine his surprise when he discovers the lad is not only a woman, but the one who'd picked his pocket on a local transport. It doesn't take him long to figure out who she is and call on his friend and former lover, Solae O'bora to help.

Full of action and romance. At its core this is a tale of human nature, both cruel and kind. Where one man asks what the world can do for him, another asks what he can do for the world. Gladiator Kei and Commander Zarun stand in stark contrast to each other. While one extends his hand to help those around him, the other seeks fortune in the suffering of the less fortunate. In between these two men stands one woman both want, though with very different intent. Strong willed and gentle hearted, Ilara has spent her life fighting to protect herself and the children in her care from a life of slavery and prostitution.

It is a chance encounter that brings Ilara into Kei's life. What follows is a whirl wind romance punctuated with the plight of the children still under threat. In the end not everyone can be saved and blood will be shed.

I think this story is excellent! A wonderful mix of heated romance and adventure. Love may not conquer all, but sometimes it is all you have to count on.

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