Review: Defender (Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone #2) by Anna Hackett

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Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone #2
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance - Aliens
August 18, 2019
Kindle Unlimited


Rescued from alien slavers, the only place she feels safe is in the brawny arms of a big, gruff cyborg.

Astrophysicist Dr. Jayna Lennox's life imploded the day her ship was attacked by aliens. Through months of captivity, she's survived by shutting down and not feeling. Then she's freed by the House of Rone cyborgs and finds herself in the arms of huge, tough Mace. Struggling to heal, Mace is the only thing that makes her feel safe. The only person who makes her feel like she isn't broken. But there are more of her crew members imprisoned in Carthago's desert, and Jayna will have to delve into her darkest memories to help save them.

Born to fight and bred for rage, Mace barely survived his gang-ridden homeworld. Thanks to Imperator Magnus Rone, he's found a place at the House of Rone. Unlike the other cyborgs, he feels, but only anger and annoyance. When a small, wounded human woman works her way under his skin, Mace finds himself feeling things he's never felt before...along with a powerful need to keep her safe.

Jayna vows to help find her fellow humans, even if it means revisiting her nightmares and being part of a dangerous mission into the desert. But as the passion between her and Mace explodes, she finds herself with two battles on her hands: the battle to free the humans from their captors, and the war to win Mace's scarred heart.

Includes a preview of Edge of Eon (Eon Warriors #1)


Defender is book two in the Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone series by Anna Hackett.

This is another amazing story in the series. Hackett delivers another action-packed and fast-paced read. In Sentinel, book 1, we rescued another human women, Jayna, and in Defender we get to see her and Mace’s romance.

Mace can’t stop thinking about Jayna after rescuing her. Jayna is broken. She’s been beaten down, but she’s not broken. Mace is so sweet with Jayna. He pushes her to come out of her shell. Their romance is so sweet and endearing. I loved seeing how Jayna changes Mace and vis versa.

As is the way, we get new information on the missing humans and the hunt for Edull City is on.

Defender is engaging and so much fun! The world keeps expanding and more characters are introduced. Their is no shortage of action and romance.

Rated: 4 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

7 comments on “Review: Defender (Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone #2) by Anna Hackett

  1. You remind me that I need to get busy and read this series. I’ve read one novella and loved it. I love how she puts some thought into the relationships and characters beyond the already fun sci fi romance elements.

    • If you haven’t start with the Galactic Gladiators series, do that first. This is a spin-off series. Galactic Gladiators; House of Rone series can be read on its own, but you have a better understand of the world building and what happened to the humans if you start with Galactic Gladiators. I hope you enjoy. I really love Hackett’s Sci-Fi Romance novels.

      • Good to know. Thanks, Angela!

  2. sounds like my kind of read. thanks for sharing
    sherry @ fundinmental

    • You are welcome. It’s a fun series! Enjoy.

  3. I’m glad these are still enjoyable for you!

    • Fun series! Thank’s for visiting.