Review: Hero (Galactic Gladiators, #3) by Anna Hackett

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Galactic Gladiators, #3
Anna Hackett
Science Fiction Romance
December 4, 2016
Kindle Unlimited


Fighting for love, honor, and freedom on the galaxy’s lawless outer rim…

Raised from birth to be a soldier, Kace Tameron is a disciplined, military-trained gladiator. He is on contract to the Kor Magna Arena to hone his fighting skills on the blood-soaked arena sand and then return to the military. He lives for one thing: to protect his planet, and on his world, love is forbidden. But then he collides with a feisty redhead from Earth who threatens to shatter his legendary control.

One moment, Rory Fraser was an engineer on a space station circling Jupiter and the next, she is abducted by evil alien slavers. After suffering at the hands of the Thraxians, she is rescued by her friends—with the help of the tough gladiators of the House of Galen. Rory finds herself outrageously attracted to straight-laced Kace. He is a skilled fighter, ultra-disciplined, and a hero at heart—but she knows passion beats within him, if only he’ll let it loose.

Rory is obsessed with finding another fellow abducted female from Earth, but as she asks questions, she finds herself ducking bullets and explosions. Someone wants Rory dead. Kace steps in as her protector, and together, they embark on a dangerous mission that will take them deep into the bowels of the arena, and deep into a scorching desire…both of which could lead them to lose not only their guarded hearts, but their lives as well.

Note to readers: 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 feisty engineer and a disciplined, uptight gladiator). So if you like it fast, and gritty, and sexy, this is for you!

Includes a preview of Marcus, the first book in the Hell Squad series.


Hero is book three in the Galactic Gladiators series by Anna Hackett.

Hero is another superb novel in the series and I loved it!

Kace is a soldier and follows the rules. His only purpose in life is his training to be the ultimate soldier for his planet. The author did a spectacular job with the battle between himself to stay strong and not fall for Rory. You feel his struggles with his duty and also with him wanting to find something more. I adored and felt for Kace. 

Rory is a strong, intelligent, and feisty read headed woman. She’s gone through being kidnapped by aliens, sold into slavery, and survived a rescue by the House of Galen. Having her paired with Kace was lots of fun. These two are total opposites. Their romance is just a fiery as Rory. I loved seeing the gladiator fall for his woman. 

The world building is amazing. It keeps expanding and giving us new characters to enjoy. The evil Thraxians keep causing trouble and you wonder what is next. All the secondary characters are wonderful and the friendships between the gladiators is a lot of fun. 

Hero is a mixture of suspense, action, and romance. Hackett is an amazing science fiction romance author. I fell in love with this series and devoured it one book after another. 

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.

10 comments on “Review: Hero (Galactic Gladiators, #3) by Anna Hackett

  1. I’m glad this one continues to be good for you. I’ll have to try it while I have KU.

    • I really enjoyed the series and plan to purchase them. I’d re-read them. Really good Sci-Fi Romance series. Thank’s for visiting and I hope you enjoy!

  2. Oh wow this looks good. Gladiators!!?Nice find. I am adding to my wishlist.

    • This is a fun series. I’ve liked all the books featured in it and the spin-off series too. Fun world and great characters. Hope you enjoy!

  3. i think i have a book or two on my kindle. i’ll be checking
    sherry @ fundinmental

    • Hackett is a great writer. She’s got a few 1st in a series for free. Hope you enjoy!

  4. I’ve read a few of the novellas from this series and it is what really hooked me onto her writing. I need to start from the beginning and read straight through. Enjoyed your review, Angela.

    • I binged this series. It’s so good that I plan on buying the books to read again. I hope you do enjoy reading the series. ^_^

  5. I am loving your reviews of this series and Anna’s books. I need to join her newsletter (if she has one) so I can find out when she starts a new series! Thanks.

    • I’m glad you are enjoying the reviews. She does have a newsletter. Thank’s for visiting!