He won his fame--and his freedom--in the gory pits of Rome's Colosseum. Yet the greatest challenge for once-legendary gladiator Caros Viriathos comes to him through a slave. His slave, the beautiful and mysterious Pelonia Valeria. Her secret brings danger to his household but offers Caros a love like he's never known....
Should anyone learn she is a Christian, Pelonia will...more
Carla Capshaw knows how to write a breath-stealing romance. She adds just the right amount of bait on the line to reel fans of romantic historical fiction in to her tale of inspired love. Fans of The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers will enjoy this book. While this story had to be a tad kinder and gentler due to the Love Inspired label, I still found it to be edgy enough to be enjoyable.
Caros was one hot hero. His restrained desire for the heroine made him very her ...more
The story of a slave girl and an former gladiator, this wonderful read is definitely not the same old characters, same old setting. The Gladiator is also no sugarcoated historical novel but a true page turner which transports the reader back to the times whe ...more
A perfect example that really good books can come in small (and serial) packages! Having a knowledgeable understanding of the basics in Roman history yet shying away from any "entertainment" reading centered in the brutal time, I was delightfully amazed at how deftly Ms. Capshaw wove the horrendous historical realism into a beautiful love story.
The worlds of a slave-turned gladiator-turned wealthy trainer and a wealthy Christian girl-turned slave are such polar opposites that the plot is ...more
Pelonia is the daughter of a rich land owner just outside Rome. While on her way to her cousin's wedding, her father and entire family are ...more
This book is a Love Inspired Historical. For anyone not familiar with the Love Inspired Historials they are Christian romance books and thus contains all the content typical of this genre...Very clean with Christian faith, doctrine and beliefs interspersed thoughout the book. Pelonia's faith was woven into the story in such a way that it didn't seem out of place. Pelonia is a Christian who is sold as a slave to retired Gladiator Caros. From tha ...more
P.S. I would also love to thank Carla Capshaw for sending me the copy of The Gladia ...more
I am very conflicted about this book. While I enjoyed the book and storyline, there was just some aspects that I did not like.
First off, I hated the jealously between the two main characters. I felt like they kept getting overly jealous throughout the book over nothing. Secondly, I did not like how Caros treated Pelonia. I have never wanted to slap a character in a book as much as I did him when he said (view spoiler)[that it didn't matter if Pelonia was his wife or slave, he w ...more
I might have enjoyed this book in part because I am Christian and I thoroughly loved reading about Pelonia's faith and how she led Caros to Christ. God uses human beings to do just that, even at times when the believer is in the darkest trial of their own.
Caros was a slave, gladiator, rich man who had a kind and gentle heart, especially toward Pelonia. Pelonia was sold to Caros under a despicable situation. A ...more
Pelonia is traveling to her cousins wedding when her life takes turn. Their camp is attacked. Her father and all their servants are murdered. Only two survive, Pelonia and her Uncle Marcus. Then her uncle sells her to a slave traitor and she awakes as the slave of a retired Gladiator.
Caros is pulled towards this woman ...more
First, let me say that at my job I sometimes do work for the Harlequin Reader Service. The company I work for is contracted through Harlequin. This is only the second Harlequin book I've read, usually I'm somewhat apprehensive about picking them up. I do fear they'll be cheesy, but I've been wanting to read more of ...more
Sometimes when I read a book, I figure out right away that I'm in for something good. This was the exact feeling I had when I picked up The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw. I found this story of a former gladiator and his Christian slave very well-done; one would never guess it's a debut novel. I picked it up on my own from the Harlequin site rather than having it assigned for review, but as I read it, I knew it would be one of those books I wanted people to know ...more
Moral Note: Talk of slaves, attempted rape, mild talk of rape/soiling a woman. Clean language. Romance besides the previous ...more
I'm really glad I did. A very nice departure from the norm. Chalk one up for Carla Capshaw. I'll be looking for more o ...more
The Champion, she draws the reader into this Roman world of danger and
intrigue, bringing the story alive with every detail. Even though
Caros is tough and at times, hurtful, he's also commpassionate and
vulnerable. He falls for his beautiful slave, Pelonia, yet she's
unattainable because of her Christian beliefs and social status.
Their story kept me flipping the pages, unwilling to put it down.
Looking forward to reading The P ...more
After visiting numerous countries, Carla began writing novels in earnest and eventually won two Golden Heart awards as well as a double Rita nomination for her first novel, The Gladiator. Carla loves passionate stories with compelling, nearly impossible conflicts. She's found Inspirational Romance is ...more