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Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
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In today's society, we enjoy brutal sports like World Wrestling Entertainment and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Imagine, if you will, a world where we also couldn't wait for the next gladiator match.

Lyn lives in just such a world. In fact, she is deeply entrenched in the Glad lifestyle. Lyn's mother has had seven husbands - all Glad fighters. She has been widowed six times, her husbands always dying in the arena. Her latest husband, Tommy, is set to fight in a championship battle against Uber, a young up-and-comer in the Neo-Glad world.

When the worst possible thing happens and Tommy is killed in the fight, Lyn, her mother, and her brother are left in a desperate situation. Either Lyn marries Uber and becomes a Glad Wife, or the family loses everything. Lyn must look deep within herself to decide what she is willing to do.

I really enjoyed reading GIRL IN THE ARENA, even though the writing style took a little getting used to. The only reason it didn't get 5 Stars is the ending. It seems a little rushed and leaves too much up in the air. GIRL IN THE ARENA doesn't seem to need a sequel, so the reader will be left with their questions forever.
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