Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Champion
Author: Carla Capshaw
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: 84 AD/Rome
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense (Gladiator)
Carla's Website/Blog: www.carlacapshaw.com
As this book opens, Tiberia the Younger (Tibi), daughter of Tiberius, is being chastised by her father for not being married. He accuses her of turning down the last suitor of good family that was willing to marry her. She is now eighteen years old and well past marrying age.
Enter, Alexius of Iolcos a gladiator who is famous for his skills in the Coliseum and his skills with the women of Rome. Now, it seems, the only woman that he is interested in getting to know is Tiberia the Younger, who is being pushed into marriage by her father. Her father threatens to take her to the Temple of Opis and buy her a position as temple priestess. Tibi does not want to lose her freedom and Alexius has a solution to her problem. He offers to marry her. This is totally uncalled for and her vengeful father is out of his mind with rage. Marriage to a Gladiator!!! Tibi's family scorns her and she goes, with her Champion by her side.
This is the end of a trilogy about Alexius and, an extremely good ending. Certainly nothing concerning Gladiators, that I have read, has included such romantically sweet characters. Alexius and Tibi are unique and, although unbelievable at times, a welcome change. You don't often equate Gladiators with love and romance but, this is a welcome exception. If readers have not read the first two the titles are: The Gladiator and The Protector. Pick these up and, you won't be sorry.
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