The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw

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 be executed. Her faith threatens not only herself, but her master. Can she convince a man who found fame through unforgiving brutality to show mercy? And when she’s ultimately given the choice, will Pelonia choose freedom or the love of a gladiator?

I won a copy if this book from goodreads giveaways. I love getting free books especially when the end up being enjoyable reads like this one.

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. They are very clean with Christian faith, doctrine and beliefs interspersed throughout the book. Carla Capshaw did a great job doing this in The Gladiator. Pelonia’s faith was woven into the story in such a way that it didn’t seem out of place or contrived – some books of this genre really force the “inspirational” aspect to make it fit.

Pelonia is a Christian who is sold as a slave to retired Gladiator Caros. From that you can guess where the story is going. Despite being somewhat predictable this book held my interest throughout and I found myself staying up to finish the story.

For anyone who enjoys a good clean romance with a great storyline this book is for you.

Content: Clean, clean, clean.

Rating: 4 Stars