From the dangerous desert sands to the deadly glitz of the city, the lawless desert planet of Carthago is filled with lethal cyborg gladiators risking it all for the women who capture their hearts. Guard contains two novellas and one short story, all set in the Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone series.
Lethal cyborg Zaden will do whatever it takes to guard and protect beautiful, sweet Calla from mysterious attackers.
Abducted from her home world, Calla Ryss has spent months in a cell, surviving her captors - the metal-scavenging Edull. Deep in the deserts of the lawless planet of Carthago, she knows that there is no chance of escape. The only thing that gets her through is her friendship with a fellow abductee - a woman stolen from Earth.
But everything changes when they are rescued by the bone-chillingly dangerous cyborgs of the House of Rone, and Calla finds herself staring into eyes of metallic silver.
Zaden lives for the House of Rone. His cyborg enhancements help him keep a ruthless hold on his emotions, and loyalty is the only thing he allows himself to feel. And the rare spurt of annoyance at the cyborg hunting cat that refuses to leave him alone.
But when sweet, lovely Calla falls into his arms, Zaden starts to experience emotions he’s never felt before...which is dangerous for a cyborg whose enhancements are in place not to increase his lethal abilities, but leash them.
When mysterious attackers attempt to snatch Calla, Zaden vows to be her guard and keep her safe - with some unsolicited help from a certain cyborg cat. But there is more at stake than just Calla’s safety. As she and Zaden are drawn into an intoxicating storm of emotion, they will risk their hearts, their lives, and their freedom to rescue another innocent captive.
Note: Previously released as part of the 2019 Pets in Space Anthology.
On a dangerous mission into the desert, female cyborg loner Seren must act as bodyguard for champion gladiator Xias - a man who pushes every one of her buttons.
Seren dan Stal was once the pride of the Dan Nonian Warrior Academy, but when her people were wiped out by a virulent virus, she is the lone survivor. Now, her home is the desert world of Carthago, and she works hard to honor her father and her planet by being the best cyborg fighter at the House of Rone. She has no time for fun or frivolity, and that especially includes the always-smiling showman gladiator Xias.
Xias grew up on the streets of Kor Magna and lost the most important fight of all - protecting his sister. He vowed to become a champion for her and to never lose again. He commands the sands of the desert arena, is loved by the spectators, and would die for his imperator Magnus Rone. But then he finds himself becoming far too fascinated by a prickly, dangerous, and gorgeous female cyborg.
In the desert city of Kaffit, Xias and Seren must work together on a mission for Magnus. Xias pushes Seren to feel, and she inspires his need to protect and pleasure. Together, they uncover a scorching-hot hunger that won’t be denied. Now, they just need to survive long enough to see if that hunger can grow into love.
Note: This is a brand-new, never-before-published story.
Includes the short story "House of Rone: Beginnings"
Soldier 47 is the most lethal cyborg in the Orionix Military Program. But when a young cyborg Jaxer is slated for deactivation, Soldier 47 - also known as Magnus Rone - will risk everything he knows to save his friend.