Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review- The Champion by Carla Capshaw (and giveaway!)

Until now, I assumed Love Inspired was synonymous with light romance (not that there's anything wrong with that) but thanks to Carla Capshaw I'll have to mentally re-shelve the line. Sparks started flying in chapter one of The Champion and the romantic tension continued to build making this summer read as refreshing as a glass of iced tea, and not nearly as sweet as I expected.

Fans of the line needn't worry, your favorite Love Inspired authors haven't swapped places with Harlequin Blaze writers. But if you read a lot of Christian category, you might notice an uptick in the heat level- a fact that wasn't wasted on this edgy Christian fiction lover.

Alexius is a gladiator with rage issues, Tibi is the woman who brings out his tender side. Both of the leads were extremely likable, and their faith journeys didn't feel heavy handed. I found the setting and tone reminiscent of Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series (but obviously not as graphic).

I'm not sure if Capshaw's work represents what we can expect from Love Inspired in the future, but in my best British waif accent, "Please sir, I want some more!"

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:
A warrior without equal. A woman without options...

Triumphs in the Coliseum--and society bedchambers--made gladiator Alexius of Iolcos famous for his brutal skill and womanizing ways. Yet the only woman who intrigues him is Tiberia the Younger, who now needs his help. Protecting Tiberia places Alexius in the greatest danger he has ever known: from her vengeful father and his own heart...

Becoming a temple priestess may be an honor, but Tibi can't bear to surrender her freedom or her newfound faith. Alexius's solution stuns her. a gladiator! Scorned by her noble family, Tibi always felt unworthy. But with her champion by her side, can she accept--and give--a love strong enough to vanquish their enemies?
My rating:

It's giveaway time!

I'm giving readers a chance to win both The Champion and an earlier novel in the series, The Gladiator. To enter, leave a comment with your email address on this post between now and Saturday.


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