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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.

Dark Guard

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.

Cyborg Guard

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. 

©2020 Anna Hackett (P)2020 Anna Hackett

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The fifth Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone called Guard is a collection of three stories, the first Dark Guard is about Zaden and Calla Ryss they met when Zaden ended up keeping Calla alive when she was mortally wounded in a previous novel when the House of Rone was on a mission, he used his telekinesis to keep her alive until they could get her replacement organs, now Calla dreams of silver eyes and is drawn to Zaden and he is equally drawn to her like a moth to a flame. The second story House of Rone beginnings is the tale of how Magnus then known as Soldier 47 and Jaxer his only friend escape the Orionix Military Program when Jaxer is slated for termination. The third story Cyborg Guard focuses on Seren dan Stal a female cyborg and Xias the House of Rone champion gladiator. Seren was once the pride of the Dan Nonian Warrior Academy and now the only survivor of her species and Xias grew up on the streets of Carthago fighting for his very existence. When they are sent on a mission together the flare of passion between them ignites into a firestorm of passion that burns them alive in a very pleasurable way. The two mate stories are full of action, humour and scorching hot passion as expected in this series and the House of Rone Beginnings tells the tale of how Magnus saw the existence he was living for what is was and decided helping his friend to live was the most important thing in his life.

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  • 04-07-2021

Interesting

Nice to have 3 books in one; to hear about 3 of the characters; especially how Marcus came to be and the House of Rone. Narrator is still a bit too dramatic, but tolerable; if I hear the word “Drak” one more time…

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  • Lisa j
  • 12-07-2020

3 stories

This book gives us the story of Calla and Zaden (seen earlier in an anthology, so it technically came before Paladin), the origin story of Magnus and Jax, as well as Xias and Saren's journey to find a map of Bari Batu's battle arena. Love all the extra details and story bits from these stories!!

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  • CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
  • 05-07-2020

Awesome

BOOK REVIEW........
Great stories and characters. I totally love this book and recommend it

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The narrator did a great job with the voices of the characters.

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  • Robin Thompson
  • 13-06-2020

Two novellas from the world of the House of Rone

Guard is a treat for fans of the House of Rone series. In it are Dark Guard (originally published in the 2019 Pets in Space Anthology) the story of Calla and Zaden whose story was introduced in book 3 of the series. Next is a short that tells the back story of Magnus and how the House of Rone came to be. And last is Cyborg Guard, a brand new story about cyborg Seren and gladiator Xias. All three have all the action and steam as Ms. Hackett's other tales and make a great addition to the series. Enjoy!

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