Review: Tales from the Arena: Opening Gambit (Tales from the Arena #1) by Elizabeth Schechter

January 21, 2014 Review 1

Review: Tales from the Arena: Opening Gambit (Tales from the Arena #1) by Elizabeth Schechter

The Ishkarin were created to be the perfect soldiers. The perfect predators. The perfect sadists. But what happens to the perfect soldiers when the war they were created to fight is over? In the Arena, the Ishkarin find an outlet for their natural instincts. Populated by the Collared, the sexual submissives who live to kneel before the predators, the Arena guarantees that the Ishkarin will not prey on the people they have sworn to protect.

On the eve of his appointment as second-in-command to the Ishkarin forces, Gavir is gifted with a night with Iras, the so-called Queen of the Arena. One wild night of passion and pain later, Gavir is enthralled by the woman who wears the red Collar. But when his fascination reveals a secret long buried, how far will Gavir go to protect the woman who has captured his heart?

Title: Opening Gambit
Author: Elizabeth Schechter
Series: Tales From the Arena
Source: Author
Published: November 9, 2013
Genres: Erotic Sci Fi Romance
Pages: 101
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

The first book in the Tales from the Arena is an intriguing and unique erotic futuristic romance.

Second in command to the Ishkarin forces, Gavir is gifted with a night with Iras and after one night of passion and pain, Gavir is enthralled.  The Queen of the Arena is just as taken with Gavir, but she harbors a secret that keeps hidden inside the arena. When that secret is revealed, how far will Gavir go to protect the woman who has captured his heart?

This fast paced book is an intriguing futuristic world with some unique elements that capture the imagination. The author brings the story to life with vivid descriptions, intense detail and strong compelling characters.  There is suspense and drama to add depth and a lot of interesting elements that keep the reader well entertained. The attraction between Gavir and Iras radiates heat from every page and the red hot sex scenes scorch the reader with BDSM elements.

The author has created a fantastic and engaging erotic world that grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go. The characters are easily understood and leave the reader wanting to know more. I was thoroughly caught up in the story from the very beginning all the way to the last word.  I believe the series has lots of potential and I am looking forward to reading more books in the series.Opening Gambit

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