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Quintus Ambustus is a slave--Adiona Leonia is a wealthy socialite. He fights for his life in the gladiator's ring--she plays cutthroat politics in Rome's high society. He's sacrificed everything for his Christian faith--she believes in nothing and no one. But when Adiona's life is threatened, Quintus is chosen as her bodyguard, and their fascination with one another shocksQuintus Ambustus is a slave--Adiona Leonia is a wealthy socialite. He fights for his life in the gladiator's ring--she plays cutthroat politics in Rome's high society. He's sacrificed everything for his Christian faith--she believes in nothing and no one. But when Adiona's life is threatened, Quintus is chosen as her bodyguard, and their fascination with one another shocks them both. Neither thought to find joy in a match society would condemn...but their feelings cannot be denied. Have they lost too much to believe in happiness? Or will their growing love let them leave the past behind--and build a new future together?...

Title : The Protector
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ISBN : 9780373828401
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 281 Pages
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The Protector Reviews

  • Erica (daydreamer)
    2018-12-04 08:39

    Why do you think I thought of Quintus? Who better to protect a woman than the man who can’t keep his eyes of her?Quintus is a gladiator. Stripped of his social status, his wealth, his life, he is forced to fight brutally for his life, because of his new belief in Christ, which he holds to strong, never faltering. While training for the gladiator ring, he catches the eye of the beautiful, well sought after Lady Adiona Leonia. Tall, dark, and handsome, she’s breathless when she watches him fight, fearful that this could be the day he died. And he can’t stop thinking about her either. But he tries to deny his feelings, he could never have her because of his new lowered status. Trying to make himself believe this, and not even knowing the lady, he tells a former gladiator what he really thinks about her, but knowing that he can’t know this for sure. Adiona hears him saying those rude things, and is hurt deeply. But she refuses to let it show. One night she is attacked, and she and her friends realizes someone is trying to kill her. Quintus is appointed her bodyguard as she travels to see a dying friend. They set off on their journey, both trying to squelch their feelings, both thinking the other could never possibly want them, but then finding out hidden things about each other that bring them to new light, and makes their budding love grow.I loved Quintus' and Adiona's banter. It made their relationship so real and endearing. But I especially loved the parts when they let their guard down, and they shared little tender moments, a touch of the face, a link of her arm threw his, that made their hearts race, and wonder if the other could feel something more for them than contempt. I couldn’t stop smiling through the whole book. And several times I was laughing at the characters, at the sometimes awkward moments between Quintus and Adiona. And it takes them a time to realize they do love each other. I loved this bit of wisdom given to Adiona from her friend, When two people are in love they're often the last to know. So true, isn't it! The ending surprised me. Not quite close to the end, they thought they had found the true attempted killer, and Adiona felt safe, especially when Quintus was with her. But then Capshaw threw a twist at us. Someone was almost lost, but their ardor for each other was shown, and they knew that they will always love each other, no matter what happens. I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet, endearing, Christian love story. The religion was handled nicely, the dialogue was amusing and real, and the plot well thought out. I think I’m going to have to read more of these Love Inspired Historical books :)

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-02 10:30

    This book made me smile! I love how we get Characters from her first book, The Gladiator, to return and make an appearance. And, yea for Cat!! Made me smile when he appeared in the first couple of chapters. Quintus and Adiona's story is great. Adiona has issues of self-worth and hiding behind a veneer of wealth, makeup and clothes to look good to society, while hurting on the inside. She is so in need of Christ's love and saving grace and doesn't fully realize it till her life is in danger. Quintus and Adiona have had an unusual connection since they first met in The Gladiator, but the fact that Quintus now has to protect her from a murderer throws them together in a whole different way. Despite both of their pasts, they both have to overcome stigmas and prejudices that they have the opposite sex. I love how Carla Capshaw kept the same characters involved from The Gladiator to help these two along. Maybe Josephina and Onesimus' story is next....?

  • Tito
    2018-12-04 08:35

    So sweet

  • Judy
    2018-11-20 13:53

    Carla Capshaw brings the readers to early A.D. It is a time of gladiators and persecution for Christians.If you have not read Carla's first book in this series, The Gladiator, I would suggest doing so. She has started Quintus & Adiona's story in that book and she has wound the beloved characters from that book into The Protector.Quintus Ambustus was turned in as a Christian and sold into slavery. Caros, a former champion gladiator, had bought him. Quintus was a quick learner in the training school Caros has. Adiona Leonia is a wealthy widow. Those who want to be known in Rome's social circles want to be in her circle. She is known as a hard woman and a man hater, except for Caros whom many suspect she had been in an affair with.From the moment Adiona seen Quintus she was drawn into his unique green eyes. Quintus struggled against his attraction for her as she was not a Christian and he had assumed she lived as many in her circle did. Both of them were hiding deep hurts. When Adiona's life was threatened Quintus was assigned as her body guard. He soon see's that Adiona is not what she portrays to be.This book is captivating and holds your attention. There is danger to Adiona as they travel as they do not know who her assailant is. Quintus must return to his hometown as well not knowing who had turned him as a Christian eight months ago. It will keep you hanging on to the end.The third book in this series will be out in August, 2011, The Champion.

  • Melody
    2018-11-22 09:33

    I was wise to start this book early in the day so I didn't have to stay up late to finish-for surely I would have!I think I may have enjoyed this book even more than The Gladiator, which I thought would be quite impossible. I think it's mostly due to the fact that I relate in personality to Adiona. :) I loved her from the last book, knowing there was a lot hidden beneath the surface. Man do I ever love her and her spirit! I was beyond thrilled to hear her and Quintus' story, and glad I waited to read when I could go from the first to the next! I love it when characters can overcome and work through the challenges life has given them, in a way that feels real and true, which Carla captures perfectly! Quintus is beyond dreamy too, who wouldn't want him as a protector? I am in love with the book cover itself. ;)I want more, and am hopeful for another story to be told, as these characters are now near and dear to my heart! Sigh. As always I feel so grateful for my life, and the love of the Savior for us all.

  • Reanne
    2018-12-06 08:50

    I liked Adiona and Quintus in the first book, so I was excited to read this one. Then I was disappointed when I started reading this one and discovered that they'd suddenly morphed into the main characters from the previous book. Does this author only know how to write one kind of romance? The details change, but the essence stays the same, and the personalities of the characters shift to fit their new roles. Gone is funny, snarky, spitfire Adiona; now we get angsty, hesitant, self-conscious Adiona. Gone is steady, reassuring Quintus; now it's angsty, bitter, conflicted, commanding Quintus. The dynamic between the characters is practically exactly the same as the first book. (And why can't the slaves in these stories actually be slaves, rather than wealthy people who only recently became enslaved?) I'm kind of curious to read the third book, but I'm afraid the Alexius we've met in the first two books will suddenly be replaced with new, romaniclead!Alexius and I'll end up just reading more or less the same story for the third time.

  • J.
    2018-12-16 10:52

    I picked up The Protector with trepidation. Would this follow up to the Rita-nominated The Gladiator live up to my expectations? I should not have been concerned. Once again, Capshaw has written what I have come to term a "mature" inspirational with vivid detailing of the first century, alpha males like no other, and an action packed plot. Capshaw's ability to create a vivid world often neglected in historical romances as well as her knack for twists and turns make this a book not to be missed.Capshaw's gift for faith development shows through on every page as she draws characters who are human in their frailties but have the ability to change as they discover Christ. She took a less than likable character from her first book and made her a wonderful heroine worthy of her hero, a character I fell in love with immediately. All I can say is "More, More!"

  • Ausjenny
    2018-12-13 13:25

    Another great book from Carla. I enjoyed this book as much as the first. After reading The Gladiator I really wanted to read Quintus and Adiona's story and I wasn't disappointed. Right from the start this book is full of action. Quintus becomes a bodyguard for Adiona and it is here we learn more of both there histories. In the prologue we learn alot about what it is like to be a girl in early Rome. We learn girls are not valued and were treated badly. I didn't realize it was like this for girls back then also. I love how the book unfolds and admit I was often wondering what would happen next. Great read.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-09 10:46

    Carla Capshaw's ability to put very interesting characters in the midst of a very believable historical setting and continually hold the reader's interest throughout the entire story is amazing. She brings back some of the characters from her first book,"The Gladiator," but "The Protector" focuses on Adiona and Quintus. The novel also deals with how hard it is to overcome fears that are deeply rooted in your past, and the beauty of new-found faith. Add the intrigue of a killer on the loose and you will be hooked. I hope the author isn't tired of writing about ancient Rome, because I would love to hear more. This is one of the best books I've read this year! BRAVO!!

  • MariaFernanda
    2018-11-24 11:40

    Really liked it!It certainly has a different plot from the others by Carla in the series- which results in a fairly good book... I wouldn't say it was particularly intriguing, but it was good.My favorite part were the characters! They're always the best developed part in Carla's books!I also like how characters from other books are brought together!!Another overall lovely book by Carla Capshaw!!!!

  • Kristen
    2018-11-27 14:25

    Very similar to the first one The Gladiator. I enjoyed it though. The Christian elements were a little much in this one to me. But overall, a good one.Moral Note: Mild/Heavy Violence - some attempted murder, talk of murder, gladiator violence, abusive forced marriage between 12 yr old and older man. Mild talk of unfaithfulness in marriage. No language, clean romance between H/h.

  • Eden
    2018-12-05 15:32

    Compared to Book 1 (The Gladiator), this one was not nearly has enjoyable. Once again, Carla Capshaw does a good job of writing a love story during the harsh time of Ancient Rome. Like her first book, she will get you feeling a bit sad as you read these people's backgrounds and what they have to endure. But the end definitely brings things together and ties it up in a nice heartwarming story.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-16 10:52

    this second book was just as good as the first one! loved it so much. i also gave this one to my sister and she flew through the book and asked if there was another in the series. cant say anything else except it was amazing!

  • Christine Johnson
    2018-11-22 07:31

    I could hardly wait for Quintus and Adiona's story after reading "The Gladiator," and this book didn't disappoint. I shed a fear tears but mostly loved the romance, and the twist at the end caught me by surprise.

  • John Hanscom
    2018-11-23 12:35

    A very good example of the genre'.

  • Sandie Mixa
    2018-11-22 07:53

    Great story! I loved that they both felt unloved and had tragic backgrounds and discovered love in each other.

  • Deanna
    2018-12-04 08:38

    A great sequel to The Gladiator!

  • Claudia Rosa
    2018-12-05 15:35

    Fantastic Romance!!!!!

  • Andrea Mccormick
    2018-12-01 15:30

    Happily Ever After.... SighWhat a great story, love the storyline. God does answer prayers, God does love bringing two people together. God can change hearts.

  • Christina
    2018-11-16 13:42

    Not what I expected a clear gospel message novel more then a romance novel not a bad thing just not my cup of tea

  • Salyna
    2018-12-05 08:26

    Well, may I just start out by saying that I love the cover! This Guy is SMOKIN' HOT!!! I had no problem whatsoever with picturing Quintas like this.Based on the first book, whenever Adiona and Quintas saw eachother I thought Quintas would look away and do other things because he did not like her and found her annoying. However, I was definetly wrong. He would look away because he didn't know how to act in front of her without feeling embarrassed by his decline is social status. Not only that but just the way she looked sent his heart into a frenzy. It was really cute.Adiona hated the whole male race, except her best friend Caros, because of her past experience with men. However, when she first saw Quintas she couldn't figure out why she felt drawn to him.Over the course of the story Quintas and Adiona learn about eachothers past hurts and grow closer to eachother. I liked how they both had painful pasts. I think that made it more realistic for the time period of the story instead of one of them having a cookie cutter life. Also, it is their pasts that brought them together. If Quintas would of never been imprisoned he never would of met Adiona, and if Adiona would of never had a hatred towards men Quintas would of had know reason to get her to trust again.I liked how Adiona came to Christ too. She hated her father and when she found out that Christians called God "Father" it was really hard for her. She didn't want another one based on how her first Dad treated her. But as she got close to Quintas, became friends with Pelonia, and saw Caros's transformation she couldn't help but acknowledge that God existed and played a role in everything in her life.The only thing I did not like about this book was that, like the first one, it changed people alot without having a break or a pause in the story. So, I would be reading one persons thoughts one paragraph and another persons in the next. I had to do a little back tracking here and there because of it.I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of romance in their books as well as a good message.If you liked this review please go to my blog for more at:

  • Cassi
    2018-12-01 14:43

    I've constantly avoided these 'love inspired' and smallish books, but I'm so glad I picked this one up. Okay, it was mostly for the guy on the cover, but the description on the back is amazing and totally accurate. Quintus and Adiona meet 5 months before the book beings while Quintus is training to become a gladiator. A few sparks fly. The book picks up when Quintus is in the ring, battling elephants and men on chariots shooting arrows. Men around him are falling and as he vaults atop an elephant he catches sight of Adiona, staring at him petrified. The sight of her catches him off guard and he suffers from a few arrows. Later, in the 'gladiator hospital', he insults Adiona (although he immediately regrets it) and she overhears (she came down to check on him). He is trying to avoid her and ignore his attraction towards her, but Adiona thinks he intensely dislikes her. He, on the other hand, think she intensely dislikes him, while he is the first man she's noticed since the abuse and torture of her now dead husband. Through a series of events, Quintus becomes Adiona's protector on a journey she must make. And, boy, does he protect her. He goes to any lengths and does everything to keep her safe, unafraid, and comfortable. Although he is a man, Adiona comes to trust Quintus. At times her sharp tongue still does some harm, but neither one can deny that they are falling in love. Quintus is so sweet. He lives every day in pain because of the death of his son and it is only Adiona who instills in him the desire to live again. She becomes his entire life and he cannot imagine himself without her. Unfortunately he still thinks she finds him repulsive because he is a man and still technically a slave. Quintus does everything in his power to prove his worth to his lady and things finally work out in the depths of the grotto...won't spoil that part! Obviously, I completely enjoyed this book, otherwise it would have not gotten 4 stars. Reasons it didn't get 5 stars: It was a small book, it should have been longer, the relationship moved a bit fast although everything was still realistic, the writing seemed a bit amateur. Loved it and now I just have to read the other two! Totally recommend this book!

  • Carol
    2018-12-04 12:36

    I really enjoyed reading The Protector. It was a great reminder of just how much Christ loves us, no matter our background or social standing. He died on the cross for all, equally. Adiona saw it played out in the lives of her friends, who weren't afraid to stand as Christians in a society where Christianity was illegal. They were testimonies to the love and grace of Christ, and through their lives she saw what she needed so desperately. And Christ is no respector of persons, whether rich, slave, or gladiator. Adiona was abused terribly by her husband, and she bore emotional scars that she tried to hide by an indifferent spirit. She soon found that not all men are like her husband, and by Quintus's care for her, she saw the love of Christ in his life. I thought he was a good example of Christ's love for us.

  • Jane
    2018-11-20 10:55

    An adventure during the time Christians were arrested for their faith. I recommend you don't miss her book "The Gladitor" first.True love is not based on social standing. Even today Society tries to dictate how the wealthy act. One so many times has to chose whether to follow the world's standards or God's.For those wholove mystery, there is an assassination attempt. You will be amazed when you see the twists and turns until the real criminal is found.So many times abuses from one's past haunt them and shapes them. They struggle with finding real love because of the hurs from their past.The descriptions of the settings draws you into the scene.Quintus is a slave while Adiona is wealthy.How many of us could sacrifice everything for our faith?

  • Angela
    2018-11-24 08:53

    I just love this book!! I read it when it first hit the shelves and after several years wanted to read it again. As much as I love Caros and Pelonia from the first book, I love Quintus and Adiona even more!! I love the strong lioness that hides the broken little girl inside. I love the transformation that Adiona goes through and the incredible woman she becomes! Oh and Quintus... my hero!! I just adore him!! What a wonderful, delightful, exciting read and one of my favorite stories!!

  • Highland-dreamer
    2018-11-24 13:28

    Although I didn't quite understand the "instant" attraction, or love at first sight that the 2 main characters seemed to have, I enjoyed the story and how it was told. I thought the historical details were fascinating, too. And though I was not at first convinced of the romance, I was by about half-way through. I loved Quintus' character and his background. I look forward to the next one in the series!

  • Anna Hargett
    2018-12-12 10:31

    A little bit dissapointed with this one. I was so excited to read it as I absolutely loved the first one, but unlike the first book this one had little to no character development. there wasn't enough tension and struggle between the characters really feeling/fighting their emotions for one another. I want to read the the third book in hopes it will be like the first and hopefully not like the second.

  • Crissi
    2018-12-03 07:32

    Wow! Carla Capshaw has done it again! What an amazing Book, I took so much away from this story :o) Quintus is by far at the top of my Favorite Heroes list *sigh* There was nothing about this book that I didn't like, I'll be recommending it to everyone! :o)I can hardly wait for her next book (The Champion Aug 2011)!!

  • Melissa
    2018-12-05 14:30

    I loved this book!!! Carla does such a good job of pulling the reader into Roman times. When she describes the seaside home of the hero, it was so easy to imagine I was there. The hero is to die for and I found myself cheering for both him and the heroine, both of whom had terribly tragic pasts. Their stories are gripping and I found it hard to put the book down.

  • MLOW
    2018-11-22 10:32

    Loved this book! Though I enjoyed the first of this series, this one really spoke to my heart. Like book 1, it has lots of interaction between the H and h. There was a plot twist at the end that was wonderfully done and unexpected. And ultimately I just loved the characters :)