Audiobook Review: When She Dances (Risdaverse, #5). ⭐️⭐️⭐️

When She Dances by Ruby Dixon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I never expected to spend my days as a dancing girl… but it beats the alternative. In the window of a filthy space station cantina, I gyrate my hips and hope for better days.


When I’m bought by the most intimidating alien on Three Nebulas Station, those better days are on their way. Zakoar of the Broken Back is a cyborg who deals in black market prosthetics. He’s terrifying to look at, with a metal jaw and a fearsome demeanor. He intimidates everyone in the galaxy… except me.


Zakoar doesn’t want my name. In fact, he doesn’t want anything from me… except a little bed sport. In exchange for my willingness, he’ll take me to a human-friendly planet where I can live unafraid.

Love isn’t part of the bargain, but every moment that I spend with him, I learn more about the male beneath the metal…


…and I’m suddenly dreaming of a very different happy ever after for myself…

When She Dances

Smut fest!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💛🖤💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👽👱🏻‍♀️👽

The Hero: Zakoar – an alien cyborg who is as much if not more metal than man. He owns a shop where he deals in black market prosthetics that he makes or fixes from parts. He is kind of half mechanical genius and half surgeon and is the best there is in his field. He sees the way people, women in particular look at him and shy away from him in fear and revulsion.

The heroine(s): Tessa – she was kidnapped from Earth four years ago and has been sold at the flesh auctions twice. She is now a dancer at club on Three Nebulas Station. She considers herself lucky that she has fair skin and bruises easily since she just has to dance nude in the window to entice people into the club and she doesn’t have to service the members like the other girls

The Story: While dancing in the club window for 12 hours a day, Tessa likes to daydream. Her favorite daydream is about the man with the metal jaw that works in the shop across from the club. Zakoar likes the way Tessa looks at him while she dances when he is outside his shop, since most women turn away from him.

When Tessa’s owner sells the club and decides to put her and a few of the other women up for auction she is afraid of what will happen to her, since she had a bad experience in the past. However, when she is purchased by Zakoar, she isn’t sure whether her dreams have come true or whether she should be afraid.

The narration on this book was OK but not great. It was done by Mason Lloyd and Jillian Macie. I have said this before and I will keep saying it. I hate it when women voice the male lines and vice versa. I know at the beginning Zakoar was a bit of a grumpy alien, but the voice Jillian Macie used for his lines didn’t sound grumpy it sounded mean and unaffected which I just didn’t like.

I also didn’t really like that this was very smutty with not much of a story at all. I have read a lot of Ruby Dixon’s work and though her books are heavy on the steamy scenes the ones I have read have had more story than this one. I would have liked to know the characters more and had them spend a bit more time getting to know each other over the course of the book. Not saying the steamy scenes needed to wait till the end. I kind of liked that they didn’t wait, I just think there could have been more. However, if a smutty alien read is what you are looking for this was certainly that.


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