Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Snow Shoes and Self Assisted Surgery!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🤭😮
The heroine: Kira – She was one of the women on board the slaving ship that was awoken out of her stasis pods for much of the voyage. She was the only one of the women whom the slavers implanted with a translator. The slavers “green aliens and basketball heads” wanted the women to understand their commands but didn’t want to spend the credits to give them all translators. Though her translator is more a hinderance than a help at this point. It makes everything louder and she picks up every sound around her.
The Hero: Aehako – He wants Kira and makes it clear to her that he is interested. Though he hasn’t resonated to her, meaning they are not mates. He calls her “sad eyes”. He gives her a pretty awesome courting gift that he whittles out of bone.
The Story: The barbarians (Sa-khui) live on the Ice Planet and have given a home to the women who were abandoned on their planet by the alien slavers. Though the aliens that dumped them on the Ice Planet did so because of some sort of technical difficulty with the ship. The aliens, haven’t yet forgotten about their expensive cargo and plan to retrieve them as soon as they can. They can track the women through Kira’s translator.
The book was told in dual points of view and narrated by Mason Lloyd and Hollie Jackson who are both great readers and have done some of the other Ruby Dixon books I have listened to. They both have pleasing voices and are easy to listen to.
The story is good. Some of the other humans think that they have not resonated with any of the Sa-khui because they can’t have children, since one was pregnant when she was taken and was given an alien abortion and another has an IUD. Kira knows that an accident when she was young made her infertile so she feels that might be the case for her as well.
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