The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🪐🪐🪐🪐
Character development: 👽👽👽
The heroine: Rose – after losing her job, she finds herself aboard an alien spaceship and chosen to be the bride of a fleshy alien creature called an Orkan. They go to the mating festivities which include attending gladiator style fights where other captives called Kalixian warriors had to fight each other to the death, after which she feared what would happen.
The Hero(es): Tordax – Leader of the Kalixian warriors. He and his crew have a plan to escape the fighting ring and kill their captors. They want to kill the Orkan leaders and turn the tide in a war they have been fighting with that race who has been systematically taking over planet after planet and have recently gone after the Kalixians and in taking Tordax and his crew captive have nearly won the war.
The Story: In the fight that ensues while making their escape, Tordax catches sight of Rose and realizes she is his mate. It means a great deal to him since the Orkans have killed off all of their females and his race was destined to die out after his generation dies.
The book was told in dual POV and narrated by Meg Price and C.J. Grey. C.J. has a deep and gravely voice that works well for the Alien Leader and Meg Price has a voice that I enjoy for the most part. Every now and then her cadence annoys me, but for the most part I liked it.
The story was good. I liked how they couldn’t understand each other at first and how Rose balked at being put in a medical chair to have her translation device implanted. I can see how something like that would be frightening if you don’t know what they want to do to you, and how hard it would be to convey to someone who can’t understand you that you are doing something for your own good.
There were some things that were described much better in this book than a lot of alien romance books that I have read before. Like the food which is completely different than earth food, but the women try to compare to things they are used to, such as meats and salads and something similar looking to fries.
There are also things that don’t make sense at all, like the fact that the Kalaxian warriors wear nothing more than loin cloths, which makes a bit of sense at the beginning when it is explained that they are used to fighting gladiator style since that is how they are trained when they are young (though not in fights to the death). But when they explain that they have been fighting a war in space and haven’t been on their home planet in years, a loin cloth just doesn’t quite fit the space fighter vibe.
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