Imaginative alien world!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳😬🤬😚
The heroine: Evie – She works for the agency that matches human women with alien men in need of brides. She had a bad experience in the past and signed up for the service herself and is surprised when a match for her is found. Once a match is found, the human has 10 days to decide if she accepts the courtship agreement or wants to return home.
The Hero: Vork – He is a Spacefleet Commander with higher aspirations for his career and has no time for a mate. However, his mother wants more for him and signs him up for a human mate. Since disease ran rampant throughout the galaxy and killed off the majority of the females on his planet. When Vork is matched with a human woman, he is not happy about it, but agrees to go through it for his mother.
The Story: Vork is immediately taken with Evie, the tiny human woman who he matched with. Evie is equally entranced by Vork and is eager to be on this adventure on another planet and to learn everything there is to learn about Vork and the planet. However, when at a very alien restaurant, Evie mistakenly offends another man who wants to fight Vork for the offense. He calls Vengeance, which is a sort of duel alien style.
The book was told in dual POV by two narrators, Teddy Hamilton and Tawnia Murray. Both of them fit the characters well. I have listened to Teddy Hamilton a few times before and love his voice and the tempo of his reading. Tawnia Murray is not one of my favorites but her voice is nice and she did a good job, though there is something about her cadence that I am not fond of. Like there is a definite end of each sentence with a slight pause between. So it seems more like stilted reading than conversational speaking.
The story was a good one and I liked the romance and there was plenty of steam as well. I loved the innovative world building, which was much more inventive than a lot of alien books I have read in the past. I loved the descriptions of the food, customs and even furniture. They were definitely different than any other book I have read and made it much more realistic and enjoyable. Realistic in the sense that almost everything on an alien world is extremely different than on Earth.
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