Audiobook Review: Captive (Barbarians of the Sand Planet, #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Captive by Tana Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#Snatched by bounty hunters. Captured by aliens. Guarded by a warrior with a dangerous secret. 

It wasn’t bad enough that scientist Max Dryden was taken as a bounty by an all-female space bounty hunter crew. Nope, that was only the beginning. When the bounty hunters were marooned on a sand planet, she was captured by aliens and taken to their city. Now she’s got a personal bodyguard and captor watching her every move. 

One problem. He’s not one of the aliens who took her. He’s one of the sand barbarians sent by the bounty hunter women to break her out and bring her back. Since she’s determined to find a way off the planet and out of captivity, he’s a very big and very hot distraction she doesn’t need. 

His mission was to infiltrate the Crestek city, find the human female, and bring her back to his Dothvek village and the other women. Well, he found her all right. Now he’s serving as her personal guard, locked inside the luxurious suite in the enemy city, and trying to ignore the fact that the human scientist he was sent to rescue is a beautiful, intriguing female. Can he get them both out without being discovered? Or losing his heart? 

Captive

Fierce women on a sand planet!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💛🖤💜💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🫣🤭🫠😮🥰

The heroine: Max – a scientist on the verge of a huge discovery that will give unlimited energy to the entire galaxy when someone puts a bounty on her. She is taken by an all female bounty hunter, who later hide her among them when a rival bounty hunter boards the ship looking for her. She and the female bounty hunters are then stranded on the sand planet and she ends up getting taken by the Cresteks who want to keep her so she can mate one of their upper class.

The Hero: Kush – He is one of the Dothvek warriors and the best tracker. They live at an oasis like old time dessert sheiks on Earth. They all have the ability to feel them emotions of each other and the women. Kush’s best friend K’alvek had already taken the female captain of the bounty ship as a mate.

The Story: When Max gets taken behind the gates of the Crestek city, he slips on a Crestek cloak that he stole off one he killed, then slips behind the gates along with her to protect her and help her escape. The chancellor of the Crestek’s is not a great guy and wants a mate for his son T’Kar to continue their ruling lineage.

I was pleasantly surprised by the narration in this one. It is my favorite type, dual points of view with a male and a female narrator where both the male and the female narrator do their own parts within each chapter no matter whose POV that chapter is in. Sierra Grace and Tristan Josiah do the narration and do a great job. They each are able to do few different voices and accents so it is easy to tell when different people are talking.

The story was good, though I am not sure how I feel about so many of these alien romance books having the women end up on a planet of barbarians. I think I need to read some more where the women from earth end up with a mate that is from a planet which is way more advanced and has all kinds of cool things. Though for the alien barbarian/stranded woman genre, this series has a pretty good back story and some fierce women.

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