The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 🙃☺️🤭
The heroine: Harper – a former CEO of a large company, she was sold to awful aliens called Orkans and stolen from Earth. After being freed by the Kalixian warriors, they are on their way to the Kalixian home planet when they have trouble with their ship and crash on a planet known as the Den of Thieves. All she wants is to get back to Earth to right the wrongs of the past and getting revenge on those who were responsible for her abduction.
The Hero(es): Malav – a Kalixian warrior, he is second in command to Captain Tordax. Malav has a secret from his captain and crew, something that could end his career as a warrior for his planet, which is all he ever wanted to be.
The Story: Harper is intelligent, headstrong and used to being in charge of her own life. She wants to get back to Earth and get her life back on track and get revenge on those who are responsible for selling women to a hostile alien race as brides. Though the Kalixian warriors have agreed to get the women back to Earth at some point after they go to their home planet for some R&R, since they have been fighting a war in space for years.
Harper doesn’t want to wait to get back to Earth and now that they have crashed their ship, the Kalixians have to participate in gladiator style fighting to earn enough money to buy a ship to get them home. Harper worries that she will never get back home especially since most of the other women came from bad circumstances on Earth and have decided to stay with the Kalixians.
Harper has butted heads with Malav on numerous occasions, though he finds himself always looking for her while he is in the arena fighting. When she discovers part of his secret they start to become more friendly. So when he sees her sneak aboard a spaceship while the owners are away, he follows her. They end up in some sticky situations from there and in getting through those, find they are fated mates.
I liked the story in this one. The two of them had to fight against numerous obstacles including a glitchy AI and their own secrets. The romance between them is good because it isn’t insta and they discover they are mates as they get to know each other more. Harper is a lot more likable than I expected based on her behavior in the previous book, where she wasn’t exactly open and friendly.
The book was told in dual POV by two narrators, with each narrating the entire chapters done in their POV. I like the fact that there were male and female narrators, but like audiobooks much better when the man reads all the male parts and the female reads all the female parts, no matter whose POV the chapter is told in. Though Meg Price and C.J. Grey both did great jobs.
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