When She Belongs by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Broken beauty and the cyborg beast!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌏
Character development: 🤒😌🙃😍
The heroine: Sophie – she has been working with three brothers on a space pirate ship is feeling like she is in over her head. She doesn’t know how to work any of the technology on the ship, can’t read Messekah to figure it out and she can’t kill any other life forms when they are in the midst of an attack. So she is not too surprised when the brothers leave her with a friend who runs a salvage operation on an abandoned asteroid when they have a dangerous mission.
The Hero: Jerrok – part cyborg, Jerrok is a grouchy loner who likes only his own company, so when the brothers force him to watch over Sophie for a favor they are owed, he can’t say much, and ends up taking her and her pet cat/reptile in while the brothers go on their mission.
The Story: Sophie was previously enslaved by the Praxians for six years and the brothers think of her as a sister, so warn Jerrok to take it easy on her. He feels for her a bit since she was enslaved and he has his own issues from being hurt in the war. He is in pain quite a bit because of the spare parts used to fix him up. He also has PTSD and suffers from nightmares from his time as a prisoner of war.
I quite liked this story about two damaged people coming together. They both just wanted to be left alone and ending up finding out that being alone together is much better than just being alone. I also liked that this one took place on an abandoned station on a asteroid where Jerrok lives and works salvaging what he can from old ships and technology sold to him from pirates.
Jerrok’s cyborg parts were given to him from his government after he was lost parts of himself in the war, but the Government didn’t care and let the soldiers down by giving them sub-standard parts that are rusting and cause him a lot of pain. I kept wanting them to find a fortune among the salvage so he could get new and high tech parts.
The book was told in dual points of view and was narrated by Mason Lloyd and Jillian Macie who both did a great job. I enjoyed listening to this and I like both of their voices and they are good readers.
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