Audiobook Review: Barbarian’s Mate (Ice Planet Barbarians, #7) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘Resonance’ is supposed to be a dream – that’s when your soulmate is chosen for you. And everyone on the ice planet has hooked up with a big, hunky soulmate of their own…except me. So do I want a mate? Heck yeah. More than anything, all I’ve ever wanted is to be loved by someone. Except that the soulmate chosen for me? My least favorite person on the darn ice planet. Haeden’s the most cranky, disapproving, unpleasant, overbearing male alien…so why is it that my body sings when he gets close? Why is he working so hard to prove to me that he’s not as awful as I think he is? I hate him…don’t I?

Barbarian’s Mate

Fear and Loathing on the Ice Planet!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💙💚💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🫣☺️😎😯

The heroine: Josie – she is the last woman in her group that hasn’t yet resonated with a male. When she finally resonates, she is happy, but then she finds out it is with Haeden, the one male she doesn’t get along with. Josie grew up in group homes and foster care with no family and nobody wanting her so she wants a family and wants someone to love her but fears ending up in a relationship without love.

The Hero: Haeden – a long time ago, when he was young, he resonated with a woman who didn’t want him, then died. He felt a connection with Josie since his clan first found the human women. Though he has been grouchy and grumpy with her because human women are so small and fragile and he fears losing another mate.

The Story: Josie dislikes Haeden and when she finds that he is her mate, she doesn’t want it since it is not of her choosing. Though she may have valid fears due to her upbringing, she doesn’t treat Haeden well at all and behaves pretty selfishly. Though Haeden was grumpy to her, once they resonated, he treated her much better but it took her quite a while to realize it.

I didn’t like Josie much through nearly half of the book, but I liked the fact that she finally realizes how poorly she treated him. I also like the fact that though her actions were not the best, they were a part of her growth as a person and I liked where the story went. It got much better after Josie finally lets Haeden in, there was also some side storylines that were great.

The book was told in dual POV with narration by Mason Lloyd and Hollie Jackson and they did a great job. I kind of like the slightly stilted and formal cadence that Mason uses for the male aliens. It sounds authentic and I enjoy it.


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