Audiobook Review: Provoked (Raider Warlords of the Vandar, #6). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Provoked by Tana Stone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I snuck onto the wrong ship. Now I’m at the mercy of the most terrifying and deadly of the Vandar warlords—and he refuses to let me go.

Running away and joining my sister and her Vandar mate seemed like a great idea. Until I stowed away on the wrong ship.

Now I’m on a Vandar warbird flying far away from my home planet, but my sister is nowhere in sight. Instead, I’m trapped with the Vandar warlord they call the Deranged Raas. They whisper that he’s insane, and when I meet the menacing alien, I understand why.

The dark and ruthless warlord might be huge and gorgeous, but he also rules with absolute power and domination. He and his crew live and fight in the remotest part of the galaxy, where there are no rules and no mercy. It’s where he plans to take me unless I can convince him to let me go.

Raas Vassim does not tolerate stowaways or challenge. But I didn’t run away from one controlling life to end up in another. No way will I submit to his commands—even if his touch provokes feelings I’ve never experienced before. Although I fear his darkness, it also stokes a fire deep within me. And makes me want to delve beneath his dominant and savage exterior.

All I need to do to get away from the Raas is to send a message to my sister, which he’ll let me do. For a price. But is submitting to him a price I’m willing to pay?

Provoked is a full-length sci-fi romance novel with a HEA and no cheating. It features steamy scenes on a raider warship, alien horde space battles, and some serious heat.


The Deranged Raas!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💙💚💜🤎❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🫢😤😡😊🥰

The Hero: Raas Vassim – He was cursed by a man he killed in battle, on the man’s dying breath. Ever since then he has suffered terrible nightmares, reliving that same battle in which his former Raas was killed and died in his arms. Not only does he relive the battle in his dreams but he wakes every time as sore and tired as if he actually participated in the battle. So he never gets any real rest.

The heroine: Juliette – she mistakenly betrayed her sister Sienna, who was the main character in Punished. She feels remorse and wants to get back in the good graces of her sister who was leaving their planet of Kimithion III with the bounty hunters that fought the empire along with the Vandar to save their planet. So she sneaks on the spaceship to leave with her sister and her sister’s mate, only to find out that she stowed away on the Vandar ship instead of the bounty hunter ship.

The Story: Vassim found out from a seer that the only way to break the curse is in the hands of an innocent human female with blonde hair. So when he finds Juliette stowed away on his ship, he immediately feels she may be the key to breaking the curse and stopping his madness. He takes her to the mystical planet where the seer lives in order to confirm that Juliette is indeed the curse breaker.

I had read the first three books in the series, but haven’t yet bought the next two and so I listened to this one without yet listening to books 4 and 5. Though this book does reference Punished a few times, I didn’t feel that I missed out on anything. The romance was good and the side storylines about the curse and battles with the Zagrath were intriguing. I also like the supporting characters in this entire series.

Like the first three books I listened to, this was told in dual points of view and narrated by Marcio Catalano and Addison Barnes in duet narration. In duet narration, the point of view (POV) may change at the end of each chapter, though the narrators will split the job and narrate the sections associated with their character. This is my favorite type of narration. The male narrator does all the male parts and the female does all the female parts.


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