Bridget’s Bane by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Love without resonance!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😤😡😊🥰
The heroine: Bridget – She grew up with a mother who was a dancer, though Bridget has two left feet. Her mother was tall and willowy while she is short and her mother always made her feel like she wasn’t good enough. Then she was abducted by aliens and ended up on an ice planet.
The Hero: A’tam – He is of the shadow cat clan, is arrogant, confident and inexperienced with women. When he sees Bridget, he knows right away that she is the one for him and doesn’t care that they aren’t resonating for each other. He wants to be her mate anyway.
The Story: Bridget is attracted to A’tam from the beginning and gets to know him from the start but she has very low self esteem and when the first time they are intimate with one another, things don’t go perfectly, she assumes their anatomy is just not compatible and kicks him to the curb. Her low self esteem comes up more than once in different ways, but A’tam keeps trying with her.
Though when a new woman arrives on the ice planet and starts spending time with A’tam, Bridget is consumed with jealousy. I saw quite a few other reviews and it seems a lot of people didn’t like Bridget much. Though I didn’t mind her so much. A lot of people have low self esteem and it is a process to get over something like that, especially if it begins at home when a person is young. So I guess I understood some of her issues.
However, her misunderstanding about what happened when she was intimate with A’tam was funny. She calls a certain part of his anatomy Goliath and thinks that maybe Goliath is too big for her or she is too small. I also liked the story about her wanting to contribute to the group and how she tried and tried. She is trying to create pottery for the tribe, but she can’t seem to get the clay right or the baking, and keeps at it.
The book was told in dual points of view using dual narration by Felicity Munro and Sean Crisden. They do a good job but I like duet narration better where the male does all the male parts and the female does all the female parts. In dual narration it is done by chapter. Also I thought it was a bit odd that A’tam sounds like he has a eastern European accent.
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