Through the looking glass!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🪐🛸🚀☄️🌒
Character development: 🤖👽🥰👽😌
The heroine: Zoe – works in a law office for a man she doesn’t like. One day while talking on the phone to her friends while in the office bathroom about the fact that her boss threw a stapler at her, she hears a noice in the handicapped stall. She checks it out and sees a red man with horns in the mirror. She is then sucked through the mirror like it is a portal to Hell.
The Hero(es): Sarden – a half-breed smuggler (half Vorn/half Eloim), who wants to trade Zoe with the evil Tazaxx to save his sister Sellah. He picks her from the AMI (Alien Mating Index). Sarden would be a lord if he were to claim his rightful place in society.
The Story: Zoe is called the “Pure One” by the beings that take her. She thinks she is in Hell, though it isn’t hot. There are creatures that look like demons and the red male with horns is sexy and huge. It isn’t long before she finds out that the Ancient ones seeded her planet eons ago and the lock (ozone layer) on Earth has been removed and investors are free to harvest the women of the planet. They are called ‘Pure Ones’ because they are pureblooded from the ancients.
I have been Hella into Alien romance lately. I have no idea why, maybe because I like the whole normal girl in an abnormal (or paranormal) world trope and most of these are exactly that. As much as I like the trope where the females crash land on a planet of barbarians, I like even more when the aliens are more technologically advanced than we are, plus the males wear pants which I think is much hotter than being naked or wearing a loin cloth all the time. This series looked interesting to me.
This book had some pretty cool alien technology as well. I have read many books that have different kinds of food processing technologies, though none so far have any kind of explanation of how they work and how the aliens can keep getting food from these gadgets without having to get groceries of any kind.
This book had an explanation of how it works. The ship has stores of the green nutrient slime that is what is used as the base of all the food and there are things that attach to the users head and the user just thinks about what they want to eat and how it tastes and the food sim creates it from the nutrient slime. It is supposed to come out looking, smelling and tasting exactly like what the user expects, that is if the simulator is programmed correctly.
The book is told in dual points of view with dual narration. Narrators Mackenzie Cartwright and William Martin who both did a great job. I liked the way that both of these narrators used different voices for the characters thoughts than for their speaking voices. It made it easier to tell thoughts from when they were actually speaking to someone. That is something that should be done more, since I often wonder if a character is thinking or actually talking to another person in an audiobook.
Overall this was a very well written alien romance. I don’t really like the fact that the main characters in this series are BBW. I know there are women of all sizes and they all deserve to find love, but I would rather my books not focus on the size of the woman or the amount of ‘curves’ she may or may not have. It just makes me picture a chubby woman and I get enough of that when I look in the mirror. Though I liked the storyline enough that I plan to listen to more of the series.
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