The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🪐🪐🪐🪐
Character development: ☺️👹👹
The heroine: Willa – she is one of the human women rescued by the barbarians and their mates after being taken from earth and crashing on the ice planet. She is a southern country girl who came from a bad background. Her mother what a drug addict and prostitute and Willa was determined never to be like her mother.
The Hero: Gren – He was a slave, created in a lab and is a hodgepodge of different alien DNA, made to be the ultimate fighter in the gladiator ring. When he is awakened from a cryopod after crash landing on the ice planet, he is immediately put in chains because he kind of goes crazy with the growling and everyone on the ice planet thinks he is too much of a beast and a danger to the group. They weren’t able to get close enough to him to implant a translator chip so he can’t understand anyone and they can’t understand him.
The Story: Willa is the only one of the group to feel bad for Gren who is a beast, but is being treated like a feral animal by the Messakah and other humans. She decides she will be his friend and eventually they escape the camp together. Willa doesn’t want Gren to be in a place where his is still treated like a slave and an animal, she sees more than just a beast.
Like all of the Ruby Dixon books I have listened to thus far, this book was written in dual points of view and done in dual narration. The narrators were Sean Crisden and Felicity Munro. Sean did a very gruff and growly voice for Gren which was pretty perfect for The Beast, especially because Gren and Willa couldn’t really communicate. Felicity did a southern accent and she did it well, though a southern accent isn’t my favorite for romance books.
The story takes place during the same timeline as Veronica’s Dragon and the storylines overlap in many ways since we know that Veronica helps Gren and the outcome of that situation. Though I really liked to hear the events from Willa’s point of view. There was much more to their story as well.
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