Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“I’ve got to ditch my zero and become my own hero!’
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😒😢😔😊🥰
The heroine: Lila – She is woken from a cryo-stasis pod on an ice planet only to find out that she was abducted by aliens from her home along with her sister and the alien ship crashed, killing everyone on board aside from herself and her sister. She also finds out that her cochlear implants were removed and she is now deaf like she was prior to getting them ten years ago.
The Hero: Rokan – He goes with a group to get the human women out of the stasis pods and is immediately interested in the tiny soft one called Lila. He doesn’t resonate to her, but he feels for her and wants to help her and protect her. Though he isn’t the only one. Hassan has been waiting to resonate to a female and is determined to do anything to make that happen.
The Story: Hassan kidnaps Lila during a snowstorm and he is one of the Barbarian men that watched her so closely like she was some kind of dessert he wanted to devour. He scared Lila and she wasn’t happy about being kidnapped, especially since he sister was the only one she could communicate with since she had to use sign language. So she decides to run away and try to find the group.
This has a good story and I liked how Lila is seen as soft and weak, but really has an inner strength that nobody expected. I also liked the fact that she was deaf, that was a new one in this series and I don’t think I have seen it in other romance books either so it was nice to see.
I also like Rokan, he was different than the rest in that he has what he refers to as “knowing”, but is really some sort of psychic ability where he gets a gut feeling if something is wrong or something is going to happen, his “knowings” also make him sure of what they must do in certain situations.
These two were very cute together and I absolutely loved the fact that while they were alone, Rokan wanted to learn to communicate with Lila so he was willing to learn sign language and they ended up doing a combination of sign language and charades which worked well for them. I have really liked this series and am not getting sick of them at all. Though I sometimes have to take a break in between.
The book was told in both Rokan and Lila’s points of view and the audiobook was done in dual narration. The narration was done by Hollie Jackson and Mason Lloyd who have done most of this series and I like both of these narrators for these types of characters. I take a point off the narration for it not being done in duet narration, but otherwise it was great.
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