Ruwen by Kate Rudolph
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I couldn’t get in to the story!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😟😒😚
The heroine: Lis – she was abducted by aliens and stranded on the planet Polai, which had a satisfactory environment for humans, but she had no translator and the natives of Polai were not friendly. So she lived in the wilderness, barely surviving for over a week.
The Hero: Ruwen – men from his planet only lived past the age of 30 if they found their Denys (mate). Ru was nearly at the age of 30 so didn’t expect to live long, which is why he took a risky job to the planet of Polai which tended to let unknown ships land on the planet but blew them out of the air rather than letting them exit on their planetary space.
The Story: Ruwen knew he was lucky to have taken that job to Polai when he finds his Denya. He is able to give her a translator and does his best to make her feel comfortable on his spaceship. He allows her to shower, makes her a meal and sits down to a meal with her. Though Lis is wary of the new alien, she felt extremely comfortable with him and grateful for the reprieve from the harsh planet. Though when Ru tells Lis they are mates, she doesn’t know what to think.
Ru has to finish the job he came for before leaving the planet and Lis demands to go with him, so they brave danger as they go through with his mission. The story was ok, but for some reason I couldn’t get ‘in’ to the story, whether it be the writing, the story itself, the narration, or perhaps I have just overdone the alien romance genre for a while.
The book was told in multiple points of view and narrated by Zachary Michael. I didn’t really like his voice, it was too soft. I tend not to purchase audiobooks unless there are at least two narrators, but I got this one in a box set with the first three in this series. I am not sure if I will listen to the next one or not, possibly at a later date.
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