Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Taming of the Shrew!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😒😚🥲😋😍
The heroine: Maddie – She and her deaf sister recently crash landed on the Ice Planet after being abducted by aliens. When she found that the aliens that abducted them removed the cochlear implant from her sister, she had a purpose, in that she had to take care of her weaker, hearing impaired sister and she was the only one who knew sign language was the only one who could talk with Lila.
The Hero: Hassan – he is of the Shadow Cat tribe and was so sick of all the other guys from the different tribes getting mates, and him not resonating to any, that he decided to kidnap Lila to see if time alone would get her to resonate to him. Though Lila couldn’t communicate with Hassan and he had frightened her the way he constantly stared creepily at her, so when he stole her away, she ran and ended up mated to Rokan. Hassan ended up getting exiled from the tribe for a time because of his actions. So he stays near the edges of the village, only coming in to give them his kills from the hunt.
The Story: Since Lila was kidnapped by Hassan, then later mated to Rokan in Barbarian’s Touch, she has been thriving and she taught the AI on the alien spaceship sign language so now all the people can easily get the upload and speak to Lila. Though since Lila is no longer weak and helpless, Maddie has nobody to count on her. She is at a loose ends and nobody likes her since she was acting like a shrew when Lila was missing.
Feeling like she is on the edge of society after Lila grew from a fragile little flower to a brave and competent woman, Maddie was at a loose ends and I really thought I might dislike this one because she was such a harpy in Lila’s book, but I actually really liked her from the beginning on this one. She was quite funny.
Hassan was the only one who really understood Maddy, so she started thinking about him and wanted to scratch the itch with him. The only problem was that afterwards, he wants a commitment and she just wanted some fun. I really enjoyed this book and all the characters, some big things happened to the tribe and this couple was very likable. There was plenty of romance and steam as well.
Like all the rest, this book was told in dual points of view via dual narration by Mason Lloyd and Hollie Jackson who have done the narration on many of these books. I have enjoyed their narration on all the books I have listened to and will continue to enjoy more of this series.
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