Great space odyssey!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😒😚🥲😍
The heroine: Allesandra – she went to sleep one night and woke up to find she was abducted by aliens. She was deloused, implanted with a translator, poked and prodded, given injections then put in a thick plastic cage naked. Other alien females were there as well, though the plastic was too thick for them to talk to each other despite their translators.
The Hero: Kye Amara – He is an ambassador from his home planet Isleria of who is given the gift of 5 alien females as a tribute for the impending alliance between his planet and the colonies. He is arrogant and entitled, also tall, beautiful and frightening.
The Story: Luckily for the females, they immediately are brought onto another ship and given to the ambassador, who in turn gives them to an assistant that tells them they will be taken to Isleria to give testimony against the slavers and they would make every attempt to return them to their home planets.
Alessandra is surprised to find out that she is now the thirteenth wife of Kye Amara. The aliens are all strange and expect certain things of her and act like she is crazy for not understanding their technology. She is suffering from PTSD while trying to get to know her temporary husband. I saw some other reviews where the reviewers didn’t like Alessandra, but I thought she was fine and acted about what I would expect in her situation.
This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narrators were Mason Lloyd and Noelle Bridges. They both did a great job. Mason Lloyd does the narration on a lot of the Ruby Dixon books, which I have been listening to lately and I really like his interpretation of alien males. Noelle Bridges has a soft, clear voice which is both pleasant and fits the character.
I didn’t at first see how this book was related to the first in the series, but when the UPC was mentioned, where Rennek and his friends had worked before going into business with his brother I knew. I liked the fact that this book was completely different but in the same world as the first book. I also liked the fact that the story and the romance took first place and it wasn’t smutty, though there were intimate scenes and the main and supporting characters were all terrific.
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