Taken to Nobu by Elizabeth Stephens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Same universe, different planet!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😒😚🥲😍
The heroine: Kiki – she was from the same moon colony as Miari from Taken to Voraxia and was one of Miari’s two best friends. She was two years older than Miari and was an offering to the Drakesh in the hunt twice. She was raped by the evil Bo’Raku both times, since he was the strongest and she the most beautiful. She hadn’t spoken since then. Though she had trained with her brother and is a warrior as well. She was determined to not let her friend Miari be taken in the hunt, so they ran away and she faced the beasts that attacked them in the sewers. She was badly hurt and spent months in the healing chamber.
The Hero: Va’Raku (a.k.a. Okkari) – He knew from the first time he saw Kiki that she was his Xiveri mate. When he and the Raku returned to the moon colony, he planned to take her home, and since she was injured, he stayed by her side while she was in the purple healing waters. Va’Raku is not a name but his position, which is kind of like Vice President while Raku is President (or King).
The Story: Kiki wakes and is in a cave on a frozen planet with many alien women. She is told that they are preparing for the hunt. Though the alien women are there by choice in order to find mates and have babies, Kiki only knows of being part of the hunt against her will and being forced by huge alien males who are much stronger than her. She is determined to fight and either get away or kill any male who tries to catch her.
I didn’t really understand what Va’Raku or his people were thinking. They had to know what people of the moon colony had been through and he stood watch over Kiki all that time. So why would he have her wake from her healing in the cave like that, thinking the same thing was happening to her again, instead of being there when she awakened and talk to her, explaining what she was to him?
Kiki continues to fight Va’Raku even after she starts to feel something for him, though she does second guess her desire to escape. I like this series because there is plenty of romance, steam and side storylines. They are also different from a lot of the “Alien Barbarian” type of Alien romance. These aliens come from different societies and have their own customs and each book is about a different couple and a different setting though in the same universe.
The book is told in dual points of view and done in duet narration where the female narrator does all the female parts and the male narrator does the male parts. Like the first book, this one was narrated by Blaire LaBlanc and I really like her voice, it is soft yet clear and very feminine but not high. The male parts were narrated by Marquis du Sad, and he also had a pleasant voice and did a great job despite his unfortunate name.
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