Cherished by the Hunter by Lynnea Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
May-December alien romance!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☹️😳🥺😘
The heroine: Evie – Evie came to the compound where the Xarc’n hunters, their mates and a few other humans helping with the fight against the Scourge with her uncle and his friend. Those two males were not good men. They hated the Xarc’n warriors and especially the relationships between Xarc’n and humans. When Evie finally stood up to them, they stole weapons and betrayed everyone by turning on a beacon in the compound to draw the scourge.
The Hero: Tarv’k – He is the oldest of the Xarc’n hunters. Though he hardly looked any older than the others, he did have a few grey hairs. Unlike most of the other hunters who had fought the scourge on one or two worlds before coming to Earth, Tarv’k has fought the alien insect menace on many different worlds and failed most of those times.
The Story: Evie had been attracted to Tarv’k from the start, and though he was also attracted to her, he held back. He thought he might be too old to form a mate bond with a human female. Though when Evie threatened to find one with another Xarc’n warrior, he realized that he didn’t want to see her with someone else.
The book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. Narration was done by Troy Duran and Kiera Stevens. I really like both of these narrators. Troy Duran has a deep husky voice which sounds great for the 7 foot tall, muscular alien males and Kiera Stevens has a very pleasing voice and is good at showing emotion through her voice.
I am really enjoying this dystopian view of Earth after being invaded by huge mindless alien insects. The Xarc’n warriors are a great diversion from the standard alien barbarians. I still don’t understand why they only wear a loincloth, since they are technologically advanced and though they are warriors, they are definitely not barbarians.
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