Freeing Luka by Victoria Aveline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Good, but not great!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😢🙃🙂☺️
The heroine: Alice – she was abducted from Earth and woke up to find that she was taken to another planet to be used in breeding experiments by an alien race called Clecanians whose females had very low birth rates and only gave birth to males. In order to save their species, a faction of insurgents started illegally testing members of their own society and females of other species.
The Hero: Luka – He is half Clecanian and is a scientist who has studied the infertility of his species and when he finds out that a group of insurgents led by his former coworker have a nefarious plot to take female captives of other races for unscrupulous breeding experiments, he wants to stop it, but is taken captive by the rebels, chained up, tortured and forced to take different drugs.
The Story: When Alice is taken captive and transported to the same laboratory as Luka, he sees her and his eyes change colors, meaning he recognized her as his mate. The insurgents are ecstatic about the fact that Luka recognized Alice and pump him up with drugs to increase his libido and put her in a room with him. They want to see if Luka’s mating marks appear on his wrists to show that he and Alice are a bonded pair.
Luka, Alice and some other human females escape from the facility in the mountains and Luka, still on the drugs, takes Alice away. Though they get separated very quickly. I liked the story as much as the fourth book in this series, Tempting Auzed which I read first. It was nice that this one takes place in a different setting with different local customs and a very different plot.
The book was told in dual points of view via solo narration. The narration was done by Stephen Dexter. I usually like romance books with both a male and a female narrator, though if there is only one narrator, I like males better than females and Stephen Dexter does a good job. I was able to focus on the story and not an annoying narrator voice. I didn’t think this story was quite as good as Tempting Auzed, but it was still a good one and like that book, the world building was terrific.
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