The beautician and the brute!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉
The heroine: Brooke – she is small with pink hair and she was a hairdresser on Earth before she was abducted by alien slavers. The slavers crash landed on the Ice planet and she has been living in the Croatoan settlement with humans who were on the ice planet before her ship arrived and the Sa’Khui people.
The Hero: Taushen – He was such a fun character in previous books, always jovial and light hearted. Though as he has grown into adulthood and all the other members of the Sa’Khui tribe have found mates and resonated with the human females, and he is now the sole member of the tribe without a mate, he has gotten sad and sullen.
The Story: Taushen wonders if he will ever resonate. There are two human females left and he doesn’t like the way Brooke has acted in the past. She flirts with all the men and uses her femininity in order to get things she wants or to get males to do things for her. Though when an alien ship lands on the planet and they are captured, things change very quickly.
Like so many of the other books, Taushen ends up kidnapping Brooke to be alone with her and hopefully to resonate with her. I both like and dislike this as a plot device, since so many of the other Sa’Khui have done the same, it is getting a bit old, but still when they do this, they all go on a different adventure, so it is good in that way. Though there is also always a period where the female is so angry at being taken or misled, which is repetitive.
Though I did like the story, I just really like this series overall and feel like I know this group of people. I have been listening to both this and the Icehome spinoff series haphazardly since I have been putting them on hold on the Libby app and they don’t become available in order. I like the fact that though there are some things that happen to the group may be out of order, it doesn’t detract from any of the books as a whole. I know I will be sad when I get through all of both series. Unlike some other long running series where I have gotten bored and never got through the whole thing.
The audio was done in dual narration and the book was told in both Taushen and Brooke’s points of view. Narration was done by Mason Lloyd and Hollie Jackson who do a great job. There are times when Hollie Jackson’s voice has gotten on my nerves, but for the most part I am used to these narrators and enjoy the audiobooks.
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