Audiobook Review: Viper (Naga Brides, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Viper by Naomi Lucas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Long have we been alone; without brides, without females to warm us during the long nights, without sweet mates.

But we see them, from afar, brides that could be ours. Kept away from us by walls and weapons. Females we long for greatly…obsessively. Human females. And the one with red hair? I want her. I saw her first. 

I will fight to the death for her. She is mine. So, we’ll come together and make an exchange with their men that will benefit us all. After that? To the winner goes the spoils. Let the hunt begin…but the red-headed female is mine.


Post-apocalypse Earth!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘📔
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 😚🙂😁😍🥰

The heroine: Gemma – she is on a mission to Earth to get technology to beat the alien menace who have been attacking them. She and a few other women board a ship to Earth to make a deal with the Naga, who are snakelike people with the technology much of the galaxy has wanted. However, she is distraught when she sees a red Naga male looking at her through the jungle.

The Hero: Vruksha – He is a pit viper and of the Naga who rule their own lands but need mates. They thought the humans were long gone. They have never seen a live human being until recently when they landed on a spaceship deep in the mountains of Earth. They and their robots restored the ruins into what it was, a military facility. Early on he sees a woman with Red Hair like his tail.

The Story: The Naga make a deal with the human men to fight for the right to claim human women as brides in order to propagate their species. There are many Naga males but only two human females. So they have to chase the women and fight for them in order to claim the humans.

Vruksha has known since he first saw Gemma that she was his. He has no fear of fighting for the right to claim her. Though Gemma has worked hard to get where she was at, in the position of communications director on the bridge of the Dreadknot. She intended to keep her position, not be traded as nothing but flesh for the Naga.

This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. John Masterson and Elizabeth Hart are the narrators and they both do a good job. John Masterson speaks with a bit of a stilted voice which is common for the narration of alien males. He also does a bit of a hiss at times which works well for Vruksha. Elizabeth has a strong, clear voice which matches Gemma perfectly.

The story is original for alien romance. The fact that it takes place on Earth in the distant future and the Naga are the species that are native to the planet while the humans come in a spaceship is different than any book I have read before and is quite interesting.


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