Alien Ascension by Tracy Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Finding inner strength!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 🤓🙂😎😕😍
The heroine: Vivian – she is a self proclaimed coward and cry-baby. After being abducted by aliens, bought by gargoyle like aliens who save them from sex slavery, then crash landing the cargo ship onto an alien planet, she sees nothing but danger every where she looks. She is afraid for her future and the huge gargoyle guys make her afraid as well despite the fact that they have treated the women very well.
The Hero: Dax – he is one of the gargoyle-like aliens that rescues the human women from slavery. He has worked for the UPC (military for the United Planets) and most recently for his friend Rennek who’s family is very wealthy. They run a cargo ship gathering flora and fauna from different worlds to terraform new planets. They buy some of the cargo from a shady dealer and find that human women are among the cargo, so they buy as many as they can afford and inform the UPC of the dealer who is illegally capturing and selling the human women (who look like the goddesses that they worship).
The Story: After their ship crashes on an alien planet, the crew and the women are getting along well. Though Dax sees that Vivian isn’t doing well and seems to sink deeper into depression every day. He thinks that the others are not helping by catering to her. He thinks that he can bring her out of it if he sneaks her away and gives her an adventure where she will be forced to be brave and she will gain confidence and end up enjoying everything life has to offer.
The book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration is done by Mason Lloyd and Noelle Bridges who do a great job. I like Noelle Bridges as she is able to portray emotion through her voice and she also has a very different and deeper voice that she uses for the males. Mason Lloyd is terrific at alien romance. He speaks in a stilted voice that works wonderfully for alien males who have a different language so are heard by the female through a translator.
Although Vivian was exceedingly annoying at the start of this book, I liked how Dax brings her out of her shell and forces her to ‘man up’ so to speak. His plan definitely works and they travel over the planet they crashed on to find the escape pod, they travel through space, landing first on another planet where they meet the natives and then to a space station and more.
I love the ‘odyssey’ like travels in a story like this. This is a longer book for an alien romance and though Vivian is still afraid at points throughout the story, she does eventually become the strong character Dax knew she could be and the way she does that is exciting.
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