The Human by Jenny Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The King’s Poker Bride
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌏
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️🥰
Narration Type: Solo Narration
Cat and Talon – Talon thought it beneath him to pick up his King’s bride, a human female won in an interstellar poker game. He was once a Kanthari warrior and the most experience fighter and he would rather be hunting space pirates. However, when he was asked by his king to analyze the kings battle strategies in the last campaign, Talon had told him the unvarnished truth about the tactics that cost hundreds of his soldiers lives, so the King demoted him to the King’s official bride collector and harem guard.
Cat had found out about the “Woman Poker” and had heard that the women were paid generously and offered a safe existence in the form of an alien husband such as the King of Kanthari, King Fethoris III. Cat couldn’t live on Earth anymore, there were too many dark memories, so rather than kill herself, she decided to change her life by volunteering to be the prize in the poker game.
This book was narrated by Angela Daw. This is the first time I have heard her narration. She is a good narrator, had terrific tempo and was able to show sarcasm and emotion in her voice. I didn’t like her voice though, for some reason. I think because her voice was kind of deep, though it wasn’t masculine at all.
Cat has a psychic gift, though she promised herself she wouldn’t ever use it again. Not after what happened last time. Though what happened in her past doesn’t come out right away in the story. When she meets Talon, she is afraid since he is so different than what she is used to, so big and predatory. She was afraid he was there to kill her and she thought he was the husband that won her.
Cat had grown up on Earth, never meeting her parents. Her adoptive parents had died when she went to the mind reading institute. Her brother Coran had disappeared when they were fifteen. She still wanted to find her brother, but had to escape the mind reading institute and saw the poker game as her way out. However, when they were on their way to the mother ship Solaris, they got a communication that it was under attack by Pirates and they wouldn’t make it on time, so they had to go back to Earth.
I get the whole thing about fated mates, but these two fell for each other way too fast and I didn’t enjoy the story at first as much as the first two in the series, but it got much better as it went on. The adventure/journey was good and I loved the fact that Shazul, from the first two books was in this one as well. He was a great character, very lovable.
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