I Married a Lizardman by Regine Abel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️😀
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The heroine: Susan – she is the third daughter of a farmer and nearing her twenty fifth birthday. Which meant that the first daughter inherited their family land and the second daughter was back-up. A third daughter was just another mouth to feed. So she entered the Prime Mating Agency, since she wasn’t particularly beautiful, with average schooling and no wealth to speak of, she wouldn’t be able to find a mate with the better agencies.
The Hero: Olix – he is an Anturian male (lizard man) and a hunter located on Zaconia, he is the leader of his clan and owned the most fertile lands on his planet. Within his species, he was considered a prime specimen of a man, but he needed a mate and his people have been facing famine, because their people were hunters, since offworlders with great wealth have been overtaking much of the planet and hunting the game to near extinction.
The Story: The PMA (Prime Mating Agency) represented planets still considered primitive and the species weren’t considered stunningly attractive either. Though they did pair together species that were physically compatible and able to produce offspring together. Susan was a bit leery when she found out that her match was a lizard like humanoid species. But she really had no choice but to agree to the match and she was excited to hear about the fact that he had fertile lands because she longed to farm the land but due to her position as third daughter, wasn’t able to do that at home.
This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration and was narrated by Daryl Mayfield. He has a pretty good female voice and a deep male voice so he does a great job making solo narration sound more like dual narration. I didn’t like the exact description of the lizard man so I took some artistic freedoms in my picture, but that is my interpretation and I like how it turned out.
The story was a bit different than many of the alien romance stories I have read before and I bought the audiobook on sale, so thought it was worth trying out. I really enjoyed the narrator, so that helped. I love that you can listen to samples of the narration and have learned to do that before spending any money on audiobooks. Especially since a bad narrator can ruin the experience and a good one can make the story even better than it would have otherwise been.
I liked the fact that Olix was as wary of Susan as she was of him. At first he couldn’t imaging going to bed with her, which was kind of funny especially when he had to kiss her at the wedding. He can’t figure out why they would do that. The book was quite steamy and didn’t bother me at all, unlike a few other books I had read where the Heroes were humanoid but more animalistic than is normal in alien romance. I also thought Olix’s naivety when it came to human females was charming and cute. This book was better than I expected and I hope to read the rest of the series. I hope the audiobooks go on sale at some point as well.
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