Audiobook Review: Auxem (Auxem, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Auxem by Lisa Lace

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Their union could save a species. First, they’ll have to save themselves. 

The Auxem are desperate. A virus has killed all their women and is beginning to affect the males’ fertility. Their only chance for survival is mating with human women. 

Jayne Lynch is in charge of supervising the small group of volunteers who will be test subjects for a breeding program with the aliens. She’s supposed to be impartial, but then she meets Arnon, the dark-haired, dark-eyed, muscular crown prince. The chemistry between them is too strong to ignore. 

Arnon is equally drawn to the curvy, blonde-haired Earthling. His father, the king, doesn’t approve, but Arnon thinks Jayne is perfect – until he learns that she hasn’t been entirely honest with him. 

The catch is that Arnon is hiding a painful secret of his own. Can he and his mate learn to trust each other in time to save their marriage and the breeding program? Or is their happy ending doomed…along with everyone on Auxem? 

Auxem

Gets better as it goes on!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘
World building: 🌏🌍
Character development: ☺️😮😍
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The Hero: Arnon – he is the crown prince of the Auxem race. His society had lost all of their females in a plague and since then only males have been born. They figured out that the culprit was a specific gene and they needed females without that gene to mate with in order to produce girl children. He and some of the scientists snuck onto various planets to get samples of their blood and they found that there were human women without that gene. While on Earth, Arnon found a woman he wanted.

The heroine: Jayne – one night as she was sleeping, an angel came into her bedroom, kissed her and took her blood. She thought she was dreaming and didn’t think much of it. She recently graduated college with her masters degree and needed to find a job. However, she had to go with her mother to a banquet for the Auxem. Her mother owned an intergalactic dating agency, which she definitely didn’t want to do. She went to the banquet and found out that her angel was the Prince of the Auxem.

The Story: Jayne agreed to work with her mother and supervise the women from Earth that would be subjects on the starship for the Auxem breeding program. Jayne and Arnon were attracted to each other from the start, but since he was the crown prince, he had to marry whomever his father picked for him and he knew he couldn’t be with Jayne.

Though Jayne had seen Arnon’s wings and he didn’t wipe her mind like his father told him to do, he was worried since he didn’t think human women would want to mate with them and bear their children if they knew the pain and trauma associated with flying. So the whole thing about his wings is a big secret.

This book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration was done by Logan McAllister and Faith Clark, neither of whom I liked very much. I have listened to Logan McAllister before and enjoyed his narration, but he was very monotone in this one. Faith Clark had a very youthful sounding voice, a bit too youthful for my liking, though I have books 1-5 and the books have different narrators, so I wanted to listen to this entire book so I know what is going on in this world.

I am not sure if it was the narration or the story or a combination of the two, but this one wasn’t my cup of tea and is definitely not something I would read again, though the story did get much better as it went along. I am hoping the rest of the series is better and the narrators are more to my liking. I know neither of these narrators are used again in the series, so I will give the next book a try.

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