Stranded in Paradise!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎
Character development: ☺️😮😍😀🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The Hero: Ayrie – he is the second born to the royal family (his nickname is Spare). He grew up watching how much his father suffered after losing their mother in the plague where all the Auxem females died, and he was determined to never fall in love. So when his people finally found that human females didn’t carry the gene that only produced male offspring he didn’t plan on getting a mate.
The heroine: Elle – She comes from the districts (slums) and tricked her way into being one of the human women in the trial to verify Earth women and Auxem were compatible. So when she sees Ayrie staring at her for hours at the event where the women were introduced to the Auxem males, they connected enough to try seeing each other. She thinks Ayrie married her out of pity and she married him to get away from her terrible situation and abusive boyfriend on Earth.
The Story: Elle wants Ayrie to love her, but knows he wont since they have a marriage of convenience. Ayrie didn’t want to fall in love, but he had attraction for Elle and thought he could help her get unlimited enjoyment without feeling anything. It wasn’t long before both of them figured they made a mistake. Ayrie acted like a jerk to Elle and neither of them knew where to go from there.
This was told via dual points of view and dual narration. The narrators in this book were much better than in the first book. In the first book the female narrator especially had a very annoying male voice and sounded way to young. This one was narrated by Kelly Morgan and Paul Brion who both do a good job.
The story on this one was much better from the start than the first book. Elle was a bit broken from her experience with her old boyfriend and had a bit of a chip on her shoulder about where she came from. She was a bit jealous of Jayne from the first book, because she sees Jayne as coming from a perfect life and is happy with her new mate and children. When Elle and Ayrie crash land onto a planet that is mostly water, things get interesting.
The world building is ok, but there are some big holes. Like how everyone speaks the same language and understands each other. They talk about food processing machines, but don’t say much more about them like how they work. Elle is a star ship mechanic, and knows all about the Auxem ship and can easily get a job on Vandua as a star ship mechanic. It seems to me that starships from different planets might be entirely different from each other. Though despite those issues, the story was much better than the first.
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