Barbarian’s Redemption by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can’t believe I am still loving these books after so many!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌎
Character development: 😠😘🤓😍🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Elly – she was stolen from Earth when she was just thirteen years old, has been a slave to three different owners in the last 10 years and is now on on another slave ship. She knows the drill when buyers come by. She keeps herself dirty, keeps her hair over her face and makes herself look as awful as possible so nobody buys her.
The Heroes: Bek – He feels lonely in his tribe since so many of the males have found their mates among the human females that have crash landed on the ice planet. Since there are no females left that are unmated, he is willing to do almost anything to get a mate of his own, even buy one on the black market. Some of the other Sa’Qhui males go to a slave ship and buy all five human women aboard.
The Story: When Elly fights against her captors, she is shocked into unconsciousness. She wakes in the med bay of a new ship. It happens to be the ship that came from the home world of the Sa’Qhui people. They had promised Bek that they would return with humans that had been taken from Earth in exchange for a box of credit chips that Bek found aboard a crashed vessel.
I thought this book was a bit different than the rest as the women didn’t arrive via a crash, but were brought there by specifically by Bek and everyone in the village is mad at him for buying the women as slaves. Though nobody seems to realize that if Bek didn’t buy them and free them on the Ice Planet, then the women really would have been slaves, so he saved them more than anything.
I really liked Bek in this book, I know he was Claire’s former pleasure mate and he wasn’t a very nice guy, but he has definitely redeemed himself in this one and was very likable. Elly was definitely suffering from PTSD after everything she has been through, and at times seemed very small and fragile, but her inner strength was always there and I related to her more than a lot of other heroines in this series.
This story is told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narrators are Mason Lloyd and Hollie Jackson who do the narration for most of Ruby Dixon’s books and do a great job as always. I like Mason Lloyd’s cadence for the aliens, it leads authenticity to the audio, in that they would really speak a bit stilted since they don’t understand all the words of the human language.
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