Bad Guy by Ruby Dixon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: ☺️😮🙂😍🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The Hero: Crulden the Ruiner – we have heard of Crulden the Ruiner a few times in previous Ruby Dixon books. We know from them that he is the fiercest gladiator alive and that he has been cloned, so from the start of this book it isn’t known if this Crulden is the original or a clone, though it doesn’t really matter. We also know that the gladiators are slaves and owned by rich men who use them in fights to the death. Whether original or clone, none of them are free.
The heroine: Mina – she is a human slave who is not afraid of Crulden the Ruiner. She glares at him when she is forced to clean up the mess he has made of his cage. Though there are cleaning bots to clean his area but female captives are cheaper, so their captor “Lord Hsir” requires her to do the cleaning for Cell block C, where Crulden is the only occupant.
The Story: Crulden is probably a clone, but he doesn’t know that, all he knows is that his memories are fuzzy. At first he thinks Mina is very ugly, since he has never seen a human before. They are too small and fragile. Though he really liked her scent and he refuses to eat or fight for them until they give him the girl.
This was told in dual points of view via dual narration and was narrated by Mason Lloyd and Felicity Munroe. These are not my all time favorite narrators, but they do a lot of Ruby Dixon books, and I really like the way they narrate these books. Mason has a deep voice and speaks in a perfect tempo for these alien romance books. Felicity has a nice feminine voice and so the book was an enjoyable listen.
I liked this story, it was a whole new world for Ruby Dixon, away from the Ice Planet but part of that whole alien world including the Ice Planet and the Risdaverse, which I really liked. I loved the fact that Mina was not afraid of Crulden even though everybody else was, including Lord Hsir and his faithful scientist.
Things get dicey for the two main characters and the story kept me hanging on the edge of my seat. There is a throwback to another of Ruby’s book at one point, I can’t remember which one, but I remember the scenario from their point of view. This was definitely one of the best stories and I can’t wait for the next one.
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