Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Review: Barbarian's Prize - Ruby Dixon
I don’t want any of them. I want someone else – someone with a gorgeous blue body, big horns, and the most intense gaze ever. He’s the only one that knows the truth. Maybe with him, I can work through my fears of the past…. but I’m pretty sure he wants more than just friendship.
He wants forever, and I’m not sure I can give it.
Ice Planet Barbarians:
Ice Planet Barbarians
Ice Planet Holiday (Novella)
Having the Barbarian's Baby (Short Story)
Ice Ice Babies (Short Story)
Calm: Slice of Life (Short Story)
After Shock: Slice of Life (Short Story)
Prison Planet Barbarian
The Corsair's Captive
The Barbarian Before Christmas (Novella)
(Set in the same world as the Ice Planet Barbarians series but introducing new characters)
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Tiffany is one of the few remaining human women yet to find a mate and because of that she's receiving a lot of attention from the single males in the cave, all of whom are hoping she'll resonate with them. The last thing Tiffany wants or needs is a man though and after the brutal rape she suffered while they were still captives on the alien ship all this extra attention makes her extremely uncomfortable.
Salukh takes a very different approach to the other males so rather than competing for her attention and being brazen about what he wants from her instead he takes the time to get to know her and become her friend. He goes out of his way to bring her things he knows she'll find interesting and he never pressures her to spend time with him when she needs space. I loved how patient he was with her and really enjoyed the slow build nature of the romance that develops between them.
I'm not a fan of rape being used as a plot device in stories, especially romance, so I was a little worried going in but overall I think Ruby Dixon dealt with Tiffany's past quite realistically. She's been through a huge emotional trauma and its no wonder she finds even the thought of getting physical with a man (well alien in this case LOL) terrifying. I'll admit that once she starts to admit her feelings for Salukh things escalate quite quickly but I can forgive that in this series, especially when you have a hero as gentle and patient as Salukh was.
This series is one of my guilty pleasures that I pick up when I'm in the mood for something light and fun but with a nice amount of heat - I just can't seem to get enough of these big, blue, furry aliens! - so I'm already looking forward to the next book which I believe will finally be Josie and Haeden's story.
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