Tuesday, November 30, 2021

🍷🍷🍷.5 #Review of Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Title: Ice Planet Barbarians
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #1
Author: Ruby Dixon
Format: Kindle, 336 pages
Publication: November 30th 2021 by Berkley Books (first published April 3rd 2015)
ISBN-13: 0593546024
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Crystal 
Source: NetGalley 
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses 
Fall in love with the out-of-this-world romance between Georgie Carruthers, a human woman, and Vektal, an alien from another planet, in this expanded edition with bonus materials and an exclusive epilogue--in print only!

You'd think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you'd be wrong. Because now the aliens are having ship trouble, and they've left their cargo of human women--including me--on an ice planet.

We're not equipped for life in this desolate winter wasteland. Since I'm the unofficial leader, I head out into the snow to look for help.

I find help all right. A big blue horned alien introduces himself in a rather . . . startling way. Vektal says that I'm his mate, his chosen female--and that the reason his chest is purring is because of my presence. He'll help me and my people survive, but this poses a new problem.

If Vektal helps us survive, I'm not sure he's going to want to let me go. 

Crystal's Thoughts

I don't read too many sci-fi/alien romance books, but for some reason this one caught my eye. Ice Planet Barbarians turned out to be a fun, but some times dark, story that was both intriguing and titillating.  

Ice Planet Barbarians is the tale of a group of young, human women who have been kidnapped in their sleep by extraterrestrials who plan to sell them across the galaxy. (Human trafficking with aliens.) Georgie Carruthers awakes to find herself packed like cattle in a filthy cargo hold with grotesque creatures looking over her. She soon learns that any sign of disobedience is quickly punished in the most horrific of ways. Trigger warning: Rape. Unwilling to die at the hands of her captors or be sold into slavery, Georgie bands together with her fellow captives to overtake the ship. Unfortunately, as soon as they do the ship crash lands on an ice planet with little hope of survival. Designated the leader of their small group, Georgie, sets off with what little supplies they have to find help. It's not too long before Georgie finds help in a big blue barbarian who takes her on the ride of her life...in more ways than one! 

A fellow Floridian, a big blue male who's sole aspiration in life is to please his mate in any and every way possible, and a strange ice planet fraught with perils, what's not to like?! Ice Planet Barbarians was new and different. I enjoyed the author's writing style and world building, I could practically feel the frost on the tips of my eyelashes while reading. Readers are submerged into the action from the first page. There were definitely some bleak moments, a bit gory, a few sad. They were balanced well with humor and romance though. The book also jumps right into the sex before any feelings develop. However, it worked and was pretty dang hawt. Georgie and Vektal were a fun main couple. I liked how they teased each other, got to know one another, and came to care for the other. No one can fault Vektal for his dedication to Georgie either. Vektal is probably one of the sweetest heroes I have read. Can we get a "How to Husband" guide with a special Vektal chapter in it? Haha. Their chemistry was electrifying but it did turn into a whole lot more than that as the book progressed. I also liked Georgie's attitude throughout her ordeal. She was spunky and determined, her adaptability and growth as a character was also great to read. 

I would have liked to delve a bit further into the backstory of  Vektal's people, expanding on their origins more, as well as what kind of life Georgie was taken from back on earth. For the most part the plot moved at a qood clip, but occasional it slowed down with some redundancies. All is all though, I enjoyed the story. It was full of danger, suspense, sex, love, and adventure. I am looking forward to reading more about the surviving human women, as well as Vektal's tribe.  Berkley Books is republishing this previous independently published series, so if you've already read the Ice Planet Barbarians series from Ruby Dixon the only difference is a bit of a clean up to the story as well as an additional epilogue in novella format at the end. 

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