Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ruth's Bonded by V.C. Lancaster ~ Review

Ruth's Bonded (Ruth & Gron, #1)Source: KindleUnlimited.

Ruth's Bonded (Ruth & Gron #1) by V.C. Lancaster

When Ruth finds herself abducted and thrown into a cell with a big scary alien, naturally she's terrified. At first. But when she's forced to get along with her furry, tailed cellmate (and her clothes get stolen) things slowly start to change between them. After they escape onto an unknown alien planet, they're finally free to explore their feelings and each other, but can they survive with only each other to rely on and no way of communicating?

Gron is from a matriarchal society where the males obey their Queens, so when a beautiful but strange female is dropped into his cell, he doesn't know what to think. Is she a victim like him, or is she being used by his captors to control him? Either way, he knows he must control his instincts or he will end up inescapably Bonded to her. The delicate Queen needs his help to survive, and it is his duty to serve her, but can he do it without losing his heart?

For some reason, while I was waiting for Luna and the Lie to release I went on a kick of alien romances. I read Amanda Milo's series (which was GREAT) and then decided to give Ruth's Bonded a shot. Unfortunately, Ruth's Bonded wasn't as much of a hit for me.

The kicker is that the premise is awesome. It's exactly what I was looking for when I wanted to read more alien romance--a human getting put into a situation where an alien bonds with them. The issue here, however, is that the execution is lackluster. I was bored a lot of the time it took to read this. I think a huge reason is that Ruth and Gron don't really interact. They don't talk to each other. Because they don't speak the same language. At first it was understandable, but as the story progressed and they still didn't try to learn what the other was actually saying aside from their names, it got irritating.

And aside from the irritation at neither of them even trying to actually communicate with language, the story being all description in Ruth and Gron's minds got old quick. There's a nuance that comes with characters communicating, something that adds a satisfying depth to the story, and that was missing here. 

But even with all that said, I did find the book interesting. I cared what happened to Ruth and Gron. I wanted to see where their story went. Even when I wasn't loving it, I was still motivated to keep turning the pages to see how things turned out. And where the plot went was both intriguing and surprising, so I don't regret giving Ruth's Bonded a chance.

Overall, Ruth's Bonded is a novel with loads of potential that unfortunately falls short with a lackluster execution. The premise is interesting, though, and I am curious enough to continue on to book 2. But as for this series was just okay.

3 stars - Great premise with a disappointing execution, this one was okay.

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