Saturday, February 29, 2020

Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barbarians #1) by Ruby Dixon ~ Review

Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barbarians, #1)Source: KindleUnlimited.

Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barbarians #1) by Ruby Dixon

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.

And the only native inhabitant I've met? He's big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me...

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I think it's about time to talk about what started a little obsession for me toward the end of 2019. After falling head over heels for Bound to the Battle God, I finally got the courage to pick up more Ruby Dixon--a series that I've seen around and that has been recommended to me for ages. I read Ice Planet Barbarians around Christmas Eve, and then spent the next many weeks just binge reading the following book in the series. Book 1 was so good that it started it all.

I admit I did already have a weak spot for alien romances when I'm in the Mood for them, but the way I binged? This series is one of the best in alien romance. But I'm going to talk about book 1 in particular now, because that's what makes sense to start with.

It starts with the usual human waking up in a strange situation followed by a whole bunch of circumstances leading to the human getting stuck on a foreign planet. I admit, this part wasn't all that interesting to me. But then again, it never is. I skim over the beginning parts of most books--reading enough to get the information but not enough that I have the chance to get bored. That said, the story picks up quickly enough and from then on the world-building bits are dispersed sufficiently throughout the story that I could easily enjoy.

The characters were pretty great for the most part. Now, I say "for the most part" because my mindset is biased due to reading more in the series (no the MCs don't turn evil or anything, the world has grown and there are more characters and I love them so I have preference). When I was reading Ice Planet Barbarians, though, I was all in for Georgie and Vektal. Georgie is smart and determined and kind hearted. Vektal know, kind of perfect. So of course they made a wonderful couple.

Speaking of! The romance! So sweet and it was honestly everything I wanted. They've got a bit of a soulmate situation happening, but it's not entirely clean cut. There's also the dilemma of the language barrier. This led to so many funny and cute moments for the couple. I really just loved them together.

Overall, Ice Planet Barbarians is a well constructed introduction to what I KNOW shapes up to be a solidly terrific series. If you have an itch for some alien romance (and you somehow are like me a couple of months ago and haven't picked this one up yet), y'all, look no further.

4 stars - Entertaining & sweet & everything I want from an alien romance.

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