Barbarian’s Heart (Ice Planet Barbarians #9) by Ruby Dixon

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I’ve never spent a day without my mate since arriving on the ice planet. I’m happy and in love, and we have a beautiful child together. All that changed when the world shook.
My mate nearly died.
He wakes up from his coma…and he can’t remember me. Or our son. Every memory of the past two years is gone. And that changes everything between us. How can I love someone that doesn’t remember me?
How can I not, when I know he’s still my mate underneath it all?

MY REVIEW

5 stars

I was so sure that I would not like this one but it was one of the best ones yet.

The book begins when the Tribe’s home has fallen due to the earthquake that ruined almost everything. Pashov was badly injured and has lost his memory. He doesn’t remember the humans, the ship they came in and he does not remember his mate Stacey and their kit, Pacy.

“You are who you are. Make no apologies for it.” He presses a kiss to my forehead. “I would change nothing about you.”

Stacey is struggling. Her heart is broken when Pashov wakes up and doesn’t remember her or their child. Not only that, but they now have to move from their safe haven and travel to another place. Stacey isn’t interested in hunting or outdoors activities, and so the travelling is not easy on her. While moving with her tribe, she deals with her feelings for Pashov who’s very distant.

“It is time to stop ignoring what has happened. I am not whole. I am missing a vital part of who I am…because I am missing you, Stay-see.”

I loved their relationship! We didn’t really get to see how they fell in love so this story shows us how strong their relationship really is. There were some parts in this book that irked me; their communication! They confused each other (and me) with their lovey dovey scenes only then to start ignoring each other!
Overall, a very good love story!

 

Barbarian’s Taming (Ice Planet Barbarians #8) by Ruby Dixon

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As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I’ve struggled to find my place. It might be because I’m a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people’s heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit – my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she’s back and mated. Everyone’s happy… except me.

I need… affection.
Attention.
Okay, I’m lonely. Really lonely.

Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I’m going through is the same blue-skinned brute that stole my sister. It’s wrong to hook up with him, even as a mindless fling.

Except… I’m not so good with the whole ‘rules’ thing.
And he’s not so great with the ‘fling’ thing.

MY REVIEW

5 Hassen stars

I know some people found Maddie annoying in the previous book but I loved her. I also fell in love with Hassen in this one. He was everything. Brooding, determined and so sweet and loving with Maddie.

Maddie is feeling alone and left out in a tribe full of couples and kits. She didn’t have the best introduction when she first arrived at the sa-kuhi’s home. With her sister getting kidnapped and with the cold weather on the ice-planet she took out her anger on the members of the tribe. But when Lila returns with a mate, Maddie feels like she has lost her sister in a way. While almost everyone loves Lila, they are a bit distant and careful around Maddie.

“I know what it’s like to be ignored. I know what it’s like to feel like everyone in the world is against you. I know what it feels like to be on the outside and wanting desperately to be accepted.”

Hassen, who’s been exiled as a punishment for kidnapping and trying to force resonance with Lila, is also all alone. All he’s ever wanted is a mate and a family and that is why he kidnapped Lila.

When Lila, Rokan and a few other couples leave for a hunt, Maddie seeks comfort in Hassen. They quickly become ‘friends’ (although for Hassen, Maddie is his the moment they get it on) and spend almost every moment together.

A lot of stuff happens in this book and it tells more than just Hassen and Maddie’s love story.

 

Barbarian’s Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians #7) by Ruby Dixon

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When I wake up on the ice planet, I’m scared of everything: this place is cold, silent, and the locals look more like blue devils than aliens. To make matters worse, one of the strangers decides I’m going to be his girlfriend and kidnaps me away from my sister. I’m completely and utterly alone. What’s a girl to do?
Well, this girl escapes.
Of course, that means I go from frying pan into the fire, and my situation gets even more dangerous. Just when I have no hope left, a new hero appears. Sure, he’s blue, horned, and has a tail. He’s also fierce, protective, makes me purr… and thinks I’m perfect.
But is what we have real or just a mating instinct?

MY REVIEW

3.5 Stars!

This one was…a bit too slowish for me.

We get two new human females in this book and one of them is Lila, deaf and scared. She arrived on the ship that Kira crashed into the mountain in third book Barbarian Lover. Lila and her sister, Maddie, have been in the tubes for a year and are released by the sa-kuhi’s and Kira.

When the sa-kuhi’s and Kira take the two new humans to get their kuhi’s, Lila is kidnapped by Hassen who’s sure he and Lila will resonate. Lila, however, only feels fear when Hassen is near and when the opportunity arises, she escapes Hassen and stumbles upon the metlaks, only to be saved by Rokan, her mate.

I loved how calm Rokan was with Lila. Trying to make her feel comfortable and learning sign language to be able to communicate with her. They were a cute couple but not my favourite, all through the book I kind of loved the scenes with Maddie the most.

Barbarian’s Mate (Ice Planet Barbarians #6) by Ruby Dixon

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‘Resonance’ is supposed to be a dream – that’s when your soulmate is chosen for you. And everyone on the ice planet has hooked up with a big, hunky soulmate of their own… except me. So do I want a mate? Heck yeah. More than anything, all I’ve ever wanted is to be loved by someone.
Except that the soulmate chosen for me? My least favorite person on the darn ice planet. Haeden’s the most cranky, disapproving, unpleasant, overbearing male alien… so why is it that my body sings when he gets close? Why is he working so hard to prove to me that he’s not as awful as I think he is? I hate him… don’t I?

MY REVIEW

4 Haeden Stars!

I’ve loved Haeden since he first appeared in the previous books. He is the real brooding alpha in this tribe. Josie, though, was very annoying in the beginning of this book and I wanted to slap her every time she turned Haeden away.

“But make no mistake – if you leave this world, I will not be long behind, because I cannot live without you.”


The book begins when Josie’s IUD falls down her legs and she’s excited because she will now resonate with one of the unmated alien males. Only when she finds out that her khui sings to Haeden’s khui, she’s devastated.

Haeden was everything. When he resonated to Josie, he was shocked but then he was longing for his mate. He’d been alone for so long and wanted his Josie to accept him. Josie however would not accept Haeden, she wanted someone kind and soft and so she suggests they travel to the elders cave and get new khui’s so that they can resonate to other people.

“Just once, I wish she would look back. I wish she would see me, waiting on the horizon for her. Waiting to take care of her. To comfort her. To be her man and her mate and whatever else she needs.”


Things don’t go exactly how Josie plans and they end up spending alot of time alone. I loved when Josie finally let Haeden close to her, when she finally saw him as her mate and accepted him as he was.

“You are my life, my heart, my everything.”

 

Barbarian’s Prize (Ice Planet Barbarians #5) by Ruby Dixon

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It’s hard being the most popular girl on the ice planet. The alien men are falling all over themselves to impress me in the hopes that I’ll take them to my furs. But they don’t know my secrets – none of them do. And they don’t realize that behind my smile, I just wish they’d go away.
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.

MY REVIEW

3 Ho! Stars!

This was my least favorite book thus far. There was a little too much OM drama.

“You must accept that there will be things in life that are not good, but they are outweighed by the good things. If there were no bad, we would not appreciate the wonders that life has to offer. There will be fear, but you must not let it win.”

The book begins when Tiffany has a nightmare of her time on the ship with the aliens that kidnapped her and the other women. She had been assaulted by them, and that has left her traumatized.
Tiffany and Josie are the two human females that have not yet resonated with anyone, and this makes Tiffany very popular among the males. But all the attention is unwanted, and all Tiffany wants is to be left alone.

“Ho, Tee-fah-nee. It is I, Salukh.”

Salukh is one of the men who want Tiffany. But for him, it’s different because even though his khui is quiet, he knows Tiffany is his mate. Salukh also knows that he has to be patient with Tiffany because of her trauma. Hence, their relationship starts out as friends and progresses from there.
Overall, it was a sweet story. Still, I didn’t find their book as exciting as the others, and I kind of just wanted to finish it to then be able to move onto Josie and Haeden’s story.

Barbarian Mine (Ice Planet Barbarians #4) by Ruby Dixon

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The ice planet has given me a second lease on life, so I’m thrilled to be here. Sure, there’s no cheeseburgers, but I’m healthy and ready to be a productive member of the small tribe.
What I didn’t anticipate? That there’d be a savage stranger waiting nearby, watching me. And when he takes me captive, the unthinkable happens… I resonate to him.
Resonance means mating, and children… but I don’t know if this guy’s ever been around anyone before. He’s truly a barbarian in all ways, right down to clubbing me over the head and claiming me as his own.

So why is it that I crave his touch and hunger for more?

MY REVIEW

3.5/4 Har-Loh Stars

Although their story wasn’t my favourite, it was very cute and I loved Rukh and Harlow.

“I,” he says, grazing his thumb over my mouth. “Will always need you. A male cannot exist apart from his heart.” Neither”

The book begins when Harlow is kidnapped by Rukh and taken to his cave. Before she was capped in the head by this barbarian, she’d felt her Khui purr. When she woke up, she first saw an alien. He was dirty all over, stunk and was stark naked. But not only that…he was also ignorant to her language and the language of the sa kuhis-sakh.

The love and sexual relationship between Harlow and Rukh is instant-no shock there. I adored the communication between them both and how Harlow took care of Rukh and thought him how to do certain things he was unknown to.

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“Shit?” he repeats, and touches my cheek. “Harlow shit?”

Barbarian Lover (Ice Planet Barbarians #3) by Ruby Dixon

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But I’ve got a terrible secret – the aliens who abducted me are back, and thanks to the translator in my ear, they can find me. My presence here endangers everyone… but can I give up my new life and the man I want more than anything?

MY REVIEW

4 My Mate Stars

Book 3 done and I loved Aehako. He was very different from the heroes from the previous books. He was boyish and flirtatious and the sweetest to Kira.

The book begins with Kira sleeping in the bachelorette cavern and because of the shell in Kira’s ear, she can hear EVERYTHING. So during the night, she hears most couples engaging in sexual activities. Although she is happy for her fellow human captives, she feels rejected because her Khui hasn’t resonated with any of the aliens.

Aehako hasn’t resonated with anyone but wants to spend time with Kira. Still, she doesn’t want to start something and then end up heartbroken when his Khui decides to resonate with one of the human females or another female alien.

Because of the shell in her ear, she hears when her captors are on their way back to the ice planet to pick up the cargo, to pick up the humans. She’s afraid that they are going to be able to track her down through her ear device and decides to travel back to the Elders cave, where she hopes to be able to surgically remove the shell.

There was other woman drama in this book, which was very different from the other two where there was no OW drama. Asha, who is resonated with one of the males, comes onto Aehako, and it was kind of annoying. (view spoiler)

Overall, I liked their relationship; my favorite scene was when Aehako gave Kira her courting gift. It was hilarious!

Barbarian Alien (Ice Planet Barbarians #2) by Ruby Dixon

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Twelve humans are left stranded on a wintry alien planet. I’m one of them. Yay, me.

In order to survive, we have to take on a symbiont that wants to rewire our bodies to live in this brutal place. I like to call it a cootie. And my cootie’s a jerk, because it also thinks I’m the mate to the biggest, surliest alien of the group.

MY REVIEW

4.5 STARS!

WOW! This one was longer than the first book, and we got to see excellent progress in the relationship between Liz and Raahosh.

I loved Raahosh, he was adorable and so sweet to his Liz. Now Liz was pretty unlikable in the beginning but also relatable…if you will. I mean, Georgie kind of took to Vektal quite quickly, but Liz was reluctant to mating with Raahosh, which I liked.

The beginning of the book starts kind of where we left off in the second book. It begins when Georgie and Vektal have brought some of the men of Vektal’s tribe to the ship where Liz and the others are. We first get Liz’s POV on how and what she’s feeling and her reaction to Raahosh. Liz is very weak and tired, and she knows that she must accept the parasite called Khui if she wants to live, but after watching Georgie get her Khui, she freaks out and refuses the parasite.

“Once again I am being held hostage for my vagina,” She sighs. “What is it with you aliens? Can’t a girl just make her own decisions for once? Is that so freaking hard?”

“The khui has decided,” I tell her.

After the whole Khui freak out, Raahosh ‘kidnaps’ Liz. He wants to be away from all the others and wants to mate with her. Their onside banter, in the beginning, is hilarious. I loved that Raahosh feigned ignorance when Liz spoke to him, and he was adorable when she spoke of words he didn’t understand.

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I loved how Liz taught him a lot of how humans connect on a sexual level on earth and how he tried to please her in his own loving way.

“Before you arrived here in this world, I had nothing to live for. I hunted. I existed. I did not look forward to anything. But now you are here, and you might be carrying my child even now.” His jaw flexes. “I know you are more than capable. The problem is not with you. It is with me. This world is dangerous, and I think of you, alone, out in the wild, and it is more than I can bear.”

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

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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…

MY REVIEW

4 Unexpected Stars!

I was NOT expecting that. At all.

After being in a book funk for a whole week, I was browsing GR, trying to find something different to read and stumbled on this series. Now, Ice Planet Barbarians has popped up a few times on my recommended, and I’ve seen my fellow GR friends rate this series 4+ ratings. Still, I’d always been skeptical about reading it. But I thought, I’ve already read so many disappointing books for the past few days, one more won’t ruin my reading slump.

Oh, how wrong I was! I finished this bad boy in one sitting.

The beginning of the book we see how Georgie wakes up on an alien ship with other human women. They have been abducted by these creatures to then be auctioned off on another planet. She confused and scared but understood quite quickly not to mess with the aliens. When turbulence hits the ship, the aliens are forced to relieve cargo on this Ice Planet, the cargo being these women.

Georgie becomes the leader of this group of humans and is voted to go search this planet, to find food and water. And that is when she meets Vektal. Vektal knows Georgie is his mate the moment he breathes her scent. The way he greeted her the first time was just WOW. If I read that in a contemporary romance book, I’d be weirded out. I loved how Valkat treated Georgie, and the communication between these two was hilarious to read.

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I think everybody should give this book a chance, try something different. You never know, you might just fall in love with these aliens as I did.

Why not 5 stars?
The only reason I didn’t rate it a five is because of the length of the book. I would have like maybe a hundred more pages to read.

Now it’s time to dive into the next book!

[ARC] The Beau And The Belle by R.S Grey

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Synopsis:

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.

Review:

Copy of kiss the single life goodbye!

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The QUEEN of RomComs is BACK!

This book is divided into two parts.
Part one – the past
Part two- the present

Beau Fortier, a twenty-four year old Tulane student, is looking for a place to live while he attends law school. And he just so happens to find a guest house to rent that belongs to the LeBlanc’s. All Beau is focusing on is to graduate Law school, become a successful and powerful lawyer and to rebuild the Fortier name.

Lauren LeBlanc, the wild-curly haired, high school student, first met Beau when he moved into the guest house on her parents property. There were instant sparks the first time they met but nothing could happen because of the age gap. They both know that. But that doesn’t stop their feelings to develop for each other. But after hurricane Andrea causes them to separate, they don’t meet again until much later.

Ten years later, Lauren is back home to open her gallery&coffee shop. She more beautiful, successful and determined to stay away from Beau despite the feelings she still has for him. But Beau isn’t having it. He couldn’t have her when they first met, but now he’ll stop at nothing to get her. I loved Beau in the first part of the book, but god did I love the successful, alpha lawyer Beau that we got to read in the second part.

R.S Grey has been one of my favourite authors since Scoring Wilder. She writes Romance Comedy like no one else. There was absolutely nothing I didn’t like in this book. R.S Grey has never let me down with the characters and stories she creates and I can with full confidence say this is one of the best books by her.