Book Review: Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon


Title: Barbarian Lover

By: Ruby Dixon

Genre: Scifi Romance

Pages: 191

Release Date: August 28th, 2015

Publisher: Ruby Dixon

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

As one of the few humans stranded on the ice planet, I should be happy that I have a new home. Human women are treasured here, and one alien in particular has made it clear that he wants me. It's hard to push away the sexy, flirtatious Aehako, when all I want to do is grab him by his horns and insist he take me to his furs.

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?


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There was something about the way this book was presented to me that made me curious about a genre I had never really read into, but I have mixed feelings.

The Good...
The beginning was really intriguing as I got into the back story from the two previous books I haven't read. It seems that a group of women were abducted from earth by a group of aliens and something happened that deposited them onto another planet with yet another species of aliens. Interesting enough. 

I learned more about the characters, trying to get a sense of the community these people lived with and realizing right off the bat they really loved their orgies, lol. Poor Kira, the main female character, had a translator fused to her ear so she could hear all of the naught going on around her clearly. Oh boy. 

This is where things got weird.

The Bad...
With every great scifi, world building is really key. Since the reader has no sense of space and other planets, you really need to paint a picture that resonates and makes them feel as if they are there. I really didn't get that. From what I gathered, these people lived in a cave on a cold planet. Not much to look at there and really lacking in world building from the get go.

Its very possible all this could have been explained in previous books, but I'm not ready to go back and read more at this time.

The second thing that I found strange was the dialogue used. I can understand the current terms being used as these people were recently abducted and left on a strange planet, but when one of the characters refers to the aliens they are all screwing as "the guys," It made me feel weird and out of place. This type of dialogue happened often, throwing the whole scifi vibe off. 

I could go on for days about the flow and pacing of the story and the lack of chemistry I felt between Kira and Aehako, but I'm pretty done with this review.

In Closing...
There was enough in this book to still make me enjoy the read and figure out that maybe scifi romance is not for me. As a huge nerd of the scifi community, I think my allegiance lies with more traditional tales of aliens. I can see how others would really enjoy this steamy genre with sexy "guys."

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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