Ice Planet Barbarians
by Ruby Dixon
Release Date: April 3, 2015
Publisher: Berkley Books
Book #1 in the Ice Planet Barbarians series
Number of Pages: 248
Source: Warren Public Library
Ages 16 and up
CW: mentions of rape, abduction
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…
Well, I’ve finally given in and decided to start this series. Like many people in the romance reading community, I’ve heard about this book a lot. Like, a lot a lot. It seemed to me that it would be a great palate cleanser when needed now and again. And it was!
The version of the book I got from the library was labeled as a “special edition” and included what was called a bonus epilogue so I’m not sure if that was in the original story. (It doesn’t change the story in any way so no worries if you don’t have an edition with this epilogue. It truly is just bonus material.) The edition also includes the novella Ice Planet Honeymoon, which has a note stating their may be spoilers if you haven’t yet read book 2 yet, so I’m holding off on reading that because I really HATE spoilers.
As for the story, I love both main characters. Georgie is so much stronger than I expected her to be and really has buckets of grit and determination. Where Georgie has a hidden strength, Vektal has a hidden softness. Especially when it comes to Georgie, his resonance, his mate. You would think it would be difficult to follow a story when the couple don’t speak the same language and, in fact, aren’t even familiar with the other’s species and customs. The author does an amazing job of keeping the story moving finding ways for the two to communicate. They may not understand all the other is saying, but they are on the same wavelength and it works. Eventually there is something that happens that makes it so they can understand each other, and the way that happens has me really excited about the possibilities of what is to come in the future books.
I have to say, I absolutely agree with many of the readers of this series. These two have amazing chemistry and the petite MFC fits perfectly with the huge blue alien. There are so many ways this series can go and so much more I can’t wait to learn about Vektal’s descendants. The intimate scenes between Vektal and Georgie are fun and hot. I couldn’t get enough of these two together. Sometimes it’s good to give into peer pressure.