Barbarian Mine (Ice Planet Barbarians) – book review

Barbarian Mine
by Ruby Dixon
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Book #4 in the Ice Planet Barbarians series
Number of Pages:  182
Sci-Fi Romance
Ages 16 and up
CW: kidnapping, cancer, high-risk pregnancy
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?

I’m relieved the author didn’t make me wait to find out what happened to Harlow after she was bonked on the head when we last saw her in Barbarian Lover. I’m also relieved that I absolutely adore Rukh. This story brought back that total lack of a shared language the author did so well in the first book. The innocence that comes from having to break language down to simple usage.

Rukh’s story is sad and he doesn’t even realize that fact. He has been on his own for far too long from far too young of an age. While Harlow is, understandably, scared when she first realizes what is happening to her, she quickly sees to the heart of Rukh and knows he means her no harm. In fact, he’s very naïve regarding relationships and doesn’t understand what is happening between him and Harlow. Therefore, he’s more patient when it comes to giving in to what the resonance wants. He’s happy with heavy petting and cuddling, not knowing there is more to be experienced.

Watching Harlow and Rukh navigate their way to a healthy and happy relationship was beautiful. Yet things don’t end there, things can’t be perfect forever. When that happens the true depth of the feelings between the couple becomes apparent and both characters have the chance to grow even more.

This story was very sweet while also having a ton of heat and humor.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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