Here’s my take on the first book in the Ice Planet Barbarian series by Ruby Dixon. This is a Sci-Fi love story where some human women are in quite the predicament after getting abducted. They find themselves stranded on a frigid planet where the local aliens are anything but. Read on for this erotic romance book review.
This story is absolutely a cute romance, with the development of a relationship between Georgie and Vektal, two compatible individuals. It’s told from both the heroine’s and the hero’s perspectives so you get both the human and alien perspective. It’s also a great way to build the world of the Ice Planet beause I saw through the eyes of a newcomer and a native.
The world borrows from some popular Science Fiction movies and shows but these elements feel like winks, nudges, and easter-eggs meant to delight. Nothing’s stolen and direct references, such as the earth ladies calling the Ice Planet “Not Hoth,” make sense.
This is science fiction and the hero is an alien but his emotions are reltable to the point where there’s nothing ambiguous about Vektal’s feelings for Georgie. Their love story is, of course, the feature in this novella. But there’s also a plot that sets the rest of the series up. I’ll get to that later.
I guess the only complaint I have with this series is the way the human ladies get to the Ice Planet in the first place. It’s not really a spoiler to say that they’re abducted by some slaver aliens (from a different planet than the barbarians).
One thing I’ve gotten tired of in any story is the use of rape as a way to show how evil the bad guys are. It’s bad enough that the slaver aliens abducted these ladies in order to sell them. The stakes are high enough to give Georgie and her friends motivation to fight back.
This is where Ruby Dixon and her characters shine. The heat is high and belivable between Georgie and Vektal, with detailed love scenes that always have an emotional impact.
The emotional and physical tension build nicely here with payoffs that don’t tease and leave you hanging. Not many writers could make a blue guy this swoonworthy, so hats off to the author here.
If you like the sound of this book, you can find it here or click the image at the top of this post.
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