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Book Review: Barbarian’s Rescue by Ruby Dixon

 


Barbarian’s Rescue by Ruby Dixon 
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians, #13
Genre: Science Fiction | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 236 pages.
Published on June 12th 2017 by Independently published (first published June 11th 2017)
Ruby Dixon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Bad day? Try mine on for size.

Rogue slavers have landed on the ice planet and captured the tribe. The only ones not snatched? Me, a walking human motormouth with no skill except that of incoherent babbling, and Warrek, who’s as silent as he is attractive. Two more unlikely people have never been paired together.

And now we’re supposed to form a rescue team.

Saving the others is either going to bring us closer together – or drive us completely apart. I’m pretty sure the feelings I’m having for my alien companion are as unrequited as they are inappropriate, but since we aren’t going to make it out alive, what harm is one teeny, tiny kiss?

Who knew that one kiss could change everything?

This series is getting harder and harder to review because how many times can I repeat how much I love this world even if I myself would hate to live there. Winter all day every day? No thank you! I wouldn’t mind having one of these hunters to myself, though.

I don’t have much to say about our hero, Warrek. I like him but he barely speaks during this whole book. Luckily for him, his love interest talks enough for him. Heknows how to fish, how to hunt and how to skin things but he’s obvious on how to talk to a woman. Warrek instead likes to listen Summer to talk.

Summer is bad with small talk and I think most of us can relate to that. At least I know I can! I don’t speak as much as Summer does but if I do start talking and usually saying wrong things if I think there’s an awkward silence around me and whoever is with me. I also relate to her being clumsy, nonathletic and a worrywart. I have been worrying about something that I know I shouldn’t for the whole weekend but does my brain listen to me? Of course not. Also I like to stumble to my own feet and hit them to things like chairs and end of my bed.

But she is also very good at chess. Someone once tried to teach me to play it in fifth grade but it was way too complicated for me. Summer on other hand was able to use this game to their benefit. There’s not an actual game in Non-Hoth of course but she knew how to help people in Ice Planet thanks to that game.

“I mean, they’re great horns, and I’m not trying to insult. I just like your hair so much better. Not that you would look better without horns. I think you look great with them. I’m just not used to judging horns, and I don’t know what a good horn looks like compared to a bad horn, and I’m babbling, aren’t I?”

It’s nice how their relationship evolved during this book. First Summer thought that she annoyed the hell out of the cute and quiet Warrek to him wanting to be her protector to Summer wanting to prevent the chance of him resonating to someone else. Summer really really enjoys how he looks like but mostly she likes his thoughtful personality. He listens to everything he says like every word matters and he doesn’t try to shut her up or interrupt her. Warrek on other hand likes that she’s full of action; she doesn’t sit around and wait for other to do things for her.

I never got the references to Star Wars (like what is Hoth?) but I did appreciate the reference to Superman. I haven’t actually read any Marvel or DC comics but I did grew up watching Smallville. There’s arrowverse also but Smallville will always be close to my heart and I still miss it even though we got ten seasons.

All in all I’m so happy I enjoyed this book this much. I was afraid that rest ofthe series would be just 3 or 3.5 stars from me. Some couples are just more exiting to read about than others and I had some expectations for this one. I don’t know what it is about a woman who won’t shut up and quiet male character that intrigued me but I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed.

 

Rating

4 stars

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