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Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Listen, I know the premise of Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon seems a little ridiculous. However, let me tell you, this book was so much fun to read. I had such a blast that I plan to return for each new reissue that Berkley puts out. The new covers are really eye catching and I love them and so, those are the versions I will be reading. If you are up for reading a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously, grab this one.

Ice Planet Barbarians kicks off Ruby Dixon's series about young women who have been abducted and left on an inhospitable planet.

Ice Planet Barbarians was my first time reading a book that is a majority spicy. I know. Those books are all over booktok and while I haven’t fully jumped on the train, my interest is piqued into checking out more from this genre. Ice Planet Barbarians kicks off Ruby Dixon’s series about young women who have been abducted and left on an inhospitable planet. Georgie is the ringleader of the girls. She leaves the rocketship they are staying in to see about finding resources and maybe some help. Georgie then wakes up to a unique greeting from a blue alien named Vektal. He is convinced that Georgie is his mate — given his khui is purring when he meets and sees her. She’s not convinced, but will do what it takes to save the other women.

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As it turns out, Georgie begins to fall for Vektal who is sweet. They don’t speak the same language. However, they have chemistry. Let’s just say this book is probably 30% plot and 70% sex scenes. I didn’t know that going in. It’s fun though, something different. Also, this book is SUCH a fast read. I am interested in what comes next in Ruby Dixon’s series. In fact, I ended up reading book two, Barbarian Alien immediately after finishing.


Barbarian Alien

Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon being held in front of a book shelf stuffed full of books on their side

Barbarian Alien is the second of Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians series. I picked it up right after Ice Planet Barbarians just to continue on. It picks up with Liz and Raahosh following the events of the first book, sort of. Parts of it are concurrent. In this book, Liz has been kidnapped by Raahosh who has resonated to her. He is kind of an outcast and has a sad family history. Raahosh and Liz rely on each other to survive while they are outside of the caves. He is a hunter and Liz was taught how to hunt growing up by her father back on Earth. Liz and Raahosh have a hate to love, forced proximity kind of love story.

This was a fun follow up! I loved that Liz, main character of Barbarian Alien had a smart mouth. She is so rude and funny. I liked her moxie. And I thought Raahosh was the perfect pairing for her as he was strong enough to handle her. There are lots of spicy scenes in this book and maybe not a ton of plot. However, it reads so fast and the story does not take itself too serious. Of course, I plan to continue on to Kira’s story next.


Barbarian Lover

Third in Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet series is Barbarian Lover. In this book, we have Kira who has been implanted with a translating device on her ear by the kidnapper aliens, not the Sah-Khui. She is not very confident in herself. However, it turns out that Aehako who is quite gregarious is taken with Kira. Unfortunately, they do not resonate for each other. You see, Kira is infertile. She had an illness when she was younger that means she can never have children. So, Kira is afraid to get attached because Aehako could resonate to someone else and she would have to endure losing him. Aehako does not give up trying to woo Kira though.

In Barbarian Lover, we see the return of the aliens who initially kidnapped the human women and dropped them off on Not-Hoth. We see a resolution to the question of what if the bad guys come back. We also see the impact of the addition of the human women on the Sah-Khui. There’s an expansion to a different set of caves. Also, the set up for the next book and next couple in the series for Barbarian Mine happens.

I enjoyed this book so much! There is a bit more plot going on and action – what with the return of the bad guys. However, there’s still a whole lot of spice too! I liked the pairing of Kira and Aehako — the whole Eeyore/Sunshine trope. It was a fun and fast read – the perfect palate cleanser after reading a book that took me two weeks to get through – reading this one felt like inhaling and finishing.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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