Book Review: Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Title: Ice Planet Barbarians
Series: (Ice Planet Barbarians #1)
Author: Ruby Dixon
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

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.

We’re not equipped for life in this desolate winter wasteland. Since I’m the unofficial leader, I head out into the snow to look for help.

I find help all right. A big blue horned alien introduces himself in a rather . . . startling way. Vektal says that I’m his mate, his chosen female–and that the reason his chest is purring is because of my presence. He’ll help me and my people survive, but this poses a new problem.

If Vektal helps us survive, I’m not sure he’s going to want to let me go.


Review

I just want to preface this review by saying that out of a romance book club made up of three other booksellers, I was the only one that enjoyed this book. Do with that what you will.

This book was trending on TikTok for months, so when we got this gorgeous re-published by Berkley edition my curiosity finally won out. I’ve never read any kind of alien romance book before so my expectations were set really low. I actually ended up really enjoying this book though!

Georgie is abducted from her bed one night by a group of aliens. She, along with others girls, have been captured and are meant to be traded/sold off as cattle. Super dehumanizing conditions to say the least. Georgie never really loses her spirit though. She’s tough as nails and determined to save herself and the others. I admired her determination and her willingness to step up and take charge of all these other women. I’m sure in the future she’ll need some good therapy or something because she was a tad too adaptable to her outlandish situations. Captured by aliens? Mini freak out but pulls herself together fast. Crash landing on new planet? Cool, she’ll leave to find help. Blue barbarian captures her and goes to town on eating her out? Bring on the orgasms. Like I said, therapy might be needed.

Help (and pleasure ride central) takes the form of a big blue barbarian alien named Vektal who is as skilled of a savior as he is apparently a lover. The language barrier between Vektal and Georgie was utterly hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing at Vektal’s POV and trying to figure out what Georgie was saying. He was truly a sweet alien and I thpught their connection was cute. He adored the crap out of her and all her weird humanness no matter how odd it all was to him. The dual POV really added a little something to the story.

Dixon did a great job of world building and it never felt info-dumpy. Not-Hoth (where my Star Wars fans at?) was an interesting world to say the least and it was fun learning the ins and outs of it. The romance was a tad insta-lovey but considering this is a book about alien love, different languages and eerily similar sex anatomy what is anyone really expecting here?

It was a quick, fun read that had me laughing out loud at times. The smut was steamy and the different anatomy was… interesting to say the least. Think ribbed rabbit vibrator. Would I recommend this book to anyone? Possibly. Will I be telling everyone about this book though? Heck yes I will! And as long as Berkley continues to publish them, I’ll continue to read and review them.

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