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3.0 out of 5 starsInner dialogue a challenge for me
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2018
I alternated between 3 and 4 rating and finally went with a 3. This is because the kidnapped women are meant to be auctioned off but in a weird way, chosen as mates. Now that’s a decent storyline but they are treated terribly. Other reviewers said the hero alien was kind and sweet to his earth mate and he was but wasn’t. He had no real feeling for his “mate” at first and meant to take her hard an hour after he bought her. That tells me no respect for a scared female’s feelings, hopes, and dreams, only his own. It gets much better from there. I generally find that men who don’t respect women don’t change their tune but through the magic of romance writing, this one does. If only the alien hero’s inner dialogue was more caring in the beginning, I would have gone with a 4.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
Ella Browne woke to the sound of crying. She had been kidnapped from a party two weeks ago by blue-skinned alien men and was kept in a room with other captives. They were not fed much, so they were always hungry, and afraid because the aliens made no effort to communicate with them. But collection day was the worst! Blue alien women would enter the room, walk down the aisle of human women, and would take several away – and each time, one of the women never came back.
Zarbonov vin Xarran, an Xicret Warrior, was on his way to the auction house to obtain a bride and fulfill his obligation. His hope was that none would be suitable. But it was crucial to his family and their culture’s emphasis on bloodline and social status that he choose someone that night. His family’s status now depended on his status, and was required to find a “worthy” wife. He was running out of time.
As the women were prepared for presentation at the auction, Zarbonov saw the qualities of strength and intelligence in the woman he wanted. The other two were weak and had been crying. His woman held back her fear and remained strong. He deftly negotiated so that he could assure a win. When the auction was over, Blue Prime, the alien female who had seemed to be in charge, roughly grabbed Ella’s arm. Blue 3, who had tended to Ella’s preparation and had been kinder than the others, intervened and spoke harshly to Blue Prime. Ella noted the shift in the balance of power, but she was not sure why that occurred. It seemed almost like Blue 3 had just earned a promotion?
Closed in a lovely room, this time with a view, Ella tensed when she heard Blue 3 and a man enter behind her. She resisted turning around, but when he finally approached her, he grabbed her hand and pulled her forward. She tensed when he said, in English, “Mine”. The first words she could understand made her property! How would she deal with this alien who seemed no better than her father had been? What would her life be like now? What did he expect from her? And would she rather die than comply with his demands?
This was very different than other such books. The reader was actually drawn in to understand another culture where status, position, and power depended on bloodline and social status and following a ton of unspoken rules to govern actions. I found it fascinating and handled well by the author. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!
4.0 out of 5 starsLove an intelligent female character...
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2019
***SPOILERS, MAYBE*** Abducted by aliens, sold at a bride auction, and forced to learn a new culture on another planet. Ella Browne goes through it all..the intense fear, panic, hopelessness and humiliation. She resigns herself to her reality, winning the mind wars and power play of her captor. And she succeeds, not by stubbornness but by her cunning, intelligence and devoting herself into learning the ways of the alien race she lives among. She earns respect, acceptance and eventually a modicum of trust. Meanwhile Zarbonov, her groom, keeps his oath not to touch her until she allows it. For a Sci-Fy fantasy, this was a fun escape and conveyed intelligently. It was entertaining and even though it was predictable, the characters were likable making it hard to put down. Very PG13. But...LOTS of misused and misspelled words, and incorrect tenses making for improper sentence structures. Choose/chose, than/then/that, or quite/quiet, sting/stung. What a difference one wrong letter makes to the sentence. The ending was abrupt and disappointing. If any of these things don’t grind your gears, then you’ll probably enjoy reading of Ella’s life changing nightmare.
What a great book I was kept on the edge of my seat wishing I didn’t have to sleep so I could finish this book but now that I’m done I wish I read it slower. Ella Browne was kidnaped from earth and brought to Xicret to a auction house run by Carson to be sold to the highest bidder. Zarbonov is a alien prince and he must find a mate/wife now to confirm his family status in his peoples eyes, so he goes to the auction house to find her and wasn’t sure it would happen and to his relief he finds Ella but she wants nothing to do with him but asks to be sent back to earth. Will everything work out, do they fall in love and do they get there HEA. This is a amazing book and a must read.