• I Married a Lizardman

  • By: Regine Abel
  • Narrated by: Daryl Mayfield
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (338 ratings)

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I Married a Lizardman

By: Regine Abel
Narrated by: Daryl Mayfield
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Scaly, grumpy, but oh so cuddly....

As a third daughter on the farming colony of Meterion, Susan’s future prospects aren’t too promising. A pretty face, top-notch skills, and hard work mean nothing if your dowry doesn’t include fertile lands. With her 25th birthday approaching, and no suitors even remotely sniffing in her general direction, Susan will be forced to leave the family lands to work as an indentured servant in the capital city. Her only way out is to settle for an arranged marriage through the PMA - the Prime Mating Agency. She just never expected to be paired with a grumpy, massive lizardman, and above all not to grow so fond of his scales and quirky ways.

With everything going on, the last thing Olix needs is a mate, especially a squishy, scaleless, off-worlder with strange ways and an obsession with farming. He is a hunter, not a dirt digger. The Seer must have been mistaken when she insisted that, for the sake of the people, he take a mate from the stars. How can such a tiny thing be their salvation? And yet, his Susan’s softness is disturbingly addictive while it hides a surprising resilience.

With his ancestral lands on the line and the future of the clans threatened, could this wisp of a woman turn their fate around?

©2021 Regine Abel (P)2024 Regine Abel

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Surprising

This was a huge surprise. I mean, just look at the cover. It screams "ridiculous, plotless alien porn". Whoever chooses the covers for books, needs to be fired. This book was none of that. At all.

Susan, a human who lives in a (non-Earth) matriarchal society, is a third daughter who has no prospects as she will never own land. She swallows her pride and agrees to marry an alien and move to his planet and adopt his culture. The lizard-esque male she's been matched to is not what she would prefer, but she's out of options.

Olix's people are in a bad situation as their food supply is steadily dwindling and a corporation is bullying them to buy their tribal lands. When the Seer tells him he will take an alien mate who will save their tribe, he agrees to whatever female he is paired with, sight unseen.

There is no insta-lust. They both find each other repugnant. So what we have here is a slow building relationship based in respect and kindness.

There is friction between the tribe and Susan as she tries to convince them to farm their lands rather than rely on the mysteriously disappearing game. Just a couple generations ago, the people were enslaved and forced to work the land, using methods that poisoned it and made the people ill. They fought their way out, but cannot possibly consent to farming the land that has now been restored. They are hunters not dirt-diggers.

This is as much a romantic love story between Susan and Olix as it is a story of how Susan helps to transform the tribe into a successful people who thrive without compromising their values and beliefs.

In the end, this is an uplifting story where everyone gets what they deserve...with some steam on the side. 😉

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Really great story

I listened to this book on a whim and it was a very pleasant surprise. I loved how honest, open, and communicative the couple was with each other. By making these characters all very reasonable it felt more authentic and actually more sci-fi futuristic. There is some sex, but it is well balanced and healthy interactions (major kudos for Regine making them couples who communicate). The story was engaging and I like the world and universe that was built and could easily take more stories from it.

My only complaints are the virgin bleeding trope (of a 25yr old free woman who has at least passed a few bases on her own) and the lack of modern/environmental menstrual products like cups and disks. Both of these things I find so very silly and disappointing in sci-fi books. I can say the silly virginity part was handled better than most other stories and the menstruation was mentioned in passing, but really expected more modern approaches to both.

As for the narrator, I wasn't too sure at first, but after about 20 minutes I was pretty impressed with Daryl's voice acting and approach to the narration. The sample is good enough to get a feel for his voice, but honestly, it's much better than that short clip.

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the female voice was not it

I loved this story and the plot of it all. however I did not like the narrators female voice. it felt strained and like a males imitation of a female. the ending was also too abrupt.

I did love how clever and smart the main female was and the equality in the culture. the customs of the tribes were also interesting. this book was a great easy listen with just the right amount of steamy scenes.

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Info dumps for a white savior romance

Ugh. There were multiple things that didn’t work for me. Let’s start with the narrator, who is fantastic for Olix, but just awful for Susan’s voice. Duet narration would have gone a long way to improve this.

The story is told through huge info dumps as we’re told about Susan’s society where third daughters are useless (it’s like we’re back in the 1800s), about how evil aliens took over Olix’s planet, or how Susan saves the world with farming. I would have preferred showing to telling, and with action, humor and suspense. Sadly, this was bland and forgettable.

Yes, this is romance, but the obsession with her virginal blood and menstrual cycles were huge turnoffs. Additionally, the author describes Olix’s member as a “stim” that “extrudes” into her. So. Much. Extruding. Ick. Ick. Ick. And the part where he tastes like cotton candy? 🙄🙄🙄

What really killed this for me was the way white girl Susan came to this planet of “natives” and single handedly saves the aliens by farming, standing up to the evil corporation, and discovering the mystery behind disappearing wildlife. The author literally refers to these aliens as natives who sell trinkets to tourists, are hunter gatherers, and ride beasts without saddles. I hope it was unintentional, but this had me channeling Native American vibes and Trail of Tears backstories. For me, I listen to alien romance to get away from real life. I want campy, sexy and fun. This was a hard no for me.

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Insanely detailed

(Review for all 6 books in The Prime Mating Series )
Edited to add #7

These books hit ALL my sweet spots: 
seemingly irreconcilable differences ✔️
marriages of convenience (with a wedding night consummation clause) ✔️
nesting (MFCs that create or truly appreciate their new world homes) ✔️
first contact (for the couple not entire species) ✔️
DETAILS ✔️

If you’ve been reading this genre you know most alien romances are light on detail (and heavy on big cocks). This series definitely had the cocks, but it was also the most specific, interesting set of books that I’ve read in this genre so far. The author was totally invested in making sure we understood her worlds and creatures on a cellular level. To that end sometimes she got carried away. Pretty sure 'I Married a Merman' was actually an instruction manual *yawn*

Although these books are technically about 'aliens' (we know each featured species lives on its own planet and has advanced technologies), there were no real depictions of outer space or space travel. They are largely fantasy. Book 6 does feature inter-dimensional travel, but it's about as sci-fi as that show Quantum Leap.

None of the books compromise on love or sex. Aaaaalthough most of the heroes are beta males in alpha clothing. These guys are excessively polite, heavily into consent, and spend so much time pleasing their females that they seem to have misplaced their balls. Yes, all romances blatantly pander to women's desires, but these books took it to the next level. 

There's NO 'SECOND ACT' MISUNDERSTANDING. Not one of these books had that stupid mandatory break up all romances have. Instead the couple tackled the adversities as a team (shocking).

Personal favs: book 1 (Lizardman)/book 5 (Minotaur). Worst of the bunch: book 6 (Dragon)/book 4 (Merman). The remaining two (books 2 & 3) were still solidly written, though IMO the naga was a bit too greta thunberg and the birdman a little too slick. The best were full of calculations, marketing schemes, tactical planning, and other oddities and novelties - like in book 1, who would have thought farming could be a superpower. Or book 5 the conflict is a genetic condition that causes blood-rage. Book 5 also gathered the loose threads from previous books. My least favourite books (4 & 6) had frail or rigid heroines and TOO MUCH WORLD BUILDING (never thought I'd write that).

EDIT: Book number 7 (Beast) is meh. If you liked book 2 about the Naga you may enjoy this follow up/redemption story. But I got a little bored with the all the morality in this one. The mmc is known for playing by his own rules in hunting competitions, while his mate does not like 'cheaters' and she's pretty holier-than-thou about it. This couple didn't have a significant problem to resolve together or a home to build.

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Surprisingly good!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️😀
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The heroine: Susan - she is the third daughter of a farmer and nearing her twenty fifth birthday. Which meant that the first daughter inherited their family land and the second daughter was back-up. A third daughter was just another mouth to feed. So she entered the Prime Mating Agency, since she wasn’t particularly beautiful, with average schooling and no wealth to speak of, she wouldn’t be able to find a mate with the better agencies.

The Hero: Olix - he is an Anturian male (lizard man) and a hunter located on Zaconia, he is the leader of his clan and owned the most fertile lands on his planet. Within his species, he was considered a prime specimen of a man, but he needed a mate and his people have been facing famine, because their people were hunters, since offworlders with great wealth have been overtaking much of the planet and hunting the game to near extinction.

The Story: The PMA (Prime Mating Agency) represented planets still considered primitive and the species weren’t considered stunningly attractive either. Though they did pair together species that were physically compatible and able to produce offspring together. Susan was a bit leery when she found out that her match was a lizard like humanoid species. But she really had no choice but to agree to the match and she was excited to hear about the fact that he had fertile lands because she longed to farm the land but due to her position as third daughter, wasn’t able to do that at home.

This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration and was narrated by Daryl Mayfield. He has a pretty good female voice and a deep male voice so he does a great job making solo narration sound more like dual narration. I didn’t like the exact description of the lizard man so I took some artistic freedoms in my picture, but that is my interpretation and I like how it turned out.

The story was a bit different than many of the alien romance stories I have read before and I bought the audiobook on sale, so thought it was worth trying out. I really enjoyed the narrator, so that helped. I love that you can listen to samples of the narration and have learned to do that before spending any money on audiobooks. Especially since a bad narrator can ruin the experience and a good one can make the story even better than it would have otherwise been.

I liked the fact that Olix was as wary of Susan as she was of him. At first he couldn’t imaging going to bed with her, which was kind of funny especially when he had to kiss her at the wedding. He can’t figure out why they would do that. The book was quite steamy and didn’t bother me at all, unlike a few other books I had read where the Heroes were humanoid but more animalistic than is normal in alien romance. I also thought Olix’s naivety when it came to human females was charming and cute. This book was better than I expected and I hope to read the rest of the series. I hope the audiobooks go on sale at some point as well.

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wow!

I loved it! The story was so sweet and just enough spice to keep me hooked!

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So good

This is probably the third or fourth time I’ve listened to this story. This will always be one of my favorite from Regine Abel

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Don't mind the cover!

Honestly really enjoyed this lil story. It was immersive and had more of a wholesome story of 2 "people" learning to love each other. The characters are very loveable and only grow in development. VA did really well too in my opinion. If alien lovers are your thing and you're wanted something more than endless sex, then definitely try this one out!

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Loved it

I like how fast paced the story was, it was written as if this could really happen in the future. There’s nothing negative to say. Will be purchasing another book from the author.

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