Barbarian’s Taming

Due to the number of books in this series I’m just going to add the link to the list of books I’ve reviewed by Ruby Dixon.

Barbarian’s Taming   description:

As a newcomer to the alien tribe, I’ve struggled to find my place. It might be because I’m a tad headstrong at times. And yes, I might have thrown a few things at people’s heads. But I had a good reason to pitch a fit – my shy sister was stolen away right under my nose. Of course, now she’s back and mated. Everyone’s happy…except me.

I need…affection.
Attention.
Okay, I’m lonely. Really lonely.

Strangely enough, the only person that I think understands what I’m going through is the same blue-skinned brute that stole my sister. It’s wrong to hook up with him, even as a mindless fling.

Except…I’m not so good with the whole ‘rules’ thing.
And he’s not so great with the ‘fling’ thing.

tamingBOOK 8: Barbarian’s Taming  4 STARS

After finishing the Barbarian’s Touch, I knew this book would be about Maddie and Hassen, and to be honest I couldn’t fathom how Dixon was going to make that feel realistic after he had kidnapped Lila. I shouldn’t have doubted Dixon, once again she’s able to bring together this pair and create a story that keeps the series fresh and exciting. Maddie and Hassen are the outcasts, and in search of finding a connection they find each other. You come to understand Hassen’s actions in the past, and see how much he regrets acting so brashly. Maddie, whose been fairly unlikable herself, comes to find her place in this new world, and things really get shaken up. Beyond the romance though, Dixon continues to delve into the mystery of this new world and the history of the Sa-khui people. It just makes for a really well rounded tale that only makes me want more. And by more I mean I better be hearing about some Asha and Hemalo next. However, what did knock this down from a 5 STAR review was how Hassen kept thinking of Lila as the weak crying sister, and even sneering in disgust at the thought of her. While a lot of this story was aimed to gain sympathy for him, that made it hard at times to feel for him when he has no sympathy for the woman he kidnapped and held against her will. Even though he never meant her harm, it was a little messed up how he looked down on her in that way, though in the end I think he grew enough to think differently, but it still kept feeling like a knee jerk reaction to hate him all over again every time that thought came up, which was a lot.

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