Calm: Slice of Life Short Stories

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.

Calm  description:

Calm
One morning, gentle Maylak wakes up and feels a sense of oncoming dread. As the tribe’s healer, it is her job to ensure that everyone is safe, happy, and healthy… and they are.

So what can be threatening her people?

Moving Day
Farli helps move Maddie into the new ‘girls’ cave while avoiding some prospective suitors.

These are two slice of life short stories set in the ICE PLANET BARBARIANS series and do not stand alone. They should be read after BARBARIAN’S TOUCH and are a little bit of sweetness and family life for those waiting for the next full book release.

calmBOOK 7.5: Calm  3 STARS

This story was good, and it definitely makes me excited about the next book in the series. However, it is just a teaser, and I wonder how necessary it really is to the series. I mean it sets up a story to come, but it doesn’t really hold much detail on its’ own. The best part of both stories was getting a better point of view from the sa-khui, especially one like Maylak, because we haven’t really gotten any view points from the women sa-khui, and since she’s already married to see how she views a lot of the new customs coming in, like kissing. Even Farli’s really short story helped with this. But my issue that brought down the rating was that both of these short stories could’ve easily been full tales, and I feel a little jipped that we didn’t get more from this. I don’t know about the other readers, but while I do love the good lovin’ side of these stories, I’ve become so invested in the characters that it’s so much more than that now. I like the full story, and even in this where the characters are already settled, and it’s more about an unknown threat than any romance really had me drawn in. And I wonder if Dixon realizes that she could easily make a thrilling story out of a lot of this that doesn’t really focus on the human relationships and her readers would still love it. Well, at least this reader would.

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Barbarian’s Touch

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 Touch   description:

When I wake up on the ice planet, I’m scared of everything: this place is cold, silent, and the locals look more like blue devils than aliens. To make matters worse, one of the strangers decides I’m going to be his girlfriend and kidnaps me away from my sister. I’m completely and utterly alone. What’s a girl to do?

Well, this girl escapes.

Of course, that means I go from frying pan into the fire, and my situation gets even more dangerous. Just when I have no hope left, a new hero appears. Sure, he’s blue, horned, and has a tail. He’s also fierce, protective, makes me purr…and thinks I’m perfect.

But is what we have real or just a mating instinct?

barbarian's touchBOOK 7: Barbarian’s Touch   4 STARS

I really love how there’s still so much to be discovered on this planet. Dixon continues to make this series so much more than erotica, it’s sweet and exciting, and I love how the characters grow in each story. With Lila being deaf, it also added a new dimension to the experience, because as she’s separated from her sister no one is able to communicate with her. Rokan was an interesting choice against her, since she’s missing one of her senses and he has a 6th sense with his knowing. I mean we’ve heard about him in the previous books, but he’s always just been more off to the side, so it was great getting to know him. Plus Lila’s attention to the slight nuances of people’s movements gave new insight into the metlaks, and I’m kind of sad we didn’t really learn more about them, though it would be hard at this point to make them out as anything other than savage beasts, but it was still an intriguing look into more of the animal life of Not-Hoth. Though, mostly I’m wishing she’d do a book for Asha and Hemalo to maybe figure out how to make things work with each other.

 

Having the Barbarian’s Baby

BOOK 1: Ice Planet Barbarians  by  Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Barbarian Alien

BOOK 3: Barbarian Lover

BOOK 4: Barbarian Mine

BOOK 4.5: Ice Planet Holiday

BOOK 5: Barbarian’s Prize

BOOK 6: Barbarian’s Mate

Having the Barbarian’s Baby   description:

Megan’s ready to give birth, but she’s not ready to let her mate leave her side. When Cashol must go hunting to feed the tribe, they’re separated for the first time since resonance. Not a problem, except the baby’s ready to be born and there’s a storm brewing…

This is a short story set in the ICE PLANET BARBARIANS world. It does not stand alone, and is intended to be read after BARBARIAN’S MATE. It’s a little bit of sweetness for those that can’t get enough of the big blue aliens! Happy reading!

babyBOOK 6.5: Having the Barbarian’s Baby   5 STARS

This was a wonderful short story, and it just shows how great this series has been that you can’t help but love any piece about them. We get to see a bit of Megan and Cashol’s life, which was great since they didn’t get their own story, but have been characters that we’ve learned a little about along the way, and now get to see what makes them so great together. I really related to Megan, and knowing how it is to be a bit needy, and hating when your man has to go off for a bit. This showed more into how they work, and how the tribe is all there for each other and making sure they’re all able to survive in such a harsh environment. It was sweet, and rather heartwarming, and I can’t wait to read what happens next.

 

Barbarian’s Mate

BOOK 1: Ice Planet Barbarians  by  Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Barbarian Alien

BOOK 3: Barbarian Lover

BOOK 4: Barbarian Mine

BOOK 5: Ice Planet Holiday

BOOK 6: Barbarian’s Prize

Barbarian’s Mate   description:

‘Resonance’ is supposed to be a dream – that’s when your soulmate is chosen for you. And everyone on the ice planet has hooked up with a big, hunky soulmate of their own…except me. So do I want a mate? Heck yeah. More than anything, all I’ve ever wanted is to be loved by someone.

Except that the soulmate chosen for me? My least favorite person on the darn ice planet. Haeden’s the most cranky, disapproving, unpleasant, overbearing male alien…so why is it that my body sings when he gets close? Why is he working so hard to prove to me that he’s not as awful as I think he is?

I hate him…don’t I?

barbarian mateBOOK 7: Barbarian’s Mate   5 STARS

I have been waiting for this book since Josie and Haeden were first brought up, and it was everything I hoped for and more. Pretty much all of the books have dealt with the girls resisting resonance, and wanting to have a choice when it comes to who they’re going to be stuck with for the rest of their life. However, this felt so much more meaningful, because Josie was the one who wanted resonance. She wanted the insta-family, and to finally have someone love her and want her forever. So for her to feel like she’s now trapped with someone who hates her, it was heartbreaking. Especially as you get to know more about what happened to her, and how she’s never truly been loved by anyone in her life. Although, Haeden’s story was a tragic one as well, and it really helped make them perhaps the perfect couple. But I loved how Dixon used this book to show that real love doesn’t always look like how we might imagine it. Some people are lovey dovey and affectionate, and some people may be more reserved but show it through their actions. Plus it was pretty great getting to discover more of their world, and terrifying to see how much this is basically a land still in the Jurassic age. I hope her next books really get them discovering some of the areas beyond, because it was such a tease in this one. I have to know what else is out there.

Saved… Alien Space Pirates

BOOK 1: Captured  by  Mara Frost

BOOK 2: Sold

Saved   description:

They say that no one can hear you scream in space, but that’s a big lie because I know for a fact that plenty of aliens have heard me…

So, who’s sick of aliens and has two thumbs? This girl right here.

I’m now on the run with the jerk who abducted me and we’ve got nowhere to go. We’ve crash-landed onto a hostile planet where the plant-life may or may not want to eat us, the locals might want to fight us and the Imperial forces may still be chasing us.

And it doesn’t help that I’m stuck with an 80 year old curmudgeon who’s stuck in a sexy blue alien body. Why is nothing ever easy for me?

savedBOOK 3: Saved   4 STARS

The best so far, and a lot longer than the others. Could actually be considered a book on its’ own considering how much happened and developed in it. We get some more up close looks at other alien races. A new planet. I really love how Frost has just really created this alien world full of so many wonders and possibilities. And the relationship between Dani and Dakhar really begin to grow and meld into something more and a lot of fun to watch. Plus the things Dani gets herself into, and manages to, by some miracle, to get herself out of is just too funny. There’s just so much I love about this book, and the series as a whole. And Frost better do another series for us to find out what happened to Jordan, because it would be so messed up if she didn’t. Though, I don’t really like that bit with the Chieftain (if you read it you’ll know what I mean), because either it needs an explanation or that was just really off. Of course I must say, Frost needs a better editor. Geez, it’s like some really obvious mistakes. If she can get that cleaned up, her books would be golden.

Sold… Alien Space Pirates

BOOK 1: Captured  by  Mara Frost

Sold   description:

They say that no one can hear you scream in space, but what about cry like a big fat baby…?

Get abducted by aliens? Check
Get put up for auction on a giant “dark market” trade planet? Check
Despise the big alien jerk who kidnapped and sold me in the first place? Check
Stop making stupid checklists? Check

So I’m on a scary and inhospitable planet and I’m fairly certain everyone here wants to make Dani Tartare out of me. Life sort of sucks right now. So why is it that all I can think about is the blue jerk who kidnapped me and be pissed that he actually sold me? Sigh. I always prioritized poorly…

soldBOOK 2: Sold   3 STARS

Commerce Planet was definitely interesting. All sorts of aliens, selling all sorts of futuristic stuff, and showing how absolutely barbaric they still are. It was actually really interesting from the point of view of Dani trying to argue what is a higher life form and what’s okay to be eaten. When you’re dealing with such alien creatures, and being so advanced, and yet trying to say it’s okay to eat a cow but not okay to eat a human it gets a bit more slippery than you think it would be. It’s so much more than just some silly erotic story, there’s some good stuff there. However, Frost really needs to do better with editing, and word choice. It wasn’t so bad as to detract from the actual enjoyment of the story, but it’s quite noticeable. And of course this books is as short as the last one, and really is just like the next handful of chapters in the story as a whole.

Captured… Alien Space Pirates

Captured  by  Mara Frost   description:

They say no one can hear you scream in space, and that really sucks for me…
Win the International Space Lottery and get the chance to travel to the International Space Station? Check

Train my butt off for eight grueling months with world-class astronauts? Check
Toothbrush? Check
Get abducted by intergalactic space smugglers on my third day in space? Che…wait, what?
Have the adventure of my life with a giant blue alien jerk who only wants to sell me to make money, but he can’t seem to get rid of me? Double check

Okay, so I’m scared. I’m lost. And my captor is a big alien who has no sense of humor and glows when he’s horny. Who knew that alien abduction could be so terrifying? Or blue and sexy? Now, I just need to find a way to get back home before I become someone’s dinner or worse – fall for the jerk who stole me.

capturedBOOK 1: Captured   3 STARS

Alien Space Pirates? It’s like this book was made for me. Although I have to point out that this book is basically the first 4 chapters of a whole book that has been chopped up. I really hate it when authors do that, but since this one is only charging $0.99 for them, and I’ve paid that much for plenty of books that were only this long I’m not too upset. But really, authors don’t do this, it’s irritating. However, it’s a lot of fun to read, and really funny at times. Dani is such a great character, showing the unrelenting drive of humans to fight for survival even when it’s obvious there’s no hope. But just how she sees things, and describes them just helps paints the picture of her surroundings and creates this amazing world. And Dakhar is interesting, because you know he’s got a dark past, though not exactly the specifics, and you just want to find out what’s happened. Definitely had me snatching up the next book. Although I hope she really stops overusing the term lowly. I mean, even if everyone and their brother talks in a quiet voice, it’d be nice if she found a new way to describe it. Also if they had edited a little better. Which is why it’s only 3 Stars.

Barbarian’s Prize

BOOK 1: Ice Planet Barbarians  by  Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Barbarian Alien

BOOK 3: Barbarian Lover

BOOK 4: Barbarian Mine

BOOK 4.5: Ice Planet Holiday

Barbarian’s Prize   description:

It’s hard being the most popular girl on the ice planet. The alien men are falling all over themselves to impress me in the hopes that I’ll take them to my furs. But they don’t know my secrets – none of them do. And they don’t realize that behind my smile, I just wish they’d go away.
I don’t want any of them. I want someone else – someone with a gorgeous blue body, big horns, and the most intense gaze ever. He’s the only one that knows the truth. Maybe with him, I can work through my fears of the past….but I’m pretty sure he wants more than just friendship.
He wants forever, and I’m not sure I can give it.

barbarian prizeBOOK 5: Barbarian’s Prize    5 STARS

It’s absolutely wonderful how Dixon continues to keep this series so alive, and each book set a part from the last. It isn’t the same old story again and again, these are different people searching for different things. Yes, it’s erotica, and the plot does circle all the good naughty times they have, but the main story is so much more than that. Tiffany was raped by the aliens that abducted her, but no one knows it, and no one understands why all the male attention is driving her crazy. I love Saluhk, and the show of the difference between men who just wanted a prize, and a man who actually cares for a woman. This really took a look at the connections between them, and the struggle of a woman who’s trying to over come her fears and issues in a truly alien world. Really a great story, and it has me wishing the next book was out already.

And I have to say, in a society where women are often shown as either virgins or near enough, and the men to be bold and experienced (which seriously makes no logistical sense), it’s kind of nice to have the roles reversed. Salukh is the unsure one, the one who was waiting for resonance, while Tiffany has experience. Though she too is unsure of herself. It made it more romantic and sweet.

Ice Planet Holiday

BOOK 1: Ice Planet Barbarians  by  Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Barbarian Alien

BOOK 3: Barbarian Lover

BOOK 4: Barbarian Mine

Ice Planet Holiday   description:

All this snow and no holidays? What’s a stranded human to do?

Create a new holiday, of course. Georgie and the other women decide to bring some new traditions and cheer to the sa-khui. More babies are born, presents are exchanged, and a new romance blossoms between a human woman desperate for a change, and the alien determined to protect her.

This 25,000 word novella is NOT intended as a stand-alone. Looking for a place to start? Try ICE PLANET BARBARIANS, book one in the series.

ice holidayBOOK 5: Ice Planet Holiday   4 STARS

I figured why quit before I get to the Christmas Special. It’s a rather quick read, but it felt like about the length of the first one. For some reason Goodreads lists it as book 4.5, but Amazon says it’s book 5, and that makes more sense. It was fun seeing the women trying to bring the holiday spirit to the tribe, and trying to explain customs that really just have no explanation. This one’s rotating view if between the women, and we get to see how they’re coming along on the planet, and dealing with their babies, and pregnancy, and their sort of marriages which is really sweet. However, it is mainly about Claire, which we have seen before, mainly in the 3rd book when Kira tried to talk to her about her relationship with Bek. It’s nice to see what her deal was, and it was a good switch up on Dixon’s part to show that not all the women are being treated like princesses. Claire’s in a situation a lot of people can relate to to some degree, being trapped in a relationship and unsure how to get out, and it was a good development for the series. Though now I just hope Dixon will tell us what’s up with Josie and Haeden, because I know that would just be a great story to read.

Barbarian Mine

BOOK 1: Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

BOOK 2: Barbarian Alien

BOOK 3: Barbarian Lover

Barbarian Mine    description:

The ice planet has given me a second lease on life, so I’m thrilled to be here. Sure, there’s no cheeseburgers, but I’m healthy and ready to be a productive member of the small tribe.

What I didn’t anticipate? That there’d be a savage stranger waiting nearby, watching me. And when he takes me captive, the unthinkable happens… I resonate to him.

Resonance means mating, and children… but I don’t know if this guy’s ever been around anyone before. He’s truly a barbarian in all ways, right down to clubbing me over the head and claiming me as his own.

So why is it that I crave his touch and hunger for more?

barb mineBOOK 4: Barbarian Mine   3 STARS

This is kind of like a mix of the first 2 books, the whole language barrier and being kidnapped. Though I do have to say this feels a lot more like Stockholm Syndrome, than love, but Dixon managed to still make it rather adorable when looking at it through basically the view of a cave man who has no clue what’s happening to his body. Humorous to say the least. And Dixon also managed to give a rather plausible reason as to why Harlow would stay with him. It really is cute in its’ way, and I can’t help but enjoy the story. So far these are books that you can’t help but want to stay up all night reading. Fun and exciting with new things to discover.