Also in this series: Ice Planet Barbarians, Barbarian Alien, Barbarian Lover, Barbarian Mine, Barbarian's Prize, Barbarian's Mate, Barbarian's Touch, Barbarian's Heart
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #8
on August 31, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction Romance
Source: Self Purchased
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.
*May Contain Spoilers*
Barbarian’s Taming is a delightful story that takes us back into this wonderful world of these blue aliens on the ice planet. This is a story that I was nervous about, I wasn’t sure what the tone of the story would tone out to be especially since I wasn’t in the mood for a super angst romance and this book….was wonderful. *sigh* It was simply so beautiful and I just felt such a kinship to the heroine and this book is pretty vital to the series since there is an event (talked about below) that changes EVERYTHING for this small community.
The last thing I need is to get involved with the bad boy of the ice planet
Our tale begins with the story taking off right after the previous book “Barbarian’s Mate” where Maddie is the last of the human women left unmated. Her sister is happily mated and Maddie is feeling more alone than ever. She knows that she was pretty difficult when her sister was kidnapped….she admits that she was HORRID to practically everyone. And she is really bored and she is shocked that she is starting to feel an attraction to the one alien she wants to avoid at all costs….the one that kidnapped her sister and is now considered to be an outcast until he can earn the right to be accepted again.
I do not look back because I cannot change the past. You should not, either. That is one of the first things you must learn as a hunter—do not regret what you do not have
When Maddie goes out looking to hunt on her own, Hassen interrupts her and starts teaching her the best ways to hunt and to be safe about it. Maddie has a lot to resolve about her own issues, her body image, her jealous and bitterness. Hassen has to resolve his mistakes he has made in the past including kidnapping Maddie’s sister. But just when Maddie thinks life isn’t so bad, she is learning to survive and finding a connection with Hassen more than anyone else on the planet, the world shifts and their world changes forever when there isn’t a safe place for them with a series of earthshakes brings down their home.
Hunt parties are sent out in hopes of finding a safe haven for them all….and Hassen and Maddie are sent to go out hunting and search for a safe haven of caves that can house all of their people before the brutal season sets in. Maddie and Hassen will encounter dangers, enemies and secrets they uncover including a haven for their people and will discover a true mating and love they never imagined neither of them would ever hope to discover….
Perhaps I will never get over the shame of disappointment, but it will not destroy me.
What a delightful story, I think this might be one of my favorites so far and wow I didn’t know how Ruby Dixon would redeem Hassen to be honest…but she did it and so well too. We see a hero that you come to respect and love and I had a blast getting to see another side to Hassen that we haven’t seen in previous books. Then we have Maddie, now in the previous book she is a SHREW….she can be pretty horrid especially when you see how jealous she is of her sister and the happiness she has found with her mate. But we see another side to Maddie, the vulnerable and flawed side of her character. I really didn’t know how I would feel with this heroine, but honestly, I think Dixon can make you fall in love with each character completely and she did this for Maddie. We see how lonely she is, how she doesn’t feel like she fits in with the crowd, her struggles with her image and her weight and not believing she is good enough. How many of us have struggled with this ourselves right? And we see her journey to overcoming her struggles and believing in herself, being proactive and learning to love.
I really admired the way that Ruby Dixon handled the crisis that this group of people are faced with…the trauma, the emotion and the fear and how she handled the way that they overcome it and also the discovery of a new home was phenomenal. There is so much mystery, adventure, and intrigue in the story here that doesn’t take away from the romance….only enhances it. I loved the intimacy that develops between Hassen and Maddie….its simply a beautifully woven love story that I didn’t want to put down. I adored seeing them come together in the ways that they do.