Barbarian Mine

BOOK REVIEW: BARBARIAN MINE (IPB #4) BY RUBY DIXON

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Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon

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Book Review: Barbarian Mine (IPB #4) by Ruby DixonBarbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon
Series: Ice Planet Barbarians #4
Published by Independently Published on November 3, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: eBook
Source: KindleUnlimited
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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 Situs Slot Gacor 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?

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Barbarian Mine is the fourth book in the Ice Planet Barbarian series by Ruby Dixon. I highly recommend reading these books in order to get the full experience of Not-Hoth.

This book is a prime example of why these must be read in order. Harlow goes missing in the previous book, Barbarian Lover. The tribe believed that she bailed out when things got tough. But we, the readers, know that isn’t what happened. Harlow was abducted. And now we get to see who her captor really is.

Rating Report
Couple/Protagonists
three-stars
Steam Level
four-half-stars
Supporting Characters
four-stars
Plot
three-half-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

Poor Harlow was whacked over the head and carried off to a bare bones cave by a true alien barbarian. Harlow immediately recognizes that he is sa-khui – the same alien species as the others. However, he doesn’t even know the native tongue of his people so she cannot communicate with him. And to make matter worse, they are resonating. She is desperate to teach him how to make a fire, clothing, and food. Without those things, she will surely suffer.

Rukh is really protective of Harlow – barely trusting her to move around the sparse cave. Rukh is a mystery to Harlow, but she knows that she cannot return back to the tribe after what happened. She suspects that they will blame her for what happened. That idea motivates her to provide and teach for her and Rukh. At least she won’t be alone in exile.

Tropes Include:

  • True barbarian hero
  • Language barrier
  • Captor/Captive
  • Virgin Hero

Barbarian Mine wasn’t executed perfectly.

While this story has all my favorite tropes, it fell short for me. I didn’t like the poor attempt at making Rukh’s identity a mystery. I immediately knew who he was and delaying the reveal was pointless. I also hated how helpless Rukh was before meeting Harlow. He had zero survival skills. It made me question how in the hell he was even able to survive alone for all those years. I also started to dislike Harlow for assuming she couldn’t go back to the tribe that SAVED her and how okay she was with that. All the bonds she made with tribe seemed to immediately go away once she met Rukh.

The pacing of this story was also an issue for me. All the plot happened toward the end of the book because of that annoying time jump. I’m not sure why the author didn’t tell some of the others’ stories before diving into Harlow’s. It would have made more sense chronologically. A quick flashback to Harlow and Rukh’s beginnings would have been better than that large time jump.

I still recommend this one, though.

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