Ice Planet Barbarians
Grade : B-

Here’s my one sentence review of this book: “Ice Planet Barbarians is predictable, ridiculous, and a damn good time.”

You’re looking for more, however, aren’t you? You want to know why Ruby Dixon’s wildly successful series about a group of women who, after being kidnapped from Earth and imprisoned on a spaceship which then crashes, find themselves on an ice planet populated by large blue aliens, mostly male, all of whom are searching for true love, babies, and copious hot sex, have sold bazillions and been analyzed by luminaries such as CNN and countless blogs.

I don’t know. I guess if I read more of the series–book 22 just came out in February– I might better understand why readers are obsessed with Dixon’s books. I mean, I enjoyed Ice Planet Barbarians–it’s funny, full of female-centric torrid love scenes, and it was kind of interesting to consider whether or not a symbiotic relationship with a worm can really facilitate finding one’s soul mate.

And, whoa, does it have a strong willed heroine although I struggled a bit with how quickly she got over losing her life on Earth. Georgie Carruthers, a twenty-two year old bank teller, does not take sh*t from anyone. Not from the little green men who whisked her off to another galaxy, not from the aliens with basketballesque heads who guard her and the other kidnapped girls–these cretins use rape as a disciplinary tool, so if that’s a deal breaker for you, you’ve been warned–and not from Vektal, the seven foot tall, horned blue alien–he’s one of the good ones–who introduces himself to Georgie by engaging in a wondrous act of cunnilingus.  Georgie is snarky, smart, super into phenomenal orgasms–Vektal’s equipment is something else in all the best ways–and determined to save herself and the other women on the downed ship. I’d really like to hang out with her although not on the ice planet which, frankly, sounds horrifying.

I really like Georgie.

Vektal, well, outside of his amazing wang and his ability to successfully navigate his world and protect his woman, is kinda dull. I’m all for dudes whose favorite activity is sexually satisfying their true love, but other than that, I found Vektal to be a bit too Tarzan for me.

If you’re looking for a very fun, slightly vacuous, super hot read and the idea of interspecies sex works for you, I think you’ll love this book. If you’re looking for a smart, utterly unpredictable, well-written super hot book with interspecies sex, I suggest you read Heat or The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith. All three are good choices and only Ice Planet Barbarians has 21 more books you can glom!

Reviewed by Dabney Grinnan

Grade: B-

Sensuality: Hot

Review Date : July 18, 2021

Publication Date: 04/2015

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Dabney Grinnan

Impenitent social media enthusiast. Relational trend spotter. Enjoys both carpe diem and the fish of the day. Publisher at AAR.
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