Willa's Beast (Icehome, #3)
Beast. Creature. Monster. Dangerous. All of these things have been said about Gren. Willa doesn’t believe it, though. She knows that monsters can sometimes come in appealing packages. She knows that for all of his snarls and fearsome appearance, he’d never hurt her. And she knows she has to get Gren away from the Icehome camp, because no one will ever see him as a person, not when he attacks all who come close. Not when he’s tied and treated like an animal. She’s going to save him… or fall in love. Maybe both. Willa doesn’t mind that he’s a beast, as long as he’s *her* beast.

Willa's Beast (Icehome, #3) Details

TitleWilla's Beast (Icehome, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 5th, 2018
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Aliens, Romance, Adult Fiction, Erotica, Fantasy

Willa's Beast (Icehome, #3) Review

  • Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette ♔ House of Slytheread
    January 1, 1970
    GUESS WHO FINALLY GOT THIS ON HER KINDLE!?YES YES. I know, I'm super trash for this series alright? WHY IS THIS NOT OUT YET!?
  • Mei
    January 1, 1970
    I'm fairly agree with Umaiya's review! :-)Only one thing different that I kept seeing Beast and dark grey instead of golden! LOLI was exasperated with Willy too! She started as a reasonable being, but soon lapsed into paranoia!She made some really bad decisions that could have ended very, very badly! The constant reference to her trashy junkie mother was OTT, but she just couldn't stop comparing people who didn't have anything to do with her to her.I wanted to congratulate Brooke when she gave a I'm fairly agree with Umaiya's review! :-)Only one thing different that I kept seeing Beast and dark grey instead of golden! LOLI was exasperated with Willy too! She started as a reasonable being, but soon lapsed into paranoia!She made some really bad decisions that could have ended very, very badly! The constant reference to her trashy junkie mother was OTT, but she just couldn't stop comparing people who didn't have anything to do with her to her.I wanted to congratulate Brooke when she gave a stern lesson of how Willa's idiotic behaviour was influencing Gren!!! Brava Brooke!Gren was a dear, as are all the male characters in this series. They're all a big teddy-bears!I love all the books placed or connected to "Not Hoth"and I'll be looking forward to all the stories that are to come! :)
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  • Umaiya ✨Insignificant September✨
    January 1, 1970
    This book was great but after a while (this is wayy pass the 50% mark) I just couldn't stand Willa.?I understand having bad experiences and baggage but letting all that have so much control over you is beyond my understanding. Also, this has to be the weirdest Ruby Dixon I have ever read. And she's known for her alien erotica so just imagine! xDNow off to my favourite of the book, Gren.(Now I don't know about y'all but this is what I see when I imagine Gren)So, in the beginning it was all like t This book was great but after a while (this is wayy pass the 50% mark) I just couldn't stand Willa.?I understand having bad experiences and baggage but letting all that have so much control over you is beyond my understanding. Also, this has to be the weirdest Ruby Dixon I have ever read. And she's known for her alien erotica so just imagine! xDNow off to my favourite of the book, Gren.(Now I don't know about y'all but this is what I see when I imagine Gren)So, in the beginning it was all like this.Then we saw some of this.and this, She tried to tell 'em but well, I would have probably reacted like everyone else.So we got some form of this, and they ran away . . .Bunch of shit happens, in a nutshell, (this is only about the first 40%-ish)Sub the wolves with ferocious snow cats and we all know what happens next.Oh yeah, he was definitely dyingNow if this review wasn't getting real ass long I'd continue, cause we can talk about Gren's past that had me all but I think I've painted a fair amount of the picture.Pretty disappointed there wasn't some of this,(Hey, impractical or not I'll always be a reader :p)Ridiculously surprised we didn't get some of this,But we got some of this and it's almost the same thing ^_^I can't put my finger on it but this book reminded me of something, I wonder what ever it could be . . .?Quick! Someone give me a hint! xDOh she did, Lumière. Boy, did she ever! xD
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  •  Rosebud
    January 1, 1970
    Waking up after being released from a stasis chamber on an bitterly cold ice planet is not something Willa thought would ever happen but here she is. Trapped on a planet with no hope of leaving, if she is to believe the resident sa-khui's. So far the welcoming committee has been polite and respectful to Willa and others who have ended up on the planet, except for Gren who is tied up and kept as a prisoner though he's done nothing wrong. They say he's an animal. They say he's dangerous. They fear Waking up after being released from a stasis chamber on an bitterly cold ice planet is not something Willa thought would ever happen but here she is. Trapped on a planet with no hope of leaving, if she is to believe the resident sa-khui's. So far the welcoming committee has been polite and respectful to Willa and others who have ended up on the planet, except for Gren who is tied up and kept as a prisoner though he's done nothing wrong. They say he's an animal. They say he's dangerous. They fear he'll kill everyone if he were to get loose. What they don't do is give him the chance or opportunity to be free. Gren has suffered much in his life as a battle slave with his sole purpose to fight or die for his masters pleasure. Expecting to travel to another planet and another arena to fight, Gren is confused when he's tied down and kept isolated without explanation or expectation of what it is that he is to do. One female dares to approach him to provide food and creature comfort in the form of blankets and such which is smart as he doesn't harm females, ever. This is a new game, a new battle, that he will observe until he knows the rules to this newest fight. Willa has had enough. Gren is not a prisoner nor an animal. The only way he can be freed is if she can make it happen little realizing Gren has no intention of leaving without her. * * * This is the 3rd installment in the "Icehome" series that can be read as a standalone though there are references and includes information from earlier installments. For the most part though that won't be a problem. The main characters Willa & Gren. I was disappointed that the male cover model did not suitably depict Gren. While normally I would be ok with that, at some point a high volume author needs to stay true to her characters with a semi realistic depiction as I the reader do look at things like that. Getting back on point. This was a slow burn type of romance between Willa & Gren who started out with baggage issues from their pasts that needed to be resolved if they had any chance of moving forward. Luckily the alien equivalent of a fairy Godmother helped things along in the form of khui & resonance. That took care of the physical attraction at least. The focus then became finding a way to make their relationship work outside of the bedroom. For those who have a need to know attitude, yes there is sensual adult content scenes between the two that maybe go a little overboard as maybe too much of a good thing (sex) may have consequences, and not all in a good way. Secondary characters are limited to the cast of characters from previous installments in this world building, which pulls in other series by this author. I myself always appreciate authors who keep the old and new characters around giving them a role to play that contributes to the current story. Also, gives teasers that lead up to the future main characters of upcoming installments. Any issues I have run more into second guessing the story line itself and/or critique on how long a female can be pregnant in a series before she delivers. Seems like a couple of the girls have been preggers F-O-R-E-V-E-R. For fans of this author and series, I'm sure this book will be appreciated. The recurring alien male with human mate formula is always a hit so as long as each story is fresh and different than others, I'm a fan.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    Why does this happen all the time? Everytime, I read Dixon's book, it happens that I am more invested in other people's story then the main one. Like when I was reading Veronica's, I wanted to read Willa's. and while reading this (Willa's story), all I wanted to do was to read Angie's story. What is wrong with me? Ok so Willa's story- right....once bad decision after another. Gren, I can understand, he was slave for a long time and cannot trust anyone since he was 'created not born' Gladiator -- Why does this happen all the time? Everytime, I read Dixon's book, it happens that I am more invested in other people's story then the main one. Like when I was reading Veronica's, I wanted to read Willa's. and while reading this (Willa's story), all I wanted to do was to read Angie's story. What is wrong with me? Ok so Willa's story- right....once bad decision after another. Gren, I can understand, he was slave for a long time and cannot trust anyone since he was 'created not born' Gladiator -- like Frankenstein's monster. A monster/beast not aware of concepts like love or trust or kindness. But Willa! I have expected more from her...yes, she doesn't trust 'blue people' but the reason was very flimsy. They both would have been died horrible death for the choices she made...*Sigh Very frustrated with this...but I think next one will be better.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I love RUBY DIXON and I love anything that has to do with the IPB series and all the spinoffs! I hope Ruby never stops writing.
  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Willa's been watching the way these strange blue, behorned...aliens have been treating Gren. He may look like a wild untamed beast, but he's still a person and the more they treat him like an animal, the more he fights. So, although the blue aliens have been nothing but kind to her and her fellow humans after rescuing them from a crashed spaceship, she starts formulating a plan to free Gren and escape Icehome.I feel like my reviews of Ruby Dixon's books are becoming slightly repetitive. There's Willa's been watching the way these strange blue, behorned...aliens have been treating Gren. He may look like a wild untamed beast, but he's still a person and the more they treat him like an animal, the more he fights. So, although the blue aliens have been nothing but kind to her and her fellow humans after rescuing them from a crashed spaceship, she starts formulating a plan to free Gren and escape Icehome.I feel like my reviews of Ruby Dixon's books are becoming slightly repetitive. There's only so many ways of saying I LOVED IT, LET THE ALIEN HAVE ME, that I can come up with. Although Willa's Beast has been successful at shifting my day dreams away from sexy blue and horny aliens to scarred and growly - think Beast from Beauty and the Beast - type aliens.I recently did a post about heroes that fit in to the wild and untamed category. Heroes that are ferocious and instinctual, but strangely innocent of normal social conventions. Gren fits perfectly into this breed of hero. Created by slavers, he was expected to fight and then die for a crowd's entertainment and his owner's bank account. He's never experienced kindness of care from anyone, until Willa.Willa knows about real monsters, having been raised by them. She knows that a beautiful appearance doesn't mean anything, her mother was beautiful but she was a beast. Gren, despite his beastly appearance is no monster. I loved Willa's devotion to Gren, and my favourite part of this book was the beginning when they just escaped and were surviving together and before they knew each others language. Dixon managed to quickly develop a bond between them that was both sweet but rife with sexual tension.This was another great alien romance by Ruby Dixon. The story managed to be both sexy as hell but incredibly sweet. And, as well as the romance, we get to see the other people in Icehome and the possible developing romances that Dixon is building. I can't wait to see who will be resonating next!Reviewed by Suzanne❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤
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  • Tricia Len
    January 1, 1970
    Ruby Dixon has the corner on her Ice Planet Barbarians! I fell in love with Gren....a former slave, saved by the people of the Ice Planet. He had been created, and abused, and forced to fight for his masters so he has a lot of trust issues. But he is a wonderful being with a warm good heart.Willa....wow I really struggled with her. First of all if you are going to write a Southern girl who uses Southern slang....get it right. I grew up in the south and no one calls a person ya'll....ya'll means Ruby Dixon has the corner on her Ice Planet Barbarians! I fell in love with Gren....a former slave, saved by the people of the Ice Planet. He had been created, and abused, and forced to fight for his masters so he has a lot of trust issues. But he is a wonderful being with a warm good heart.Willa....wow I really struggled with her. First of all if you are going to write a Southern girl who uses Southern slang....get it right. I grew up in the south and no one calls a person ya'll....ya'll means more than one person. And the sugar thing really was annoying. Plus she did one stupid thing after another that put a lot of people in danger. I know, I know....it is alluded that she had a horrible childhood/adulthood. But instead of talking with her rescuers she decided to almost kill someone to free Gren. And that really bothered me about her. I get the trust thing. I get her reasons for wanting him free but everything she did was stupid and thoughtless.I will admit that skimmed a lot of the sex because it was just ...too much for me this time. But to each there own...I guess some really love it.But over all ...ignoring my issues with the heroine... I loved this book. I love the planet and the people and their struggle to survive. Maybe I will love the next heroine....anything is possible.
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  • Whitney
    January 1, 1970
  • Shanna Matheo
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars - Cute, quick easy sunday afternoon read.
  • Delta
    January 1, 1970
    I think that Willa’s Beast is my favorite of the Ruby Dixon books I have read, thus far. Of course, I may need to read all of the Ice Planet Barbarian and Ice Home books over to be sure. That is the only responsible thing to do!
  • Angela~supermom~
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this one so much. I'll be honest and say that Willa did annoy me, just a smidge. I mean, the way she tried to protect Gren in certain situations was cute and admirable and all, but FUCK! Just relax a little bit. Over there acting like all our other precious blue hunks were out to get her and her man. Smh. Who did she think she was?I kid, I kid.But let's take a moment to address something...I think this is the first Ruby Dixon book to have a...Ummmmmm...Errrrrr...Certain situation (?) tha I loved this one so much. I'll be honest and say that Willa did annoy me, just a smidge. I mean, the way she tried to protect Gren in certain situations was cute and admirable and all, but FUCK! Just relax a little bit. Over there acting like all our other precious blue hunks were out to get her and her man. Smh. Who did she think she was?I kid, I kid.But let's take a moment to address something...I think this is the first Ruby Dixon book to have a...Ummmmmm...Errrrrr...Certain situation (?) that was kind of...Odd.How can I put this without spoiling anything? Let's just say there is a certain thing that happens (doesn't happen?) and Will and Gren get a little company during their, umm, mating? LMAOOOOOLike, seriously.It was just... weird. I get it why the situation had to happen the way it did. But it didn't make it any less awkward. Like any other Ruby Dixon book (except that one to do with Miss. Whiney-Pants) this was chalk full of sexy times with lots of fondling and the awkwardness that comes with two different beings (species?) trying to figure out how to tell the other they're fucking horny and that they want to put it in them (or them put it in they?)Great times.And then you have everyone else at the cave entrance like:And it truly is great times.Some parts were a little long I think, and the story felt a bit repetitive in respect to every other story on this planet, but it's all good. I live for this smut. So it's all good.
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  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Willa's been watching the way these strange blue, behorned...aliens have been treating Gren. He may look like a wild untamed beast, but he's still a person and the more they treat him like an animal, the more he fights. So, although the blue aliens have been nothing but kind to her and her fellow humans after rescuing them from a crashed spaceship, she starts formulating a plan to free Gren and escape Icehome.I feel like my reviews of Ruby Dixon's books are becoming slightly repetitive. There's Willa's been watching the way these strange blue, behorned...aliens have been treating Gren. He may look like a wild untamed beast, but he's still a person and the more they treat him like an animal, the more he fights. So, although the blue aliens have been nothing but kind to her and her fellow humans after rescuing them from a crashed spaceship, she starts formulating a plan to free Gren and escape Icehome.I feel like my reviews of Ruby Dixon's books are becoming slightly repetitive. There's only so many ways of saying I LOVED IT, LET THE ALIEN HAVE ME, that I can come up with. Although Willa's Beast has been successful at shifting my day dreams away from sexy blue and horny aliens to scarred and growly - think Beast from Beauty and the Beast - type aliens.I recently did a post about heroes that fit in to the wild and untamed category. Heroes that are ferocious and instinctual, but strangely innocent of normal social conventions. Gren fits perfectly into this breed of hero. Created by slavers, he was expected to fight and then die for a crowd's entertainment and his owner's bank account. He's never experienced kindness of care from anyone, until Willa.Willa knows about real monsters, having been raised by them. She knows that a beautiful appearance doesn't mean anything, her mother was beautiful but she was a beast. Gren, despite his beastly appearance is no monster. I loved Willa's devotion to Gren, and my favourite part of this book was the beginning when they just escaped and were surviving together and before they knew each others language. Dixon managed to quickly develop a bond between them that was both sweet but rife with sexual tension.This was another great alien romance by Ruby Dixon. The story managed to be both sexy as hell but incredibly sweet. And, as well as the romance, we get to see the other people in Icehome and the possible developing romances that Dixon is building. I can't wait to see who will be resonating next!
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  • Myla
    January 1, 1970
    One of the reasons I love Ruby Dixon and her Barbarian series is because they are "safe", there is only one and they are completely devoted to that one. This is all of that but... I wish ressonance was solved a different way. It borders cringy (for me) and I hope she doesn't slide to the "not safe" category. The look at possible future books and story lines with the red twins kind of worries me too. Who wants to watch two people fawn all over someone and then have to ressonate to one of them, no One of the reasons I love Ruby Dixon and her Barbarian series is because they are "safe", there is only one and they are completely devoted to that one. This is all of that but... I wish ressonance was solved a different way. It borders cringy (for me) and I hope she doesn't slide to the "not safe" category. The look at possible future books and story lines with the red twins kind of worries me too. Who wants to watch two people fawn all over someone and then have to ressonate to one of them, not me. Ok, sorry, I went off with my thoughts a bit. Aside from that one scene I loved this book!
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWilla's Beast was a very enjoyable read. I loved Gren and Willa was pretty awesome herself. I loved how fierce she was in her protection of Gren and how she would always put his needs above all else. Now while I loved their story, their mating after a while became really boring. I understand the why but after a while it became to much. I look forward to more in this series.
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  • Laura Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This was too much of the same thing for me. Was hoping she would change it up a bit. This was more novella length than full book.
  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved every Ice Planet and Ice Home book. I love Ruby's writing style. I really enjoyed Willa and Gren's story as well. It will be interesting to see what their child will look like. I liked that the resonance thing had a different twist to the situation. I really devoured this book and wanted to read it nonstop but I had other things that needed doing too. As it was I deprived myself sleep just to read it.
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  • Stacey Goble
    January 1, 1970
    I hate writing a review where its not glowing and telling how much you need to read this book. Unfortunately with this book I struggled with it. I have loved all of Ruby Dixon's books in this series and the the barbarian series. I have been so looking forward to reading this book, anticipating the day it came out. Ruby's writing is stellar and amazing, it wasn't the way the book was written. I loved the character Gren. The way he is portrayed in this book is awesome. What I couldn't get on board I hate writing a review where its not glowing and telling how much you need to read this book. Unfortunately with this book I struggled with it. I have loved all of Ruby Dixon's books in this series and the the barbarian series. I have been so looking forward to reading this book, anticipating the day it came out. Ruby's writing is stellar and amazing, it wasn't the way the book was written. I loved the character Gren. The way he is portrayed in this book is awesome. What I couldn't get on board with was Willa. To be honest she totally annoyed the F%*k out of me. Her jumping to the conclusion of how bad the tribe is treating everyone.. her behaviour, her attitude.. the whole constant Bless your heart. I rated the book a 3 as it is still part of an amazing series and there were aspects of the book I loved. Unfortunately.. in my opinion, Willa just stopped me from rating it higher. In saying that.. I can't wait for the next installment!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    DNFI might come back to this one later.. I just cant stand when syfy/paranormal romance is written like a high school rom com. "What if he doesnt like me?! Woe is me, what if im not pretty enough for the alien waaaaaaah. I better distance myself so I dont get hurt *cries.*"- heroinegive it a rest.
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  • Brit Andrews
    January 1, 1970
    2 stars for Gren and no love for WillaI thought Georgie was my least favorite person on the ice planet but nope now it’s Willa. She is the absolute worst! Nothing she does has any logic behind it even Gren thought how he was treated when they first woke up made sense. All the whining she did especially about nobody telling him any information made no sense... the only person that could have communicated with Gren at all was Ashtar except that he’s Ashtar and Gren never actually bothered talking 2 stars for Gren and no love for WillaI thought Georgie was my least favorite person on the ice planet but nope now it’s Willa. She is the absolute worst! Nothing she does has any logic behind it even Gren thought how he was treated when they first woke up made sense. All the whining she did especially about nobody telling him any information made no sense... the only person that could have communicated with Gren at all was Ashtar except that he’s Ashtar and Gren never actually bothered talking only growling so how could anybody know what language he spoke at all? I get that Willa had a difficult life back on Earth but not once ever did anyone treat her badly since arriving on the planet yes sure Gren was tied up but it was never because anyone was trying to be mean to him her while mistrust and freaking out every other minute was ridiculous. Gren adapted to everything with such ease that it made her look even more insane in comparison. Willa is so stupid and annoying that I had to force myself to keep reading. I like the whole series I like most of the people in it so I will keep reading. At first I liked Willa because she wasn’t whining about “free will” and “choices” like a lot of the others did making my eyes roll because in reality it’s not something everybody obsesses over. But no really Willa is somehow worse than literally anybody somebody should have just knocked her off a cliff. Over dramatic stupid overly emotional no common sense and just plain annoying that’s Willa. But I liked Gren, I feel bad he got stuck with that nutcase.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    As usual Ruby Dixon is doing an amazing job portraying her alien lead male. Gren is a character that works so well for me. He's grey, not blue but his dedication towards Willa matches any other male on the planet.So why 3-3.5 stars? I liked the story but I did not love it. I didn't get much of the dynamics between the new comers. Mostly was a sexaton between Willa and Gren.... It was a little too much and then obviously Willa. Ruby Dixon is a master at portraying an annoying woman from time to t As usual Ruby Dixon is doing an amazing job portraying her alien lead male. Gren is a character that works so well for me. He's grey, not blue but his dedication towards Willa matches any other male on the planet.So why 3-3.5 stars? I liked the story but I did not love it. I didn't get much of the dynamics between the new comers. Mostly was a sexaton between Willa and Gren.... It was a little too much and then obviously Willa. Ruby Dixon is a master at portraying an annoying woman from time to time.I couldn't stand her distrust and narrative. By the end I was so over her recollection of her mother and uncle and reasons not to trust the others because they tied Gren. Seriously??? He attacked them and what? Anyways, I have limited patience for this annoying characters. As usual, Gren, saved the story for me....There were some moments when I really cringed imagining the "impregnation" in the tent...I could have lived without reading that...I will end it with a hope...I hope I will not read a menage in these series .... and i hope Angie is not as annoying as Willa....
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  • Lisa Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't been this excited for a new release in a while. After reading parts of their story in Veronica's Dragon I was anxious to dig into Willa's Beast. It ended up being another great installment in a fun, entertaining series. Dixon took a classic Beauty and the Beast theme and gave it her own Ice Planet/Ice Home twist. I really enjoyed reading about Gren from Willa's point of view. She really took the time to understand Gren and his motivations. She never cowered from him in fear and always I haven't been this excited for a new release in a while. After reading parts of their story in Veronica's Dragon I was anxious to dig into Willa's Beast. It ended up being another great installment in a fun, entertaining series. Dixon took a classic Beauty and the Beast theme and gave it her own Ice Planet/Ice Home twist. I really enjoyed reading about Gren from Willa's point of view. She really took the time to understand Gren and his motivations. She never cowered from him in fear and always gave him the benefit of the doubt. What I enjoyed even more was Gren's point of view and discovering what an intelligent, thoughtful "beast" he really was. I watch as her pink mouth flattens in an angry line, and she says something. "Blssurhart." Her tone is sweet, but only I can see her expression, and I think she calls him stupid. Oh, I like this female. And of course, there is the typical sweet caveman perspective that all Dixon fans know and love: If only she were faster, or stronger, or her feet did not sink into the snow… Then she would not be Willa, though, and I would not change her for anything. I really enjoyed the uniqueness of Gren's character. It's interesting to see how we've gone from aliens to a more scientific twist with a sort of 'Frankenstein' monster as you have a conglomeration of different species in one character. It made for some interesting situations with the resonance and definitely made it just a little steamier than the previous novels. Complications usually lead to hilarious dilemmas on the Ice Home. As always, I found myself laughing a few times! Willa became a bit annoying as the book went on, which is really the main reason this isn't a 5 star read for me. Dixon tries to explain the source of her mistrust, but I really feel it went on for far too long. This was a "survive or die" situation and I think she needed to just get over it and trust the rest of the group. I don't really feel she ever understood why they treated Gren the way the did in the beginning and I wish she would have taken the time to see it from their point of view. I still love visiting with the past characters. It makes me smile when they "pop in" to any current story. Still can't pin point exactly why I'm so obsessed with this series, but all I know is I love this crazy tribe. And I know this is Gren and Willa, but oh my goodness...I just LOVE Vaza. I am so happy to hear he and Gail will get a novella! I definitely want more Vaza! “'Save it for the dvisti. I must go kiss my Shail before we go, so she knows she is first in my heart.' He nods at the two, and then turns, heading off." Overally, a worthy addition to a highly addictive series. Loved it!
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  • B. Truly
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars First off, Beast’s covers is fantastic—one of my favorite covers of all the Barbarians. As like all the Icehome books, Willa’s beast was no shortage of being interesting. I like how this spin-off has different aliens. I was excited to learn about Gren. He's a sweetheart. Ruby was very creative with him. His growls are actually his language, which I never would’ve guessed. I also liked how very intelligent Gren is, but he liked to play up being a beast. The plot was hilarious in this 4.5 Stars First off, Beast’s covers is fantastic—one of my favorite covers of all the Barbarians. As like all the Icehome books, Willa’s beast was no shortage of being interesting. I like how this spin-off has different aliens. I was excited to learn about Gren. He's a sweetheart. Ruby was very creative with him. His growls are actually his language, which I never would’ve guessed. I also liked how very intelligent Gren is, but he liked to play up being a beast. The plot was hilarious in this book—resonance. Gren is a special case. He was made in a lab with no navel. That caused some confusion with their khui’s. As far as they knew, Gren and Willa are compatible, but in the scheme of things, conception just wasn’t working out. So we learn that if conception doesn’t happened in a timely matter, the kuki’s will work extra hard at making it happen, which turns their hosts into sex addict, nymphos—their only thought is sex. Gren and Willa going at it worse than bunnies was amusing at 1st, and then I felt sorry for them. Thank goodness, Veronica, their healer came through to fix the issue, or they would have killed themselves fucking. I enjoyed being in Gren’s head. He was humorous, and I loved how he cared for Willa. More humor was Liz’s touch. I’ve always liked her feistiness and she just cracks me up. What I like about Liz most is that she’s honest. She’s just candor all the way. She doesn’t sugarcoat a damn thing. When she cursed and her daughter said that she was going to tell dad on her—now that was priceless. The only reason that I gave this book a 4.5 was because I had already learned a lot about what happened in their story beforehand in Veronica’s story. So, it took away the element of surprise. Also, although I did understand Willa’s reluctantly of trying to trust the tribe again after how they treated Gren—due to how she was raised. But it came to a point where I was like, give it a rest Willa’s. Not everyone mistreated Gren and you don’t want to stab the people in the back who are only trying to help you. I’m glad Brooke set her straight. I wanted to slap sense into her and say, “Wake up!” This was another great romance. I can’t freaking wait to read about pregnant Angie and the red alien clones. Please Ruby, get that out before the year is up.
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  • Rosabloom
    January 1, 1970
    Simple Dixon formula of perfection Perfect blend of old and new. Gren’s character is very multidimensional and interesting that I didn’t wanna stop reading more about him and his past. Even when it broke my heart. Ashtar gave us a taste of how bad it was for gladiators but it’s nothing compared to Gren’s experience. He was treated worse than a slave/gladiator. And the fact that not only did he keep his humanity but is clever and intelligent is awe inspiring. As for how he treats Willa, you guess Simple Dixon formula of perfection Perfect blend of old and new. Gren’s character is very multidimensional and interesting that I didn’t wanna stop reading more about him and his past. Even when it broke my heart. Ashtar gave us a taste of how bad it was for gladiators but it’s nothing compared to Gren’s experience. He was treated worse than a slave/gladiator. And the fact that not only did he keep his humanity but is clever and intelligent is awe inspiring. As for how he treats Willa, you guessed it, like she’s a precious gift he didn’t even deserve to dream of *dreamy sigh* Willa on the other hand was perfect for Gren. She was sweet, understand and fierce when it came to protecting her man. I especially loved how affectionate she was towards Gren. Giving him constant kisses, hugs and touches. Constantly letting him know that not only does she love him, but that he deserves to be loved and cherished. My only complaint was how quickly she jumped to conclusions on how the “bad” the tribe is. I understand that they didn’t treat Gren in the most gentlest of ways but it’s obvious that they weren’t treating him that way out of hostility. They were very clear from the begging that the only reason they tied him up was because he was feral when he woke up (even Gren points this out to her). If she only would have waiting just a little longer they obliviously would have freed him and treated him friendlier. As for her lame excuse of her mom and uncle being untrustworthy, and how she trusts actions over words THEY DIDN’T TREAT ANYONE BADLY!!! Even when they tied Gren up, they didn’t hurt him, the only reason he was hurt was cause he kept struggling against the bonds. Her whole mistrust of them for very little reason annoyed me but not enough for me to not like her. Cant say much about the plot without giving it away but I will say this, it’s supper sweet and a lot sexier than you’d think it would be ( don’t worry the sexiness doesn’t cheeped the book at all) All in all I loved the story and look forward to more icehome
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  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    Misunderstood Gren.Another sweet addition to the IceHome series. Gren was such a misunderstood person, a genetically created slave made from the DNA of several species and forced to become a gladiator. He lived a life of constant physical abuse, hardship and pain. Never knew a single moment of affection, kindness or compassion until he met Willa. Willa had also had to deal with some hardships of her own since she was a little girl causing her to have major trust issues with people. It was intere Misunderstood Gren.Another sweet addition to the IceHome series. Gren was such a misunderstood person, a genetically created slave made from the DNA of several species and forced to become a gladiator. He lived a life of constant physical abuse, hardship and pain. Never knew a single moment of affection, kindness or compassion until he met Willa. Willa had also had to deal with some hardships of her own since she was a little girl causing her to have major trust issues with people. It was interesting reading about the problems Gren and Willa had with their resonance from the very begining. We're told in Veronica's book that Grens DNA issues was impeding their resonance from taking place. But now were told about the signs leading up to that event. How whenever he held her he couldn't help himself from stopping his treck to uh hum leave a happy trail in the snow lol. It took them ages to reach shelter and I felt so bad for the poor guy. Willa also wanting to jump his bones and constantly feel the need to touch him was a clear sign. It was nice having our leading male who was inexperienced react the way he did the first couple times they were intimate. It made him more real as a person and he did make it up to her eventually. But boy oh boy I wasn't expecting the length of time their resonance took. I mean it was obvious something was wrong but holy crap non stop sex for that long..... chafing would have been the least of her worries more like death by dick lol but what a way to go. I thought that Willa was a bit overly dramatic though with her mistrust especially when the members of the tribe realised they had resonated and went out of their way to help them out. Her issues were getting tiring after a while and I was glad when Brooke gave her a telling too about how her fears where affecting Gren. And oh man was the scene with Willa, Gren, Ashtar and Veronica awkward. I was cringing when I read it but I guess when you want something that badly ud do just about anything to get it. Nothing much happens in the story really it's main focus being Willa and Grens struggles with trust and their problems with resonance. It's still a good read non the less with very tender moments between them and some of the other characters also make appearances so that was a nice treat. I cant wait for the next books in the series especially J'shel and Hannah, the Clones Vordis and Thrand and their fascination with Angie fingers crossed her's is coming soon.
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  • K.M. Montemayor
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 Blessurhart starsI've been waiting for this book for most of the year. From the time Ruby mentioned the beast in Icehome #1 I was intrigued. What is Gren? What does he look like? Is he even capable of social interaction or is he just a raging beast? Willa is an interesting character. She has compassion for the monster and tries to understand him when no one else will. My biggest complaint with her is that she is not able to see things from the Barbarians' and the others' point of view. She 4.5/5 Blessurhart starsI've been waiting for this book for most of the year. From the time Ruby mentioned the beast in Icehome #1 I was intrigued. What is Gren? What does he look like? Is he even capable of social interaction or is he just a raging beast? Willa is an interesting character. She has compassion for the monster and tries to understand him when no one else will. My biggest complaint with her is that she is not able to see things from the Barbarians' and the others' point of view. She overreacts with the treatment of Gren big time. Her beating a dead horse and unwillingness to forgive and move on brought this down from a 5 star to a 4.5 for me.I love how Ruby shows a malfunctioning cootie in this book. Liz is fantastic as ever with her bold outspoken behavior. She won't let the women play the victim card or the men be chauvinistic. She has a perfectly balanced answer to both. When Hannah complains that on the Ice planet is setting back women's rights by a hundred years because she doesn't want to do the girly work, Liz tells her:"Don't start that sh**,"..."I hunt. Farli hunts. Nadine's learning, and so is Penny. You're welcome to get your happy ass out there with a spear if you're not wanting to do women's work."And when the male a'ani complains that a female will lead the hunt the following day this is Liz' response."Do not start that sh** here... You're not in an arena anymore."Way to bring everything into perspective. Good job, Liz.
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  • Angela_t
    January 1, 1970
    It was okI appreciated the vulnerability of both characters and how they become fiercely protective of each other. I liked how the heroine was drawn to the hero despite being different and seemingly dangerous. I liked how they fell in love despite the language barrier but.....aside feom that the story still fell short for me. The amount of time the author spent on the "resonance" took away the thrill of watching them try to survive. It was so long I thought the rest of the book was just going to It was okI appreciated the vulnerability of both characters and how they become fiercely protective of each other. I liked how the heroine was drawn to the hero despite being different and seemingly dangerous. I liked how they fell in love despite the language barrier but.....aside feom that the story still fell short for me. The amount of time the author spent on the "resonance" took away the thrill of watching them try to survive. It was so long I thought the rest of the book was just going to be about them tirelessly trying to get pregnant.When that was done, the story then goes on to H & h accepting the help of others and their friendliness. It just flat lines from here on out because while the other characters prove themselves, I feel as if H&h didn't really do much. I would've liked the ending to finish on a higher note, like Gren saving somebody in the tribe or something. He is supposed to be this fierce gladiator but we don't see that in the book, which anticlimactic for me.
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  • Space Cowgirl
    January 1, 1970
    Gren👹, The Praxiian GladiatorIce Home Alien🐺🍆🌋 Adult Romance.Hijacked by pirates, the ship that Willa, Gren, and others are on crashes on The Ice planet🌍. The inhabitants , from Ms Dixon's other books, are big, blue, horned men, with a penchant for earth women.Gren👹🍆🌋 is a Praxiian Gladiator, yet he is something else too, mutated or created somehow. He knows nothing but fighting, killing and loneliness. Willa💃💋 becomes his defender, because he doesn't speak the language, and The other inhabitant Gren👹, The Praxiian GladiatorIce Home Alien🐺🍆🌋 Adult Romance.Hijacked by pirates, the ship that Willa, Gren, and others are on crashes on The Ice planet🌍. The inhabitants , from Ms Dixon's other books, are big, blue, horned men, with a penchant for earth women.Gren👹🍆🌋 is a Praxiian Gladiator, yet he is something else too, mutated or created somehow. He knows nothing but fighting, killing and loneliness. Willa💃💋 becomes his defender, because he doesn't speak the language, and The other inhabitants tie him up thinking he is extremely dangerous. She unties him and they run away to live in The snow covered wilderness .I haven't read one of these Ice Planet🌍 Barbarian books in a long time, but this is a good one! Willie's idiotic stubbornness did get on my nerves after about 50 % or so of the book.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I love these Ice Planet books (both the originals and this spin-off). Hard. The introduction of the newest refugees (or whatever you want to call them) has only ramped up my love. Especially since several of them are kinda unsocialized.But, then, that's what tends to happen when someone has been a slave/gladiator for most and/or all of their life.That doesn't stop Willa from falling for her big guy, though. He's a little rough around the edges and they don't speak the same language (which makes I love these Ice Planet books (both the originals and this spin-off). Hard. The introduction of the newest refugees (or whatever you want to call them) has only ramped up my love. Especially since several of them are kinda unsocialized.But, then, that's what tends to happen when someone has been a slave/gladiator for most and/or all of their life.That doesn't stop Willa from falling for her big guy, though. He's a little rough around the edges and they don't speak the same language (which makes communicating a little tricky), but Gren's a good guy.Admittedly, I ADORE when big, broody aliens find something worth fighting for. Willa is Gren's reason to keep pushing forward. Her kindness is disarms him and her willingness to choose him over the others even though being with the group would make things MUCH easier on her has him going all in. They figure things out despite the communication barrier and they're just so CUTE together.These big, blue aliens and the other's they've met along the way make me ridiculously happy. I'm thrilled beyond belief there are still so many unattached humans ready to be matched up with their special someone.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked Gren’s character in this book. I can’t wait to read more of these. The only reason I knocked off some stars is because as someone who grew up with a southern dialect, some of the inaccuracies in Willa’s speech patterns really frustrated me. Authors please don’t write a character with an accent or dialect you don’t speak without having multiple people with that dialect proofread it first. “Y’all” is plural. It’s short for “you all”. We don’t ever use y’all to refer to a single pers I really liked Gren’s character in this book. I can’t wait to read more of these. The only reason I knocked off some stars is because as someone who grew up with a southern dialect, some of the inaccuracies in Willa’s speech patterns really frustrated me. Authors please don’t write a character with an accent or dialect you don’t speak without having multiple people with that dialect proofread it first. “Y’all” is plural. It’s short for “you all”. We don’t ever use y’all to refer to a single person. Just an example. Also, the sex started to get really repetitive in this one, which I understand because it was part of the storyline but as a reader I found myself skimming.Overall I really liked it. 3.5 stars
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