Penny's Protector (Icehome #10)
S’bren doesn’t realize what a mess he’s stepping in when he steals me away. He just wants to resonate. Sweet, right? But his methods are all wrong and resonance doesn’t look as if it's happening anytime soon for either of us. So I’m going to use this time away from the camp as an opportunity. We’re going to go exploring and not return to the beach camp until I'm good and ready. It's one part punishment for him - being my guide - and one part adventure for me. We'll have fun, swing from some vines in the fruit cave, and then return to Icehome when we're good and ready. What's not part of the plan? Falling in love. Matters of the heart are tricky when the khui gets the final say...and mine is totally silent.

Penny's Protector (Icehome #10) Details

TitlePenny's Protector (Icehome #10)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 5th, 2019
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Romance, Aliens, Fantasy, Paranormal

Penny's Protector (Icehome #10) Review

  • Izzie d
    January 1, 1970
    At the start 'A quick warning!A note about this plot line. I wanted to play with the concept of an alien hero doing something unfathomably awful (in human eyes) with far more innocent intentions. So the hero drugs the heroine’s tea and steals her away.I KNOW. I KNOW. It’s awful and wrong and my meta-brain thought EXACTLY! WE’LL DO THAT AND SHOW AT SOME LEVEL JUST HOW HE ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT GET IT! You foolish, foolish hero!It’s one of those moments where the writer cannot see the forest for the At the start 'A quick warning!A note about this plot line. I wanted to play with the concept of an alien hero doing something unfathomably awful (in human eyes) with far more innocent intentions. So the hero drugs the heroine’s tea and steals her away.I KNOW. I KNOW. It’s awful and wrong and my meta-brain thought EXACTLY! WE’LL DO THAT AND SHOW AT SOME LEVEL JUST HOW HE ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT GET IT! You foolish, foolish hero!It’s one of those moments where the writer cannot see the forest for the trees. When I conceived this storyline a few books ago, it didn’t occur to me that I was triggering some people and sending them to a horrific place.I’m sorry.If it helps, please know that I’ve tried to handle it sensitively and honestly from the characters points-of-view but if you absolutely cannot read this without going to a bad place, I UNDERSTAND. Please just skip this one. :)The next book will not feature any such storylines and I’m going to be more careful/thoughtful in the future.xoRuby'
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  • Ivy Deluca
    January 1, 1970
    Quick(ish) ReviewPossibly my favorite Planet Blue Balls ever. The tea plot point could have been horrific but S’Bren is so remorseful and innocent I couldn’t be mad. Penny is confused but her desire for adventure is delightful and I loved it. So glad I hopped back on this train and I’d recommend it if you’re into alien sci-fi rom.
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  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Penny’s Protector and the previous book Callie’s Catastrophe are a bit of a mini dulology in this series. So, if you’ve read Callie’s Catastrophe then you’re probably wondering what happened to Penny and S’Bren. Last you heard, Penny had been drugged and carted off by S’Bren, so he could do some wooing. Yes, you read that right. Drugged. However, if it is possible to innocently drug someone, S’Bren did it.So, I had a little bit of an issue to the whole drugging thing in the previous book, which Penny’s Protector and the previous book Callie’s Catastrophe are a bit of a mini dulology in this series. So, if you’ve read Callie’s Catastrophe then you’re probably wondering what happened to Penny and S’Bren. Last you heard, Penny had been drugged and carted off by S’Bren, so he could do some wooing. Yes, you read that right. Drugged. However, if it is possible to innocently drug someone, S’Bren did it.So, I had a little bit of an issue to the whole drugging thing in the previous book, which I talked about in my review. So, as this book and the previous one are happening in tandem and the stories are connected, including the drugging, I need to talk about it in this review as well.The beauty of an alien romance book is that you can have a completely clean slate. Your characters aren’t bound by the same social mores that will be present in a contemporary romance. Ruby Dixon has done a fabulous job of setting up the ice planet, both in this series and the Ice Planet Barbarians series. We know how the Sa’Khui think. We know their reverence of women and their bone deep disgust of anyone who would do violence upon them. It’s well established and part of the charm of these books. So, when I say S’Bren makes a really stupid mistake by slipping her something extra in her tea, and he did it innocently not knowing the connotations this has, as it is this author, this character and this world, it really is true. Do I want Dixon to do this again? No. But, it didn’t stop me from enjoying this book and, honestly S’Bren has proven to be one of my favourite IceHome heroes.So, now I have got my thoughts out on this, lets talk about the book and my gorgeous, awkward and adorable S’Bren. It isn’t often that you get a shy and kind of awkward hero, if you’re after a shay, awkward heroine, there’s a battalion of them in romance. But heroes? Not so much. Which, is why I adored S’Bren. He’s been crushing on Penny and trying to court her in his own clumsy way since he first saw her. Only, it isn’t quite working, he can’t quite say and do the right thing. My heart just melted for him!Penny is just getting used to the world and is fed up of all the restrictions put on her because she’s a female. So when S’Bren kidnaps her and then immediately remorseful about his methods, Penny, gets him to take her to all the places she has been forbidden to go. I loved these two together, although it wasn’t a slow burn, it was as slow burn as these books get! The sexual tension built up as Penny and S’Bren really got to know, and fall in love, with one another.I really enjoyed this book, as always it was sexy and romantic. S’Bren really won me over in this book, he likes the simple things in life and wears his heart on his sleeve, adorable. So, although this book has its issues and I would completely understand if you decide to skip them, for me, this is one of my favourites in the series so far.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 starsCover: It's okayTrigger: The same as last one - drugging and kidnappingShort review: While I didn't like Icehome #9, and I thought it would be same but Penny and S'ben are fun characters to read. I really enjoyed it after digesting bitter pill of initial kidnapping bit.Review in image/gif: Recommended: Yes and No - I am undecidedAftermath: (possible spoilers)
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  • MsKingsPens
    January 1, 1970
    Read this last week and then caught a cold so this will be short. S'bren was nearly perfect. Sweet and attentive plus, he wasn't stupid just socially awkward. Penny was great too. Easy going and really open. Loved her reaction to the spiked tea.Very light on drama but lots of forward movement for the Ice Home inhabitants.Safe mostly- H is a virgin, h is not. We get a few details about her past (guys used her and dropped her on earth). Read this last week and then caught a cold so this will be short. 😁S'bren was nearly perfect. Sweet and attentive plus, he wasn't stupid just socially awkward. Penny was great too. Easy going and really open. Loved her reaction to the spiked tea.Very light on drama but lots of forward movement for the Ice Home inhabitants.Safe mostly- H is a virgin, h is not. We get a few details about her past (guys used her and dropped her on earth).
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  • ❀ Crystal ✿ -
    January 1, 1970
    As with all the Ice planet and Icehome books I fell in love and wished for a cootie of my very own. I did struggle a bit with this one, reading it throughout the course of a month rather than a few days. I think in my head I had this book all figured out, I mean M’tok and S’bren both stole their mates in the last book so I assumed it’d be more of the same. But S’bren and M’tok are complete opposites. S’bren has wanted Penny for awhile and so when M’tok comes up with the bright idea to “drug As with all the Ice planet and Icehome books I fell in love and wished for a cootie of my very own. I did struggle a bit with this one, reading it throughout the course of a month rather than a few days. I think in my head I had this book all figured out, I mean M’tok and S’bren both stole their mates in the last book so I assumed it’d be more of the same. But S’bren and M’tok are complete opposites. S’bren has wanted Penny for awhile and so when M’tok comes up with the bright idea to “drug their tea and steal their mates away,” he thinks it’s a brilliant idea. I one million percent get why many people had a problem with this, I mean they drugged the girls and took away their choice. There’s no question what they did was wrong. However I’m also looking at this from the perspective of a modern earth living woman where women get drugged for all the wrong reasons. I mean S’bren is part of an alien race where of course this is not normally done, women are not drugged, raped or even abused. I mean they are stolen however and to this point there’s-as far as we know on the ice planet never been rape and even the concept of it is so foreign and disgusting to the men that it’s clear even while what they did was wrong, there was no ill will behind it. They never sought to force the women or even force their resonances, rather they just wanted time alone away from everyone else and in their alien brains this never computed this to being so bad. Personally this does not bother me much as S’bren gets severely told off by Penny, he has major regret and disgust over his actions and again, he only wanted time away with Penny to allow her time to “see” him and hopefully pick him as her someone special. S’bren is certainly more of a follower and went along with this plan thinking it was brilliant. At the end of the day he just wants her and point blank there is nothing he wouldn’t do to prove himself to her. Is that so wrong?!? He lays his soul at her feet. It was kind of heartbreaking to watch them both struggle so much emotionally throughout the course of their relationship. Before he even steals her away S’bren is ready to go all in resonance be damned, he just wants penny to give him a chance. Penny is afraid of falling in love and then resonating to someone else or vice verse. It’s good she has such an adventurous soul because it led to them having more time to spend together. She may have been stolen but this is her chance to explore. I love when the people on the planet explore it more, I know there’s a whole other world out there and each book is so thrilling to see where it goes. Not to mention some of penny’s observations in the fruit cave made it seem more designed and manufactured rather than natural but I guess we’ll see... Of course this one leaves us with more wanting and information but I expect nothing less of these books and I’ll be picking up the next one on release day lol. S’bren and Penny were a very sweet couple, they were lucky and resonance didn’t force their hand like some of the other couples. Both knew exactly who and what they wanted in the end. They only needed a mini vacation away from everyone else to find the start of their HEA.
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  • Bee
    January 1, 1970
    Dear lord, this was so sweet. The best part of this book is that it's not about a bunch of intense people. Penny and S'bren are easy going in their own unique ways. Before the book starts there is a bit of warning because there is a possible trigger. The beginning part of the book isn't swoon worthy at all. But I understand what RD was trying to do with this story. She was trying to explain the different culture's of humans and aliens. Other than that, this book was so darn cute. I loved the Dear lord, this was so sweet. The best part of this book is that it's not about a bunch of intense people. Penny and S'bren are easy going in their own unique ways. Before the book starts there is a bit of warning because there is a possible trigger. The beginning part of the book isn't swoon worthy at all. But I understand what RD was trying to do with this story. She was trying to explain the different culture's of humans and aliens. Other than that, this book was so darn cute. I loved the positivity that radiated from Penny. She knew resonance was inevitable, so she decided to be pleasant to everyone on the beach. S'bren is the definition of gentle giant. It made me so sad that in the beginning he only thought of himself as a doer and not a thinker. He isn't stupid, but things are clear cut for him. I loved how he slowly evolved during his friendship with Penny.I'm sad because since October RD has been releasing books in this series back to back. I know she'll continue this series, but so far next month there will be a book for a different series. Anyway, I look forward to 2020 and the next couple of Icehome. I'm truly hoping R'jaal is gets a book soon.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Light, fun & oh so sweet, Penny & S’Brens story ticked all the boxes I’ve come to love from this series. I smiled, laughed & swooned my way through this alien-smut fix & greedily gobbled up the couple of Easter eggs included! Soooooo good! Can’t wait to see how they play out in the coming books and now that I’ve caught up, I’m filled with anticipation for just which couple on the Icehome Beach will be up next! ** Straight up, I personally didn’t have an issue with “the trigger”. Light, fun & oh so sweet, Penny & S’Brens story ticked all the boxes I’ve come to love from this series. I smiled, laughed & swooned my way through this alien-smut fix & greedily gobbled up the couple of Easter eggs included! Soooooo good! Can’t wait to see how they play out in the coming books and now that I’ve caught up, I’m filled with anticipation for just which couple on the Icehome Beach will be up next! ** Straight up, I personally didn’t have an issue with “the trigger”. This said, I respect that unfortunately some readers, with valid reason, will, and why. For me though, Ruby handled “it” by having the big blue dude show the same, innocently unmalicious curiosity, followed by genuine confusion, followed by deep regret and finally self flagellation & contrition, she has anytime the human & alien worlds have collided with a halting, deep, needle-across-the-vinyl, type scratch. **
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  • Delta
    January 1, 1970
    Expected publication in December 2019
  • JOCA
    January 1, 1970
    I found Callie's book highly problematic, and the spiked tea was the very least of its issues. As a result, I wasn't at all bothered by that element here. I think this had a pretty realistic exploration of that plot element in terms of this society that definitely isn't like a contemporary one we know. I also am not really triggered by much so I don't understand how this can be a trigger given the setting, but every reader is unique and brings unique experiences to their reading so that's I found Callie's book highly problematic, and the spiked tea was the very least of its issues. As a result, I wasn't at all bothered by that element here. I think this had a pretty realistic exploration of that plot element in terms of this society that definitely isn't like a contemporary one we know. I also am not really triggered by much so I don't understand how this can be a trigger given the setting, but every reader is unique and brings unique experiences to their reading so that's something to consider if this is a trigger for you. Beyond that, I thought this was a fun, sweet, sexy, and exciting addition to the series. The Icehome books have been largely misses for me, so this was a great addition and has me excited to be back in this world. Looking forward to whatever Ruby Dixon has planned next for these characters.
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  • Bubbles The Book Pimp
    January 1, 1970
    The Not-Hoth world continues to grow with new terrors waiting and our settlers must roll with the punches to keep alive.I adored s’bren and penny’s story. S’bren was a wonderful charachter..a true marshmallow book boyfriend and a favourite of mine... I also loved Penny’s fascination with S’brens best attribute I just adore this series. It continues to entertain and have all the great things a true sci fi romance needs! The Not-Hoth world continues to grow with new terrors waiting and our settlers must roll with the punches to keep alive.I adored s’bren and penny’s story. S’bren was a wonderful charachter..a true marshmallow book boyfriend and a favourite of mine... I also loved Penny’s fascination with S’brens best attribute 🤣🤣🤣🤣I just adore this series. It continues to entertain and have all the great things a true sci fi romance needs! 🙌🏻💯♥️
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  • Sherilyn Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Penny and and S'Bren are so lovable!!!I honestly wasn't sure how I'd like S'Bren but he is absolutely intoxicating!! He falls head over horns for Penny upon seeing her. And I think she did as well she just wasn't sure did she should leave her options open. They are the perfect couple. However I feel like every single character Ruby writes is the perfect couple!!
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  • LuDena Radford
    January 1, 1970
    Ice homeThis is a heart warming visit to ice home and penny gets her adventure and S'bren gets his gal . We also learn more about their past . I enjoyed this book and M'too book. To be so innocent.
  • Jamie Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    Omg this one was amazing. I absolutely adore S'bren! Hes so shy and awkward but he has a huge heart.. and other things lol. I love that certain intimacy challenges were addressed in this between him and Penny because realistically some women have different challenges and it takes a special man to help them overcome them. I also really loved that Penny was very independent and yet still wasn't afraid to learn on S'bren when things got tough, even before they started getting intimate. She also Omg this one was amazing. I absolutely adore S'bren! Hes so shy and awkward but he has a huge heart.. and other things lol. I love that certain intimacy challenges were addressed in this between him and Penny because realistically some women have different challenges and it takes a special man to help them overcome them. I also really loved that Penny was very independent and yet still wasn't afraid to learn on S'bren when things got tough, even before they started getting intimate. She also wasn't afraid to tell him what's what when he messed up. Apparently though, I should mention that this story could possibly be triggering for some people as S'bren does something to help him acquire Penny and spend time alone with her....* He drugs her tea.. which yeah it's a no no but hes genuinely upset when he finds out how bad it is and what it means to humans. If he had been unrepentant about it or a jerk I totally would not approve but I really think people should give this book a shot and just remember its fantasy AND he didn't mean to cause harm. But if you just cant get by that then just leave this one alone.
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  • Sandra Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    This is an OK sci-fi alien romance, and an interesting addition to the IceHome series. S'bren and Penny were both mostly likable, but I did get irritated at them a few times. This one gets 3.5 stars from me, rounded up to 4 stars.S'bren drugged/kidnapped Penny -- that annoyed me, because it didn't seem like the way you should treat someone you love. I get that he was desperate, since he loved her and wanted to make sure she didn't resonate to someone else, but I had a problem with that behavior. This is an OK sci-fi alien romance, and an interesting addition to the IceHome series. S'bren and Penny were both mostly likable, but I did get irritated at them a few times. This one gets 3.5 stars from me, rounded up to 4 stars.S'bren drugged/kidnapped Penny -- that annoyed me, because it didn't seem like the way you should treat someone you love. I get that he was desperate, since he loved her and wanted to make sure she didn't resonate to someone else, but I had a problem with that behavior. Except for doing that, S'bren was really sweet and likable, and was absolutely devoted to Penny. I liked that he loved her, even without resonating to her.Penny was likable, but her lack of self esteem got old. I get that she was used to being "good time Penny", but she needed to learn to like herself. I did think she forgave S'bren for drugging/kidnapping her a little too easily. I get that he was sorry, and didn't realize he was doing something so terrible -- but she still should have at least made him grovel before forgiving him.Overall, their journey to finding love is sweet. I absolutely loved how S'bren never tried to push Penny into sex, and gave her plenty of time to accept a relationship with him. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.My rating system is below.1 star -- Hated it, or did not finish. I usually only give this rating if some of the content is truly objectionable to me, like if one of the main characters does something really awful, and gets away with it.2 stars -- Didn't like it. This rating usually means that I thought the writing wasn't very good, the editing was terrible, I didn't like the characters, or it had other major flaws.3 stars -- I liked it, but had some minor issues with it. This rating means that there were minor editing issues, the story needed more character development, it was just too unrealistic, or had some other fairly minor issue. The majority of books I read get this rating – I do not consider it a bad rating.4 stars -- I liked it a lot. This is a high rating for me, and I rarely give a higher one.5 stars -- I loved it, and will probably read it again. Very few books are good enough to get this rating from me. The ones that do are usually classics.
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  • Christina Galan
    January 1, 1970
    Drugged tea and author's noteSPOILERSSo, I love Ruby. One of the things I love about her is how open she is with her fans and in a previous installment (as well as this one) in addition to being kidnapped away for resonance, our heroine is essentially drugged. Try as I might, it ruined the overall last book for me. The Resonance kidnapping is already on some shakey ground but because we have the kidnappers inner monologue and know for a fact it's not insidious, it's easier to accept the Drugged tea and author's noteSPOILERSSo, I love Ruby. One of the things I love about her is how open she is with her fans and in a previous installment (as well as this one) in addition to being kidnapped away for resonance, our heroine is essentially drugged. Try as I might, it ruined the overall last book for me. The Resonance kidnapping is already on some shakey ground but because we have the kidnappers inner monologue and know for a fact it's not insidious, it's easier to accept the transition into love story. Add drugging the woman so she's completely unable to do anything about the situation, not even have a voice, simply for a selfish desire to make it easier on the kidnapper and it becomes something too real for suspension of disbelief. And try as I might, that she was essentially roofied for convenience had me in tears when I realized there wouldn't be bigger consequences. A person you rendered voiceless and immobile is no longer a person, they are a thing. It especially stung after Elly's "you are a boot" lesson made her mate vomit. If Bek of all people could comprehend the wrongness of a system that reduced his brave survivor of a mate to a thing, surely the wrongness of a drug doing the same could be grasped and found disgusting by a free (if non-maliciously patriarchal) society. When I started S'bren and Penny's story, I was actually a bit afraid. Afraid! Of a sci-fi romance novel about blue aliens! Lol I didn't want to have that defeated feeling I felt for Callie. And to my relief, Dixon not only more strongly addressed the wrongness of it, she added something about it to her authors note! It made the ending more of a silly-smile feeling and less of a crying thing lol who knows? Maybe this could lead to the first written law with a set punishment for a people who have gone from a functionally extinct tribe to a multi-cultural society in a shockingly short amount of time adding even more depth to a world already more immersive than most romance out there. TheI'm so happy it was addressed, satisfied my romance rich and excited for the next one.I know this was long, and I'm sorry. I'm not great at getting my thoughts across
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Okay. Okay, guys. Okay. I have THE BIGGEST soft spot for characters who see themselves as not too bright or more muscle instead of brain, but who are really sweet and kind-hearted and otherwise awesome. S'bren is almost painfully awkward around most of the women (and especially Penny) and that makes him initially come across EXACTLY like this.But he's far from stupid, despite what he thinks about himself.He might go about things the wrong way and he might fumble for how to express himself, but Okay. Okay, guys. Okay. I have THE BIGGEST soft spot for characters who see themselves as not too bright or more muscle instead of brain, but who are really sweet and kind-hearted and otherwise awesome. S'bren is almost painfully awkward around most of the women (and especially Penny) and that makes him initially come across EXACTLY like this.But he's far from stupid, despite what he thinks about himself.He might go about things the wrong way and he might fumble for how to express himself, but he's an utter sweetheart once Penny starts to SEE him. I'm *heart eyes*-ing so hard right now.Frankly, both Penny and S'bren have personal hang-ups they have to come to terms with. Penny worries she's always going to be the easy conquest/good time girl and not worth anybody sticking around for beyond that. S'bren believes he's not the quickest thinker and he generally defers to his brother's ideas without considering all the potential consequences (which puts him in some hot water with both Penny and the rest of the tribe, when all is said and done).But once they start talking and Penny sees the depth of S'bren's devotion to her despite their lack of resonance and S'bren sees how fragile Penny's sense of self-worth is, THINGS HAPPEN. Glorious, naked things.We got an adventure across the icy tundra. We got to see a few familiar faces (I kinda love Elly and Bek, so YAY!). We got romancing both in the furs and out of them. We got sexy times and a touch of danger. GOOD STUFF!-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Fany
    January 1, 1970
    I'm glad Ruby adressed the "elephant in the room" as she called it. I wasn't so shocked by this storyline, the whole drugging and kidnapping because to me context matters a lot. In this context, we they didn't mean it, they didn't know what the drug was going to affect humans that way, and to me, that counts. But I can also understand that this is a trigget or even just unacceptable to some people.I also want to adress that I read a review explaining how this book was one book too many from this I'm glad Ruby adressed the "elephant in the room" as she called it. I wasn't so shocked by this storyline, the whole drugging and kidnapping because to me context matters a lot. In this context, we they didn't mean it, they didn't know what the drug was going to affect humans that way, and to me, that counts. But I can also understand that this is a trigget or even just unacceptable to some people.I also want to adress that I read a review explaining how this book was one book too many from this series and they wouldn't be reading any Icehome/IPB anymore and it made me scared I would feel the same. Luckily, I don't! I'm ready to read all about Mari's story, which I hope is next or maybe A'tam, anybody really I just excited for the next adventure.I loved this one! Penny is the type of character that I relate in a really weird way because I've never been overweight. But I still feel a kinship because of the lowself esteem and the people pleasing ability which is often related to being overweight in a fatphobic society. This book is a warm hug, like Ruby described it, and yet I often found myself with tears in my eyes, that's how much I loved Penny.S'bren is also the type of hero I asolutely love. The type who is underestimated because they's not eloquent and yet they're really clever and just have other qualities. I love how this book is the COMPLETE opposite of the last one. Callie and M'tok really didn't hit me this hard though. I wanted Penny and S'bren to start resonnating so bad.Can't wait for the next adventure!
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  • Shantiece Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Let me first off by saying that I love Penny and S’bren. Penny is the one friend that is down for anything and can make any situation fun an S’ Bren is a big awkward yet sweet teddy bear. It doesn’t seem like there personalities would mesh but somehow Ru y Dixon made it work and I give her major props for that. Now to pull the rug on this book and why I unfortunately could not give it five stars. 20 plus books of these aliens and I'm tired of this whole kidnapping to force resonance or have Let me first off by saying that I love Penny and S’bren. Penny is the one friend that is down for anything and can make any situation fun an S’ Bren is a big awkward yet sweet teddy bear. It doesn’t seem like there personalities would mesh but somehow Ru y Dixon made it work and I give her major props for that. Now to pull the rug on this book and why I unfortunately could not give it five stars. 20 plus books of these aliens and I'm tired of this whole kidnapping to force resonance or have their unwilling mate give into resonance. Having the characters drugged does not spice up that same unoriginal plot 🥴. It’s evident from the beard clan that ruby is not done with having the woman kidnappd 😒It seems as if she’s going to use that as a plot device until the wheels fall off and I’m 😴 I'm also tired of the hypocrisy with these men. Most of the men living with the Icehome crew have kidnapped their mates; Tauschen, Rukh, and the OG Rahosh who started it all and who also seems to be the most pissed at S’bren. 🙄Instead of changing the plot lines up by I don't know having someone resonate to someone but be in love with someone else, it's just the same old same old and it’s making me think this author is afraid to take risks. If we already know going into the story that the two main interest are going to resonate some point in the book what’s the point of dragging it out?🙃
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  • Kelly Crow
    January 1, 1970
    Not real sure how to rate this one.....On the one hand the plot was just as good as always and I've been wanting to read about the brother and it's awesome infant respect. Unfortunately, I almost quit reading it about halfway through. Penny kept going on and on and on about being a "big girl". I get it. I'm a "big girl" too and I love that authors aren't afraid to write about it. But I just got so SICK of the constant "I've never done this before because I'm so big/thick/large". Mention it the Not real sure how to rate this one.....On the one hand the plot was just as good as always and I've been wanting to read about the brother and it's awesome infant respect. Unfortunately, I almost quit reading it about halfway through. Penny kept going on and on and on about being a "big girl". I get it. I'm a "big girl" too and I love that authors aren't afraid to write about it. But I just got so SICK of the constant "I've never done this before because I'm so big/thick/large". Mention it the first time (just so we have an idea of what she looks like) then just leave it at "I've never done this before". And at first I thought there's no way any of these girls could still be fat living in the environment that they do. Eating directly from nature and tons of exercise (since they walk everywhere they go) doesn't allow anyone to be fat in my opinion. But I looked up what cellulite really is and once you have it, it's really hard to get rid of it. Not impossible but very difficult. So if I stretch my belief a little I can accept that some of these women have held onto their "thickness". I really love all of Ruby Dixon's books. But I think I'm getting tired of this ice planet (I know! Don't yell at me please.😬) But maybe when this group is done I'd like to see what other magic your wonderful brain can come up with, Ms. Dixon.
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  • Gayla
    January 1, 1970
    Yay. So good. Excellent addition t this series. I love Penny, she’s optimistic and sweet. It’s a rough situation she’s been thrown into and yet she keeps moving forward and finds something to be happy about. S’Bren is awesome. Like all the male characters in these books, he’s protective and adores his female. It’s endearing how awkward he is. Good surprises in this one, I won’t spoil it.There are roofie triggers possible for some, the author warns about upfront. It didn’t brother me. I think it’ Yay. So good. Excellent addition t this series. I love Penny, she’s optimistic and sweet. It’s a rough situation she’s been thrown into and yet she keeps moving forward and finds something to be happy about. S’Bren is awesome. Like all the male characters in these books, he’s protective and adores his female. It’s endearing how awkward he is. Good surprises in this one, I won’t spoil it.There are roofie triggers possible for some, the author warns about upfront. It didn’t brother me. I think it’s highlights the fact that these aliens are so culturally different than humans. Ruby addresses the issue well. We get to see my favorite couple from the earlier series as well and I have been wondering how she was coping. My heart was happy “heavy sigh”. If you are new to the series, this book can be your introduction. If you like it then you’ll love the others. Do yourself a favor and read all of them. They are on KU but worth every penny if you aren’t. Ice Planet Barbarian is the beginning of both series. Every couple is unique, some light and funny some slightly darker with healing and All have laughter.
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  • JML
    January 1, 1970
    For Penny and S’bren.On Lord do I love S'bren big, gorgeous and he has such a very good heart. He doesn't think he's smart, but he is just not in the scholarly way, but in all the ways that matter. Penny is a big beautiful woman. She's happy ,and she's making the best of being abducted and drop on an ice planet. She's a romantic at heart ,but she's been hurt by men her whole life. She's good enough to sleep with but not to keep forever. Penny knows that S'bren likes her, but she's afraid to 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐ For Penny and S’bren.On Lord do I love S'bren big, gorgeous and he has such a very good heart. He doesn't think he's smart, but he is just not in the scholarly way, but in all the ways that matter. Penny is a big beautiful woman. She's happy ,and she's making the best of being abducted and drop on an ice planet. She's a romantic at heart ,but she's been hurt by men her whole life. She's good enough to sleep with but not to keep forever. Penny knows that S'bren likes her, but she's afraid to encourage him. She wants her cootie to choose and it has been nothing but silent. S'bren loves Penny and knows that she is his mate no matter what his or her cootie says. He knows if he can just get her alone he can make her see just how much he loves her. Soooo he takes her and the adventure begins! And I mean adventure they travel to the fruit cave, the ancestors cave and the mountains of the North and along the way S'ben proves himself over and over. Penny comes to realizes what a good male he is and falls head over heels in love with him. It a great adventure and we'll worth the read. This is one of my favorite Ice Home stories💖💖
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    3.7 starsI liked this one, but found it repetitive. I get it, "Good time Penny" was her baggage, but I got it the first, second, and third time as well. I really liked the hero, he was awkward, and immediately ashamed when she woke up from being drugged and kidnapped. Even though it was repetitive, I found Penny to be pretty relatable in today's dating world. She was hoping for her HEA with guys who wanted casual and then she finds an alien who wants forever, but their cooties may choose someone 3.7 starsI liked this one, but found it repetitive. I get it, "Good time Penny" was her baggage, but I got it the first, second, and third time as well. I really liked the hero, he was awkward, and immediately ashamed when she woke up from being drugged and kidnapped. Even though it was repetitive, I found Penny to be pretty relatable in today's dating world. She was hoping for her HEA with guys who wanted casual and then she finds an alien who wants forever, but their cooties may choose someone else. I'm glad Penny saw that he truly just wanted her, any way he could, and no wondering if the cootie was making him want her. I do find that Ruby Dixon (and a lot of other authors too) like writing about bigger women, but then gives them horrible dating histories (or no experience at all) pretty much because they're bigger. I'm a big woman, way bigger than Penny ever was. You don't have to find aliens to find guys who like, even prefer, bigger women. A lot of them are average or athletic guys too! I like BBW being represented in books but sometimes these stereotypes get old.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    So is coming right about the same time as “Callie’s Catastrophe.” S’bren and his brother M’tok hatched a plan to “steal” the girls away so that they could resonate with them. Never works out exactly as you plan. If you read Callie’s story you know what happened to them. We now find out what happened with Penny and S’bren along with the surprise ending that was in Callie’s. Penny is as much of a flirt as Tia but she isn’t really hurting anyone. With this adventure they learn a great deal about So is coming right about the same time as “Callie’s Catastrophe.” S’bren and his brother M’tok hatched a plan to “steal” the girls away so that they could resonate with them. Never works out exactly as you plan. If you read Callie’s story you know what happened to them. We now find out what happened with Penny and S’bren along with the surprise ending that was in Callie’s. Penny is as much of a flirt as Tia but she isn’t really hurting anyone. With this adventure they learn a great deal about each other. I have to say that Penny’s past sucked. Men can be big jerks. On the flip side S’bren is such a sweetheart. I love that he is described as a lost puppy. I can just see it with his sad eyes. So cute. Makes you just want to hug him or as Penny thought, jump him. LOL I love that we got to visit old places and experienced new things. Even a surprise at the end which we already knew there was one from the last book. But now we know WHAT it is. Yeah! Of course our blue guy is hot in the sack. Always a great things. You have to love their eagerness.
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  • Kayla (onthefritz)
    January 1, 1970
    Penny + S'BrenPenny - "Too Much Fun Penny" The girl that will try anything, flings herself into relationships, loves more than she receives, and dreams of a wedding with her forever partnerS'Bren - Big, quiet, not the brightest crayon in the box, follows his brother M'Tok, and has his eyes set on PennyThis one was just so sweet. Now, I love me an Alpha, but it is a nice change of base to have a big Beta thrown in the mix. Also, the events at the end of the books have me excited for what is to Penny + S'BrenPenny - "Too Much Fun Penny" The girl that will try anything, flings herself into relationships, loves more than she receives, and dreams of a wedding with her forever partnerS'Bren - Big, quiet, not the brightest crayon in the box, follows his brother M'Tok, and has his eyes set on PennyThis one was just so sweet. Now, I love me an Alpha, but it is a nice change of base to have a big Beta thrown in the mix. Also, the events at the end of the books have me excited for what is to come in the series!This books still follows the set up from the last book (view spoiler)[ drugging, stealing the girl (hide spoiler)] This one takes a different route, again the author talks about her intentions before and after the book. Not everyone loves these plot devices, they are used in the dark romance genre so look into that before reading if you have a definite list of tropes you do not read.
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  • Sylvia McCullers
    January 1, 1970
    Another HEA ! What I liked about this book is that S'bren is such a great guy . When we first meet him we're led to believe that maybe he's not the brightest bulb in the Xmas lights . It turns out he's not ( but we knew that , didn't we ?) He's 100% honest . Nothing phony about him . He's just a really good male . Penny is apparently a woman who was overly " generous " with her affections ( when she was on Earth ) . She wasn't a bad person , she was just misguided in her desire to be loved by a Another HEA ! What I liked about this book is that S'bren is such a great guy . When we first meet him we're led to believe that maybe he's not the brightest bulb in the Xmas lights . It turns out he's not ( but we knew that , didn't we ?) He's 100% honest . Nothing phony about him . He's just a really good male . Penny is apparently a woman who was overly " generous " with her affections ( when she was on Earth ) . She wasn't a bad person , she was just misguided in her desire to be loved by a man . What I didn't like about the book ? Sorry Ruby , but , it was boring ! It just reminded me of M'toks story ( and a few others ). I actually stopped reading it about at the 55% point so I could read a different book ! After I finished the other book I finished this book as it did get better around the 75% mark . I love Ms. Dixon's writing but this book just fell flat. I guess one can't win ever time now can we ?
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  • Debbie Kilburn
    January 1, 1970
    Turn around, fair playS 'bren drugs Penny's tea. So, he kidnaps her. She turns it around and makes it her adventures. She has been feeling constrected and sifiled. She wants to explore without constant hovering over. So, S'bren agrees to take her where she wants to go. He has loved Penny from the first, but he doesn't want to crush her spirit. So, they agree to be friends and they relax with each other. As time goes on, Penny grows to love him without reasonce. They pet and do everything but Turn around, fair playS 'bren drugs Penny's tea. So, he kidnaps her. She turns it around and makes it her adventures. She has been feeling constrected and sifiled. She wants to explore without constant hovering over. So, S'bren agrees to take her where she wants to go. He has loved Penny from the first, but he doesn't want to crush her spirit. So, they agree to be friends and they relax with each other. As time goes on, Penny grows to love him without reasonce. They pet and do everything but screw. Penny wants a wedding day before that. He agrees to make her happy. But on the last night before they get back to the tribe? Read about Penny's adventures and her road of discovery. This is a beautiful love story. Great book like all the others, Ruby. This is a series to re-read more than once!
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  • Hanna's Book Obsession
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me so extremely Happy!!! Penny and S'bren made me fall in love with them so easily. This book was so fun! S'bren does something very wrong and Penny makes him see that it was wrong and he is so remorseful. He is one if the sweetest aliens on this planet. Penny is amazing. She is take change and so confident in who she is. She is afraid of something's like all of us are. Together they make the best couple. This book is filled with adventure and surprises!! This is definitely one of This book made me so extremely Happy!!! Penny and S'bren made me fall in love with them so easily. This book was so fun! S'bren does something very wrong and Penny makes him see that it was wrong and he is so remorseful. He is one if the sweetest aliens on this planet. Penny is amazing. She is take change and so confident in who she is. She is afraid of something's like all of us are. Together they make the best couple. This book is filled with adventure and surprises!! This is definitely one of the sweetest books Ruby has written. I cried at a scene because it was SOO SWEET!! Chapter 17! Y'all I Loved this book. It's Beautiful and Fun and so sweet. These two own my heart!! I am so in Love with Penny, S'bren and their wonderful story!! You all need to read it.
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  • Cc
    January 1, 1970
    Penny and S’bren Trying to show Penny he could take care and provide for her S’bren is always trying to give her things. She knows that accepting even the smallest item will just lead him on. Until she resonates she’s staying away from all the single guys on the beach. There’s no one else, he only wants Penny. When his brother suggest drugging their two women S’bren goes through with the plan but very quickly regrets his actions. Penny wakes and realizes she’s been drugged and kidnapped, she Penny and S’bren Trying to show Penny he could take care and provide for her S’bren is always trying to give her things. She knows that accepting even the smallest item will just lead him on. Until she resonates she’s staying away from all the single guys on the beach. There’s no one else, he only wants Penny. When his brother suggest drugging their two women S’bren goes through with the plan but very quickly regrets his actions. Penny wakes and realizes she’s been drugged and kidnapped, she decides to turn it to her advantage. She’s been wanting an adventure so she gets S’bren to take her around to visit the highlights of Not Hoth. Except for the drugging part (what a no no) I enjoyed Penny’s and S’bren’s story.
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  • Mei
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this book was delightful!!!I loved, loved both Penny and S’bren!!! Penny for her sunny disposition and want to find the best in everything! She's such a positive character!S’bren because he's soooo clueless!! His brain work in a very literal way! Here's a situation that made me laugh like crazy:During a discussion Penny wants do do something and offers to S’bren a bargain: if he would do wat she wants, she'll either kiss him or give him a b**w-job...Here's his reasoning: And she offered me Oh, this book was delightful!!!I loved, loved both Penny and S’bren!!! Penny for her sunny disposition and want to find the best in everything! She's such a positive character!S’bren because he's soooo clueless!! His brain work in a very literal way! Here's a situation that made me laugh like crazy:During a discussion Penny wants do do something and offers to S’bren a bargain: if he would do wat she wants, she'll either kiss him or give him a b**w-job...Here's his reasoning: And she offered me kissing in exchange for me taking her there. She offered to blow on my skin, too, but that seems less exciting than kissing. See what I mean? And the whole book is full of this kind of moments!!!
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