Mari's Mistake (Icehome, #11)
I’ve ruined everything.I had a mate. Resonance. Happiness. But then T’chai’s attacked by ravenous sky-claw and almost killed. To help him recover, I tell the healer to turn off our unfulfilled resonance. It's temporary...or so I think.Big mistake. Because now my khui acts like it’s dead and it hates T’chai. But I still love him. How do we move forward when I can’t bear his touch? Is there a way to get back our happiness together, or is it time to give up on what we once had?T'chai has other plans, though. He's not giving up on us. If it means crossing the world, he's ready to do it at my side.

Mari's Mistake (Icehome, #11) Details

TitleMari's Mistake (Icehome, #11)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 19th, 2020
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Romance, Aliens, Fantasy, Paranormal

Mari's Mistake (Icehome, #11) Review

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    January 1, 1970
    God I love this series. This is some of the best alien smut I have ever read lol. That ending thought omg really RUBY DIXON you just gonna leave your readers hanging like that. I can't wait to get my hands on Raven's book now. I can't wait to see what happens on this crazy ice planet next!
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Over all pretty enjoyable. I feel like the last few ice home/barbarian books were couple-centred only and although this one was like that, we still got some mega plot expansion introduced and I’m super excited to see where it takes us!
  • Kayla (onthefritz)
    January 1, 1970
    Mari + T'ChaiLOVED THIS.We have been waiting on this couple since book 1 of Icehome! This is a second chance romance in a fated mates world, so fun RD is so smart and I'll say it again - these books get better and better!The book takes us back to the time of Icehome 1 and goes through the motions of everything that went down from Mari and T'Chai's povs. This was fun to go back and remember all the things that went down in early Icehome. This was also so heart wrenching!! Even knowing the HEA was Mari + T'ChaiLOVED THIS.We have been waiting on this couple since book 1 of Icehome! This is a second chance romance in a fated mates world, so fun RD is so smart and I'll say it again - these books get better and better!The book takes us back to the time of Icehome 1 and goes through the motions of everything that went down from Mari and T'Chai's povs. This was fun to go back and remember all the things that went down in early Icehome. This was also so heart wrenching!! Even knowing the HEA was coming, it was so hard to see this resonated couple drift apart. (again, I loved this plot point - yay for doing new things in a long series) But man oh man, them coming together was just THAT much better. I think this is my first second-chance romance??? and I need more in my life.Now, this baby is also packed with exciting series development that just adds to the "omg I love this so much" factor. I'm so excited for more books and ready to get to know the Shadow Cat guys better, they have not been on page at all just being grumpy on the side.
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  • FlewB'DoobeyDoo
    January 1, 1970
    GAHHHHD I have been wondering about Mari and T'Chai for so MF'N long.And now I am pleased.Most pleased. I seriously LOVED the detour from the icy planes that was Mari and Lauren's stories.Can I also say how nice it felt to be back on the tropical paradise death island again?We finally got to leave the frigid icy wasteland of Not-Hoth and suddenly find ourselves on a mysterious island where clothes are optional, food is scarce, Horns and Beards and Four-Arms, OH MY.Things are always more than the GAHHHHD I have been wondering about Mari and T'Chai for so MF'N long.And now I am pleased.Most pleased. I seriously LOVED the detour from the icy planes that was Mari and Lauren's stories.Can I also say how nice it felt to be back on the tropical paradise death island again?We finally got to leave the frigid icy wasteland of Not-Hoth and suddenly find ourselves on a mysterious island where clothes are optional, food is scarce, Horns and Beards and Four-Arms, OH MY.Things are always more than they seem when we see a couple in passing in another book. I love how we finally got answers for Mari and T'chai, and some pretty damn satisfying resolutions for the couple.Now, Seriously .When we gonna get some Shadow-Cat lovin' up in this piece??4.15 I-too-have-an-aversion-to-being-touched-by-Anyone stars🎇
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  • Ivy Deluca
    January 1, 1970
    Quick(ish) ReviewWhat a great twist on the planet Blue Balls formula! I really enjoyed exploring Mari and T’Chai’s relationship issues. Ms. Dixon continues to find new and better interesting ways to keep this series rolling along and still give the big protective alien heroes that I’ve come to expect. I’d recommend for Fans of this series or just someone interested in diving right in.
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  • ❀ Crystal ✿ - PEACE ☮ LOVE ♥ BOOKS
    January 1, 1970
    YEEEESSSSSS!!!! I've been waiting for Mari and T'Chai's story for so long I thought it'd never get here, then again these two probably thought the same thing. The book starts back on the island where Mari and Lauren accidentally end up and meet their mates. After a grievous injury (literally his guts were spilling out) Mari and T'Chai's resonance is completely f'd up. Both their khui's were working on overload trying to heal, mate etc and got so bad Mari chose to have Veronica shut off their khu YEEEESSSSSS!!!! I've been waiting for Mari and T'Chai's story for so long I thought it'd never get here, then again these two probably thought the same thing. The book starts back on the island where Mari and Lauren accidentally end up and meet their mates. After a grievous injury (literally his guts were spilling out) Mari and T'Chai's resonance is completely f'd up. Both their khui's were working on overload trying to heal, mate etc and got so bad Mari chose to have Veronica shut off their khui's to allow T'Chai time to heal. Unfortunately turning off the khui had some unfortunate side effects for Mari, particularly being unable to even stand the touch of her mate. For almost a full year these two exist as strangers until finally it all becomes too much emotionally for Mari-especially being around so many mated happy and expecting couples. Mari and T'Chai have not had the easy and carefree romance many of the other couples have had and so they have a lot to overcome if they hope resonance will ever return to their lives I was ecstatic that Ruby finally laid the groundwork for connecting all her books. The rift is real (from the Fireblood series) and the Earth as all the humans knew it is no more. For some this is not as hard to handle as they've been so long away from home and are now mated and happy that they no longer sought to return like some of the newer girls who still always had a smidgen of hope. We get a new surprise drop in character who I hope will bring a new dynamic to the series as well as bring some more insight into the outside Not Hoth world. Not only that but the groundwork for the next book (Raven's) was laid and I am literally willing the days away until August. So in love with this series, I hope it never ends :)
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  •  B.E.Love
    January 1, 1970
    I honesty hadn't given much though into Mari and T'Chai, I mean I knew their story or the very basics but for some reason I just took the information we have been given about them and moved on. I am so glad Ruby Dixon gave us their book I loved it, after so many books in this series and the original I am still blown away that she gave give us new and inventive ideas. I loved this book and can't wait for the next.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Another good addition to the series. I will say that I was expecting the book to take place where we left off in the series but instead we spend a good chunk of the book going back over how Mari and T'chai met. I do wish we had more of them after they got to Icehome and less of the before. I liked the way Dixon is still keeping the series interesting. New things happened in this book that I am excited to read about in the next books.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Ruby Dixon can make you like any character, no matter how annoying. I loved T'chai - he is the most steadfast of all the heroes in this series. I was so annoyed with Mari in previous books, but of course, she was redeemed in this one. I'm really excited about some of the potential advances brought up in the book and OMG - Raven's book is going to be AMAZING!
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  • Izzie d
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet story.Resonance was stopped to heal the Hero in a previous book so it's a reconciliation story.Loads of updates with previous couples in previous books in series.Extra insight into characters who haven't had their books yet.A twist.HEA.Epilogue.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I am soooooo happy for them!!!
  • K.O. Newman
    January 1, 1970
    I missed Ice PlanetI am always excited to get a new Ice Planet book, enough that I drop whatever I'm reading and snatch it up and devour it. This book was not exception, especially since I have been anticipating Mari's story since the first Ice Home book! These books always deliver.
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  • Izzie d
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet story.Resonance was stopped to heal the Hero in a previous book so it's a reconciliation story.Loads of updates with previous couples in previous books in series.Extra insight into characters who haven't had their books yet.A twist.HEA.Epilogue.
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  • Badh
    January 1, 1970
    WowI really identified with Mari and her struggles. This was what I needed to read right now and made me feel goid.
  • Gale Albright
    January 1, 1970
    Well as always anything written by Ruby Dixon is interesting and amazing. I loved the introduction of a new female, as well as a new male?! I love the Icehome stories and am eagerly anticipating Raven’s story next.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.1 / 5I'll just come right out and say it: this should have come out earlier.Kind of like how I felt about Nadine's Champion, it takes away from my enjoyment the fact that this book came so much later in the series than where the romance should have started off. For Nadine and Thrand, I felt that they were two books too late since their love story should have been a follow up to Angie and Vordis's romance; likewise, for Mari and T'chai, considering that they're introduced in Lauren's Ba Rating: 4.1 / 5I'll just come right out and say it: this should have come out earlier.Kind of like how I felt about Nadine's Champion, it takes away from my enjoyment the fact that this book came so much later in the series than where the romance should have started off. For Nadine and Thrand, I felt that they were two books too late since their love story should have been a follow up to Angie and Vordis's romance; likewise, for Mari and T'chai, considering that they're introduced in Lauren's Barbarian and have a confirmed resonance, at the very latest this should have been Book 3 or Book 4 instead of Book 11.Instead though, either from a lack of inspiration or writer's block for what to do with this couple after she thoroughly messed them up, Ruby Dixon holds off on them for months at a time before giving them a chance to fix everything. That just...*sighs* leaves a lot to be desired by way of supporting a romance. It's just hard to be excited about something when it's such a delayed reaction, y'know?Ahem, but, that aside, I really do like their love story and especially Mari's personality as a whole. Until now, we've been given two characteristics about her: that she's Spanish and that she's skittish to the point that she's afraid of everything. In taking a more in-depth look at her though, we see that she's: 1) sexually bold, which I really didn't see coming, 2) not as wishy-washy as she seemed until now, and 3) more than just "the one that's scared". Offhand, I don't know what personality traits I would assign to her, per se, but I know that it isn't complete to just call her the scared one. She's...one to hide and run, okay, but the turn-off of resonance for her just brings her to the point where she doesn't give a shit anymore, and thus gets together her own shit and stops being scared. It's...hard to describe, and it doesn't put her in my Top 5 for female characters of this series in general, but let's just say that there's more to her than you'd think.The problems that T'chai and Mari have to deal with are definitely new territory for this series, and kudos to the author for addressing that. Plot-wise, we do move forward in this addition to the Icehome series and start moving forward towards other characters--like Raven, who I'm REALLY curious about now. All in all, I'd say it's a worthwhile read, even though it's not my favourite.Can't wait for the next installment! Fingers crossed that it'll be good!
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  • Limecello
    January 1, 1970
    I can't rate this book because I mostly skimmed it ... and unfortunately I pretty much hated it. Like if I were to rate it it'd probably be 1 stars and an F.T'chai and Marisol are ... well until she makes the decision to "turn off" the resonance she's basically awful. [just ... dumb AF. She made me want to pull my face off.] Also like - focus more on communicating with your man? FIGURE SHIT OUT? You can use gestures, point etc. Sure not for everything but like... and she runs around screaming al I can't rate this book because I mostly skimmed it ... and unfortunately I pretty much hated it. Like if I were to rate it it'd probably be 1 stars and an F.T'chai and Marisol are ... well until she makes the decision to "turn off" the resonance she's basically awful. [just ... dumb AF. She made me want to pull my face off.] Also like - focus more on communicating with your man? FIGURE SHIT OUT? You can use gestures, point etc. Sure not for everything but like... and she runs around screaming all the damn time and she's just such a fucking IDIOT.I get the language barrier but it annoyed me more than anything because it just didn't seem like they were trying. On the one hand, yes I actually liked it because it annoys me with other things when they're obviously aliens etc but oh! Magically all understand each other!But ... here like ... just saying the same thing over and over and slower isn't helpful. Maybe that dragon book [which REALLY fucking annoyed me] set the ground work. Like otherwise this wouldn't have irked me so much, but considering I'd unfortunately read the other first... it was too much. Just overkill and such.*sigh*I get the "you don't know what you don't know" but ... dude.I'm glad they left their death trap island...But I was so over it.And the whole .... whinging. First she's all cowardly and - clearly doesn't get resonance - and then the "after" she's just beating herself up but also being a huge asshole...And I ... look. Fuck Tia. Fucking child. I get she's a child but children also have brains.I'm glad she's going away for a long time.I THOUGHT I had read previous books in this series but I reeeeaaaaally don't think so now ...I liked seeing the other happy couples, and the low key "settlement of women" -but again. So much skimming.I just ... honestly kinda hated Mari. Bleh.The author's note helped a bit - but like ... the issues there weren't things that bothered me ... [also you know, skimming] so ... there was that.[Like why bother about your possible infertility/not procreating with this dude IF YOU'RE NOT EVEN HAVING SEX?!] Anyway I know you can't get it on the alien planet - or not really - or you need to talk to friends which she obviously wasn't doing .... but she needed counseling.[And the whole resonance/whatever thing fix... I really didn't love how she called it a cootie either.]
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  • Sandra Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good sci-fi alien romance, and an interesting addition to the IceHome series. T'chai and Mari were both likable, and I was glad when they found their HEA. This one gets 4 stars.I adored T'chai. He was such a sweetheart, so patient, and so willing to accept whatever type of relationship he and Mari could have. Their problem with her khui not recognizing him as her mate, and thus making her not like his touch, resonated with me. So many couples have sexual difficulties, and they can be v This is a good sci-fi alien romance, and an interesting addition to the IceHome series. T'chai and Mari were both likable, and I was glad when they found their HEA. This one gets 4 stars.I adored T'chai. He was such a sweetheart, so patient, and so willing to accept whatever type of relationship he and Mari could have. Their problem with her khui not recognizing him as her mate, and thus making her not like his touch, resonated with me. So many couples have sexual difficulties, and they can be very difficult to handle -- many relationships do not survive problems like that. But T'chai loved Mari completely, even if they could never be together physically again. He was just perfect for her.Mari was likable, but I got tired of her beating herself up over her decision, which was made to save T'chai's life. I get that she thought she had made a terrible mistake by having the healer "turn off" her khui's resonance, but she did the only thing she knew to do when she thought T'chai was dying.Overall, their journey back to resonance is sweet. I absolutely loved how T'chai never tried to push Mari into sex, and was willing to accept whatever affection she could give 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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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Very good bookMaybe I shouldn't have read the author's note. I'm trying to ignore it for this review. I was happy with the book but reading the author's note put me in a mood. The snowflake reading internet criticism thing wasn't necessary. It was negative and ruined the tone of the book for me, which sucks because the book itself was good. Ranting about people asking about having kids was sorta rude. Saying it's not okay to get things wrong was weird. It happens. Of course it's great the author Very good bookMaybe I shouldn't have read the author's note. I'm trying to ignore it for this review. I was happy with the book but reading the author's note put me in a mood. The snowflake reading internet criticism thing wasn't necessary. It was negative and ruined the tone of the book for me, which sucks because the book itself was good. Ranting about people asking about having kids was sorta rude. Saying it's not okay to get things wrong was weird. It happens. Of course it's great the author changed Callie's book to be more accurate but saying it was wrong of her in the first place to make a mistake is insulting. Now that I got that out of the way, the book was the best Ruby Dixon book I've read in a while. I was excited for this one, and it didn't disappoint. Mostly I liked it because it was just written well. I like the characters and the story in general. The pace and content were both perfect for this story. The dialogue is probably what made me like it so much. It was natural. It isn't in all of Dixon's books. Sometimes, it's weird and awkward. The world building is always amazing, but the dialogue is often odd and cringey to read. Willa's was the worst. If the author wants to be accurate, ask someone from the south how southerners talk. It's not like how Willa talked. If Willa's speech is based off a real person, then fine, but if she's supposed to represent southern people, that is not accurate. Anyways, that was another book, and this book was fortunately better with much better, more natural dialogue and natural behavior. The differences in behavior were great, as was the addressing of a low libido. I feel like we were introduced to more khui traits that give a better understanding of how they are. It was just a really great and well put together book. I also liked the last epilogue and how it was done. I was hoping something like this would happen, and I'm so excited for the next book.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my GAWD. This book hit me hard in my emotionally stunted heart. I kinda knew it would after Mari's confession to Callie that all her emotions were weirdly muted ever since she's had resonance turned off so T'chai could heal from his attack, BUT STILL.The hardest thing to deal with (and by "hardest", I mean the thing that made me all mushy every time I read it) was how Mari still loved T'chai, she just couldn't get her heart, her mind, and her body (or, more accurately, her khui) to line up. H Oh my GAWD. This book hit me hard in my emotionally stunted heart. I kinda knew it would after Mari's confession to Callie that all her emotions were weirdly muted ever since she's had resonance turned off so T'chai could heal from his attack, BUT STILL.The hardest thing to deal with (and by "hardest", I mean the thing that made me all mushy every time I read it) was how Mari still loved T'chai, she just couldn't get her heart, her mind, and her body (or, more accurately, her khui) to line up. How awful would that be to feel all the lovey-dovey feelings for someone and yet be physically repulsed by their touch? To remember what it was like before and desperately want that back all while knowing your decision to turn off this fundamental thing was probably the reason your honey was alive now?UGGH. It's killing me all over again.Where Mari is beating herself up and sunk in guilt and despair, T'chai has a slightly different outlook (possibly brought about by wise words from one of his clan mates, but still). He's willing to throw himself all in to them as a them even if it means he and Mari can't be physical anymore. Man, these aliens are THE BEST.They find a workaround. They work that workaround. Yes indeed, they get sexy in unconventional ways. YES!In the meantime, we get to see a whole bunch of familiar faces (I really like revisiting the originals, guys. REALLY LIKE IT.) and get a hint of something new and unexpected on the horizon. Am I excited for what's to come? YOU BET. Not-Hoth/Icehome makes me happy (even when it's tugging at my cold, dead heartstrings) and I'm totally ready for more.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Hanna's Book Obsession
    January 1, 1970
    “It does not matter that there are a few storms to weather, my Mari. The important thing is that we weather them together.”I love this book so much! Oh my gosh it was soo wonderful. “Mari’s Mistake” is one of my favorite books in the “Ice Home” Series. Mari and T’chai are such a sweet couple. They made me melt. Their journey is not easy. You feel so connect to these two. Mari and T’chai have it all and when it is taken from them they have to try and survive before they take it all back. It was “It does not matter that there are a few storms to weather, my Mari. The important thing is that we weather them together.”I love this book so much! Oh my gosh it was soo wonderful. “Mari’s Mistake” is one of my favorite books in the “Ice Home” Series. Mari and T’chai are such a sweet couple. They made me melt. Their journey is not easy. You feel so connect to these two. Mari and T’chai have it all and when it is taken from them they have to try and survive before they take it all back. It was phenomenal. I fell so hard for T’chai. He is such a gentleman{alien} . He is so in Love with Mari and he understands what she is going through and does everything he can to make her see that it’s all going to be ok. Mari is such a strong character. She is scared but when it comes to T’chai she will do anything for him. She tries so hard with him. I loved seeing them go through these challenges and come out stronger in the end. This book was incredible. It was so sweet and sexy. It will make you feel for sure. I love this world so much! I am so in love with this couple. They are most definitely one of my favorites. I miss them already. I highly recommend this one!!P.S. The set up for the next book had me literally SCREAMING!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR BOOK 12!!
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  • Abigail Young
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful read, I always look forward to Dixon’s nest book and this one did not let me down.I loved both of the characters and their growth in this book. I loved how neither really wanted to let the other go, so they kept trying to get past their issues. Loved all the different things they tied and that they were open to trying anything.It reminded me of people who have dealt with tragedies or trauma, and are having similar issues, and how they deal with the aftermath and overcome the issues th Delightful read, I always look forward to Dixon’s nest book and this one did not let me down.I loved both of the characters and their growth in this book. I loved how neither really wanted to let the other go, so they kept trying to get past their issues. Loved all the different things they tied and that they were open to trying anything.It reminded me of people who have dealt with tragedies or trauma, and are having similar issues, and how they deal with the aftermath and overcome the issues that have formed from it all. Well done and well writtenSeeing some of the characters of old was pretty awesome too. I wonder what’s gonna happen to Tia after all this, but I am now more interested in seeing what mess Raven’s got herself in... A father and child? Another dragon? Another animal that turns into a humanoid being? Some other sort of being/ alien? A member of that Unknown tribe from the island? Dixon has got me very curious and I look forward to finding out what happens in her next book.After all of that :)This book was awesome and I enjoyed reading it immensely.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    If you are reading #11 of a series, there is hardly anything in there you are not going to like...It has been so long Ruby has written about Icehome or IPB universe, I forgot about Marisol and her partner T'chai (T and chai mean tea so his name is basically tea,tea by the way). Mari had put her and T'chai's khui in hibernation with the help of Veronica, but after T'chai recovered from his injuries, they could not turn her khui on and everything is not right. Mari feels disconnected and uncomfort If you are reading #11 of a series, there is hardly anything in there you are not going to like...It has been so long Ruby has written about Icehome or IPB universe, I forgot about Marisol and her partner T'chai (T and chai mean tea so his name is basically tea,tea by the way). Mari had put her and T'chai's khui in hibernation with the help of Veronica, but after T'chai recovered from his injuries, they could not turn her khui on and everything is not right. Mari feels disconnected and uncomfortable around T'chai and that is stopping her to get her happily ever after. (view spoiler)[ Thanks to another healer Maylak in another part of Ice planet and dragon Ashtar which makes it possible easy transport between two tribes relatively easy journey, Mari's problem is solved and she gets her resonance and her mate and her so long pending happily ever after. (hide spoiler)] But that is the thing with Ruby, even if she gives our focus couple their HEA, there are so much going on with the rest of the tribe, I am really itching to get my hands on next one because I want to know what happened to Raven and how Daisy is adjusting to a new tribe. Until next time...
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  • Madly Creative
    January 1, 1970
    Struggling I think I’ve been permanently disillusioned by the last two books. I just can’t seem to get past the fact that this character - which I want to read about and I want to know more about - is interacting with characters that I don’t feel belong because of the previous two books. Maybe that’s harsh. I don’t know because I have little to compare it to. I’ve been looking forward to reading Marisol‘s story for a while and I wish I had done so before now. The beginning 1/3 of this book is a Struggling I think I’ve been permanently disillusioned by the last two books. I just can’t seem to get past the fact that this character - which I want to read about and I want to know more about - is interacting with characters that I don’t feel belong because of the previous two books. Maybe that’s harsh. I don’t know because I have little to compare it to. I’ve been looking forward to reading Marisol‘s story for a while and I wish I had done so before now. The beginning 1/3 of this book is a repeat of what we’ve already read, so I skipped ahead. I’m sad to say I’ve been doing far too much of that recently. I wish I could get back into the magic of a story thats really well-crafted. But I can’t seem to get beyond what previously happened with Callie and Penny and the two aliens (yeah, that’s how I see those two) that should’ve been handled so differently but wasn’t. It just sits badly in my stomach. And I find that I can’t focus fully on this story with the enthusiasm that I had before reading the previous two books. This is a good, cute little story. I want to give it more. I think I’ve lost my enthusiasm for the series. :(
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  • Serenechaosnyc
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for this book and overall, it did not disappoint. I loved Mari and T'chai's story; I loved their "meet" and then their resonance and their pre-attack love and I was so heartbroken as they dealt with the fall out. It was a gorgeously written story, full of details and emotions and I enjoyed it so much. I read this a little out of order because honestly, I didn't want to read the last two books where the men kidnapped the women, so there were details that were a little confusin I have been waiting for this book and overall, it did not disappoint. I loved Mari and T'chai's story; I loved their "meet" and then their resonance and their pre-attack love and I was so heartbroken as they dealt with the fall out. It was a gorgeously written story, full of details and emotions and I enjoyed it so much. I read this a little out of order because honestly, I didn't want to read the last two books where the men kidnapped the women, so there were details that were a little confusing but nothing about this love story was confusing- just beautifully emotional. The 4 stars (not 5) reflect that I'm not sure I like the direction of how competitive and violent the men are about the women. Inherently, the prior series and the beginning of this series showcased how wonderfully protective these aliens are. I feel like now, the women are getting cattier and the men more desperate. I hope that it does not play out this way in the future. We'll see with the next book since I'm definitely interested in what is coming next!
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  • ladyofglencairn
    January 1, 1970
    Ruby Dixon's Ice Planet series is my guilty pleasure. I adore them. For me, it's not anything life changing, but I really don't care. The world she's managed to build is one that I enjoy and the characters are generally fun, the stories fairly light-hearted and harmless.I was always curious about T'chai and Mari since I read about them a few books back. Overall, I liked it. I think I might have preferred less of their "before" story and more of the present, but I can understand why Dixon made th Ruby Dixon's Ice Planet series is my guilty pleasure. I adore them. For me, it's not anything life changing, but I really don't care. The world she's managed to build is one that I enjoy and the characters are generally fun, the stories fairly light-hearted and harmless.I was always curious about T'chai and Mari since I read about them a few books back. Overall, I liked it. I think I might have preferred less of their "before" story and more of the present, but I can understand why Dixon made this choice. She wanted the reader to understand that they had a connection before their khui's were turned off. I also thought the dynamic of two people who cared for each other but couldn't stand touching each other was interesting. I don't think the emotional punch really hit me like I was expecting it to - perhaps because I love some good angst with a dash of pining. The book also read really quickly and was over before I was expecting it.Will definitely read the next one!
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  • Gayla
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of feels in this one. Wow. Rollercoaster much?!?!?This one was quite the adventure with resonance. It was sad and beautiful. HEA’s always guaranteed with RD books. I loved Mari’s transformation and T’shai is another wonderful Ice Home hero. There are laughs and serious moments. So good. so touching. Never predictable with Ms Dixon. The next story begins at the end of this one. Thank God it’s coming soon. That was one mean cliffhanger. Highly recommend this author. If you’ve never read Ruby Lots of feels in this one. Wow. Rollercoaster much?!?!?This one was quite the adventure with resonance. It was sad and beautiful. HEA’s always guaranteed with RD books. I loved Mari’s transformation and T’shai is another wonderful Ice Home hero. There are laughs and serious moments. So good. so touching. Never predictable with Ms Dixon. The next story begins at the end of this one. Thank God it’s coming soon. That was one mean cliffhanger. Highly recommend this author. If you’ve never read Ruby Dixon......I’m jealous. Wish I could discover these stories all over again. Ice Planet Barbarians is book one. Fated matesPossessive, loving and patient heroesA plethora of leading ladies. All shapes, colors and personalities.A frozen planet with so many secrets.
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  • Fany
    January 1, 1970
    "FINALLY" is what I thought when I get the email notification that this book had come out.Mari's story is one I've been waiting for since Lauren's story is (lemme check) OCTOBER 2017!!But, don't worry it was worth the wait!!So Mari got to the smocky island, just like Lauren, she resonated, just like Lauren, but nothing else was as smooth as things were for Lauren (and yes, things really weren't that smotth for Lauren but compared to poor Mari, Lauren took a nice stroll and that's good for her). "FINALLY" is what I thought when I get the email notification that this book had come out.Mari's story is one I've been waiting for since Lauren's story is (lemme check) OCTOBER 2017!!But, don't worry it was worth the wait!!So Mari got to the smocky island, just like Lauren, she resonated, just like Lauren, but nothing else was as smooth as things were for Lauren (and yes, things really weren't that smotth for Lauren but compared to poor Mari, Lauren took a nice stroll and that's good for her). Mari's mate, T'chai, gets injured on the island and is still injured when they get to the Icehome beach, and in order for him to properly heal, the healer, Veronice needs to turn off Mari and T'Chai's resonnance, openning a whole new can of worms of problems.This was just heartbreaking from start to finish. I loved the book, it's great, you should read it, you should read the whole series. But I also lowkey hated it because poor Mari deserved better. I think one of the things I loved the most was the "little village" dimension where their problem wouldn't actually be as big if people stopped pushing and give unnecessary advice and it jus makes everything harder to have everybody in your business, I really liked that.Of course I love Mari, she's an introverted, shy, sweet character who opens up thanks to T'Chai and that's what we love to see. And of course T'Chai is just awesome, patient and understanding although things must've been really hard on him too.
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  • Joetta Spurling
    January 1, 1970
    Love these series!Mari's Mistake: Icehome Book 11 By Ruby DixonKindle unlimited purchaseMari and T’chai have resonanced. That's what happens when the cootie that lives in everyone's chest picks a mate for you. When T'chai is hurt Mari has a difficult decision to make. T'chai's cookie can not heal him and keep up their resonance. This is book 11 in what is a spin-off of the ICE PLANET BARBARIAN. I recommend reading that series before you start this one. (Why haven't you read them already?) normal Love these series!Mari's Mistake: Icehome Book 11 By Ruby DixonKindle unlimited purchaseMari and T’chai have resonanced. That's what happens when the cootie that lives in everyone's chest picks a mate for you. When T'chai is hurt Mari has a difficult decision to make. T'chai's cookie can not heal him and keep up their resonance. This is book 11 in what is a spin-off of the ICE PLANET BARBARIAN. I recommend reading that series before you start this one. (Why haven't you read them already?) normally I included the book list in my reviews of a series but these 2 series are extremely well numbered so I did not.
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