The Year of the Monkey – Penny’s Reading Resolution

Today is the Chinese New Year and as such is a time for new beginnings. Typically, I am not the most prolific of reviewers in the first quarter of the year as I have other commitments that supersede my reading (the horror!) but that doesn’t mean that I can’t regularly share what I am reading and what I have added to my towering TBR pile. Without further ado, Happy New Year! I hope the Year of the Monkey brings you all luck and prosperity.



During my sci-fi binge last summer I came across an utterly fantastic writer, Ruby Dixon. Her Ice Planet Barbarians series is literally the only one that I will immediately drop everything to read. To my delight the latest installment was released yesterday, true to my words above I dropped everything and now am about halfway through and this one could very well be my favorite of all!


Barbarian’s Prize (Ice Planet Barbarians #5)

BPIt’s hard being the most popular girl on the ice planet. The alien men are falling all over themselves to impress me in the hopes that I’ll take them to my furs. But they don’t know my secrets – none of them do. And they don’t realize that behind my smile, I just wish they’d go away.
I don’t want any of them. I want someone else – someone with a gorgeous blue body, big horns, and the most intense gaze ever. He’s the only one that knows the truth. Maybe with him, I can work through my fears of the past….but I’m pretty sure he wants more than just friendship.
He wants forever, and I’m not sure I can give it.


While one might think that a series featuring the romance between two different species, human women abducted by aliens and 7’ft tall blue barbarians would possess about as much depth as a puddle, they would be quite wrong. Throughout Ruby Dixon’s writing are displays of razor sharp wit and raw sensuality while simultaneously the Ice Planet Barbarians series skillfully addresses issues, like rape, illness and abandonment. Without question this author was my favourite discovery of 2015.


Alien Attachments (Alien Attachments #1) – Sabine Priestly

Will their love be strong enough to keep them alive and get them back to Earth?

Finding one’s psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.

A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice. Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian’s arms. But Dani isn’t the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate. . .no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her.

For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.




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