And the only native inhabitant I've met? He's big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me...
Essentially, it's the kidnapped by aliens trope that has been admittedly overused but I really liked the twist here. Georgie (our heroine) is one of a dozen women kidnapped by truly repellent little green men. Though the women are ill-treated and traumatised when the ship experiences difficulties and the hold is jettisoned; meaning they are truly left to survive or perish on their own. Georgie sets out on this inhospitable ice planet seeking help but what she finds is giant blue Vektal, who should be the stuff of nightmares and yet he's the sweetest surprise she will ever meet.
Ice Planet Barbarians was thoroughly entertaining and at times the peculiar dialogue just made me laugh out loud. To be fair, Vektal has a very unusual way of introducing himself but as this is a book aimed at adults I didn't mind. He, is for me, the star of this story as he is just so protective and giving and would do anything to make Georgie happy. Georgie might not appeal to all as she is perhaps a little abrasive at times but overall, I liked her and once she got through to Vektal what she needed to do, I thought she came across as totally unselfish and tried so hard to look after her fellow survivors.
It's not perfect and there's something here that felt a little too convenient as I'm thinking surely power would have run out but as a way to move the story along it actually works but my lips are sealed.
Overall this was a fun Sci-Fi story and an absolute hoot at times. There are a lot of books out there with aliens needing women and kidnapping humans but this felt completely different and fresh. Perhaps not for everyone but for me it really hit the spot. A satisfying romance and it tickled my funny bone to boot so a recommendation from me.