Sara's Review: Ruth's Bonded (Ruth & Gron #1) by V.C. Lancaster
REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: V.C. Lancaster RELEASED: July 9, 2015 GENRE: scifi, romance LENGTH: 187 pages FORMAT: Ebook
When Ruth finds herself abducted and thrown into a cell with a big scary alien, naturally she's terrified. At first. But when she's forced to get along with her furry, tailed cellmate (and her clothes get stolen) things slowly start to change between them. After they escape onto an unknown alien planet, they're finally free to explore their feelings and each other, but can they survive with only each other to rely on and no way of communicating?
Gron is from a matriarchal society where the males obey their Queens, so when a beautiful but strange female is dropped into his cell, he doesn't know what to think. Is she a victim like him, or is she being used by his captors to control him? Either way, he knows he must control his instincts or he will end up inescapably Bonded to her. The delicate Queen needs his help to survive, and it is his duty to serve her, but can he do it without losing his heart? 3.5 (FOUR) BOUNDLESS STARS
Lately, I have enjoyed my alien romances more when the aliens are actually alien and not just a larger human with different color skin. In Ruth’s Bonded, Ruth is awoken by being dropped into a cell where she is confronted with a cross between a gorilla and Wookie who is also butt naked. She is in trouble and scared out of her mind. Gron comes from a matriarchal society so when Ruth lands in his cage, regardless that she is alien all he knows is that he must protect her because she is a Queen. But he is leary of her and doesn’t want her to touch him and get too close so that he won't bond with her. There is a huge language barrier because Gron speaks in growls and grunts much like an animal but after some time they are able to learn each other names, and that’s about it. It makes communication frustrating and comical. However, Lancaster would switch it up and give us both Gron’s and Ruth’s perspective. I liked Gron’s perspective more because I found Ruth too much in her head overthinking which drove me nuts. I just wanted to get on with the story and stop with her self-monologs after awhile. If you are looking for a new alien romance series with a fun primitive flare, this is one I would recommend. I will be reading more in this series, and I am rating it 3.5 Boundless Stars.