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I love romance, specifically paranormal or fantasy romance. Sci fi romance rides the cusp of what I like, and this one looked like it had all the elements I enjoy, so I gave it a whirl. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't overjoyed either.
First, what I liked about the book. For a short book, the character development was remarkably good, and for at least the first 80% of the story, the plot didn't seem rushed. I enjoyed the heroine's character. She was not a doormat, but she wasn't a tough as nails girl either. The action scenes in the book seemed to properly cover what was happening without droning on and on with a blow by blow account of details that wouldn't interest me in the first place. Being the first book in a series, it set the stage and explained well the basis for future books.
I'm not offended by erotic love scenes, but frankly, I can take them or leave them. This book is full of them, so be aware of that before you purchase. For those of you who do like books on the spicier side, the sex scenes were well written and managed not to sound repetitive or "corny".
Now for what I didn't particularly like about the book. While the plot did move well during the majority of the book, the "resolution" towards the end seemed rushed and unimaginative. It was as if I could see the author going in a direction that would lead to an interesting conflict and resolution, but then just dropping that angle and settling for a quick and tidy wrap up. Consequently, even though it did have a "happily ever after", it left me feeling a bit let down at the end. The romance itself could be presented as "everything a woman could possibly want in a relationship." In other words, a bit too perfect.
The narrator wasn't terrible, but I wasn't all that impressed either. Her narrative was good, her female voices were adequate, but she really dropped the ball with the male voices. In particular, I thought her voice for the hero, Ral, was rather robotic. It was very stilted, and stilted isn't sexy. Yes, Ral is an alien, but so are all of the characters in the book besides the heroine, and yet he's the one she gave the robot voice to. I just didn't find it pleasing.
Having said all that, this audiobook was a pleasant way to spend a quiet afternoon, and I'm not sorry I purchased it. I love the premise of the series, and somewhere down the track I'm sure I'll give the next book a try.
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I totally love Laurann Dohner books...Sometimes her books follow a pattern...but I think that is what makes her books so great... You always know what to expect...but there is always this one factor that makes each book different... which makes me love the way she writes.
This was an awesome story of Ral and Ariel... Ral is a Zorn Warrior trapped on another planet after being captured...then along comes Ariel who gets captured too.. Ral ends up winning Ariel in a battle... and that where the story gets so interesting...
I simply love the Zorn world... So real like if such a place truly existed...
Great credit, buy or sale... So enjoyable... Smexy time starts early on.. and it was awesome.
Nice narration too!
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Kidnapped from earth by a reptilian alien race to see if she is compatible to breed, Kyra finds herself given up as a fighting prize to the encumbered slaves of the space mine she finds herself on.
I found the this offering a little predictable and a bit boring in comparison to some of LD's other works, only because she comes to terms with her capture, ownership and the love she feels is almost instantaneous, even the erotic scenes where a bit dull that I found myself skipping to get to the rest of the story. I have obviously read too many of these types of books and become jaded.
An okay Sci/Fi romance but not one of LD's better ones, I personally would skip straight onto the 'New Species' series by the same author if you want a treat.
Simone Lewis gives a great performance despite the material.
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What would have made Ral's Woman better?
It may have been bearable if the characters had a personality. Ariel was shallow and weak and Ral was more like a caveman than an alien from a highly intelligent race. There was no lead into the story, Who was she? Where did she come from? How was she captured? Why was she so happy to give up a happy family on Earth for a stranger who practically raped her? The story was poorly written and I find it difficult to believe that it was written by an experienced author and not a teenager. I tried to listen to it all the way through but just could not suffer any longer.
What will your next listen be?
Certainly nothing in this series
Have you listened to any of Simone Lewis’s other performances? How does this one compare?
The performance was fine, I just feel sorry for her having to narrate such bad material.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ral's Woman?
I would just start again from scratch. I gave up half way through.
To go from interplanetary rape victim to undying love in 1 chapter is ridiculous. Male character is narrated like he's a caveman. I stopped listening after 3 chapters. It's basically the book version of a 70' porno. Sex with zero storyline.
I enjoy reading stories written by Laurann Dohner however this book is not up to the standard that I have come to know. I was quite disappointed however, I kept reading hoping it would improve. It didn't. I don't know whether it was the narrator however, I found the females absolutely revolting as characters and there was really no connection to assist with interest in the story - which there was very little of. The limited story line was very uninteresting. There was no repoire between characters to add interest.