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Seasons ago, I resonated to the quietest of tribesmates, a male content to love me from afar while I was the center of attention. We could have been happy. Despite our differences, I loved him and he loved me. But then a terrible thing happened…and my world was never the same again. Now resonance is giving us a second chance, but…I’m afraid. What if what I have with my m Seasons ago, I resonated to the quietest of tribesmates, a male content to love me from afar while I was the center of attention. We could have been happy. Despite our differences, I loved him and he loved me. But then a terrible thing happened…and my world was never the same again. Now resonance is giving us a second chance, but…I’m afraid. What if what I have with my mate is too broken to be fixed? What if there’s no hope left for us at all?


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Seasons ago, I resonated to the quietest of tribesmates, a male content to love me from afar while I was the center of attention. We could have been happy. Despite our differences, I loved him and he loved me. But then a terrible thing happened…and my world was never the same again. Now resonance is giving us a second chance, but…I’m afraid. What if what I have with my m Seasons ago, I resonated to the quietest of tribesmates, a male content to love me from afar while I was the center of attention. We could have been happy. Despite our differences, I loved him and he loved me. But then a terrible thing happened…and my world was never the same again. Now resonance is giving us a second chance, but…I’m afraid. What if what I have with my mate is too broken to be fixed? What if there’s no hope left for us at all?

30 review for Barbarian's Hope

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    A second chance for love for sa-khui couple Asha & Hemalo Before I started this book, I did not like Asha. She was constantly trying to steal Aehako from Kira. She was a bitch to everyone and never helped in the first books. In the later books, she only likes babysitting. And in this book, we learn why. So, after I finished this book, I felt sorry for Asha, I understood her behavior, but I still did not like her. Her relationship with Hemalo is just lukewarm and unenthusiastic. Apparently, he is t A second chance for love for sa-khui couple Asha & Hemalo Before I started this book, I did not like Asha. She was constantly trying to steal Aehako from Kira. She was a bitch to everyone and never helped in the first books. In the later books, she only likes babysitting. And in this book, we learn why. So, after I finished this book, I felt sorry for Asha, I understood her behavior, but I still did not like her. Her relationship with Hemalo is just lukewarm and unenthusiastic. Apparently, he is the only one who can tolerate Asha when she throws a fit and that makes him a good mate for her. Yawn… And some of the things that Asha or Hemalo are thinking sound a bit xenophobic and racist: “They keep human customs and talk of human things, and sometimes it makes me feel very isolated in my own tribe. I am not the stranger, and yet…I no longer fit in with my own people.” “Let them be pleased with their pale, strange mates and their flat faces. I have the most beautiful female in the tribe” “I try not to resent the humans, though sometimes it is hard.” Anyway, I wish Asha and Hemalo all the best. But I think what I loved from this book was actually the additional story of Claire, Ereven and Bek. I loved …the way Claire tries to make things right without hurting anybody’s feelings, …Ereven’s lack of jealously and suspicions …Bek’s efforts to show what a wonderful sa-khui he is and how much he wants to redeem himself “I am happy for you and Ereven,” Bek says quietly. “I may not always show it, but all I have ever wanted is your happiness. You are a good person and you deserve happiness.” Finally, what happened to the good old smut in this book? Where was it?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    Okay, I read this early in my recent time of what will forever be known as "Internetpocalypse 2017" at my house. We actually lived like these barbarians by having no internet for over 5 days! I know, I'm somewhat of a brave hero for quietly enduring this disaster of epic proportions. I barely complained at all - less than several times a minute.. hour.. day. And, now it's cold outside. I feel like Not Hoth has been brought to Texas. I'm going to complain even more less about this. All that to say Okay, I read this early in my recent time of what will forever be known as "Internetpocalypse 2017" at my house. We actually lived like these barbarians by having no internet for over 5 days! I know, I'm somewhat of a brave hero for quietly enduring this disaster of epic proportions. I barely complained at all - less than several times a minute.. hour.. day. And, now it's cold outside. I feel like Not Hoth has been brought to Texas. I'm going to complain even more less about this. All that to say that I barely remember this book. It was okay, but the female was whiny. Unlike me. She should have taken my example and suffered in silence.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    Definitely the lest fave of all from this series so far. Seems like a lot of unnecessary filler in here. zzz

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    This is such an unusual blue barbarian's book! I'm used to our beloved blue barbarians to be attached to human girls by thier cooties, but here we have both hero and heroine who are both bkue! WOW! This is the story of Asha and Hemalo, who've resonated and who lost themselves in tragedy. I didn't like Asha from the previous books. She was unlikable, surly and generally odious, but here we see why and how she was redeemed and it was heartbreaking! Hemalo is also an unusual hero, for a blue barbarian This is such an unusual blue barbarian's book! I'm used to our beloved blue barbarians to be attached to human girls by thier cooties, but here we have both hero and heroine who are both bkue! WOW! This is the story of Asha and Hemalo, who've resonated and who lost themselves in tragedy. I didn't like Asha from the previous books. She was unlikable, surly and generally odious, but here we see why and how she was redeemed and it was heartbreaking! Hemalo is also an unusual hero, for a blue barbarians standards! He's not a warrior and a hunter, he's sinmply a tanner. Quiet and composed. They were mated, they had a kit, a small sick girl kit and they lost her hours after birth... It was heartbreaking to see the haughty Asha loosing herself in her grief. Lashing to all, Hemalo most of all, in her sorrow... Her pain was so deep, so very well shown that I couldn't but feel for her! Hemalo was destroyed too, but when he tried to share his grief he was rebuffed by Asha. So he went away and Asha saw that as abandonment and she fell in deep depression. Here we get to see how they got back together! Mostly thanks to Claire, a timid human who reaches to Asha and with her simple friendship helps her emerge like a new person. This is an unusual book in the series. It doesn't have a strong sexual pull, even if it is there, it is just not a focal point. The focal point was that even after a great tragedy life can be good again and love helps. Beautifully done!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    This was wonderful and heartbreaking story. I'm not crier myself and I can count on my fingers, how many books made me cry, and they are not that many. But I cried reading this. I can relate to it. Not that I've lost my child or anything but I'm a mother and I guess that is enough explanation. But it also beautiful in different ways. And I'm also so glad that Ruby fast forwarded the story for couple of years to give us happily ever after - I really didn't care about time leap. As she said, we ca This was wonderful and heartbreaking story. I'm not crier myself and I can count on my fingers, how many books made me cry, and they are not that many. But I cried reading this. I can relate to it. Not that I've lost my child or anything but I'm a mother and I guess that is enough explanation. But it also beautiful in different ways. And I'm also so glad that Ruby fast forwarded the story for couple of years to give us happily ever after - I really didn't care about time leap. As she said, we can fill in the gap later on. I'm really happy for our aliens!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Me finding out who is the main character in this book: Cant forget that scene in previous book where she flirted with OM and wanted to sleep with him while they were separated. Bitch. Also not celibate after meeting hero. Me finding out who is the main character in this book: Cant forget that scene in previous book where she flirted with OM and wanted to sleep with him while they were separated. Bitch. Also not celibate after meeting hero.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    Wow...we finally get Asha's background story. Geez, I finally understand why she's been so depressed in the past few books! I started to get concerned by the %50 mark because the main couple had only two interactions. Fortunately they got a lot of quality time towards the end of the book. I love it when a couple gets a second chance! Wow...we finally get Asha's background story. Geez, I finally understand why she's been so depressed in the past few books! I started to get concerned by the %50 mark because the main couple had only two interactions. Fortunately they got a lot of quality time towards the end of the book. I love it when a couple gets a second chance!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    2 Meh Stars This was one of my least favorite in the series. I had higher expectations for this one only because I took a break from the series and came back with a fresh mind. I started the book and it was okay and then I soon realized nothing happened and I was already 20% into the book. I really felt like this book could have been edited down to 50%. This book was 50% inner monologues and descriptive writing. Also, a lot of it was repetitive. I was really surprised how much I couldn’t relate t 2 Meh Stars This was one of my least favorite in the series. I had higher expectations for this one only because I took a break from the series and came back with a fresh mind. I started the book and it was okay and then I soon realized nothing happened and I was already 20% into the book. I really felt like this book could have been edited down to 50%. This book was 50% inner monologues and descriptive writing. Also, a lot of it was repetitive. I was really surprised how much I couldn’t relate to the main character. I’m a mom, so I know how hard it must be to lose a child. I understood her grieving, come on she has been grieving for several books. I guess I felt like this book would help everyone move forward, not retell exactly what happened. We already know Asha is depressed and sad over her baby. We already know Hemalo left her. I didn’t need to read about that over and over. If I read one more time why Asha questioned why Heamlo left her I was going to pull my hair out. AND there is Claire’s POV in this book? WTF?! WHY? Oh I know why because it’s to fill up the book. Yeah, to make it a full-length novel. I probably would have enjoyed this book more if it was a novella and I was only reading the parts with dialogue between Asha and Hemalo. I thought I was going to jump right in to the next book, but I think I’m going to take a break. This might be the final book in the series for me. I don’t know. PS, what’s with the lack of sex? I just don’t get the series anymore.

  9. 5 out of 5

    B.E.Love

    I love this series so for that alone I was going to read this book but to be very honest I'm not a big fan of reading books with the heroine being not human. I tend to put my place in the heroines shoes and..... I'm human, I know I should get over this and I do for specific beloved authors. So I read this book. AND I loved it, this book was amazing, has Asha been horrible yes but she completely redeems herself and you understand her and feel her pain. Hemalo was an amazingly patient mate, Asha w I love this series so for that alone I was going to read this book but to be very honest I'm not a big fan of reading books with the heroine being not human. I tend to put my place in the heroines shoes and..... I'm human, I know I should get over this and I do for specific beloved authors. So I read this book. AND I loved it, this book was amazing, has Asha been horrible yes but she completely redeems herself and you understand her and feel her pain. Hemalo was an amazingly patient mate, Asha was it for him and he was great. I love the relationship we see that is built between Claire and Asha also, and I loved the storyline with the Metlaks. This story was really really good, yes I love the romance but Ruby Dixon always gives us more making these books that much better. I can't wait for what happens next, I really hope everyone gets a hea. I figure that way we get more from this series and I feel bad for all the single men. I also think if anyone could do it in an interesting way it's Ruby Dixon because she already has done that. *and for those who don't like that the heroine "wasn't" celebrate or loyal to the hero (view spoiler)[ she was, she hasn't been with anyone since her mate and since their little girl died (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    This was both painful and delightful to read. I've been curious about Asha's story since she was introduced. So I'm very glad that we got this story. Besides it was about time to see a pure sa-khui couple. And I always felt sorry for Hemalo. So I wanted a HEA for him and Asha so so much! And I finally got it. The misunderstandings because of their failure to communicate were as hilarious as they were frustrating. And once they started talking with each other as opposite to at each other things g This was both painful and delightful to read. I've been curious about Asha's story since she was introduced. So I'm very glad that we got this story. Besides it was about time to see a pure sa-khui couple. And I always felt sorry for Hemalo. So I wanted a HEA for him and Asha so so much! And I finally got it. The misunderstandings because of their failure to communicate were as hilarious as they were frustrating. And once they started talking with each other as opposite to at each other things got better pretty fast. I loved how at the end there was a time gap that permitted us to see them finally (view spoiler)[ having a healthy child. (hide spoiler)] Without that I would have wondered if things were really okay and it sets things nicely for another fast forward for Farli's book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gi's Spot Reviews

    3.75 Stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮

    Ermegerd I need dis. Ermegerd I need dis.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    I’m on book 10 of this series and it’s still going strong, I look forward to every release as I know Ruby Dixon is going to give me a tale of romance with a sexy blue alien to fall in love with. In the case of Barbarian’s Hope I get a sexy blue alien woman as well as this focuses on Asha and Hemalo, whose relationship fell apart after the devastating loss of their baby. I really liked Asha even before this book, at first she was a bit of a bitch but as the series continues we get to know more I’m on book 10 of this series and it’s still going strong, I look forward to every release as I know Ruby Dixon is going to give me a tale of romance with a sexy blue alien to fall in love with. In the case of Barbarian’s Hope I get a sexy blue alien woman as well as this focuses on Asha and Hemalo, whose relationship fell apart after the devastating loss of their baby. I really liked Asha even before this book, at first she was a bit of a bitch but as the series continues we get to know more about her adding a depth to her “mean girl” character. Barbarian’s Hope despite being a sci fi romance between two blue aliens is at its base a story of two people who love each other coming back together after a tragic event pushed them apart. You can’t help but emphasis with each character…as well as wanting to shake them as this book relies on communication problems to keep it going. But I didn’t mind it too much as the whole problem with their relationship before is that they never communicated properly due to their very different personalities, so it made sense. This was another good book in the series, all about a couple finding new hope for the future and coming back together, with Dixon throwing in some hot sexy times as well. Anyone who hasn’t started the Ice Planet Barbarians series really needs to give it a chance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chappy

    OK I have to admit that I never really liked Asha...she seemed like a cold distant bitch. Here we finally get her story and why she's been acting like this. Her mate Hemalo is clueless about how to appease her and whatever he tries seems to backfire. Great HEA OK I have to admit that I never really liked Asha...she seemed like a cold distant bitch. Here we finally get her story and why she's been acting like this. Her mate Hemalo is clueless about how to appease her and whatever he tries seems to backfire. Great HEA

  15. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    After reading this, I get why Asha was the way she was in previous books. She was hurting. Devastated at the loss of her baby, and unable to deal with it all, she lashed out in the only way she knew how. It didn't make it right, but I got it. I was actually a little pissed at how her tribemates didn't pick up on that and do more to help her through it. Hermalo, for all his love for her, had his faults too. This was a very emotional book and if you're someone who has dealt with the loss of a chil After reading this, I get why Asha was the way she was in previous books. She was hurting. Devastated at the loss of her baby, and unable to deal with it all, she lashed out in the only way she knew how. It didn't make it right, but I got it. I was actually a little pissed at how her tribemates didn't pick up on that and do more to help her through it. Hermalo, for all his love for her, had his faults too. This was a very emotional book and if you're someone who has dealt with the loss of a child, I'd recommend thinking twice before reading it. I sincerely loved Asha and how she grew when faced with the repercussions of her past. I loved her budding friendship with Claire. And I loved the ending. *dreamy sighs all around* 4.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia's Book Haven

    *3.5 Stars*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Len

    I love a book that gets my emotions all tied up. This one delivers! I cried... OMG....Ruby Dixon is gold!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    I really like this series. It’s fun! The double POV’s give it a certain flair adding to my enjoyment. It’s a pattern I have come to adore. The books carrie with them sexy hero’s, likable heroine’s, sweet, funny and sexy moments. I also adore the world Dixon has created and the strong cast of characters. In Barbarian’s Hope we focus on Asha and Hemalo, both are blue aliens, whose relationship has fallen apart after the devastating loss of their baby. It focues on two people who love each other, d I really like this series. It’s fun! The double POV’s give it a certain flair adding to my enjoyment. It’s a pattern I have come to adore. The books carrie with them sexy hero’s, likable heroine’s, sweet, funny and sexy moments. I also adore the world Dixon has created and the strong cast of characters. In Barbarian’s Hope we focus on Asha and Hemalo, both are blue aliens, whose relationship has fallen apart after the devastating loss of their baby. It focues on two people who love each other, drifted apart, but come back together after this tragic event. Ash isn’t my favorite character, but it was nice to see her. At first she’s kinda a bitch, but as the series continues we get to learn and see more about her. As for Hemalo I liked him, but I felt we didn’t get to really know him, dig deep into his character. We learn things, but it didn’t feel as all consuming as privies titles and so, I ended up not having any really connection to these two. The main issue with both was the communication. They didn’t communicate, so it made them make choices and think things that aren’t really true. As for my connection to the story. I think why I didn’t connect to this story was besides the POV’s of Asha and Hemalo, we also get a lot of Clair’s POV. Their was equally parts for all three characters and it was still nice to see a different view point, but it took away from the focusing on the main couple. Barbarian’s Hope was an enjoyable read. Ice Planet Barbarians is one of my favorite Science Fiction Romance series to read. They are sexy and romantic. I recommend if you want to read this book that you start at the begging. The series is so much better in order. Rated: 3 Stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ivy Deluca

    -Kindle Unlimited -Crackilicious series. It’s been an addicting ride and it just keeps going. -Mostly slice of life for the sah-khui, with Asha and Hemalo as the central couple. This is more of a second chance type romance, as they resonated many years ago, but lost a child. Actually very touching installment. Yep, still loving Planet Blue Balls. Onto the next. -Kindle Unlimited -Crackilicious series. It’s been an addicting ride and it just keeps going. -Mostly slice of life for the sah-khui, with Asha and Hemalo as the central couple. This is more of a second chance type romance, as they resonated many years ago, but lost a child. Actually very touching installment. Yep, still loving Planet Blue Balls. Onto the next.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayla (onthefritz)

    Mehhh... This had just high potential! Not only was this book shorter than the others, but half of it was about Claire planning a Holiday celebration, with her own POV chapters. I liked that she was in the book to become friends with Asha, but her story felt like it overshadowed the rekindling of Asha and Hemalo. I wanted more of their past together and more of them falling in love. There were at least six "x days later" instead of spending some more time describing their relationship. Disappoint Mehhh... This had just high potential! Not only was this book shorter than the others, but half of it was about Claire planning a Holiday celebration, with her own POV chapters. I liked that she was in the book to become friends with Asha, but her story felt like it overshadowed the rekindling of Asha and Hemalo. I wanted more of their past together and more of them falling in love. There were at least six "x days later" instead of spending some more time describing their relationship. Disappointing. 🙁

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hollie

    This made for another amazing installment to a much loved series. As a mother that has lost children I felt such a great connection to Ashas character. Her grieving and sadness was so well portrayed and executed. I can't wait to see what this writer comes up with next. This made for another amazing installment to a much loved series. As a mother that has lost children I felt such a great connection to Ashas character. Her grieving and sadness was so well portrayed and executed. I can't wait to see what this writer comes up with next.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Another quieter read, for all the grief and heartache that has to be worked through, but I am really glad that Asha and Hemalo finally got their HEA. Less sexy, more eventual happy feels in this one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    2.75 stars This one was a bit more melancholy than the rest of the series. It's the first time that both members of the main couple have been aliens, so seeing that difference was interesting. These two had previously resonated, and their tiny daughter passed away soon after the birth. This devastating event was what pushed our couple apart for a long while. This story is about Asha & Hemalo resonating for a second time, and them trying to work through their grief and unresolved issues with one a 2.75 stars This one was a bit more melancholy than the rest of the series. It's the first time that both members of the main couple have been aliens, so seeing that difference was interesting. These two had previously resonated, and their tiny daughter passed away soon after the birth. This devastating event was what pushed our couple apart for a long while. This story is about Asha & Hemalo resonating for a second time, and them trying to work through their grief and unresolved issues with one another. It was a much heavier story than I expected, and though I appreciated what the author was trying to do with the themes, I kept getting frustrated at the characters. The level of miscommunication in the book was astronomical. At every turn, I wanted to shove these two together and force them to talk to each other. I understand that there was hurt between them, and they are stubborn by nature, but good lord, many of their problems could've been solved with a simple conversation. Asha wasn't exactly likable either. I get that she was grieving and would lash out because of her sadness, and fair enough, but that part wasn't necessarily my issue. It was the foundation of her personality that bugged me. Even prior to her losing her baby, she was described as being quick to anger, difficult to be around, and would pick fights just for the hell of it. I guess I just didn't like her, so the story felt bogged down to me because of that. This has been my least favorite in the series so far, but it won't deter me from continuing to the next book. Especially given that it's Farli's book! She's consistently been one of my favorite side characters, so that should be fun to finally get her story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    tiffany

    i'm glad they got everything sorted out (?), but i was kinda confused lol. i'm glad they got everything sorted out (?), but i was kinda confused lol.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Campbell

    Such a beautiful, emotional, touching and sad story. I caught myself crying off and on throughout this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ~Nichole~ Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

    I knew a lot of the readers who loved this series had made a lot of judgement against the heroine Asha regarding her past behavior. I totally get how it looked. I needed this book so badly because I am so emotional when it comes to the loss of a child. If you are a mother and I've been one for more than half of my life..my oldest is 27. and my baby is 11 and was a preemie . Well kids are everything to me. The fact is when fear is present regarding your kids or grief .. it will change you, damage I knew a lot of the readers who loved this series had made a lot of judgement against the heroine Asha regarding her past behavior. I totally get how it looked. I needed this book so badly because I am so emotional when it comes to the loss of a child. If you are a mother and I've been one for more than half of my life..my oldest is 27. and my baby is 11 and was a preemie . Well kids are everything to me. The fact is when fear is present regarding your kids or grief .. it will change you, damage you..make you lash out and do things you wouldn't normally do. Asha was so far into her grief that it poisoned her relationship with Hemalo. But this guy never gave up. Even when he left..it was to give her space because he didn't want to cause her pain. As for safety.. they met as babies. No facts as to his sexual past but she did sleep around. This didn't bother me all that much because once they resonated she admitted that he was everything she needed and wanted. Only their loss of their baby tore her world apart. She flirted with a couple hunters but even told Hemalo that she didn't take it further. Was she right ? No but like I said grief changes everything and sometimes you react in a way that tries to erase everything that reminds you of your loss. What I loved about this story was that I saw true changes, healing and love between these two. Hemalo was pure acceptance and pure unconditional love. Their time together went through all the stages of grief and came out more solid than ever before. I believe in redemption and I found it. Being in Ashas head changed everything I thought before. I simply loved this story so much. Note : If actual cheating had occured I would have felt probably less forgiving but as we've seen with Claire.. these people just wanted love and sometimes didn't wait for resonance.. and wow Bek and her are now friends. And also it's even mentioned that nobody there would actually take another's mate to their furs. So it wouldn't have happened for Asha anyway.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 stars. I think this is the first one of this series not to get 5 stars and I don't know why! Normally, I can't put these books down but this one just didn't work for me. 3.5 stars. I think this is the first one of this series not to get 5 stars and I don't know why! Normally, I can't put these books down but this one just didn't work for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Smart Women Read Romance

    Jumping right back into the series after my reread, I finally got Asha and Hemalo's story. The unhappily mated pair who couldn't be more opposite. Suffering from the tragic loss of their child, this couple have pushed each other away in their grief. While the tribe rejoices in the many matings and children that followed after the humans crash-landed on Not-Hot, Asha can't help but feel a little resentful. In the past Asha has come across as unlikeable and selfish, but we really get a look into t Jumping right back into the series after my reread, I finally got Asha and Hemalo's story. The unhappily mated pair who couldn't be more opposite. Suffering from the tragic loss of their child, this couple have pushed each other away in their grief. While the tribe rejoices in the many matings and children that followed after the humans crash-landed on Not-Hot, Asha can't help but feel a little resentful. In the past Asha has come across as unlikeable and selfish, but we really get a look into the enormous amount of pain that she's going through. Hemalo is a patient man and more than willing to give Asha her space to heal. I especially loved the new friendship between Clarie and Asha as they prepared for another holiday season!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I originally skipped this one because second chance romances aren’t my favourite trope to read about. But after reading Nora’s little Novella, I felt something for Asha and new I had to read her book. This was so good. So sweet. So perfect. And that epilogue was everything!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fani

    “Your warm parts could give my warm parts a greeting.” This was a bit different than the other books in the barbarian’s series. The other couples had a story full of the expected excitement that two people are feeling when they meet for the first time. On the other hand, there were parts of Asha’s and Hemalo’s story that contained sadness and tragedy. Asha was the one that had a strong and recently prickly personality while Hemalo was a calm and introverted person. Their relationship w “Your warm parts could give my warm parts a greeting.” This was a bit different than the other books in the barbarian’s series. The other couples had a story full of the expected excitement that two people are feeling when they meet for the first time. On the other hand, there were parts of Asha’s and Hemalo’s story that contained sadness and tragedy. Asha was the one that had a strong and recently prickly personality while Hemalo was a calm and introverted person. Their relationship was quite balanced, until the loss of their daughter broke them apart. I enjoyed their story, the premise of the book might seem sad, but the story isn’t dark all the time, there are still romance and moments of celebration. At the same time, we have Asha’s point of view in which the sadness of a mother who has lost her child is being accurately portrayed. “I reach under my pillow and pull out her small tunic. It has lost her scent, but I still like to close my eyes and hold it close, imagining that it is her. Imagining that she lives yet again and my mate smiles at me and my kit nurses from my teats and we are a family.” I appreciated the fact that she and Hemalo reconnected not thanks to their physical needs, but thorough effort and communication from both of them. Unfortunately, though, I couldn’t support 100% their relationship. Asha’s actions in a previous book were unforgivable to me. I was hoping that she would reveal that she wasn’t actually planning to sleep with Aehako, she flirted with him just to make Hemalo feel jealous and pay more attention to her. That didn’t happen though, it doesn’t matter if she was grieving, the fact that she was able to sleep with someone else if he had let her, makes me doubt that she was in love with Hemalo.

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