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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 mate is too broken to be fixed? What if there's no hope left for us at all?  

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Ruby Dixon (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Phx17
  • 01-05-20

It’s ‘aw, Hallmark’ not ‘ooh, naughty alien nooky’

The Ice Planet Barbarian series is all about fun, sexy romances between human females and big blue suede aliens. This book, however, is a second chance romance between Asha and Hemalo.

Asha seemed like a bitter, cranky pants in prior books, and this book only partially rehabilitates her for me. Moreover, their back story is sad. Thus, it’s no wonder that the most positive reviews praise the “heartfelt” story instead of the usual “fun, sexy, good times” reviews for the other IPB books.

I wish I had passed on this one and spent my money skipping ahead to the next book, where I could get back to the fun, sexy good times. You won’t miss any series-spanning plots if you skip this one.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 30-01-19

Dixon delivers again!

They’ve been in the background since the first book in the series - Asha and Hemalo, two Sakhui devastated by the loss of their baby.
It’s great to finally have their story of healing and reconciliation.
The author’s addition of Claire set off the storyline just right.
Dixon amazes me in how she can construct these stories so simply, but meaningfully. Who knew that a series about kidnapped Earth women who crash land on an alien planet and proceed to mate with the local aliens would just work? Smiles.
Jackson and Lloyd make a really good team to narrate this series. Their voices are really good in themselves and work great together. BIG kudos to whoever paired them up!
Recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer AP
  • 28-06-19

Great series

I love the heart of these books they make you crawl into the pages until you feel as they do. These are very well written and the narrators do them justice. Start from the beginning and you will find yourself fallowing each person as if you were there.

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  • 26-09-21

One of my favorites

This book is one of my top books in the series, and high on the list in general for books that copes with the loss of a child, grief, and some kind of recovery.

Trigger warnings for infant death (not graphic or violent), depression, miscommunication during grieving that leads to abandonment, and all that stuff.

Hemalo mittens for the death of his and Asha's premature daughter some years ago (~5?). Asha does as well but her grief is tied in with self loathing because she blames herself for not carrying the baby to term.

Asha reacts to pain and sadness with anger in self defense, tried to hook up with others on earlier books to reclaim something of her past self when the ways she and her mate mourned clashed. Hemalo mourns in silence and trying to be the rock for others. He thinks that if something is hurting another (him being around hurting Asha), then to make it better, he should remove the thing that hurts them.

While I get where he's coming from, it kind of messed with Asha's already torn up emotional state. Honestly, I DO think it was a good move for him - they fought bitterly until he left and peacing out gave him room and her a little more of a jolt.

EITHER WAY, this book deals with their path well, fleshes both out, and gives them the HEA they deserve. Along the way it's made clear that no, you don't "get over" the death of your child but that it is possible to move forward with life.

I saw some reviews didn't like the Claire POV. I get why, though I liked them. We don't see a lot of Claire to begin with, so I found it nice to get to know the quiet girl who has existed on the peripherals of the books so far. Plus it gives us a view into Bek as well and how he has grown.

Overall, the content can be rough but it's worth it and I enjoyed it

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  • Teresa
  • 01-07-21

Both Asha and Clair’s story.

I was not looking forward to this book, because of the heartache that may come with it. I don’t like sad books. With that said I wished the story was more about Asha than Clair. I don’t mind Clair, but she already had her story, and she felt like a filler in this book, but I’m glad Bek turned out not to be such a douche, especially since I know he will have a book. I do recommend reading Ice Planet Holiday to get Clair’s story. Asha and Hemalow get there happily ever after. Narrators are great.

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  • Shalyn England
  • 29-06-21

Ice planet and ice home

I love the series of ice planet and ice home they're so good and the way the 2 go together I love the world how it gets set up I love the way They enjoy all the trauma and how they overcome their fears I really can't wait for more of these books I love every bit of it I'd love to see more of them

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  • KAM
  • 23-07-20

Asha and Hemalo

I was really hoping Asha would get a story.

When she was first introduced she was the “other woman” trying to steal Aehako away from Kira. But as the series has moved along I have felt more and more sorry for Asha.

I have also felt like poor Hemalo got a bum deal with his mate.

I was so happy they got a story and their mating is fixed. Their communication is open and they got their HEA. I loved it.

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  • Kindle Customer CarmenB
  • 08-01-20

Sad and sweet

Even though This deals with a lost child and grieving parents that can’t communicate, this was very well told and narrated. Loved the ending!

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  • ReadingMad100
  • 10-11-19

Heartfelt.

This is book 10 in the ICE PLANET BARBARIAN SERIES and while each story stands alone, I recommend they be read in order.

I loved Asha and Hemalo’s story. It was heartfelt and beautiful. I connected deeply with Asha and Hemalo and their second chance at love after their personal tragedy tore them apart. Grief was handled expertly by the author, and I felt the beauty of this couple reconnecting. In this novel, Asha transformed from a vapid, seemingly shallow woman to a nurturing friend and valuable member of her tribe, and a loving partner. It was also good to get to know her mate, Hemalo patiently waiting in the wings for her re-entry into his life. These barbarians are one special race.

Although this is primarily Asha and Hemalo’s story, Claire also has chapters told from her own point of view. For this reason, I recommend that you first read the novella, ICE PLANET HOLIDAY. It’s not available on Audible, and it’s not essential reading, but worthwhile. If you can, do it. It describes Claire’s early life on the Ice Planet and I feel it gave me a deeper understanding of her reactions during some events in BARBARIAN'S HOPE.

Audible narrators Hollie Jackson and Mason Lloyd do a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. I especially want to congratulate Hollie Jackson who brought me to tears with her performance as Asha in turmoil and pain, and for performing completely differently as Claire. That’s skill I admire.

This series has been a welcome and unexpected boost to my romance listening enjoyment. It just keeps getting better and better. Not a dull moment.

I recommend this series.

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  • Vicki
  • 17-02-19

Pretty good story

Barbarian's Hope was about a Sakhui couple, Hemalo and Asha, who lost their kit. The story was different since they were both originally from the ice planet. Asha was a piece of work in that she was nasty to her mate. The book was not as good as some of the others but still pretty good. As usual, the narrators were great.

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