Jun 6 2017 9:30am

Every J.R. Ward Fan Should Be Reading Ruby Dixon

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

Blue aliens, you say?

My dear friend, romance reader and writer, Alexis Daria, sends me a screen shot of text from her Kindle, with mad giggly faces all around it: Do you know what kinds of private parts blue aliens have?

I must admit I was amused and intrigued.

I’ve been on a contemporary binge for a while now. Years ago, I was hard into paranormal, but I drifted toward new adult then deep into erotic rom, but now…

This blue alien thing—I was hearing it from more and more people—I had to try it.

So I did, and it’s been a blast from the past. I haven’t fallen for a series this hard since first reading J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover.

It’s been like diving into a blue team version of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Replace the lessers with little green men, replace the fangs with horns. And yes—remember that talk about private parts?—give the males a spur. Curious yet?

Move the setting from the decadent mansion in Caldwell, NY to a Neolithic cave in an arctic climate, and welcome to Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon. (Amazon)

These blue males are big, possessive and scary, but they’ve got it bad for their heroines and they know how to deliver in the passion department. But the thing that got me really resonating (Oo, that’s a pun, and wait for it…) with it like the BDB is the mating thing they do. You know the we-are-destined-to-be at first sight thing?

They do what’s called resonating rather than bonding as in BDB, and they don’t hear MINE in their heads, instead their bodies hum. Like a sound comes from their chest when they resonate with a mate.

I’m all about it. It’s like a manifestation of the saying, You make my blood sing.

And the way Ruby Dixon does it has a cool factor on another level. It’s a bit of spoiler (so maybe skip the next sentence), but the women will resonate back if they return the mate—bond—thing, whatever.

I love the reciprocation. That it’s not one-sided lends it something extra.

There’s a seriously addictive quality to these books and given there’s fourteen of them, it’s binge worthy. I’ve been trying to dissect what about them is so addictive to so many romance connoisseurs, and what it is about the IPB and the BDB that’s similar.

What hooks me to read book after book in a row without thought to read anything else?

I mean, the sex is ultra-hot. There’s nothing like a greeting, as in book one of—how to put this in PG terms?—a male’s nose to a female’s intimate parts for a let-me-smell-you-hello/love at first sight.

But it’s not just that. Or the whole special perks in the wang department. (Though that’s faaabulous.)

I think—for me—it’s the caretaking.

I’ve been so hard in love with bad boys and anti-heroes lately, I’ve undervalued the sensitivity of caretakers.

These barbarians care for their women. Care for their wants, care for their needs and desires. They love and respect their independence as well as they comprehend their fears. They pay attention to their insecurities, give support when it’s needed, and are hands off whenever she requires.

Somewhere in my reading of bad boy after bad boy, I forgot something I truly enjoy: a hero who shows love in deed as well as in bed. When these aliens, for all their hunting and possessive ways, are attentive to their heroines, it’s so comforting. 

The IPB are a comfort read, really. They fill a hole on my TBR list. Something I didn’t know I was craving.

The books are less than 200 pages. The series is far from as epic or intricate as the BDB world, but the simplicity of them is perhaps the best part. The major conflicts stem from within the relationships, and the external challenges they face aren’t overly dramatized.

The cast of characters is large and has a lot of depth to get lost in—much like the BDB.

I have to include a *trigger warning* for the first chapter of the first book. A minor character is assaulted, but this is the only incident I’ve seen so far in the series. It is easily skipped. I did, and it was worth it. Just beware.

I’m super grateful for this new rec, and that there are 14 of them. And ongoing!

I’m sure I’ll go back to my contemporary bad boys and erotic anti-heroes, but it’s nice to have a pleasant escape to another world. I never would’ve guessed blue aliens could be so comforting—and ultimately satisfying.

Learn more about or order a copy of the books in Ruby Dixon's Ice Planet Barbarians series:

Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #1)
Barbarian Alien (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #2)
Barbarian Lover (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #3)
Barbarian Mine (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #4)
Barbarian's Prize (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #5)
Barbarian's Mate (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #6)
Barbarian's Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #7)
Barbarian's Taming (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #8)
Barbarian's Hope (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #10)  
Barbarian's Choice (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #11)  
Barbarian's Redemption (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #12)  
Barbarian's Lady (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #13)  
Prison Planet Barbarian (Ice Planet Barbarians Series , #14)  

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Robin Lovett writes sexy contemporary romances, and her dark romance trilogy will release this summer through SMP Swerve.

Robin enjoys writing romance to avoid the more unsavory things in life, like day jobs, housework, and personal demons. To feed her coffee and chocolate addictions, she can frequently be found overdosing on mochas. When not writing with her cat, she’s busy embracing untamable curly hair and adventuring in the outdoors with her husband.

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1. reanderson
I ADORE these books. They are fun, but not boring. And the characters are different enough that they don't really get old.
2. jlea
This is cracktastic fun. I started off with the first book and didn't sleep much until I was through them. Blue aliens with spurs, horns and tails etc. There is a lot to love.
Robin Lovett
3. RobinLovett
Ah! More IPB lovers. It's so contagious. They are all so varied it's awesome and yes, I didn't mention the horns and tails above... such fun!
Kimberly Robinson
4. Kimberly Robinson
I love Ruby Dixon's books. All of these are so good. Such fun reads. I hope everyone gives them a try!
Mary Lynne Nielsen
5. emmel
While I appreciate the attention you're giving this wonderful series, I prefer to judge it on its own merits. For example, resonance isn't love at first sight in this series. Many of the couples struggle with their resonance, which is a physical reaction of a symbiont each person on Not-Hoth has in order to survive there. IPB has a great deal of variety--some books are humorous, some sad, some epic, some quiet. It's for any number of fans, and a worthy entry on its own.
Kimberly Robinson
6. Lynsey A
Thanks for the recommendation! I've downloaded the first one...although I may have to adjust myself to the whole tail thing... :) Horns I can handle, i.e. Kresley Cole demons, but tails is new. LOL
8. jlea
Lynsey....there is a lot of fun to be had with tails in her books. and us fans can go on and on about the horns and the spurs.

emmel...wonderful points and oh so true.

and...there is a fan page on facebook for all of us devoted fans of Ruby's blue hunks of love.
Kimberly Robinson
9. Lori CS
I love that their skin is like suede!
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