Series: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides #5
Published by Self-Published on October 17, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
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Barb Quintain seems to have it together. She owns the hottest restaurant in town, lives in a fabulous luxury apartment, and has a personality as big as the state of Texas. But outward confidence conceals old wounds as big as Texas, too. She hides behind success, fearing that someone will discover what she’s really like—a fake, a fraud, all broth and no beans.
Then one evening he walks into her restaurant--the hottest, sexiest man she’s ever seen. Kord. An alien from Dakon who’s so out of her league, she could never deserve him.
Kord doesn’t understand why none of his Intergalactic Dating Agency matches have panned out until he happens into Barbie Q’s Restaurant and meets the proprietess. His twitching horns immediately signal she’s his Fated mate.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to recognize that. The only thing he can do is get her to hire him so he can convince her they’re meant to be together.
Just as Kord’s patience wins her over, and Barb begins to envision herself as his mate, a family crisis sends her running in her rhinestone boots. Will confronting her past destroy their future?
I love being back in the Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides world. In this series, Dakonians come to Earth to look for mates, as they have very few women left on their planet after an asteroid hit and released a virus that affected females more than males. In Kord, Barb Quintain, who has had small parts in previous books, gets to find love. I like Barb. She’s the owner of Barbie Q’s Restaurant. She’s a Dolly Parton type, where her hair and breasts are not real. But, also like Dolly, she’s very sweet and loving on the inside.
Barb had a hard life growing up. Her parents weren’t great, to say the least. They were both alcoholics. They screamed and fought with each other all the time. Needless to say, that didn’t endear Barb to getting into a long-term relationship. She was quick to cut things off when things started to get too serious.
Kord came to Earth with his brother, Braxx (who is the hero of the next book in the series). Braxx filled out the forms for both of them. He put down things that he thought women would be interested in, instead of filling out the forms with honesty. Needless to say, when you boast about your wealth (which means nothing to the Dakonians, but they have a lot from the ore on their planet, which is a great power source on Earth), you’re going to attract women who are interested in money. Kord didn’t think he would ever find his mate, until his most recent date dumped him on the way to their dinner at Barbie Q’s (she didn’t like barbeque, so he was much better off ending the date there anyway. Who doesn’t like BBQ, unless your vegetarian, which was not this woman’s issue). Anyway, that’s how he meets Barb.
I had a really great time with this story. Again, I really enjoyed the characters. And I liked seeing Barb work through her issues on relationships and her family. She’s got some great friends around her too. It has made me very eager to read Braxx’s story, especially since we see who his heroine will be at the end of this book.