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Worse Guy by Ruby Dixon
Narrator: Ja'Air Bush, Alexander Cendese
Series: Villains in Love
Published by Tantor Audio on November 29, 2022
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 6 hours, 59 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
Crulden the Ruiner is the most dangerous gladiator in the galaxy.
I'm his clone—equally ugly, equally dangerous, and just as feared. I'm also being held captive, since no one trusts a creature like me to be let loose.
A curvy, determined human named Bee doesn't think I'm a creature, though. In fact, she thinks I just need a guide. She's got half the males on this planet eating out of her hand, and she's confident she can do the same with me.
The managing little female has no idea what she's in for. I'm not some fool to be led around by my tail. But . . . the champion in me loves a challenge. A champion also wants to win a prize. So I tell Bee I'll go along with her plans if she kisses me . . . right on my tusk-filled mouth.
I never expected her to say yes . . .
Worse Guy is the second book of one of the clones of Crulden the Ruiner that we met in the Corsair Brothers series. He was on the ship with all the other clones and slaves ready to be sent to market that they were able to rescue. Now he is on a farming planet and no one knows what to do with him so he has been locked in a cage until they can figure it out.
Bee has been on the farming planet for a little while but she hasn’t really found her place yet. She wants to help some of the other women on the planet settle and find their paths, but first she is going to need to tame a beast to prove she has the necessary skills for even the most difficult cases.
Victor, the newly named Crulden Clone, is a champion and he will figure out how to win even this game. He has a lot of memories of arenas and fighting but he has never fought, the more he gets to know the little female that has all the guards wrapped around her finger, the more he is sure he will win this challenge and Bee is the prize he will win. She is going to figure out a way to get into that cage with him and then he is going to figure out how to play the game to make sure they come out of it together.
I love this world Ruby Dixon has created and all the stories in it so far. While most of the humans have some horrible experiences in their pasts, I love the perseverance they show and the alien mates they find. This story got hot and I loved Victor’s determination to make sure he made Bee his and listened to what she really wanted. He sees the real Bee and not just the face she shows everyone else. Bee, on the other hand, always sees the potential in Victor and while she didn’t expect to find love or passion ever, she is not afraid to embrace it when she does. Their growth as a couple seemed natural and I appreciated how each was so protective of the other.
Another really fun story in the Ruby Dixon universe.
“The female’s smile grows broader but does not reach her eyes, and I bite back a laugh as I realize what her strange tone of voice is. She thinks they are idiots. She is humoring them. Mocking them quietly by giving them the words and actions they wish to hear, even if it is not what she believes.”
Jaair Bush and Alex Cendese both do a fantastic job portraying the different PoVs. They really have brought the story to life and *fans self* the smexy times are HOT HOT HOT. Another great audio performance in the series. I was able to listen to Worse Guy at my usual 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip HERE.
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