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The Corsairs : Bethiah by Ruby Dixon
Narrator: Hollie Jackson, Mason Lloyd
Series: The Corsair Brothers #5
Published by Tantor Audio on October 24, 2023
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
Length: hours, minutes
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I have a reputation for being the most chaotic bounty hunter in the universe.
What they don't know? My private life is just as messy. I've got a sweet, innocent cloned human woman who wants to be my lover . . . and a grumpy cyborg paramour who might be jealous that he's not the center of attention.
A triad. Can three very different people love and work together all on the same small spaceship?
It has been a few years now since I read my first Ruby Dixon book and discovered that big blue aliens with tails, horns and spurs in all the right places was my specific kind of kink. Looks like I’m not alone and the Rubyverse has a lot of fans. The Corsairs: Bethiah is the fifth book of the Corsair Brothers series and I was a little hesitant to jump into it. Bethiah has always been fun and a ton of chaos in the other books I’ve read when she is a side character we see for a short time. I wasn’t sure she could carry an entire story and I was right I don’t think she could but you add in a human Dora and a cyborg Misaka Jamef and well they make the story work.
First and foremost this is a book with a F/F/M coupling situation, which I can be down with but if it isn’t your cuppa maybe skip it. For me I can be completely down with it if I like the characters, which I did. There is a lot of steam in this story and everyone touches everyone so strap in for the super sexy scenes. Bethiah and Jamef have been trying to figure out how to be together for awhile. She steals his ship, he steals it back and they play this cat and mouse game. But it isn’t really going anywhere because Bethiah has some severe commitment issues and Jamef has some self worth issues since he has a lot of metal body parts. How do you make these two stick together long enough to figure it out? You add in an illegally cloned human to be the glue that sticks them together.
Dora was rescued from a slavers market because she looked just like one of the other characters, also an illegal clone. In the last story, she decided to hang out with Bethiah and try the pirating life instead of staying on the farming planet. But Dora doesn’t have anything to do on the ship and is trying to figure out her place. Which later just happens to be between Bethiah and Jamef…lucky girl. As they travel around the universe looking for some bounties and a way to pay for their lifestyle, they spend some time figuring out their relationship and everyone’s part in it. I liked the characters overall and had a great time in the story. The only really big drama was trying to figure out how to deal with Bethiah’s ex-human lover Rhonda when they take a bounty to find her missing master.
Overall I liked this story, it is really long for a romance though and I think some of this could have been edited down. If you have read other books in the series, then you know how much fun it is to see the other characters, especially those that Bethiah may have meddled with. I love seeing some of our other cyborg characters that she helped find love. I deducted a star based on the length needing to be edited out a little so we don’t have some of the reputation seen. However, if you want some triad steaminess in your life, there is plenty of that.
Hollie Jackson and Mason Lloyd have done all the books set in this universe and they are fantastic together. I love Mason’s deep voice for our Alien male characters and how he portrays them all. Hollie has done a fantastic job this entire series and I always enjoy her performance. She brings the characters to life and makes the sexy scenes even sexier. I’m not sure anyone else would do this series justice in my mind since I have been with them for around 20 books now.
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