Title: Warlord Unarmed
Author: Cynthia Sax
Series: Chamele Barbarian Warlords #3
TW: References to frequent adoption then abandonment back into the system
Murad, a technology-loving Chamele Warlord, is determined to track down the rogue warrior plaguing the Chamele planets. When an old battered ship enters the sector without authorization, Murad hails the ship and hears the voice of the sole occupant, who happens to be his mate.
Murad and Gale’s story was surprisingly emotional and sweet. Gale spent her childhood being abandoned by everyone she cared for so she has extreme abandonment issues. This has caused her to become a hoarder of items discarded by those she lets close. When she starts to fall for Murad she struggles to get over her fear of him leaving her. There are a lot of emotional scenes in this book of Gale internally panicking about the possibility of being left again. Also of his reaction to finding out she sometimes steals things. Gale was a heroine that I surprisingly really liked. Her past is heartbreaking but she has become a strong woman, even with her mental issues.
Murad is the cheerful brother but that doesn’t stop him from being deadly. I liked that he was very understanding of Gale’s fears and triggers. He takes his time with her and shows her how much he cherishes her. Murad also opens up about his own insecurities with his brothers, which I absolutely loved. I love a hero who isn’t afraid to open up about his fears.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable alien romance. Both of these characters were well developed and very emotional. I can’t wait to start the next book because it is Burke’s and he is in for a rude awakening with Elle.
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