Title: Steph’s Outcast
Author: Ruby Dixon
Series: Icehome #14
Steph is determined to get the two outcasts to join the tribe. When the beach is invaded by giant monsters Steph finds herself trapped with Juth and Pak. They both can’t seem to keep their hands off each other so when rescue arrives and Juth claims her as his mate, she never corrects him.
Steph and Juth’s story was a wonderful one filled with communication issues, attraction, giant monsters, and an adorable little kid. After DNFing the previous book I was afraid that I wouldn’t enjoy this book, but it was wonderful. Steph and Juth had a slower paced relationship that was centered around mutual attraction, not resonance. I adored their interactions and how protective Juth was of Step and Pak. He really was a great father and a great mate.
Steph was a therapist so she tries to make sure everyone talks and gets along, which gets in the way at times. She was a kind, compassionate, and smart woman. Juth’s introduction into the pack isn’t smooth because of the prejudices the clans had against the Outcasts. I was glad to see that the prejudices of some of the characters do change once they realized how their actions were wrong.
The monsters that came to Icehome were terrifying and huge. Their arrival showed that the beach isn’t safe like everyone though and that things are going to have to change if they stay there. I loved how everyone banded together and quickly made plans on what to do. It really showed how resilient these aliens, and now the humans, are. I do wonder if the monsters will be returning in future books or is this something that only happens every couple of years.
Overall, this was a great addition to the Icehome series and I can’t wait to read the next book. I really want to know more about Sam and why she is so reluctant to mate.
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