I broke the rules and stole an auction item from her buyers.
Because somehow, they’d managed to abduct a Gryfala princess.
Though… she doesn’t look, or act, or sound quite like I thought one of her kind would.
But I’m merely a Rakhii gladiator; this is the closest I’ve actually ever been to a princess.
I’d be considered lucky indeed if she chose me to guard her.
Instead, I want more.
I need her to claim me.
Because she doesn’t know it, but now I can’t let her go.
Woke up in a freaking auction pen.
With no coffee.
But there were aliens. And they didn’t bid on me out of the goodness of their hearts.
Then this nice alien showed up in the nick of time, but he keeps referring to me as “Princess” and I’m starting to worry what he’ll do when he finds out that there’s been a little case of mistaken identity, that I’m not royalty – see, I’m not even whatever alien he mistook me for…
I’m just a human.
The array of aliens the author created were interesting, with important cultural connections governing their interactions. Cultural misunderstandings and mis-translations between the hero and heroine are important to the story, and also add some funny elements. The world built is not nice, with an entire planet dedicated to selling slaves, and a race of “princesses” that are revered yet strictly bound by convention.
The writing is better than the blurb would suggest, and the heroine less of a ditz. This was written before the first work of hers I read, Contagion, (might be her first book?) and it feels more aligned with the stereotypical alien abduction genre, pulling in some tropes that I dislike (like the hero rescuing the heroine from sexual assault / attempted rape, and the heroine being fine in a lot of life-threatening situations and then flipping her shit over getting a shot). In both the love interest is a kind of scary alien, though in this one the alien is humanoid. Surprisingly, there’s only one explicit sex scene that I can recall, with others mostly alluded to in almost closed door style. I didn’t love the resolution of the story, which seems like it tries to have its cake and eat it too.
The cover illustration is actually pretty cool but the typography makes it look worse :/ It’s both off-genre and just not good.