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What’s worse than finding a lost ship full of stolen humans? It’s finding out that your family is responsible. This is a wrong I have to somehow right, so I take off to find answers…and discover one of those kidnapped humans has stowed away on my ship. She’s furious that I’ve deserted her friends. She’s determined to make me pay. Ruth swears vengeance and won’t be satisfied What’s worse than finding a lost ship full of stolen humans? It’s finding out that your family is responsible. This is a wrong I have to somehow right, so I take off to find answers…and discover one of those kidnapped humans has stowed away on my ship. She’s furious that I’ve deserted her friends. She’s determined to make me pay. Ruth swears vengeance and won’t be satisfied until she sees me destroyed. It’s a battle of wills I’m determined to win. Instead of breaking Ruth, I find that I’ll do just about anything to get her to kiss me again. Now…who’s bending who?


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What’s worse than finding a lost ship full of stolen humans? It’s finding out that your family is responsible. This is a wrong I have to somehow right, so I take off to find answers…and discover one of those kidnapped humans has stowed away on my ship. She’s furious that I’ve deserted her friends. She’s determined to make me pay. Ruth swears vengeance and won’t be satisfied What’s worse than finding a lost ship full of stolen humans? It’s finding out that your family is responsible. This is a wrong I have to somehow right, so I take off to find answers…and discover one of those kidnapped humans has stowed away on my ship. She’s furious that I’ve deserted her friends. She’s determined to make me pay. Ruth swears vengeance and won’t be satisfied until she sees me destroyed. It’s a battle of wills I’m determined to win. Instead of breaking Ruth, I find that I’ll do just about anything to get her to kiss me again. Now…who’s bending who?

30 review for Corsairs: Straik

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    3.5 stars - as is usually true of books that start their lives as serials on RD FB, I do think this is a bit bloated. That said, when I like the characters, that's probably not the worse flaw a book could have! :) I am LOVING how all of the different books in the Risdaverse are becoming more and more intertwined in this arc of macro plot regarding the clones. We first got some hints of this in Ice Home, and I've loved seeing that develop more over recent books. I also really like Ruth & Straik t 3.5 stars - as is usually true of books that start their lives as serials on RD FB, I do think this is a bit bloated. That said, when I like the characters, that's probably not the worse flaw a book could have! :) I am LOVING how all of the different books in the Risdaverse are becoming more and more intertwined in this arc of macro plot regarding the clones. We first got some hints of this in Ice Home, and I've loved seeing that develop more over recent books. I also really like Ruth & Straik together- their dynamic reminded me a lot of BEAUTY AND THE BILLIONAIRE, which was the first book that made me a die hard Ruby Dixon fan (though that was under a different pen name). The virgin hero is a trope a love, and I also loved that he turned out to be a pouty emo boy with a heart of gold

  2. 4 out of 5

    reya

    It was only recently that I came to know that quite a lot of RD's fans have been reading this on her Facebook as updated serial episodes. I don't have an account on there but I'm glad at the same time to have read this in one sitting, especially since I get super cranky waiting for updates. Or life happens. I'd rather wait it out until the whole thing is done & complete before pouncing on it. I actually expected Helen & Mathiras to be featured in Corsair Brothers, #3 since..well..the series has “ It was only recently that I came to know that quite a lot of RD's fans have been reading this on her Facebook as updated serial episodes. I don't have an account on there but I'm glad at the same time to have read this in one sitting, especially since I get super cranky waiting for updates. Or life happens. I'd rather wait it out until the whole thing is done & complete before pouncing on it. I actually expected Helen & Mathiras to be featured in Corsair Brothers, #3 since..well..the series has “brothers” in the title but I guess Straik ending up as Jade and Alice's brother-in-law works out too. When I read Adiron's book, the way Straik was described made me imagine him as some sort of a hermit Batman who donned himself in black clothes to blend in, keeping a watch on everyone from the corner of the room. He actually made me feel skittish, but the Straik I got here was a treat. • Alien x Human..? (read to find out more!) • Slow-burn. • Full-length. • Overlaps with Corsair Brothers #1 & #2. • Has a HEA but has to be read as a part of the series. • Bold heroine who takes no shit from anyone. • Kindle Unlimited. • Bonus : Tour of the galaxy. I still can't get over the fact that these books are full-length. They're a steal!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    'I'm not responsible for the entire universe, but damn, I like to keep my corner of it tidy.' Look, this had a lot of my fav tropes going for it but ultimately it kinda ruined the fun of those with the "bondage" thing where just keep someone tied up because . . . because?? No, thanks. Straik was fun, but also he isn't an actual corsair brother, now is he? Still, another fun installment in Ruby Dixon's alien universe and I'm really excited to see how the final(?) book plays out. Lastly, a huge 'I'm not responsible for the entire universe, but damn, I like to keep my corner of it tidy.' Look, this had a lot of my fav tropes going for it but ultimately it kinda ruined the fun of those with the "bondage" thing where just keep someone tied up because . . . because?? No, thanks. Straik was fun, but also he isn't an actual corsair brother, now is he? Still, another fun installment in Ruby Dixon's alien universe and I'm really excited to see how the final(?) book plays out. Lastly, a huge shout-out to finally there being some non-straight characters!! Especially since we'll be getting their stories in the future? A blessing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ivy Deluca

    Quick(ish) Review Originally published as a serial through Ruby’s Facebook group, the flow of the story is very much mini cliffhangers every chapter. Other than feeling a little longer than necessary, it worked for me. The Firsts were memorable, and while there’s references to sexual assault/rape, human trafficking and slavery, Ms. Dixon manages to keep it sweet and romantic at its core. Another winner and just sign me up for the next one!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura Elizabeth

    Enjoy her Facebook serials every day. I’ll miss it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Inna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars. Just finished the serialized version of this book (available on Facebook and her website for a few more days before it is officially released)… now I can’t wait until the final copy is on KU so I can read the epilogue. I do love that Ruby Dixon offers her readers the opportunity to enjoy a chapter a day, it’s a fun concept and has kept me hooked to this story for the past month. I didn’t start reading until about around 70 chapters were already released and really didn’t anticipate it g 4 stars. Just finished the serialized version of this book (available on Facebook and her website for a few more days before it is officially released)… now I can’t wait until the final copy is on KU so I can read the epilogue. I do love that Ruby Dixon offers her readers the opportunity to enjoy a chapter a day, it’s a fun concept and has kept me hooked to this story for the past month. I didn’t start reading until about around 70 chapters were already released and really didn’t anticipate it going until chapter 97! I’m not the best at delayed gratification, but it was worth the wait. So overall, I’m a little tired of Dixon’s IPB and Icehome series… but I absolutely love all of the spin-offs! The Corsairs and Risdaverse are the best, I absolutely can’t get enough. This is book 3 of this new Corsairs series and probably my favorite thus far. I knew I was going to love Straik & Ruth’s story from the start, and it didn’t disappoint. Ruth is stranded on Straik’s ship when she tries to spy on him, they are separated from the group, and go on a intergalactic adventure together. So much happens in this book that I really never felt a moment of boredom while reading. This book deals with a lot of heavy topics, but in typical Ruby Dixon fashion, it doesn’t feel all that heavy while reading. My last thought about this book is really about the next book. I thought that the new clone they found in book 2, Salvator, would have been the perfect match for Helen. I’m pretty bummed about the Helen & Mathiras matchup tbh, but I’m still looking forward to seeing what RD will do with their story. Safety was good, hero is a virgin, heroine wasn’t (but her experiences were all against her will), some slightly silly OM drama at the beginning, no OW drama. TW: Heroine raped in the past (off page)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    It's Ruby Dixon.... I love her stories...and this hero is perfection! It's Ruby Dixon.... I love her stories...and this hero is perfection!

  8. 4 out of 5

    BrownSugar

    Ruby Dixon’s serials have been a mainstay through the pandemic. I really looked forward to each episode and the story kept me engaged all the way through. Can’t wait for the other characters in this world to get their love story - Salvotor and Dopekh, anyone?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    Ruby's Serials are the gift that keep on giving! I wake up in anticipation each morning for the next chapter of these bad boys. This is the fifth serial she has generously posted daily on Facebook for us throughout the pandemic and I am just so grateful for them. This is book three in the Corsairs Brothers Series, however this book focuses on Straik, a Homeworld noble, who has taken on a life of piracy and joins forces with the Va Sithai brothers to locate the Bouyant Star - a lost ship (previou Ruby's Serials are the gift that keep on giving! I wake up in anticipation each morning for the next chapter of these bad boys. This is the fifth serial she has generously posted daily on Facebook for us throughout the pandemic and I am just so grateful for them. This is book three in the Corsairs Brothers Series, however this book focuses on Straik, a Homeworld noble, who has taken on a life of piracy and joins forces with the Va Sithai brothers to locate the Bouyant Star - a lost ship (previously owned by Straiks family, the Sa'Rins). Highly recommend reading books one and two prior to this story to gain understanding, as in this book we pick up with Straik fleeing the the found Bouyant Star after discovering the merchant ship wasn't dealing with luxury silks but instead (view spoiler)[ slaves (humans, clones and gladiators - oh my!) A hundred and fifty of them all in pods awaiting for auction. (hide spoiler)] From book one, Straik has been introduced as a pretentious ass, but we all know those heroes are the softest, hiding their marshmallow insides from the world as they've been wronged in the past. And Straik's action aren't admirable, like when he flees the Star, he abandoned everyone as he went off in search for help as he was completely blindsided by the shocking fact his family's wealth comes from (view spoiler)[ slavery! (cloning, human trafficking, sex slavery - I don't blame him for freaking out. He places a lot of guilt onto himself for being a part of the Sa'Rin name and such a horrible syndicate). (hide spoiler)] However, behind every brooding hero, there is a head strong, strong willed heroine who whips his ass into shape and helps open his eyes to fulfilment. And in this story, that bad bitch is Ruth. From their first meeting in book Ruth despises the stuck up lord in all black. Her suspicions surrounding him lead her to (view spoiler)[ stowaway in his ship one evening to spy on him. However unfortunately for her, this is the same night the abandons the Star and she is consequently stuck with him. She hides in the air vents from him for a week until she is discovered. And once she is Straik is not happy. But Ruth, bless her, matches his energy and the game of cat and mouse begins between the two, seeing how will break first. I won't say who, but they both end up seething with lust for each other. (hide spoiler)] This couple is HOT. Straik is extremely disconnected with his emotions due to his bitch of a mother showing him no love and affection when growing up. He feels nothing for anyone really, until Ruth. He would do anything for this woman!! ANYTHING! At the end of the day she is all he needs and this is why my expectation for love are too high. These two complement each other perfectly, match each others wits and cunningness. At the end of the day they find themselves content, safe and loved in each others arms. I love a good enemies to lovers pairing and the sexual frustration between these two, the pining, miscommunication and love gestures. UGH my heart. There's just so much I love about this book, but too finish off my rant here are a few other story points I loved: (view spoiler)[ I knew it had to be coming, even if I was in denial, but Ruth being a clone ended up being one of my favourite parts of her character growth. Her finding acceptance in herself and strength and seeing Straik love her unconditionally (Ruby men are utter perfection) - all perfection. I can't wait for the impending scene in the next book, where Straik reunited with his mother and we see her reaction to her son being happily married to a human clone! And better yet she's pregnant with his child. AHAH I just know that's gonna be a fabulous drama filled scene with Straik protecting Ruth but I'm sure she'll be holding her own ground and defending him. And Ruth's relationship with Ruthie. I did not see that coming, another Ruth clone. We knew it could happen, we have multiple Crulden's, but multiple of the same human. WOW. And I love Ruthie, the relationship her and Ruth have, their individuality yet love for each other. I'm glad Ruth has her. And Speaking of Ruthie, I can't wait for her story. The fact Ruby confirmed an A'anai spin off series is in the works has me overjoyed cause I will never stop loving Ruby's stories and all the clones boys from the Darkened Eye - I mean Scarlett Gaze - are huge sweethearts who each deserve their happily ever after. Dopekh and Salvatorr too!! ahhhhh I adore them! See, RUBY JUST GIVES US SO MANY GOODIES!!!! Reuniting with Jade, Alice, Helen and the Va Sithai brothers was great! I love how the stories have flowed together so far, and I'm full of theories as too how the slave trade will be brought down in the next book with Helen and Mathiras at the helm. All the pregnancy news too, heheh I hope we get an epilogue in book four a few years down the track with all these blue babies running around - yes I love the pregnancy troupe in Ruby's books AND happily ever after epilogues that glimpse into the future. Also random last note, cause I can't structure a review, this is all over the place ahah BUT Straik is absolutely hilarious. The way he thinks Dopekh has a crush on him. And how he gives all the clones wet willy's to bond ahahaha he is too precious for the universe. (hide spoiler)] In conclusion, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for Mathiras and Helen's story. I don't want this series to end, but I can't wait to see familiar faces in the next book and follow another epic romance. Ruth and Straik were a slow burn, and I just know our next two couple is gonna be even slower, but I can;t wait to see Helen trying her very best to seduce Mathiras and for us to watch the poor man struggle with his affection and protectiveness for her. A word of advice Mathiras, give in buddy - she's your mate. Until then happy reading, I'm off to re-read this bad boy again!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    It's Straik's turn to get tangled up in his special lady friend and HAHAHAHA. Ruth. She's kind of a seething ball of fury and vengeful comeuppance when he first stumbles over her and it takes A WHILE for her to stop seeing Straik as her enemy. Straik needs Ruth's fury and fire, though, to really start enjoying life. For all he's a corsair and makes his living by piracy, he's kind of straight-laced. I mean, the guy still wears the traditional Homeworld robes with his house crest splashed all over It's Straik's turn to get tangled up in his special lady friend and HAHAHAHA. Ruth. She's kind of a seething ball of fury and vengeful comeuppance when he first stumbles over her and it takes A WHILE for her to stop seeing Straik as her enemy. Straik needs Ruth's fury and fire, though, to really start enjoying life. For all he's a corsair and makes his living by piracy, he's kind of straight-laced. I mean, the guy still wears the traditional Homeworld robes with his house crest splashed all over them. It turns out that under his spoiled rich boy airs is someone who's a genuinely good guy. He cares about his crew and is horrified to find out his family's return to wealth has been kindled in the slave trade. FYI, his mother is AWFUL. Good thing Straik's the polar opposite of her when it comes to, well, everything. As for Ruth, she's angry. And scared. Mostly, she uses her vast quantities of anger to hide her scared side, but she's still angry at the gaps in her memory and the things that were done to her. This may come as a shock, but she's also really mad at Straik for abandoning her friends. It takes a while before Ruth starts to realize that Straik isn't the bad guy here and he's trying to do the best be can with the resources at hand. A few tiny assassination attempts, a lot of snarling foreplay, time spent with the a'ani (and OMG! Dopekh and his flirt-buddy NEED a story!), our first look (? Yes? I don't think we've actually seen them before?) at a Threshian, and one couple who have some seriously fun aggressive flirting. What can I say except Straik and Ruth are marshmallows for each other once they get the bickering out of their system. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Liebler

    I love the Corsair series and Ruby Dixon is an excellent writer with world building skills to rival any top scifi/fantasy writer but for some reason I really just started to get bored 3/4 of the way through. Like maybe this could have used some editing? It just didn't need to be 400 pages. I was full on skimming the last bit I love the Corsair series and Ruby Dixon is an excellent writer with world building skills to rival any top scifi/fantasy writer but for some reason I really just started to get bored 3/4 of the way through. Like maybe this could have used some editing? It just didn't need to be 400 pages. I was full on skimming the last bit

  12. 5 out of 5

    Greyland Reviews

    2 stars I thought this one was just okay. Trigger Warnings: TW are at the beginning of the book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Badh

    Poor Straik He really needed to have Ruth in his life. He needed shaken up, and Ruth is good at shaking, for sure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nada Alaa

    3.5✨ That was fun😌♥️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mayda (My Book Cafe Life)

    Always fun to read Ruby’s Corsairs! This world keeps getting more interesting.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sugarplum

    Stuck at 59% (and probably not going anywhere). ******WARNING: SPOILERY RANT AHEAD****** Honestly, this book made me sad. I started reading it expecting a sweet, funny, kinda quirky romance (with some sexy aliens), but what I got was abuse with a sprinkle of torture. As an aside note, I know some authors struggle with TW vs spoilers, but, dear Ruby, if you're going to outline TWs at the beginning of the book, please make sure you get them all. I read the TWs and was like: 'oh, cool. Let's do this!' A Stuck at 59% (and probably not going anywhere). ******WARNING: SPOILERY RANT AHEAD****** Honestly, this book made me sad. I started reading it expecting a sweet, funny, kinda quirky romance (with some sexy aliens), but what I got was abuse with a sprinkle of torture. As an aside note, I know some authors struggle with TW vs spoilers, but, dear Ruby, if you're going to outline TWs at the beginning of the book, please make sure you get them all. I read the TWs and was like: 'oh, cool. Let's do this!' A few chapters in and BAM! Heroine is captured, chained naked to a bed, and tortured. Oh, let's not forget she already had severe trauma from past sexual abuse by the hands of other aliens, so chaining her naked to his bed was just... yeah, not great. I know some people struggle with the concept of torture in fiction, but come on! Chaining a naked woman to your bed, depriving her of food and water, and lowering the temperature until she's freezing is torture, there's no way around it. I know Americans call this "advanced interrogation techniques", but it's torture. Oh, and when he imprisons someone else, I think he mentions doing this to his other captives as well, so the Hero in this here book is a serial torturer. Cool. Cool, cool, cool. I've nothing against an antihero or even a villain as a love interest, I'd just like to know what I'm getting myself into before I start reading a book. Also, the whole thing about him not knowing his family sells slaves for a living is a little farfetched and unrealistic seeing as he bought slaves and then "freed" them. *sigh* I just... I was expecting something else from this book. And the way their relationship develops feels so forced. OH, and let's not forget the heroine outing one of the few gay characters in this universe! Granted, she does feel sort of bad about doing it afterwards, but she didn't need to do it at all. The guy was about to tell his captain the truth, why not let him speak for himself??? I'm pretty sure the author is straight, so I get how not so significant this moment might seem, but coming out is a big deal. Having someone else steal that from you SUCKS BALLS. Idk if I'll go back and finish this one, it really disappointed me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Okay, I'm doing a group review for Risdaverse, the Corsairs, and related books because that's how I do this, I guess. Honestly, it's because I just get to devouring and then, oops, I've read them all. Before I start though, I've made what I think is more or less the chronological reading order of these books plus other related Ruby Dixon books. I did not read them in this order, but in case someone wants to, here we go: IPB up to Barbarian’s Redemption (not reviewed here) The Alien’s Mail-Order Br Okay, I'm doing a group review for Risdaverse, the Corsairs, and related books because that's how I do this, I guess. Honestly, it's because I just get to devouring and then, oops, I've read them all. Before I start though, I've made what I think is more or less the chronological reading order of these books plus other related Ruby Dixon books. I did not read them in this order, but in case someone wants to, here we go: IPB up to Barbarian’s Redemption (not reviewed here) The Alien’s Mail-Order Bride (no overlapping characters, so honestly this could go anywhere in the timeline) Pretty Human Barbarian’s Lady (not reviewed here), Prison Planet Barbarian <- concurrent more or less and this is where I’m going to break away from IPB, but naturally it’s got its own timeline that flows beside this one. The Corsair’s Captive When She’s Ready, The Corsair’s Bed <-these are all somewhat concurrent as well When She’s Married, Enticed by the Corsair Deceiving the Corsair When She Purrs When She Belongs Corsairs: Adiron When She Dances, Corsairs: Kaspar, Bad Guy When She’s Bold Worse Guy Corsairs: Straik Now that that's taken care of, let's get the warnings out of the way: They're heavy on the human trafficking in space. It's in the past stuff, because how did the humans become refugees in the first place, right? But just know that it's definitely a thing. It runs the gamut from being an elderly person's pet/care giver to being in a horrible sex slave situation. I wasn't super triggered by most of it except maybe Sophie's back story in When She Belongs was particularly gruesome to me, so much that I almost didn't want the couple to get together. Almost. Hetero, BUT with a promise of a gay story in the future. Hmmm, more than half are white girls. I'm not sure what else for warnings so here's the review: Risdaverse + Prison Planet Barbarian + Bad Guy and Worse Guy: This little farming planet, Risda III, and the people on it are so fricking charming. They're mostly short, sweet, and sexy, and just hits me in that spot that longs for a quiet life spent with people I love. But, I also love the ones that end up on space stations as well. I love all of them. There's also a lot beauty and the beast themes which I find really appealing. Corsairs: The space pirates were THE MOST FUN EVER! These made me so freaking happy. Adiron, you win best boy. And the end of Straik was wild. What's going to happen now?!?! These have a somewhat more overarching story to them more than Risdaverse does. I find it really intriguing and I'm here for where ever Ruby is going to take them next.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Gray

    4 1/2 stars! I do NOT consider this as a stand-alone read, as there are reoccurring characters and overarching themes. I highly recommend these be read in series order for maximum reader satisfaction and to prevent spoilers. Contains subject matter that may be a trigger or offensive to some including adult language, steamy intimate scenes and violence either being referenced or detailed such as kidnapping / abduction, assault, rape, human trafficking, enslavement, abandonment, betrayal, illegal cl 4 1/2 stars! I do NOT consider this as a stand-alone read, as there are reoccurring characters and overarching themes. I highly recommend these be read in series order for maximum reader satisfaction and to prevent spoilers. Contains subject matter that may be a trigger or offensive to some including adult language, steamy intimate scenes and violence either being referenced or detailed such as kidnapping / abduction, assault, rape, human trafficking, enslavement, abandonment, betrayal, illegal cloning, etc. ⛔️ If you have not read the previous stories, the following may contain spoilers. There are a few grammatical issues, but nothing difficult to interpret. Mainly incorrect, extra or missing words. I am trying to mention these for readers such as myself that visualize the story as reading, as errors interrupts the flow. Straik is a corsair, or pirate, that in the previous story found his family’s missing spaceship. Unfortunately it didn’t contain the fortune or goods he expected it to, but various races of slaves. A few were awakened and abused, but the rest remained in stasis. He freaked and abandoned them, including his business partners. What he didn’t know was that one of them stowed away on his ship. Ruth is a human that was kidnapped from earth, placed in stasis, woken up and abused by the alien crew. She decides to investigate the Straik’s spaceship, but she didn’t expect him to take off and abandon her friends and what is essentially her new family! Now she is “watching” him and she is not going to stop until she can find a way to get him to go back! Too bad that he is so handsome, but acts so strange … sleeps on the floor, wallows in his bath … ah poor him having nice hot water to bath in … throwing beautiful smelling soap at the walls, and then there is what he did to his hair! Maybe she is getting to him!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I LOVED Ruth from the beginning.  Her sense of humor was hilarious.  She literally made me lol.  She was brave, prideful, feisty, smart, sneaky, and creative.  She was also resilient - not allowing that she was a victim of sexual  slavery to crush her spirit.            Straik ended up not being a bad guy.  He wanted to hide some of his family being slavers and save their family name while freeing the slaves.  I liked how his crew tried to be honorable and showed their disappointment in abandonin I LOVED Ruth from the beginning.  Her sense of humor was hilarious.  She literally made me lol.  She was brave, prideful, feisty, smart, sneaky, and creative.  She was also resilient - not allowing that she was a victim of sexual  slavery to crush her spirit.            Straik ended up not being a bad guy.  He wanted to hide some of his family being slavers and save their family name while freeing the slaves.  I liked how his crew tried to be honorable and showed their disappointment in abandoning the 3 brothers and the ship full of people in stasis while still being loyal.  I also liked Dopekh and how he helped Ruth.              Straik grew on me more and more as the story went on.  He pulled on my heartstrings.  He tried to pretend to be a tough guy but was a lonely sweetheart and in many  ways innocent.  He wanted respect and acceptance.  He thought he was manipulating Ruth but it was the other way around.  After he realized it, he was ok with it.  He freed many slaves and gave them the option to work on his ship.  The only thing I absolutely detested was how casually Straik and the doctor were willing to get rid of the baby if Ruth didn't want to be pregnant. Hello assholes haven't you heard of birth control?                The book started off good.  However halfway through I became bored.  At 60% in I started to skim.  It was too long in the middle.  It did pick up again at the end.        Side notes:  It was hilarious when Straik was giving wet willies in an attempt to bond with his crew because he saw va Sithai brothers doing it.  It also made me laugh when Straik thought Dopekh was crushing on him.  I can't wait for Dopekh and Kazek's stories.  However Salvotor concerns me.  He seems like a man whore and Dopekh deserves better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mandy K

    Since starting this series I have picked up some of Ruby Dixon's other works, and I think this series is my favorite. Ruby Dixon loves her pregnancies and surprise babies, which I don't like. But I can deal because I love the way her heroes are big simps for the heroines. I also really enjoy the interconnection of her Risdaverse. Also, I don't think it's ever explicitly labeled as such, but the hero is demisexual. It's mentioned multiple times that he's never been able to feel sexual attraction Since starting this series I have picked up some of Ruby Dixon's other works, and I think this series is my favorite. Ruby Dixon loves her pregnancies and surprise babies, which I don't like. But I can deal because I love the way her heroes are big simps for the heroines. I also really enjoy the interconnection of her Risdaverse. Also, I don't think it's ever explicitly labeled as such, but the hero is demisexual. It's mentioned multiple times that he's never been able to feel sexual attraction to anyone before the heroine, even when he's gone as far as to hire prostitutes for a few nights. There is a gay side character and I think that is the first LGBT character that I recall in any of the books I've read from her. (view spoiler)[The heroine outs the gay character, which I didn't like. It's explained away as everyone but the hero already knew and it was time to drop the facade so they can move forward with a relationship, but I still was not pleased. You could have kept everything exactly the same and have the gay character out himself and it would have served the same purpose in a better way. (hide spoiler)] Also, I don't think it's ever explicitly labeled as such, but the hero is demisexual. It's mentioned multiple times that he's never been able to feel sexual attraction to anyone before the heroine, even when he's gone as far as to hire prostitutes for a few nights.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marcelle Machado

    This is by far the best book of this series until now, and probably will be the best overall as I really like enemies to lover, and I don't have much hope for Mathira's book because I don't see a lot of dept in Helen. She's innocent and has no filter, so she makes us laugh, and that's all. I'm a little bit disappointed on the FMC in the series, because they are shallow. Ok, Alice I can stand a little bit more than Helen and Jade because she has some personality, but Helen and Jade are really pla This is by far the best book of this series until now, and probably will be the best overall as I really like enemies to lover, and I don't have much hope for Mathira's book because I don't see a lot of dept in Helen. She's innocent and has no filter, so she makes us laugh, and that's all. I'm a little bit disappointed on the FMC in the series, because they are shallow. Ok, Alice I can stand a little bit more than Helen and Jade because she has some personality, but Helen and Jade are really plain. Ruth, on the other had, has so much going on, such as spying on Straik, opening up to him, discovering (view spoiler)[she's a clone (hide spoiler)] , discovering space, dealing with Straik's family and "working relations". And Straik is so noble trying to do the right thing, I was picturing him kinda like Kyo-Ren, except that he's a softie under all the black clothes, but Ruth is such a good character that whoever she ended up with would be a good match and give us a good book. Can't wait for the end of the series because I'm intrigued by the mysteries, and I'm hopping to see a little bit more of Jabberwock crew and Sophie and Jerrok

  22. 4 out of 5

    JML

    One of the best in the Corsairs series 💖 Straik , arrogant ,pompous and lonely. A male who doesn't think it possible for anyone to love or care about him because of who he is and who his family is. He left the others and the Star because he panicked and didn't know what to do with A bunch of slaves. He regretted his actions but it was too late to change them what he needed was help. Ruth , standoffish and prickly and super distrustful. She was abused and hurt and all she wants to do is Protect he One of the best in the Corsairs series 💖 Straik , arrogant ,pompous and lonely. A male who doesn't think it possible for anyone to love or care about him because of who he is and who his family is. He left the others and the Star because he panicked and didn't know what to do with A bunch of slaves. He regretted his actions but it was too late to change them what he needed was help. Ruth , standoffish and prickly and super distrustful. She was abused and hurt and all she wants to do is Protect her only friends. She sneaks aboard Straik's ship but never expects it to leave with her on it.what happens next is a battle of wills, vulnerable moments that strip a soul bare and misunderstanding cleared up that leave nothing but love forgiveness ,passion , and belonging in their wake. It's so darn good characters you think will be unlikable become beloved , you'll laugh out loud, feel sadness ,anger and most of all love. Highly recommend you'll not be sorry it's one of the best!🔥💖🔥💖💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥🔥💖🔥💖🔥💖🔥💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖💖💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥💖🔥💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖💖🔥🔥💖

  23. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I was really looking forward to Straik's story. I'm a huge sucker for the phlegmatic male character archetype, especially when they're an awkward virgin who ends up with their world upended by their chaotic love interest. All of those boxes were checked here, and I did love many scenes wherein Straik exposed just how shy and inexperienced he was. Like the Jade/Adiron serial, though, I felt Dixon's central axis shifted too many times, both for plot and character development. The enemies to lovers I was really looking forward to Straik's story. I'm a huge sucker for the phlegmatic male character archetype, especially when they're an awkward virgin who ends up with their world upended by their chaotic love interest. All of those boxes were checked here, and I did love many scenes wherein Straik exposed just how shy and inexperienced he was. Like the Jade/Adiron serial, though, I felt Dixon's central axis shifted too many times, both for plot and character development. The enemies to lovers trope she tried to pull off was way too fast to be believable, and as an extension, Ruth's character got kind of lost in the mix. I also knocked off an entire star for Ruth outing Dopekh like it had no significance whatsoever. It really doesn't bode well for Dixon's ability to write LGBTQ+ characters well or respectfully, if she saw seemingly no issue in including such a triggering topic in her work with very little forethought or understanding of why that might be a seriously shitty and traumatizing thing for her main character to do to somebody, particularly a friend of theirs.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joetta Spurling

    The best! Corsairs: Straik Book 3 By Ruby Dixon Kindle unlimited purchase Straik has been looking for the Buoyant Star. Now that he has found it and what is on it. He wishes he never would have found it. He snuck out during sleeping hours to try and figure this mess out. He left the va Sithai brothers and the cargo hold being full of slaves. Of humans and gladiators, all waiting in stasis pods, ready to be sold. Ruth didn't mean to get stuck on the Darkened Eye, she was conducting a spy mission on t The best! Corsairs: Straik Book 3 By Ruby Dixon Kindle unlimited purchase Straik has been looking for the Buoyant Star. Now that he has found it and what is on it. He wishes he never would have found it. He snuck out during sleeping hours to try and figure this mess out. He left the va Sithai brothers and the cargo hold being full of slaves. Of humans and gladiators, all waiting in stasis pods, ready to be sold. Ruth didn't mean to get stuck on the Darkened Eye, she was conducting a spy mission on the enemy ship, when it took off. Now stuck she is hiding in the vent work of the ship depending on the help of one of the ships crew mates. Love reading Ruby's books. I recommend reading everything in order. From her earlier series to her newest. She never leaves a character wanting. She writes books for them and finds them the best Mate. Corsairs: Adiron Corsairs: Kaspar Corsairs: Straik Corsairs: Mathiras (COMING SOON)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    i loved the other two corsairs books but honestly wasn't looking forward to this one about straik and ruth. I had to wait for it (and will now have to wait for Mathrias) and it's quite a long book, but it's good and ruby dixon delivers as usual. I love alien pirates and though I think this book is paced a little strangely- and I wanted some more "i wish u were dead but i also love you" it was good when they were happy too and I know that's what Ruby does so well so it's okay. three stars only bec i loved the other two corsairs books but honestly wasn't looking forward to this one about straik and ruth. I had to wait for it (and will now have to wait for Mathrias) and it's quite a long book, but it's good and ruby dixon delivers as usual. I love alien pirates and though I think this book is paced a little strangely- and I wanted some more "i wish u were dead but i also love you" it was good when they were happy too and I know that's what Ruby does so well so it's okay. three stars only because I think the other two before this were more my style/speed, but straik gets an extra little bonus in my book for wearing all black and ditching his fancy clothes thanks to ruth (fashion advisor queen). also so many fun side characters in this one!!! Dopekh!!! Kazec?? However it's spelled. so many. so many more books ruby is going to bless us with. yayayay.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie S

    More than I bargained for I love Ruby Dixon’s Corsairs - the big blue Messakah pirates who plague the stuffed-shirt noble houses on one hand, and the bad guys of the galaxy on the other. And then there is Lord Straik - the bad guy noble Messakah who turned corsair and then good guy… this book is his story. And it’s a blockbuster. Ruby Dixon pulls out all the stops to give us her finest world-building, her most nuanced characterization, and her gentlest understated humor in this wonderful full-len More than I bargained for I love Ruby Dixon’s Corsairs - the big blue Messakah pirates who plague the stuffed-shirt noble houses on one hand, and the bad guys of the galaxy on the other. And then there is Lord Straik - the bad guy noble Messakah who turned corsair and then good guy… this book is his story. And it’s a blockbuster. Ruby Dixon pulls out all the stops to give us her finest world-building, her most nuanced characterization, and her gentlest understated humor in this wonderful full-length novel of romance and redemption. Absolutely her best work to date. It is a re-read shelf must. Marvelous, mesmerizing: the best 90+ chapters you will never want to put down.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephenie Thomas

    Ms Ruby Dixon When I tell you I can't stand this woman, I mean it!!!!! She writes characters you care about. Who cares when a big blue alien feels insecure?? I do! A lot of authors who write series romance, just rehash the same characters and traits each book. Ms Ruby Dixon CONSISTENTLY gives you characters that will endear and infuriate you and I love it!!! One aspect of the book I wasn't expecting was the clones. They are so innocent and funny, yet she always reminds us of the terrible reason th Ms Ruby Dixon When I tell you I can't stand this woman, I mean it!!!!! She writes characters you care about. Who cares when a big blue alien feels insecure?? I do! A lot of authors who write series romance, just rehash the same characters and traits each book. Ms Ruby Dixon CONSISTENTLY gives you characters that will endear and infuriate you and I love it!!! One aspect of the book I wasn't expecting was the clones. They are so innocent and funny, yet she always reminds us of the terrible reason they were made. I love their resilience in the midst of everything. I give this book 5/5( just for the Sweet Valley High reference alone😊😊😊.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rabecca Thomas

    As Always, Marvellous The chapters are short because this was a serial. I love me some long chapters, but I actually read this day-to-day and enjoyed it all the same. She takes prickly space emos and lets them find love. The secondary plot across the corsairs is just *chefs kiss* and so terrible but in a good way. Like, yeah, of course with Earth gone, what few human slaves were left would be spliced down into clones. Why have 1 slave when you can have 10? Ruby Dixon is, in every sense, an out of As Always, Marvellous The chapters are short because this was a serial. I love me some long chapters, but I actually read this day-to-day and enjoyed it all the same. She takes prickly space emos and lets them find love. The secondary plot across the corsairs is just *chefs kiss* and so terrible but in a good way. Like, yeah, of course with Earth gone, what few human slaves were left would be spliced down into clones. Why have 1 slave when you can have 10? Ruby Dixon is, in every sense, an out of this world writer. I will come back to this universe of mesakah again and again, because it is just that good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Did not want it to end! Ruth is an awesome character. Loved her ball busting and manipulating ways! Love the change of pace of a woman being dominant and her mate being submissive, without shame. He was a surprise to me, but loved him! Definitely want to see the others on the ship in future books. Maybe a book of short stories of the clones, etc. I know I am a broken record, but would love some how the ice home planet to become home for some of the hunter humans, their mate, children, others. Since Did not want it to end! Ruth is an awesome character. Loved her ball busting and manipulating ways! Love the change of pace of a woman being dominant and her mate being submissive, without shame. He was a surprise to me, but loved him! Definitely want to see the others on the ship in future books. Maybe a book of short stories of the clones, etc. I know I am a broken record, but would love some how the ice home planet to become home for some of the hunter humans, their mate, children, others. Since we know the unauthorized clones would be killed, the planet would be great place for the double, triples, etc.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christal

    Another great book from this author. Ruth stowed aboard Straik's ship which suddenly takes off leaving her friends behind on the Star and she despises Straik for that action. She has a plan to get back at him but it doesn't take long to realize he's not a bad guy. Straik never felt love from his family but now his crew respects him, at least before he took off leaving the Star and it's inhabitants behind. He has a plan but it goes awry when he finds Ruth stowed away. Their love story is one for Another great book from this author. Ruth stowed aboard Straik's ship which suddenly takes off leaving her friends behind on the Star and she despises Straik for that action. She has a plan to get back at him but it doesn't take long to realize he's not a bad guy. Straik never felt love from his family but now his crew respects him, at least before he took off leaving the Star and it's inhabitants behind. He has a plan but it goes awry when he finds Ruth stowed away. Their love story is one for the stars. Lots of action, twists and turns before they finally realize their feelings for each other and work together. I can't wait for the next Cosair!!

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