Review: Warrior by Cara Bristol

Review: Warrior by Cara BristolWarrior by Cara Bristol

Series: Breeder #3
Genres: Domestic Discipline, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on August 14, 2017
Pages: 314
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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In a survival for freedom, will love become the casualty?
On an alien planet where women are chattel, Anika must perform her duty and become the breeder of an Alpha Commander. Secretly in love with another man, she's unable to accept the arrangement and runs away. Bound by his duty, her lover Urazi must bring her back to fulfill her responsibility. But as war breaks out, and their planet fights a desperate battle against a villainous despot, Anika and Urazi unite in determination to save their people. With their lives already on the line for disobeying orders, the forbidden love they share becomes the biggest danger of all.

Don't miss Warrior, the exciting conclusion to the Breeder science fiction romance series.

The Delight

The third and final story was one that piqued my curiosity since both hero and heroine were known to me in the earlier books.  Plus, the civil war on Parseon between ideologies definitely has my vested interest.  It was a great showdown in more ways than one.

Review

Yes, as I noted, earlier, Warrior is the third book in the exciting and passionate domestic discipline sci-fi Breeder series.  It relies on the reader’s knowledge of the Breeder universe not to mention it is the culmination of what the earlier two stories were building toward so not a good candidate for standalone or out of order.

Anika, a Parseon breeder, has led an interesting life and wishes to continue along a path she has been blazing.  She wants freedom above all things even when it doesn’t make sense or isn’t safe.  This was her quest to achieve it.  Urazi a great Alpha Commander’s former beta and now at loose ends, is at a fork in the road, too.  He quietly and steadily is headed in the same direction as Anika.  She blazes a trail with a ‘come hell or high water’ attitude and gets into trouble each move she makes with Urazi coming along to get her unstuck even while she pulls him along in her wake.

This was a ticklish book for me.  I enjoyed it.  I really did.  Urazi is a character that I found fascinating.  He was deemed a beta classification and he is honorable, dutiful, and has a quiet strength and wisdom that others do not have.  I loved getting his story and how he shows the value of a strong beta.  Now, Anika… eh.  She was doing what she could- fumbling and bumbling her way through mistakes and mishaps toward her goal like an overgrown puppy.  I was cheering for her while at the same time; I shook my head because daring-do is alright, but it only worked because she did have a reluctant partner in Urazi.  He loves her and wants her and he does tend to stifle her when he only wants to keep her safe, but she gives him no reason to think she deserves to take pointman on their excursions.  So… I don’t know.  Mixed feelings about Anika, I guess.

The romance was already a given since this pair are known and attracted already.  It was a matter of learning to value and respect other things about each other, learn their own strengths and value what each brought to a relationship and their adventure journey to help bring down the Alphas who wished to continue the oppression and take over the planet.  That portion of the book was exciting and tense.  Loved how the author wound out the difficulties and breath-taking situations.  Things got pretty dire a few times and I loved it.

The development of story and characters is what drew me in the first place and what continued to make this a great book/series for me.

Ha!  And I suspected Marlix’s motives all along and loved that final scene between him and Urazi.
Things wrapped up neatly and I enjoyed the epilogue which ended the series on a high note.

While, Warrior was possibly the least shocking of the three when it came to the way the females are treated, there is still plenty to make someone be cautious if an abusive culture toward women or even the dynamics of a Domestic Discipline relationship are not their thing.  But for those who are intrigued, this is a good choice if a sci-fi DD mash-up is something you would enjoy.

So, in summary, a well-developed world, cast, and plot that I can heartily recommend to sci-fi erotic romance lovers.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #182 ER
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COYER #69
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Recommendations

  HeartMate by Robin D. Owens 

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About Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.
Cara loves to hear from readers. You may post a comment on her Web site/blog, http://carabristol.com, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I like this cover! I feel like I wouldn’t enjoy this book though. I don’t always do well with books that involve the heroine being promised to another (for whatever reason, but she is in love with the hero. I’m also not a beta hero type of girl, surprisingly! What can I say, I love alphas. 😉 I’ve “met” some really great beta heroes in romance novels though.

    Anyway, I’m glad you mostly enjoyed this one, Sophia! Great review!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Dynamics in a story can draw me in or push me away, too, and it has nothing to do with the writing, so I get that, Alyssa.

      Oh, but just to clarify, Urazi is not a beta hero in the writing sense or his personality. A beta is a thing in this sci-fi culture. His personality is definitely emerging alpha if you get me. 😉

      Enjoy your weekend, lady!

  • RO

    I was watching an episode of Chopped Junior and one the kids (a girl) was a champion archer, so the cover reminds me of her. Glad you enjoyed this one Super Sophia! Hugs…and Happy 1st Day of Fall!

    • Oh neat! I always wanted to try archery. Oh yes, Anika learns to be a good archer in this story as she works to prove she can protect herself.

  • well you know sco-fi and me… complicated but it’s nice to see you had a good time.

    • LOL, yes, I understand completely. Maybe someday these will be in French for you. 🙂

  • Sounds like a book I might like.

    • I think you’d probably enjoy this trilogy, Mary. I can’t remember, but I think once in a while book one, Breeder, goes up free on Amazon so folks can tryout the series. I know her first cyborg series book is free. Hope you get the chance! 🙂

  • I’ve never heard of this series, but it sounds good. I’ll have to check it out. Lovely review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

    • You betcha, Rachel! Always pleased to introduce folks to new to them books to try. 🙂

  • not sure I ever read like a sci-fi romance, its awesome how much you are enjoying them, I guess they are a bit different from contemp

  • Debbie Haupt

    Sounds good Sophia Rose. I’ll miss you take care and we’ll see you on the flip side xo

  • I’m not usually a fan of sci-fi but I’m loving what I’m reading so far. I’ll keep this one for future read. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • I took a while before I got into sci-fi so I understand about your being cautious. Hope you get the chance to try her books. I think you’d probably enjoy starting with her standalone, Alien Mate, to try her out, Vanessa. 🙂

  • I am not a fan of sci-fi so I am not sure if this would be a book I would enjoy. Great review,

    • Thanks, Nadene. Yeah, if sci-fi isn’t your thing, this would probably not be a good match. 🙂

  • I really loved the first Cara Bristol book I read. I want to read more of them.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Her cyborgs are still my favorites and I want more in the Alien Mate world, but this series was good, too.

  • Sorry when I see Domestic Discipline I step away. Just can’t. But, I am glad you enjoyed it!

    • Yeah, totally understandable, Lorna. I have hot buttons too that I just can’t touch either. 🙂

  • Good to hear that this wrapped things up well. Got me curious as I am not familiar with Domestic Discipline.

    • I was glad to get a good strong ending, Velvet. DD is a bit like BDSM in ways, but also something very different. I confess that I don’t know much about it other than reading a few stories.