Review: Alien Mate by Cara Bristol

Review: Alien Mate by Cara BristolAlien Mate by Cara Bristol

Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on April 10, 2017
Pages: 188
Format: eARC
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I'm Starr Elizabeth Connor. Earth's government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I'm no barbarian’s 'mail order bride,' even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either--it's written all over his chiseled face. He'll be truly angry if he ever learns what my 'crime' was.

I am Torg. I have waited 34 rotations for a mate of my own. With this shipment, I was sure to get a fine, sturdy mate who'll bear me many daughters. Instead, I receive a small, curvy, pale-haired female who looks at me with anger and fear.

It is only when we 'kiss' that I believe things may work out between us. But I'm hearing rumors that Starr and her shipmates are law-breakers. To survive, Dakonians must obey all laws … or be exiled into the frozen wasteland. Just when I have found her, will I have to send my mate to die?

The Delight

Mail Order Bride service to aliens, framed for a crime she didn’t commit, huge handsome alpha male and lively human gal all make for a good time had by me.

Review

I’ve already fallen in love with her cyborgs so it was not a huge leap to grab her fun and exciting alien mail-order bride romance.

The mail-order bride trope is a favorite of mine because I love seeing two strangers who might be vastly different find a way to work together and even fall in love.  Add in a primitive alien setting and a dangerous suspense thread and, brothers and sisters, I’m hooked.

Starr’s not the typical mail-order bride in that she didn’t sign up for all this, but she’s a fair and compassionate person just as Torg is so they handle things pretty well once they get over the shock.  She lands in the middle of it all without a clue beyond to fact that the mafia family back on earth thought this was fitting punishment beyond her already cruel long life prison sentence for a crime she didn’t commit.  Starr keeps all this a secret when she gets with her handsome Dakonian.  Normally, I’m not one for secrets, but I really couldn’t judge her in this instance because she’s a bit stuck in her situation and she got a good up close and personal what happens when someone is guilty of murder around there.

As I had hoped, the differences between their races and their thinking was addressed even as this pair were a hot commodity together.  The story is a quick read, but an engaging one.  Loved the mystery that started coming out near the middle.  And the twist?  Didn’t see that coming at all.  Well played.

So, if a moderately light, but very fun and exciting sci-fi romance is your craving, I can recommend this one whole-heartedly.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #86 Sci-Fi
Literary Pickers #81 another planet
New Release #44

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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.

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  • I always like a light read! Thanks for this great review!

    • Thanks, Cindy! I love getting so much development and fun with a fast, light read that I can enjoy all in one sitting.

  • Cara Bristol

    Thank you for the great review!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Okay Sophia Rose I’m intrigued. Thanks for the great Review. I love seeing a 4star review for a self published title. Kudos to the author

    • Yes, I’ve been enjoying her books since I discovered her Cyborg romances. I agree, Debbie- good to see solid indies.

  • Thanks for a good review! I don’t read a lot of romance but so glad you enjoyed this short, but engaging read 🙂

    • Ahh, you’re welcome, Jenn! Appreciate you dropping by. I really did enjoy it and it was a good fit when I was in the middle of being busy and just wanted something I could enjoy and see the end of without reading for days and days. 🙂

  • I saw an advert for these and was curious but leery. Now I know to just go for it. I’m glad it is light and sometimes that makes it perfect. Brilly review!

    • Ha, Melissa! I’ve had that mental convo when a book catches my eye- will it be good… should I… LOL

      I had a good time with it so of course I’m going to shout ‘go for it, girl!’ 🙂

  • I can’t remember the last time I read an alien book. This one sounds like fun and I like that it is a shorter piece that can work for a quick read. Great review!

    • Ever so often I just have to have a light-hearted alien romance, but I do love that these come with a developed plot, too. Yes, its nice to have a quick-read when I’m on the go, but still want to see the end of the book without too much time passed.

  • Thank goodness he’s not purple! I couldn’t get past that in another series similar to this one. This one does sound good for those times you just want to fly thru a book fast. Thanks for sharing Sophia!

    • Haha! Yes, the purple and blue aliens are startling. I don’t mind, but I do get where you’re coming from there.

      It was a just right fit for a well-developed quick read, Lorna. 🙂

  • Oh I went through a mail-order-bride romp and enjoyed them, so this is a clever twist!

    • Absolutely. Loved the alien take on the mail order bride and a nice little mystery to add another good layer.

  • Glad to hear you enjoyed this one too! I thought the mail-order bride trope in space was a fun set-up for this story, I don’t think I’ve seen that trope in sci-fi so far. I agree, I normally don’t care for secrets, but I thought it was realistic that she kept this a secret at first. And I thought it was well done when her secret came to light and how it didn’t got blown up too much, but both reacted realistically.

    I like seeing the differences between the species and I thought the author did a great job giving them both their own culture etc. And yes the twist at the end was a good one, i didn’t see that one coming either. Great review!

    • Thanks, Lola! It was a neat change-up from the usual. And I’m with you for more adventures in this sci-fi setting. 🙂

  • Dang it! I so don’t need another series to read! But I DOOOOO. I really do! lol I love the mail order bride/arranged marriage kind of trope. It really is fun seeing how they figure out their lives together. On the list it goes 😀

    • At the moment, it’s standalone, but I am really hoping it doesn’t stay that way for long. I had a good time with this one. 🙂
      Ha! You really sound like me when I get a look at my pile of books and agonize over a new book I might love.

  • I haven’t read this author, but this looks fun. I just requested it on NetGalley. Let’s hope that I get approved. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes! I think you would like this one, Melanie. 🙂