Review: Alien Mischief by Cara Bristol

Posted February 18, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Review: Alien Mischief by Cara Bristol
Alien Mischief

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Series: Alien Mate #4
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 31, 2019
Pages: 241
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

Sometimes you encounter a character early on in a series and wistfully hope that they get their turn at a happily after some day because they are a kind person who puts other’s first and are deserving.  I felt that way about Enoki a little each time he was right there helping the others sort out their romance troubles.  I was thrilled when I realized that this was his story and oh my what an interesting twists he gets for his own story.

Review

Alien Mischief is book four in the Alien Mate series.  It works best when read in order of the series because it takes for granted that the reader is familiar with the earlier stories and builds on them particularly the sense of Enoki watching others getting their chances before him and trying to be patient for his own mate.  That said, the author does give enough background that a new reader could start here if they wished.

Madison works for the alien mail order bride service and has been shuttling starry-eyed hopeful earth women to Dakon for a while now.  She cynical about their desire to be an alien bride and find love and happiness sight unseen and she treats them to her sneers and impatience making herself unpopular.  Or rather, himself.  Madison dresses up as a man and enjoys railing about gender inequality and pulling one over on the company to one-up her twin brother.  This trip things are different.  Her best friend is putting herself out there as an alien bride and she has some tough love truths to level at Madison as they say their goodbyes.  Stop hiding behind her disguise and wall of cynicism and don’t be a coward about loving again.  Madison tries to reject these home truths about herself, but getting marooned on Dakon with her alien buddy, Enoki, who thinks she’s a guy and graciously takes her in, shows her just how judgmental she was about how serious others take the needed bride service.  He shows her something else, too, if she has the courage to accept it.

I’ve enjoyed these light-hearted sci-fi alien romances since the beginning and enjoyed the fun conflicts each alien male/human female pairing brings out.  But, Alien Mischief was something different- something more.  I thought it reached further down and is the best in the series to me as a result.

It had the funny moments especially when Madison is trying to keep Enoki in the dark about her being a female, but it was deeper and tenderer than the others.  Enoki is a genuine, giving guy and he earnestly wants what is best for his people, but he yearns for his own turn to find love and start a family.  He lays himself out there for Madison and is confused when the voice of fate keeps telling him that his fated mate is close by when all he sees is his good friend.

At first, I didn’t like Madison because of how much I loved Enoki.  The reader knows that he’s drawn to her and here she sits in sneering judgment of the other women and lying to him.  Of course, her sneer and her judgment are all a big huge act of denial and she’s lying to herself even more than Enoki.  Her bestie was fantastic and calls her on her crap like a BBF should.  I loved the way Enoki fought for them both when Madison was struggling.

Enoki describes the world of Dakon in the past and the present, but also what he sees for its future.  He was a great leader and I enjoyed how the author drew this aspect out even while developing the main romance element.

In the end, it had humor, spice, and a heartwarming alien romance that left me utterly satisfied.  This is a fun series and engaging for light sci-fi romance lovers with a pleasant surprise in this one that I can easily recommend.

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

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Literary Pickers #18 Fated Mates
Reading Assignment #3 Professor Genre SFR

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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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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I love how invested you were in the characters Sophia.

Sophia Rose
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I was tickled to death that we got this story and that it was as good as I could have wished. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Oh I’m glad this was so good for you. Excellent review. I hope to get to these books. I am so TBR overloaded at the moment I can’t do it but I hope to get to them.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yeah, I know what you mean about the overloaded TBR. 🙂 Someday, right?

Bookworm Brandee
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You know Sophia, you put this series on my radar and I even picked up the first couple…just haven’t started them yet. But Alien Mischief sounds wonderful! I love that Madison gets taught a few lessons of her own because it sounds as though she needs them. And I’m happy she turned out to be worth of Enoki. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I’m so glad, Brandee. The first ones were fun and more sexy and action plotted, but this one touches on the tender side of the match ups. Enoki was a great hero and really helped Madison grow and trust again. 🙂

Rachel
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The only thing that gives me pause is Madison posing as a male. I hate deceptions like that, but the series does sound like a lot of fun. I’ll have to check out the first book here. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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I wasn’t too thrilled with her decision, either, but it is meant to be a starting place from which she grew so I was good with it for that reason. Hope you enjoy them, Rachel. Just light and fun stuff.

Mary Kirkland
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I am loving this series too. I’ve only read the first couple of books and need to read more. These guys are a lot of fun.

Sophia Rose
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Absolutely fun, Mary! So much to enjoy about these.

Lover Of Romance
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Good to know that this author builds each book in this series, so I will grab up book one for sure. And I do love a good mix of humor and spice to my romances. Lovely review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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I think you’ll get a couple giggles and some good heat from these, Renee. She’s doing a giveaway for book one on her #TGPUL post Caid, if you are interested.

Debbie Haupt
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oh I like the sound of this one Sophia Rose I’m putting the series on my wish list

Sophia Rose
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They’re fun, spicy, and light, and in this case, heartwarming, too. Hope you have a good time when you try her aliens. 🙂

Cara Bristol
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Thanks for much for the nice review, Sophia. I’m glad Alien Mischief lived up to your expectations! I felt like I took some risks with this one, and readers seem to be responding positively to it. So, yay!

Sophia Rose
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I can imagine the nail-gnawing that goes on after release day and seeing how people will respond to a story. So glad we all loved what you did. Not that I haven’t enjoyed this entire series. 🙂

Carole rae
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Cute! Except I have a hard time with aliens. LOL

Sophia Rose
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LOL, yeah, that might be a bit off putting for this series. She does write cyborgs…

vvb
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Planning to get into the sci-fi genre this year. This looks like a fun one to include on my reading list.

Sophia Rose
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Really? I love that you’re getting into sci-fi this year, Velvet. This series is definitely a fun, light one. Also, try her cyborg series and the Carol Van Natta Central Galactic Concordance because I know you love some mystery and suspense to your stories, too. 🙂