Review: Terran by Cara Bristol

Review: Terran by Cara BristolTerran by Cara Bristol

Series: Breeder #2
Genres: Domestic Discipline, Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 10, 2017
Pages: 284
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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She’s at the mercy of her alien abductor…

After a vicious attack on Earth, Tara Diehl flees earth for the dubious safety of planet Parseon. A vendor in the marketplace, she’s adjusted to the male-dominated culture better than most until she’s kidnapped by Alpha Commander Marlix, one of the five rulers of the planet. At first she’s terrified of her tall, muscled abductor, especially when he doesn’t hesitate to quell her struggle for freedom with a little corporal discipline. After all her methods and ploys to escape fail, she decides to seduce her way to freedom.

But out of subterfuge grows a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take a stand that drives Parseon to the brink of a civil war, which threatens their love and their lives.

Terran, the second book in the Breeder series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering, but hunk,y alien and a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude.

The Delight

Tara, a fiery earth gal, facing off against one of the planet’s fiercest alphas was a story I just could not resist.  Throw in rabid philosophical difference and the seeds of a planetary civil war and, it was even more enticing.

Review

Terran is the second book in the Breeder series.  It doesn’t standalone well, but a reader could get by reading it out of order.  Personally, I think the first book, that sets up the world of Parseon and the situation there along with the overall cast of characters, should be read first for optimum enjoyment.

So yes, this story builds on the last and continues the story of Parseon’s growing struggles as some wish to keep to the old ways while others wish to go somewhere new.  Tara, a tough and independent earth girl coming to Parseon as a businesswoman is the epitome of what the struggle is all about.  Some would have her beaten and raped back into her place as a subservient female (and do) while others would see her as an intelligent equal (which attitude is still looked down on in the culture).

Alpha Commander Marlix is at a crossroads in his life.  He has secretly and shamefully considered himself a deviant.  And why?  Because he is attracted to females rather than only using them if he has a breeding contract.  His attraction to an alien female makes him feel even worse, but it doesn’t stop him from rescuing her, healing her, and keeping her.

As with the first book, I found this one brutal in ways, steamier than a Turkish bath, but also intriguing as it delved into explorations of equality, worth, and clash of ideologies.  It also gets exciting because the ‘clash’ is personal and on a large scale across the planet.  Tara and Marlix make assumptions about each other, men and women, and races.  There was a two steps forward one step back learning process for them accompanied by the flare of strong attraction and need as they explored each other.

Like the book before, I will warn- this is not for everyone.  It has trigger issues for some and for others it will be not to their taste.  The Parseon culture is heavy-handed and brutal toward females and examples (off scene in case of Rape) are there.  Domestic Discipline and submission are strong elements.

All in all, Terran was a strong second installment in the trilogy and sets things up for the final events in the third book.  As I said, I appreciate the balance of heat and development which is what I love best if I pick up an erotic romance and I can definitely recommend it.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #197
Sci-Fi Rom New Release #103
COYER #29

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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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  • Ooh…this book sounds simply fantastic here!!
    I love a feisty heroine and a alpha hero….sounds like my kind of couple!! 🙂

    • Ha! Glad I could get you excited about the book, Renee. They are indeed a feisty pair. 🙂

  • When the words domestic discipline are used you know it’s not one for me. But having said that, I am glad it was a good one for you!

    • Yeah, DD is not everyone’s cuppa for sure. I try to be clear in my reviews so I don’t point someone toward a book that is not for them. Thanks, Lorna. 🙂

  • Oh good to know that this shouldn’t be read out of order because that is something I would have done with this series. Not my usual read but I would try it. Brilly review.

    • Yep, that out of order thing seems to be a thing with me, too- usually by accident- which is why I try to note that up front for folks. Thanks, Melissa.

  • I read one of her books the other day and really liked it. Thanks for letting us know about this one.

    • You betcha! I started out reading her cyborg stories and loving on them and then was introduced to this series which is still sci-fi, but very different. I do really love her writing, Mary. Glad you enjoyed the one you snagged, too.

  • Gah you tempt me so hard with these! Another blogger I follow has really enjoyed them, too.

    • Ha! They are something different and I’ve enjoyed them much. 🙂

  • This series does sound pretty promising, I hope to pick it up eventually. It does sound like it has some tough parts, but I do like the idea of a planet that’s changing it’s views and the romance between such very different aliens. Good to know it has to be read in order and there’s a plot line continuing across the three books. Sounds like the author also does a good job balancing development and heat. Great review!

    • Great summation, Lola. Yes indeed it is all those things. I can’t wait to read the third book, Warrior, so I can see it all come to a conclusion.

  • I really need to try this series. You got me on this author, I just need to try more books from her. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Her cyborg series hooked me in and then her Alien Mates, but I’m enjoying this series in a different way. These were written earlier, but her writing and story development is great particularly when paired with the erotic elements, too.

  • This sounds like such a great series. I don’t know why I haven’t read more space books. Great review!

    • I had a good time with these so far. I’ve only recently been getting into sci-fi romances. Love the strange worlds and cultures and the great romances. 🙂