Review: Under Fyre by Cara Bristol

Posted May 21, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Under Fyre by Cara Bristol
Under Fyre

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Series: Alien Dragon Shifters #1
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 21, 2019
Pages: 297
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Diplomatic relations have broken down and a human woman and a dragon prince find themselves caught up in the middle.  Can the flames of mating that consume them forge a path to a more peaceful destiny?  A new sizzling sci-fi romance from the pen of an establish, favorite author simmered with intrigue, engaging characters, and a new spicy hot romance pair.


Under Fyre begins with a treacherous move that leaves human woman, Rhianna, in a dangerous rock and a hard place situation.  When she was a child, she was enamored with the dragon prince she encountered, but then she grew up and learned the dragons couldn’t be trusted.  Only problem?  At the moment, it was her own people who had performed a gross deception and she’s alone and on her way to the dragon planet to become the consort of one of their princes.  And, oh my stars, he’s the one who sparked her fancy as a child and now he regards her with predatory, possessive eyes.  And, another side of the story which is honest and he has proof.

K’ev didn’t want a consort, but followed orders to take one of the puny humans.  His reluctance fell away the moment he realized that the young human female he had encountered years before stands before him.  She’s part of a human plot and he smells deception, but not on her.  No, it’s swirling around her, though.  His dragon side is shouting that this human is his mate.  But how can that be?  She has no fyre, right?  Regardless, Rhianna is in danger as is all her race and he needs to save her.

What could be better than an alien romance from this author?  Why, an alien DRAGON romance, of course!  The teaser prequel was interesting, but it didn’t half-way prepare me for the wonder I would enjoy in this first full-length entry of the series.  I do love a good political intrigue plot and a villain I can detest, but add that too an intriguing alien race, strong worldbuilding and smoldering hot fated mates romance will pull me in every time.  I’ve come to trust this author to provide that even in her lighter sci-fi romances.  Under Fyre isn’t light and humorous like the Alien Mates books and reminds me of the fun suspense that came with her earlier cyborg series.

K’ev and Rhianna do have the fated mates romance going on along with the political match they have both agreed to so they don’t take much persuading to fall into love.  But, that said, I didn’t mind and liked them together as a couple.  She makes him start to care about important matters and he patiently shows her that there are two sides to every story.  They have some big adventure moments and whew-boy hot sexy times.  There is a point when they both have their doubts and then that entertaining twist at the end which, along with the villain’s shenanigans, will set things up for the rest of the series.

All in all, Under Fyre did a fab job of introducing the series, engaging me with the story and making me excited for more alien dragon shifter romance.  Light sci-fi romance fans should definitely snatch this one up.

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

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New Release #72


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,, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook,

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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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3 years ago

Sounds like you found a nice new series! This sounds very interesting and I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Cynthia

I am a sucker for dragons, Cynthia. 🙂

3 years ago

I really need to try one of her books!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I agree! LOL

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Great review. Glad you enjoyed.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I get a kick out of her books, Angela. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I love her books. This sounds like one I need to get.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yeah, I think you’d really enjoy this one, Mary. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This story sounds like a winner for sure! I love that the villain was extra detestable and the romance was smoldering! The world-building sounds fantastic, and the sci-fi alien dragon shifters sound interesting to read about! Great Review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I thought it was fun that the dragons come from space rather than a fantasy setting. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Oooh, I love shifter stories! Love the whole “mate” concept where you just know that’s the one for you! I’m going to look this one up. Fab review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Super! Glad to put you onto it, Rachel! 🙂

3 years ago

Sounds like it was well written, and that you enjoyed it. I think I’d like this better if the price was just a prince and not a dragon.(lol) I can’t absolutely guarantee it, but I think my shifting days may be over. Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  ROP

A regular royal romance can’t go wrong, either. 🙂 I’ve been slowing down on my shifter romances, but I still enjoy a fair few. And Dragons… LOL!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Ooo dragons! This looks like a fun start to a series!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yep! Space dragons! I love that combo.

Cara Bristol
Cara Bristol
3 years ago

Thank you for reviewing. I’m glad you enjoyed Under Fyre!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Cara Bristol

Definitely a pleasure, Cara. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

3 years ago

This is right up my alley. I would definitely give this one a try,

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Sally forth into the fiery world of dragon shifter aliens, Nadene! 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

More sci-fi romance! Melanie is reviewing this one later too.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Can’t get enough SFR, right? LOL

Oh fun, I’ll definitely stop by for that.