This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 31, 2019
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.
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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