Review: Playing With Fyre by Cara Bristol

Posted February 26, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: Playing With Fyre by Cara Bristol
Playing With Fyre

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Series: Alien Dragon Shifters #3
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 17, 2021
Pages: 190
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

A cooling planet leaves a race of alien dragons in jeopardy and a ruthless human plots to wipe out the whole race.  The exciting culmination of the trilogy had me eager to see if the Draconian race would survive and what would come of the doomed attraction between the dragon priestess and a war-weary human former CIA agent.


Playing With Fyre is the third and final book in the Alien Dragon Shifters trilogy.  While this is a new romance pair, the story is still tightly connected to what came before so isn’t the best place to jump into the series.

Henry Winslow might have helped break up a plot by the rogue Biggs that would have led to possible war between the Draconians and humans and left a key person/s dead, but the Draconians are mistrustful at best of humans.  A meaningful encounter with O’ne the Draconian priestess leaves him haunting the temple hoping for a chance to see her again that doesn’t come.    When he gets on the first colony ship with the dragons headed to their new planet, he finds O’ne on it.  She is honest with him about her duty to the Sacred Flame and her people, but they have the time of the journey.  He doesn’t understand his own need to be with her even if it’s just two days, but he agrees.

O’ne has been the Draconian Priestess for thousands of years.  She never wanted the duty, but the Flame chose her.  Now, she has the job of transferring the dragon fyre and her acolytes to their new temple home.  Much is at stake, but that doesn’t stop her from setting aside duty for two halcyon days with H’ry aboard the ship.  She avoided the attractive and distracting human back on Draco, but her resistance weakens and here she is discovering that a lot can take place in two days.  Her heart may never be the same, but she has to give up H’ry for her duty.

I have always enjoyed the way this author weaves in her sci-fi setting and alien background details with an exciting plot and sensual romance.  Playing With Fyre delved into the mystical side of the Draconian culture giving O’ne’s history and responsibilities that are also a big part of the conflict since being priestess prevents her from pursuing her own happiness.  Henry has lived a dangerous life his whole career and never thought to have anyone in his life and I found it poignant that he ends up falling for a female bound up in duty she can’t escape.  I was really cheering for this pair to find a way somehow.  There were some fun twists and surprises as a result.

And, oh yes, the villain Biggs was still causing trouble and things got pretty intense there toward the end leaving me flipping pages quickly.  I do love when a villain makes things interesting.

This was a fabulous series of books and I enjoyed them all with my favorite for the last.  I got the best of two genres with dragon shifters and sci-fi worldbuilding.  Those who enjoy spicy alien romances should definitely keep this trilogy on their radar.

My thanks to the author for providing a copy of the book to read in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met

Romance BINGO: #13 Sci-Fi Romance

About the Book
Playing with Fyre by Cara BristolPLAYING WITH FYRE BY CARA BRISTOL

A forbidden love forged by fyre…

Former Secret Service agent Henry Winslow comes to planet Draco to help a friend. He intends to return to Earth, but something about the mysterious woman in bridal white grabs him and won’t let him go. It’s a crazy, futile infatuation. She’s an alien dragoness, a priestess, and possibly literally divine. To pursue her would be playing with fyre…

After a devastating loss, dragon-shifter O’ne seeks vengeance at the temple of the Eternal Fyre. Unexpectedly, she is exalted to priestess and bonded to the sacred flame, transforming her life to one of duty and devotion. Then Henry arrives, and the mostly human man awakens her secret yearnings. To have anything to do with him would be playing with fyre…

Surrendering to temptation and passion, Henry and O’ne are about to discover when they play with fyre they might get burned.


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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Anne - Books of My Heart

I’m still not reading SciFi romance but I will someday.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Hers are great when you want something on the lighter end, but still builds the world well. 🙂

SE White
1 year ago

Oh yay, I’ve loved this series so far! Glad to hear the last book is a good ending point. I particularly love how the dragon part of the shifter is so separate and usually obstinate and kinda snarky to their paired human. It’s so much fun. I really hope O’ne’s dragoness gets on board with Henry eventually! The little snippets Cara Bristol sent out in her newsletter made it seem like the dragoness will be a MAJOR stumbling block between them.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  SE White

You are so right that her dragonness is not in favor of Henry and is a danger to him. Makes things mighty interesting.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

How fun!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

The most fun, Carole!

1 year ago

Sounds like it had a nice mix of scifi and romance elements. Good to know this series works best in order and this one sounds like a solid ending to the series. That sounds interesting how this one delves into the more mystical side of their culture. Great review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

There is. They are attracted, but see no way to be together so that is an interesting problem, but the dragon world and the planets along with the evil guy intriguing was really great. Thanks, Lola!

1 year ago

Dragons and sci-fi ? That looks interesting ! I won’t read it this year but when I have finished that physical TBR and subscribed to Scribd… ^^

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Iza

Oh yes, it will be well worth the wait. I keep a list of books for the future pleasure, too. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

I have been loving this series since I started reading it. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book too.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was a great finish, Mary. I look forward to seeing your review, too. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

One of these days I am going to read an Alien romance. Although Dianne Duvall’s newest series takes place off planet. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

They are fun to change up my reading. Yes, Dianne Duvall’s latest books totally count. 🙂 I want to read those.

1 year ago

It’s been quite some time since I read a paranormal, but I can’t say this one would work for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed it, Super Sophia! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  RO P

Dragon alien shifters are definitely a niche sub-genre. LOL Howdy, Ro! Glad you could drop by. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I don’t think that I have ever read anything about alien dragon shifters before.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Definitely something different. 🙂