#OctobeRec Fest Review #3 ~ Alien Mate ~ Cara Bristol

Posted 22 October, 2019 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 5 Comments

#OctobeRec Fest Review #3 ~ Alien Mate ~ Cara BristolAlien Mate by Cara Bristol
Series: Alien Mate #1
Published by Selfpublished on April 17, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 188
Format: eBook
Source: Purchase
4 Stars

I'm Starr Elizabeth Connor. Earth's government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I'm no barbarian’s 'mail order bride,' even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either--it's written all over his chiseled face. He'll be truly angry if he ever learns what my 'crime' was.

I am Torg. I have waited 34 rotations for a mate of my own. With this shipment, I was sure to get a fine, sturdy mate who'll bear me many daughters. Instead, I receive a small, curvy, pale-haired female who looks at me with anger and fear.

It is only when we 'kiss' that I believe things may work out between us. But I'm hearing rumors that Starr and her shipmates are law-breakers. To survive, Dakonians must obey all laws … or be exiled into the frozen wasteland. Just when I have found her, will I have to send my mate to die?

Adult - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Welcome to OctobeRec Fest. I started this as a nod to Oktoberfest (books & beer…heaven, am I right?!?) so I’ll spending the month of October reading a few of the many, many books I’ve procured thanks to you, my blogging friends.

Title: Alien Mate
Author: Cara Bristol
Recommended by: Sophia Rose @Delighted Reader and Melanie @Hot Listens

Alien Mate is a book I’d not have picked up without a recommendation from a trusted blogging friend. It sounded kinda cheesy if I was judging by the title but if Sophia Rose and Melanie thought it was worthwhile I figured I’d give it a try. Thanks, ladies, you didn’t steer me wrong. 😉


  • Plot
    I appreciated the premise for the story – an exchange program created to provide mates to an alien race – one that’s struggling to maintain its existence – in exchange for an energy source. That’s how Starr ends up on the planet Dakon despite the fact she arrived under slightly different circumstances than her cohorts. Even though Starr realizes she really wants to stay, it seems someone else doesn’t want her breathing…anywhere.
  • Romance
    The romance developed quickly but it felt genuine. Starr and Torg spent time getting to know one another, sharing about their cultures and histories. Unfortunately, Starr didn’t share everything up front which caused some strife but luckily she had shared enough to establish her character with Torg.
  • Suspense
    The circumstances surrounding Starr’s ending up on Dakon and the odd happenings after her arrival kept me guessing. I knew enough of her as a person to surmise some things but there were other things I didn’t figure out. The clues were well placed and the suspense well done.

Alien Mate was an entertaining read. CBristol did a nice job in building a world around characters that I’m invested in so I’ll be continuing the series. My only issue was the quick friendships between Starr and a few of her cohorts. Although it established some of Starr’s character it just didn’t feel quite authentic. But overall, Alien Mate kept me engaged and I’m grateful to Sophia and Melanie for the recommendation!


Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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5 responses to “#OctobeRec Fest Review #3 ~ Alien Mate ~ Cara Bristol

  1. Berls

    I probably wouldn’t have considered this one either, but now I have not just Melanie and Sophia, but your recommendation too! I love the plot premise, for sure. Adding it to my impossible TBR 🙂

    HUGS, miss you! <3

  2. ailynk

    oh I agreee, on first impression this isn’t my thing either! thanks for the recommendation .that really opens up my eyes

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