Alien Mate by Cara Bristol #mf #review @CaraBristol 1

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?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14rachelle-tag

I was really excited to read this. I loved the idea of mail-order-brides for aliens and was looking forward to a fun read. What I got was a struggle because I couldn’t identify with Starr at all. She comes off as pretentious and not smart enough to ask for help when she needs it. I hung in there hoping for some character growth but she had a couple of TSTL moments that I had a hard time getting past. I hated that she would say one thing and in her head she wanted another. For example: Torq discovered that she didn’t have the proper footwear and worried she would get frostbite. She kicked and yelled to be put down when all she could think was she hoped that he didn’t. She made a nuisance of herself beating on him for no good reason. Her pride would’ve gotten her killed if Torq had did what she ‘said’ she wanted. She made the simplest things dramatic. When she said no and Torq didn’t understand she didn’t explain why. And when she was so sure everything was about her weight… it was just another point where I rolled my eyes at the logic.

I liked Torq. He was good, honorable, and he treated her like gold. He was a breath of fresh air because I’m tired of reading about alpha males who are barely likeable as love interests. His POV is what kept me flipping pages. He was much too good for her, in my opinion.

The romance was quick but the sex scenes were long. There was a lot of interaction that wasn’t between Torq and Starr. With the romance being quick with them quickly liking each other despite their individual reticence before laying eye son each other, the plot with the ore and the type of women sent to Dakon became the focal point of the story. All in all, a decent read.

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