Monday, May 24, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews Shadow by Cara Bristol

Today is my birthday so to celebrate I invited Sophia Rose to the blog to review a book from one of her favorite genres Sci-Fi Romance. Happy Birthday to me!!


Shadow by Cara Bristol

#4 Alien Castaways

Sci-Fi Romance

Publisher: Self

Published: 4.22.21

Pages: 165

Rating: 3.5

Format: eARC

Source:  Author

Sellers: AmazonKobo

ADD TO: GoodReads


GoodReads Blurb:

Tragedy sends clairvoyant Mandy Ellison to seek refuge in the small town of Argent, Idaho. Her ESP failed her, and now she’s closing her eyes to the second sight forever. Until Shadow, an alien from planet ‘Topia, comes into her healing and wellness center with a request. Will she help him find a mate?

Time is running out for Shadow. His genetics have been programmed with a self-destruct sequence. If he doesn’t bond with a genmate, a female carrying the same mating gene, he eventually will fade from existence. The new clairvoyant in town is his last desperate hope, if she agrees to help him.

But what is an alien to do when attraction leads to love, especially when every indication shows Mandy is not his genmate? Will Mandy find him a mate, hand him over to another woman, and save his life—or will Shadow decide love is worth dying for?


Sophia Rose's Review:

One of the lovable six alien refugees to earth is in his last days and losing hope that he will ever find his mate which will not only be his happily ever after, but the very source of ongoing itself.  At the same time, a woman who has been beaten down in life because of her psychic gift slips into a small Idaho town hoping to get away from her past and start over.  The attraction is there, but they are agonized to discover that they are not mates.


Shadow is the fourth of the Alien Castaways series and part of the greater Intergalactic Dating Agency books.  Shadow is a standalone story, but the surrounding cast of characters and the overall series arc does begin in the first book.


Shadow is a story I have anticipated since I learned he was Vaporian with the nifty ability to shift to vapor.  But, his gift is cursed so long as he doesn’t find his mate because, after a certain point without this special match, he will no longer be able to control his shifts to vapor and will eventually dissipate into vapor permanently.  I felt the tension from the ticking time clock through each book and was glad to see him getting his story.


Like with the previous books, the human heroine’s own story is as intriguing as the alien hero.  In this case, Mandy is a middle-aged woman with the gift of seeing visions.  In her past, she tried to use her gift to help, but it wasn’t that specific so people blamed her when there wasn’t a happy ending like in the missing person’s case she assisted the police on.  She just wants to hide all that, but then she meets Shadow.


They were good together though, yes, it happened very quickly when the deeper feelings came.  As the reader, I couldn’t help but anticipate the source of their swift romance, but was curious why the signs of mating were not there.  I had my suspicions and I was right.  But, that didn’t take away from this being a light, heartwarming sci-fi.


Incidentally, Inferno gets the start of his story and that meetcute cracked me up.  His heroine is going to be a tough nut to crack.


In summary, this was a swift, easy-read, spicy sci-fi romance between a charming alien and a good-hearted psychic.  Those who want a light and easy, fast-read sensual sci-fi romance should definitely give this series a try.


Author’s Bio:

USA Today Bestselling Author Cara Bristol writes character driven science fiction romance with humor, heart, and heat. She loves introducing new readers to science fiction romance, and likes to say she writes sci-fi for readers who don’t like sci-fi. When she’s not writing (ha ha ha – she’s almost always writing) she enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and chillaxin’ with her favorite reality TV shows. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.




Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

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  1. Glad to see you are still enjoying this series Sophia!

    1. Oh yes! They are my cozy day sci-fi romances. :)

  2. ooh so my kind of read Sophia Rose. I'm glad this series is still giving you pleasure!

    1. Yes, it's like sci-fi cozy with some steam. I can really relax when reading these. :)

  3. Wonderful review, Sophia. I've gotten behind on this author.

    Melanie @ Books of My Heart

    1. Thanks, Melanie! I've really enjoyed this latest series and I'm pretty sure you'll love it when you get the chance. :)

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    1. Definitely great when I'm in the mood for light and easy. :)

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    1. Oh yes, he's got muscles on his muscles. :)

  6. I wouldn't have picked this on my own, but it sounds interesting.