Bride of Fire by Viola Grace

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Bride of Fire by Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (45 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

A sleeping beauty wakes to find five Fire Bringers waiting for her to choose one as a mate.

Fayra’s colony ship has been waiting for five years for the Anvin to allow any of their personnel to wake. She is the first one to wake up, and she is also the only one. She is briefed on her situation—she must prove her species’ worth in order to earn a place on this new world. To do that, she needs a mate, a child and nerves of steel.

The five Fire Bringers never imagined that they would have a chance at a mate, let alone a family. They have to use their charms to win Fayra’s favour and all without touching her. It is a challenge they must rise to or lose their chance at a child of their own.

Imagine selecting the person who will be your future spouse and co-parent based on the impression you form of them during short, chaperoned meetings. Now imagine making this decision over the course of a few days.

Fayra’s plucky personality instantly endeared me to her. Her reactions to her experiences fleshed out her personality for me in unexpected ways. No sooner would I think I had her figured out than a new challenge would reveal both her intelligence and her impulsivity. I didn’t always agree with the decisions she made, but thanks to the author’s inclusion of subtle hints about the type of person Fayra is I nearly always understood why she thought those were the best choices for her.

I would have preferred to see more time spent developing Fayra’s relationship with the person she chooses as her mate. While I completely understand why she found him sexually attractive, it wasn’t clear to me why she thought he was her best option for a long term relationship based on the albeit limited information provided about his life.

The plot starts off a little slow due to a somewhat complicated backstory that needs to be explained first, but all of this world-building is necessary in order to understand how Fayra comes to find herself in such a unique situation. By the climax I completely understood why the author chose to give such detailed explanations of certain events so early on in the story. The histories of the two races adds richness to the plot and makes me wish this book was the beginning of a series.

Bride of Fire is an engrossing adventure. I’d recommend it to fans of science fiction and romance alike as both genres are well-represented in this tale.

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