Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #AfternoonDelight

Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #AfternoonDelightCaptured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on March 15, 2016
Pages: 137
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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After reading the action-packed previous book in the series and encountering the hero in a supporting role, I was thrilled that the next book would be Dale’s.  But then I started reading and realized that yet again, the author wowed me not only with a likeable hero, but a heroine that intrigued me from the moment she entered her first scene.  I devoured this book in one sitting and now can only wait eagerly for more.

The story opens with Dale Homme, a cyborg and owner of a deeply hidden space version of a chop shop.  He and his team acquire ships and retrofit them to order for big sales.  The business is not shady, but some of the customers are so the operation is deep in a thought to be lifeless moon and cloaked from discovery.

Of late, Dale has become restless.  He left cy-ops, but now he misses the intensity and excitement of the missions.  With a hundred twenty-eight employees depending on him for their livelihood, though, he can’t just ditch the business.

But then the shuttle returns with candidates for the open position of tech work that will hopefully produce a computer wizard who can figure out the glitches in their latest work project.  A mysterious female who tells more lies than truths and is not who she says she is gets Dale’s attention.  He should hire one of the others, but his gut tells him that there is something important behind her deception and he wants to know what it is and help her.

Illumina is a Faria, but she is the only one in existence without her beautiful fairy wings.  And that’s because her ex-husband turned into a torturous fiend after she wanted to divorce him when he showed his true and awful colors once they were married.  Now, he stalks her across the galaxy with plans to kill her and anyone who gets in his way or helps her.  Illumina sees the top secret work for Dale Homme as a god-send.  She’ll hide out and take a breather from her running and do a good job for Dale while she’s at it.  Unfortunately, she wasn’t expecting him to be cyborg and a very perceptive one at that.  He knows she lied to him, but he’s biding his time.  And while he bides his time, they both feel the attraction tighten between them.  Illumina can’t give in to the passion and must leave if she is to keep Dale and the other’s safe even though the big cyborg seems quite capable of fighting his own battles.

So, this was a fast paced and easy to read spicy sci-fi action romance.  It’s perfect for the moments I just wanted to lose myself in a good story that didn’t delve deep, but entertained and engaged me.  I love the cyborg world that the author has created with the top secret special ops teams, the fraternity of cyborg warriors, the spicy romance, and of course the mission.  In this case the mission was to protect Illumina and bring down her evil ex who was getting away with more than just his murderous stalking since he had powerful and wealthy connections he used to protect his dirty secrets.

The characters aren’t deeply developed, but they are developed enough to get to know them and connect with them.  As I pointed out earlier, I liked Dale from his intro in the last book.  It was neat getting his background and how he became cyborg and came to own the chop shop.  He was most definitely an assertive leader, but he tempered this with understanding so that he could see the potential in his team of workers when no one else could.

Illumina was the fascinating woman from an alien race.  There was a little bit about her race and background.  She’s a survivor and a protector, but she is a computer genius because of her psychic gift that allows her to connect telepathically with technology.  I had strong respect for this one who had survived much and had to live by her wits.

I enjoyed the pair of them together.  They made a sizzling romantic pair, but also work well together in daily life and work, too.  They both thought the other would think less of them because she felt she was ugly because her wings are missing and he thought he was ugly because he is half computer.  Instead, they were treated to acceptance and attraction.  Lonely people connecting and bonding.

The action scenes and intrigue were exciting and I enjoyed the pacing in the book.  There were a couple surprise twists that enhanced the final big scene in particular.  The last book was loaded with more action, but that doesn’t mean this one was lacking.

The final epilogue style chapters brought a smile to my face to see how things wrapped up for this pair and the cyber ops team in general.  Now after getting my wish of more Dale-time, I wouldn’t mind some more Sonny or Carter.

In summary, this was exciting and had a good amount of spice.  Perfect for the light sci-fi romance lover who wants something quick and entertaining.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #117 SFR

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, http://carabristol.com, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3.

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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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  • Another interesting read. Dang, can’t remember the last time I read a book with a fairy in it

    • I know, her race was a great surprise. I loved the contrast with a cyborg soldier type for the hero.

  • I have had bad lucky with sci-fi romance, saaaad

    • Oh, yeah, there are a few sci-fi tropes that aren’t my thing, either. I actually don’t read as much as I’d like, too.

  • oh I definitely need to read this. I need more Sci fi reads…and I do like Cyborgs. I love a great entertaining read.

    • I didn’t get the chance to read the first one, but I really liked book 2 and this one. I enjoy the cyborg characters, too.

  • Cara Bristol

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing. I’m glad you enjoyed Captured by the Cyborg. Sonny Masters (a secondary character in Captured)will be the hero of Cy-Ops 4, which I’m writing now, planning for a June release. Sonny will be paired with a female cyborg. I do have a title, but it’s secret until I get the cover done.

    • You’re welcome, Cara!
      It was a pleasure.

      Music to my ears. Looking forward to Sonny’s story.

  • Alien romance. I haven’t read one, not sure if I’ll like it in book format. I do love it in movies.

    • This particular series is a good one if you’re not sure since there is a strong human element with the cyborgs involved.

  • This sounds like a great book. I’ve been working my way through the Eve Langlais cyborg books. I haven’t tried her alien books yet. She is a hard one to live up to. I would like to try a different take on cyborgs though. I’ll have to give this one a try. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Oh yeah, Eve’s cyborgs were what got me interested in trying more. I’ve found a few others I like. These would fall into the same light sci-fi category as Eve’s, but without the heavier dose of humor. I think you might like them. (oh, and I didn’t start with book one, I’ve just read 2 and 3, here).

  • It’s great when you like both the hero and the heroine. This one sounds interesting with the cyborg and the shop hidden in a moon. I already feel sorry for the heroine for what she has been through with her husband and it’s nice she can find some reprieve with the cyborg. And that’s interesting he knows she’s lying and wants to figure out the truth, sounds like that part is handled well and not just to add drama.

    It’s nice the character have enough depth to get a feel for them even though they aren’t very deeply developed. I am usually happy if I get a bit of a feel for the characters and their personalities, although it’s even better if the authors show us even more and make me feel like I really get and understand the characters. Great review!

    • Yes, exactly. The lying only intrigued him and didn’t cause trouble when there was already plenty of conflict with her crazy ex. I did like the easiness of the story even if it didn’t go deep.

  • Love when a hero/heroine are shown working well together outside of the bedroom/romance. You’re the second one this week I’ve seen enjoying these. Gonna have to check em out 😀

    • They have a lighter feel, but still gritty on the action. And the passion is good with it’s own conflict. But yes, the romance pair in both I read fit well and make sense outside the bedroom and I like that, too.