Claimed by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Claimed by the Cyborg by Cara BristolClaimed by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Series: #5 Cy Ops
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 10, 2017
Pages: 326
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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March Fellows decides to combine a bit of personal business alongside special cyborg ops business when he maneuvers his way onto a planet emerging from isolationism.  He thought he had a good chance at love until he was holding a terse good-bye note.  Now he wants answers.

The Cy-Ops series was a gem of a find last year and I have greeted each new release with wide-open welcome.  This latest story is no exception.  A second chance romance and some political intrigue in a cyborg sci-fi is just the thing.

Claimed by the Cyborg is book five in the Cy Ops series.  While there is an overall series arc, it is light so a reader can pick this one up out of order or read it standalone.

March takes the job of ferrying a new space craft to Xenia that will be a bonding gift for the Emperor’s daughter.  His boss wants him to get intel and soften up the Xenian government higher ups about allowing a Terran base on their planet, but March also hopes to use a few hours to hunt down Jules, the Xenian exchange student who loved him and left him years ago.  He’s never gotten over her or her leaving.  Only, one look at the Xenian Princess who is to be bonded with her matched mate and suddenly he has a pretty good idea why his Jules ditched him.

Juliette has dreaded her arranged bond and looks back on her two years visiting earth and living the freedom of a college student with no duty to drive her as something she wished she could have again.  Leaving March was the hardest thing she had ever done, but her fate was sealed from the moment she was born the first child of the Emperor.  Her people are set in their ways and the peace and future of their planet depends on her doing her duty.  She is resigned until she stares into March’s amazing blue eyes.

The complication of their reunion is not the only issue the pair must face as March ends up in the middle of a dangerous plot to remove Juliette’s future bond partner.

I’ve always thought it fascinating how each story in the series presents a new alien culture and world.  The Xenians rely on tight, strong societal rules, emotionless transactions and relations, and above all strive for peace.  March enters this world and he’s the alien.  Poor March gets the not so enjoyable surprise of learning that his Jules is not a commoner like him, but royalty.  He’s angry and hurt, but also mourns again Jules’ loss just when he was hopeful of finding her.

The story isn’t long and reads quickly.  It’s a nice blend of romance, sci-fi elements, and a suspense.  March’s cyborg-ness is less of a factor than the heroes of previous books, but then again, his skill set is a bit different.  His background and personality are also different- not as ruthless and alpha- which I think is a good thing.  No cookie-cutter cyborg heroes or heroines in this series.

The political intrigue side of the plot stayed in the background somewhat until offering up a snazzy twist there at the end leading to a nice intense climax.  The romance was a reunion so it had to get past the issue of her bonding and his frustration that her duty stands between them.

I try to take my time with these, but end up devouring them in one sitting and am left eagerly waiting for the next cyborg ops adventure.  Those who enjoy sizzling romance with cyborg characters and a colorfully drawn sci-fi world should try this series.

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

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.
  • Cara Bristol

    Thank you for the review!

  • Interesting, a sci-fi romance! I don’t think I’ve come across too many of those recently. I have to say, just by looking at the cover alone, I’d walk past it straight. It goes to show, as always, that one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. 😉 I’m glad you were able to enjoy the book overall! I hope you enjoy more of this author’s books.

    Great review, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, this has become a favorite series. That’s funny about the cover. I never gave it much thought other than I like how each has a pretty jewel-tone theme color. I’m more of a blurb person so I pay more attention to that with covers secondary This style is common to lots of sci-fi romance, I’ve noticed.

      Thanks, Alyssa!

    • Cara Bristol

      Alyssa,
      I’m really curious. What don’t you like about the cover?
      Cara

      • Cara — there are a few things (and I’m going to be completely candid):

        – Typography: the font is a little odd? It’s not a font type one would typically see and I’m not sure it’s a great choice. Chunky fonts don’t tend to look great. My thing with fonts is that usually I’ll not really notice them, but if they are weird-looking or detract from the cover, then I’ll notice. The color is definitely not a great choice since it’s so close to the background’s color.
        – People: this might just be me but I find it off-putting that one model’s face is completely visible but the other’s isn’t. It upsets the balance, which is already a little off because the man is clearly dominating the cover and the female is more to the side – and yet, her face is the one most clearly visible, and his is only half-shown.
        – Positioning: this goes along with the balance I mentioned but it seems like the models were cut and paste to sort of fit together? There is no flow or dynamic between them. I suppose it should look like she is hugging him except that her figure is completely behind him so there is no way she is actually hugging him… there’s not chemistry or dynamic there which is a little disappointing because it would seem like a romance novel (given the abs), but the two characters are sort of just cut and pasted and arranged next to each other.

        Hopefully that makes sense and I haven’t totally irritated you. =)

        • Cara Bristol

          Thank you for explaining. I appreciate that. The font was chosen to look military/computer-ish because the men are cyborgs. The man is the focal point, as you pointed out, but what’s being shown is his brawn, rather than his face. It’s pretty common on sci-fi romances where the hero is a warrior type. All the heroes of the series work for Cyber Operations, a secret military force. I’m not arguing, just explaining how the elements of the cover were chosen. I do appreciate you response.

  • Interesting, never read a cyborg romance. Is it more of an erotica?

    • This series isn’t though yes, some cyborg romance series are. It’s got some spicy passion, but no more than the average romance.

  • This sounds like a fun series, I might pick it up eventually. I think she had a short story in pets in Space right? Glad to hear you’re enjoying this series so far! The second chance type of romance in this one sounds interesting with a bit of alien politics mixed in as well. And the alien worlds and customs seem well thought out. Great review!

    • Yes, she did have one of her cyborgs in the collection. It wasn’t part of this series as he wasn’t a secret operative like these. These are exciting and fun to encounter interesting aliens and their different politics, too.

  • I’m not a fan of the cover but I’m happu to see you had a good time with this one. I would be curious about the world even if it’s not usually a lot for me

    • Sci-fi Romance is definitely not for everyone, but I have such a good time with it exploring new worlds and possibilities. Yes, it touches the curiosity in me like you, Melliane. 🙂