This was the second book in the Cyborgs’ series and it was a solid sequel. They should be read in order because must of the explanation and world building are given in the first book.
Near the end of the first book about Joe and Chloe, the shocking information is revealed that there are several cyborg females that were made and kept top secret. Joe and the rest of the guys- Solus, Seth, Aramus, and Einstein are determined to find them even while procuring the resources they need for their world and gathering intel about the human military so they can live in freedom.
In the beginning, the story focuses mostly on F814 a female mining droid, or so she is led to think. F814 tries to hide her sentient mind from the mine foreman, but when the order is given to terminate her, she makes a bid for her freedom and wins.
F814 is left alone for months with infrequent attempts from the humans to take back their mining operation. This all changes when a party of men arrive who are super-human in their abilities and able to best her. F814 is nervous around them and refuses to accompany them even though they claim she is one of their kind. The leader, Solus, tries to reason with her, but that all goes out the window when a military craft arrives and Solus kidnaps her for her own good.
Solus has always prided himself in his logic and desire to serve his fellow cyborgs. He sneers at the lovestruck Joe while secretly envying him. Joe tells him that he’ll feel differently when it is his turn to which he denies any chance of that happening with vehemence. It is not until he is confronted by a second cyborg female who is in denial of what she is and how she feels that he gets served up a huge dose of ‘I told you so’.
Solus and F814, or Fiona, spend the last half of the story coming to terms with their feelings. It takes a fatal situation for them both to be willing to take courage in hand and speak of their feelings. Unfortunately, they might have put it off too long.
I enjoyed this story as much as the first one. There was that blend of humor, passion and frustration that worked in the first one. There is also the mystery of the female cyborg project cover up still going on as well as the danger from the human military with their better technology.
And now that it has happened a second time, I should expect the big revealing zinger at the end of the story that sets up the next one. I’m left wondering which cyborg male will find his female next. I really like them all, but I am totally curious about who’s next- Aramus, the most angry and hating cyborg or maybe the flirtatious, but sweet Seth or maybe the brilliant, but quieter Einstein?
Recommended for those who love steamy Sci-Fi romances that are light on the Sci-fi.