Series: #5 Cyborgs: More than Machines
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 28, 2014
I just love this author’s blend of Sci-Fi worldbuilding and exciting plots with passionate romance seasoned with humor. Seth has been a character all along in the series who made me smile the second he entered a scene. It was amazing to read this one and discover his history and that there is so much more to him than the funny boy face he shows everyone. I really connected with him and Anastasia’s story and I enjoyed all the secrets and future plot threads that came out of this one.
Seth is a special type of cyborg. Unlike the rest of his cyborg friends, he was left with much of his humanity intact. He still retains emotions and memories all because he was a spy model. But he was one of an original pair. Seth went through the program with a female cyborg spy who was his partner and equal. A military set up betrayed them both and separated them. Seth got caught up in the revolution and never learned Anastasia’s fate. That is until now…
Anastasia has turned her life’s mission into exacting revenge against the organization with her main goal learning who the maker is and taking him out. She is as close as she can get alone, but now she needs help and there is only one whom she can call upon. She will use Seth to advance her mission and then she will move on. Only, it’s not that simple. Seth agrees to help her, but he also forces her to face some hard facts that leave her far from unmoved and unsettled that things are not what she thought they were.
The reunion with Anastasia is to Seth proof that fate has given them a second chance. He does not plan on letting her slip through his fingers no matter how stubborn and focused on her mission she can be. Seth knows she is not immune to him and plots accordingly even as their current mission takes a turn toward deadly.
It’s always amazing to me that no matter how light and fun these can feel; there is still a good solid plot line that keeps me reading furiously to the end. This one is told in alternating present to flashback format along with alternating points of view. It worked well to help learn how things came together between Seth and Anastasia and kept things moving forward in the current plot too.
I have to confess that I wasn’t a hundred percent sold on Anastasia or the romance. Yeah, she’s tough, smart in ways, sassy and sexy, but I also felt like she was overconfident and jerk-y too. She discovers that she wronged Seth and she experiences twinges of remorse, but it’s a good thing I didn’t hold my breath for the true apology. She lied to him and manipulated him to use him which made sense in the beginning, but Seth was right when he confronted her about how she liked to go solo even when accepting help would generate a better chance of success. This was true of her work and of their relationship sadly. She felt regret over the past and felt need for the physical with Seth, but she also didn’t think they could have what they once had. She even grudgingly admitted she loved him, but it was grudgingly so I was never really convinced that she wanted to be with him like he did her. Her quest for revenge was something I never understood what the single-minded fervor was about since every cyborg had it bad thus the need for the revolution. I guess I just wanted her to want him as much as he wanted her. He was willing to give something up and not once did I see that attitude in her. This leads me to Seth. He was great. He ran circles around Anastasia and she had no idea what to do with him. He was honest, upfront and he was one capable hot romantic cyborg for his woman. Seth was worthy of happiness and if he needed Anastasia to make it that way? Well then I just went with it for his sake.
The end left things wide open for so much and I am dying to know who those mysterious people were in the epilogue. And like Seth, I want to meet Adam though not for the same reasons of course. I do hope there is more page time in store for this pair so maybe I can see them settle into a true relationship. I always enjoy when the other cyborg characters get into a scene or two. Seth and Aramus just crack me up.
So all in all, it was another fantastic addition to the series and I recommend these to those who enjoy smoking cyborg sci-fi adventure romance with a splash of humor.
My thanks to the author for providing my copy in exchange for my honest review thoughts.
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