I was asked by the author to review this and normally while I might not like the subject matter, I like her writing. Stranded with the Cyborg left me feeling kind of bored and let down in the end. I just couldn’t get into the sexual tension, nor really like either of the characters.
Brock Mann was accused of sexually coming onto the one person he was supposed to protect: the daughter of the president of Terran. His job is to protect her, not be her teenage crush. So he treats her professional, but also calls her Pia, not for Penelope Isabella Aaron, but for Pain In the Ass. Well, the young Pia fell in love with him and when he spurs her affection, she gets him thrown off the job.
Brock goes on to another job where something goes wrong and to save his life, they have to turn him into a Cyborg. He can rebuild bone and skin and also hack into systems with just his brain. He isn’t assigned to hard assignments, he’s assigned to impossible assignments. Forced to come back from his first vacation, he isn’t happy he has been assigned to play Pia’s husband while on a diplomatic mission.
Penelope has grown up and can realize her actions while young were wrong. She never stopped loving Brock, but she has learned to live without thinking of him too much. Working hard to make a career on her own credit and not her mom’s, she refuses a bodyguard. Chagrined to find out a bodyguard has been assigned to her, she isn’t too pleasant to Brock.
Penelope and Brock enter a shuttle headed to the world where Penelope hopes to add them to her federation. Everything doesn’t go smoothly and they end up stranded on a plant that cannot really support inhabitation. Now the two must work out their issues to survive not only an assassin but also nature.
I really wanted to like these two, but they just felt like strangers for the most part. Brock keeps the secret he is cyborg now and while he is attracted to her, you don’t really get a feeling he likes her much. Penelope tries to be nicer and even start to feel the ris of the feeling she once had when she was young. It just felt forced and not very believable.
By the end, I was just happy to be done. Sad really since I generally love this author’s work. This one just didn’t do it for me.
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