I look forward to each new release in this series about the big, dangerous cyborg secret ops guys and the adventures their cunning sassy heroines lead them on. In this one, imagine my delight to discover that there was a cyborg heroine to challenge the cyborg hero as they shared a suicide mission that they couldn’t fail.
This was book four in the series. It’s connected to the others, but would work fine as a standalone or out of order.
Sonny gets to the rendezvous a day early to meet his new mission leader and join him on the dangerous mission to infiltrate enemy territory and gain valuable info particularly the location of the terrorist leader. Getting down time on a pleasure planet in the bar leads him to a hot, passionate encounter with a gorgeous powerful woman and at the end, she inexplicably acts hurt and runs from his room. Good thing he won’t be seeing that one again.
Amanda knows the good-looking sexy guy now thinks she’s a nut job the way she freaked out and ran, but his joke about ‘doing better next time’ brought back memories of her demanding father who was never happy with her achievements. Now she is going on a dangerous mission that she probably wouldn’t return from and knows that it still wouldn’t make him proud. Well at least if she was going to embarrass herself, she’ll never see the sexy Sonny again.
Only, they do encounter each other- the next morning as a matter of fact. They’re mission partners. Amanda gets snippy and all business because of her embarrassment and Sonny withdraws when she snarks out that he was only a tolerable lay. Amanda wears a chip on her shoulder because she feels she has to prove herself so gets bent out of shape when Sonny questions her hazy plan to seduce the terrorist leader’s son for information and Sonny has little patience for a woman set on a suicide mission and a plan that doesn’t seem like much of a plan at all.
Things are going fairly well until they’re not and the pair must work together if they are to get out alive. Sonny has to learn to trust in Amanda’s skills and Amanda must learn to be a team player. All the while, the pair’s attraction grows into something more.
Each of these stories feature a cyborg, a romance, and a mission, but I love how the author makes each unique to the characters involved giving them depth and background. Things get hot and heavy right away then back off as the conflict between characters and the mission takes over.
Amanda is very talented and skilled, but she let her father’s put downs get into her psyche. She feels she has to prove herself and she is oversensitive looking for trouble when it’s not there. Sonny did have his doubts about her being on the mission and a little of it is because she is female, but some is because he is attracted and wants to protect her while still another part is because her plan is pretty airy fairy and not one that has much chance at success- of course, she didn’t give him the whole plan so I don’t blame him for being concerned.
I really liked Sonny for a woman like Amanda. When he wasn’t jealous, he really did respect her and treated her opinions as he would any other team member. Amanda left me iffy until she started to lose the chip on her shoulder and just do her job and also appreciate Sonny for himself. They were pretty hot stuff and I like that epilogue about this pair.
The action plot was suspenseful and exciting. Just when it looked like they were done for or that they got away a twist occurs to swing things round again. I loved the rock and hard place feeling this story had as they worked to complete their mission and then to come out alive.
All in all, this read pretty fast and easy with scorching heat, sassy conflict, and enough excitement to keep the reader riveted. I can easily recommend this book/series to those who enjoy light sci-fi romance and a sexy pair of action heroes and lovers.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review thoughts.
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