Trapped With the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #Review

Trapped With the Cyborg by Cara Bristol #ReviewTrapped With the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Series: #4 Cy Ops
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on June 21 2016
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #232 Sci-Fi Rom

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.
  • Ooh, I’ve never read a romance featuring cyborgs. I’m going to check this one out.

    • The cyborgs are an odd kick in my gallop and I’m picky about the ones I like. I started with book two in this series and discovered Cara’s cyborgs were a good fit for me.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Wow that series looks right up my sci-fi fanaddict alley 🙂 thanks!

    • LOL! Yes, these are fun, hot, and light for when you don’t want to go deep emotion or too much drama. You’re welcome, Debbie!

  • Sounds good and I do love a good twist.

    • It was fun. Just when I thought they were in the clear, zowee or just when I thought they were toast, a twist. 😉 Hope you get the chance with them, Mary!

  • Looks like it has a lot of great elements in the mix.

    • These are just really good entertainment and I love that at the end of a stressful day especially. 🙂

  • I can’t think of many books I’ve read that has cyborgs in it. The Bionics by Alicia Michaels, maybe? I have to want to read sci-fi romance for me to enjoy it. I’m glad that you are loving this series. Great review!

    • My only contact with cyborgs was Data from Star Trek until I read Eve Langlais’ series and then this one. Oddly, I haven’t read a serious one as these are both lighter and have lots of humor sprinkled in with the action and romance. But maybe I’ll get to the serious sci-fi cyborg stories someday. I’ll have to look up The Bionics.

  • Psst..I have not tried a cyborg romance. Maybe I need to try one!

    • No shame zone here, lady! 😉 Although, I think you’d have fun with these as a light change up when you don’t want much challenge just some heat, fun, and good action.

  • Sounds great how this book changes things up and the female is the cyborg. While I like sci-fi romances, cyborgs never have been my first choice, maybe because they seem a bit creepy for some reason. Or maybe that’s because I never have encountered them in a romance before, but only as the villain or side characters.
    Oh that must have been embarrassing when they find out they see each other again after she ran from his room. I am glad to hear the characters have depth and background. Great review Sophia, this sounds like a good one 🙂

    • Yes, a female cyborg was a neat change up. You know, these ones probably wouldn’t be an issue for you since they are humans with enhancements and no machine parts showing or even a change in their thinking. Maybe you can try this series some time.

      Oh yeah, that was epic when they saw each other the next morning and realized that they were on the same mission team.

      • I’ll add the first book to my wishlist :). I figure I probably should just give one of these cyborg romances a try to know what they are like. It’s good to know there is no change in their thinking. I don’t mind machine parts as long as their minds are still human.

        There’s this dystopia series by David Estes I once read that had the most disturbing cyborg character, who was more robot than human. I guess that now when I hear cyborgs I think of that.

        I should replace it with more pleasant images of cyborgs 😉

        • Oh, a creepy villain cyborg would probably scare me, too. You remind me, I need to finish the David Estes series that I have (the Moon Dwellers one).

          Actually, confession time, this was a series I started out of order. I need to read book one, too. I started with book two. Haha!

          Oh yes, these are big brawny hero type cyborgs. They’ll adjust your image just fine. 🙂

  • I was just reading about this series on another blog. I think yall have me hooked. lol It’s been a long while since I’ve read a cyborg. And hot and steamy? Yep!

    • Um yeah, you’re going to get on these bad boys when you get the chance. They’re a ton of the good stuff. 😉