Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 9, 2018
Cyborgs on secret missions, political intrigue with a tyrannical nation planet, and romance come together in this exciting sci-fi series that I have been jazzed about since I picked the first one up. Part Bruce Wayne and part Captain America, I’ve been waiting for Carter Aymes’ story since he was introduced in book one as the leader of the cyborg operations and wondered who would be the lucky female to win his heart.
Hunted by the Cyborg is book six in the Cy-Ops series. There is a series arc that flows through the series, but it is also flexible and not too difficult to jump in out of order (so says the gal who started with book two and didn’t get to book one until after book five).
Carter has seen many of his cyborg operatives and closest friends find their special someone and feels wistful to have the lonely feeling go away. But, as the head of a vast business empire, a secret operations and security firm, and a goal to keep the galaxy safe from the Lamis Odg terrorists, there isn’t a lot of time for romance let alone finding someone he could trust with his secrets and not push when he had to be away on secret missions. Then a chance encounter followed by a flagged security screening on a potential new employee has him getting very unprofessional thoughts about a certain female who may or may not be who she says she is.
Beth O’Shea is getting her chance at life away from the stifling world of the O’Shea space station with this job planetside for Aym-Sec a prestigious security firm. But, then she gets flag and brought in for questioning as a potential security threat. She can’t tell them the truth even though her secret is not dangerous at all. Not like the danger she’s in whenever the boss man, Carter Aymes both terrifies and intrigues her from their first encounter.
I’ve come to appreciate the futuristic world, the unique alien races, the exciting, adventure-filled plots as the cyborgs battle the terrorists, and the spicy romances these cyborgs find, usually during perilous situations. Carter’s story is a little different because it seems (I don’t know for sure) to be the culminating story in the series story arc. Because of that, I don’t want to give away too much because there are some great surprise reveals and twists in this one.
He and the cyborgs know that Lamani the head of the Lamis-Odg, who has been directing affairs and has been in hiding for over ten years, must be found and his new secret weapon traced and eliminated even while the races of the galaxy send reps to the big summit to discuss what to do about the terrorists and will they vote for peace or all-out war.
Carter and Beth start up a tenuous romance against this back-drop. Carter has to keep the Cyborg Operations side of the business and that he is one a secret for security reasons and he has to figure out what to do with his fear when Beth wants a bigger part of the action as she settles into her job. Beth is really living for the first time and the learning curve is a big one including the fact that she’s in a relationship with the wealthy and powerful man who also happens to be her boss. She stumbles into danger, but it only makes her want to get training so she can be less of a liability and feel more worthy of Carter.
I loved this pair together and the ups and downs of their swift-moving, spicy romance. Beth might be new to many things, but she had no trouble being assertive about what she wanted and needed when Carter struggled not to keep her out of things because he needed her safe. She was smart and was realistic about what she pushed for and what she knew she had to simply accept when it came to her work and to Carter’s responsibilities. Like I said, a great pair and she was perfect for Carter.
I had my suspicions about Lamani and I was right and I had an inkling about another big surprise, but wow, I didn’t see that big exciting stunner. There wasn’t much fighting like in past books, but there was plenty of intense excitement when the big scenes came. This felt like the end of the series, but there was room for more if the author wants to add another story or two. I’m always up for more of this series so I’d not say no.
All in all, it was fab from cover to cover. I was jazzed that Carter’s book and his heroine more than met my expectations. This cyborg series is perfect for sci-fi romance lovers who like black ops action in space, intriguing twists, and some sexy romances.
COYER #20 set 20 yrs or more into the future