Afternoon Delight: Stranded With the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Posted February 2, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments


Afternoon Delight: Stranded With the Cyborg by Cara Bristol
Stranded With the Cyborg

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Series: Cy Ops #1
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 22, 2015
Pages: 141
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

I discovered this series when I found Mated to the Cyborg, book two, and loved it so I kept reading and anticipating each new release.  But, guess what?  I forgot to go back and read book one.  The author made it free and I still managed to wait forever.  I’m reading it now though.  Yay for getting Brock and Penelope’s story finally.


Stranded with the Cyborg begins with Brock Mann, a covert ops cyborg, getting assigned to the dreaded brat that he’d been forced to do protection detail aka babysit through her snits and teenage rebellion back in the day.  Now, Pia as he called her is a grown woman and an ambassador on her first important mission.  And, she might be hot to trot, but she’s still impulsive, naive, and a touch bratty.

Penelope doesn’t want or feel she needs a bodyguard against a terrorist threat so she attempts to just do her thing.  Then, ugh, its the man she totally crushed on and was a total jerk teenager to, and he sees her latest action to ditch her bodyguard as proof that she hasn’t matured at all.

This one started off iffy for me because I rather thought Brock had the right of it about Penelope.  She is more mature in some ways, but her behavior and naivety for the first part of the book were dangerous.  She knows better… she’s on a mission… those terrorists aren’t as bad as everyone says… and it can never happen to me…  And how dare the highly skilled, trained, and experienced security expert try to do his job.

But, thankfully, she got a clue about the time she was in the middle of a terrorist attack and things progressed better.   Part of the conflict was the sizzle of attraction between them and Brock trying to keep his cyborg side a secret.  I loved it when they are stranded and working together on the alien planet.  I really feel that one of the author’s strengths is her creative backdrops and settings along with character development.  Oh, and lets not forget some melty hot love scenes.

So, hoorah, I made it back to the beginning and loved what I got of Brock and Penelope’s story.  Sci-Fi Romance fans need to do themselves a solid and get going on this series.


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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,, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook,

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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.

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Rachel @Waves of Fiction

This sounds like a fun series even with Penelope’s immature behavior. That would irritate me, but it seems Brock makes up for it, and Penelope sounds like she does get her head out of her butt here. Pia? I’m guessing short for Pain In the Ass, right? Lol! Fab review Sophia Rose. I’m going to investigate further. 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yeah! Penelope isn’t too bad, but I did have the urge to shake her a few times. And, yep, you get the prize, Rachel. Brock though of her as Pain in Ass, but he would never tell her what he meant when he called her Pia so it was his own private retribution for her antics. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Oooh, just noticed this is a freebie! Yay for a freebie. 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

You bet! Swipe it. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I’ve read a couple of her books and really enjoyed them.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I was late to the game with her books, but I’ve really enjoyed this cyborg series so much. I need to get the latest release now that I’ve finally gone back and read this one.

Carole's Random Life
3 years ago

I just added this one to my pile. It sounds like a fun shorter read. Glad you enjoyed it, Sophia Rose!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

LOL, I won’t feel bad about adding to your pile, Carole. 😉

3 years ago

I can’t count how many books of hers are already in my list lol, hehe. This one is shorter but I’m glad you enjoyed it Sophia Rose 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Another one for the pile. 🙂

vvb reads
3 years ago

Sounds so appealing. Curious about cyborgs, I went and picked up a copy to read.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

Hope you find it a fun, light sci-fi. My favorite story in this series is actually the one right after this one. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
3 years ago

I have this freebie too and I’ve yet to try it. I need to try it very soon. Thanks for reminded me to get to it.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

LOL! There are just so many… I was glad I went back for this one and now I’m ready to keep going with the series. 🙂

Alyssa Susanna
3 years ago

I loooooooove bodyguard romances! I need to read more of them! The one that comes to mind is The Protector by JEM – so good! I’ll check out this one. Great review, Sophia!

Have a wonderful weekend. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

It’s fun, fast and light, but yes, it is definitely a bodyguard romance (comedy). 🙂

Enjoy the last of your Sunday, Alyssa!

3 years ago

It sounds like you are loving this series. I’m glad you went back to the beginning and wasn’t disappointed:)

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Evie

I’ve had a good time with it especially when I’m in the mood for light and quick sci-fi romance. This one was interesting b/c I’ve encountered both characters later in the series and was always curious about their story. 🙂

3 years ago

I also have a copy of this one, but haven’t read it yet. I did read some of her books and novellas that i enjoyed, but haven’t started this series yet. Penelope does sound a bit immature for the first part, so I can see why Brock thought that of her. I do like it when the characters change in books like this, so that sounds nice how she gets a clue later in the book and it sounds like a it has a solid romance too. I hope I can read this one soon. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I think you’ll have a good time with this one. Penelope grew on me and it was funny how Brock was wise to her all along. 🙂