Title: Mated With The Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol
Series: Cy-Ops #2
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out. Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death. His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.
Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?
Mated with the Cyborg is an action-packed erotic sci-fi romance between a man with a mission and a woman with a secret that jeopardizes their lives and the fate of the galaxy.
Source: Review copy via NetGalley
When I read that this was an erotic sci-fi romance, I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting much more than a sexy space romp – but I was wrong. In actual fact, not only is there a plot here, it’s actually a pretty good one. There is sex too, before you get the wrong idea, but it’s not the be-all-and-end-all of the book and although it’s pretty hot it’s not what I would deem erotic. In other words, this is a sexy sci-fi adventure romance, and very enjoyable it was too.
Kai is a cyborg spy used to going deep undercover on missions to eradicate galactic threats. Including a terrorist alien species whose religious beliefs grant them superiority over the rest of the universe. Kai infiltrates General Obido’s space station and gets himself assigned to the General’s daughter in the hopes of learning their secrets.
But Mariska doesn’t just know nothing about her father’s plans and plots, she doesn’t really know anything about anything at all. Isolated and reviled by her own people, she’s eager to do her duty and travel across the galaxy to make a strategic marriage. But of course nothing is that simple, and even though it goes against his orders, Kai is willing to step in and save her.
I liked Kai, he’s a cyborg with a conscience – although, to be honest, his cyborg-ness wasn’t all that obvious. He’s hard to kill and has a computer in his brain, but mostly he’s an alpha male out to protect the beautiful woman in need of his help. He’s strong and capable and honourable too. A decent hero.
Mariska I found a little tougher to like. At first she’s so very innocent and unaware of anything – this isn’t her fault, and I could understand the way she tried to cling to the things she knew, because admitting that everything she’d ever known was a lie was just too terrifying. But aside from her sexual training, she doesn’t know anything, and I found her a touch too insipid. However, she definitely comes into her own towards the end. She also develops and grows stronger throughout the tale, but I was never quite won over by her.
So overall this is good, the plot is interesting and not afraid of fast-action and peril, while the characters have some nice chemistry and the sex is hot. A little more spirit from Mariska – and maybe a touch of curiosity – would have been nice, but Kai is compelling enough to make the romance work. If you’re looking for some sexy sci-fi, this definitely ticks the right boxes.
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