Title: Captured by the Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol
Series: Cy-Ops #3
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Short novel
Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….
A science fiction romance by USA Today Bestselling Author Cara Bristol
An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.
Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe…. even if it means keeping her captive.
Captured by the Cyborg is third in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series but is written to be read as a stand-alone novella.
Source: ARC from the author via email
I really enjoyed my second taste of the Cy-Ops series, this time with the action centering on the mysterious moon, Deceptio, and the secret operations beneath. Dale was a fun minor character in the last book, but this stands alone well enough that you don’t need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy it. The best thing about it all for me, though, was how well matched Dale and Illumina became throughout this book. I love a balanced couple and this book delivers nicely.
Dale is a protector. He joined Cy-Ops in the first place because of something terrible that happened to those he cared for, and he had to leave Cy-Ops because he kept caring too much. Now he runs his own spaceship factory hidden deep beneath the surface of Deceptio, and even though he’s getting a little bored and feels the need for some excitement, he stays because his employees are the sort no one else will hire. So when a little mystery named Illumina falls into his lap, it’s no surprise that he feels a strong compulsion to keep her close, even if he is sure she’s lying to him.
Despite one or two occasions of naivety, I liked Illumina. She’s smart and survived some terrible things. She might not be as physically impressive as Dale, but she’s more than a match for him when it counts. I liked how she grew throughout this book, mostly in confidence, and I also liked that she doesn’t do stupid things for the sake of being stupid. She makes informed decisions and does what she needs to in order to survive. I love a smart heroine who acts intelligently.
The story unfolds in an easy way, with a touch of mystery and plenty of secrets before exploding into action. It also helps that there’s plenty of chemistry between the main characters. There is rarely a dull moment in this book, even when things seem to be going quietly. Yes, if I’m honest I would have liked to have seen Illumina interact with someone who wasn’t Dale (or one of his cyborg friends), I would also have liked to have seen a bit more of day to day life on Deceptio (flying! More flying!), but the focus is understandably centered on these two and the way their relationship unfolds.
If you’re looking for a sci-fi romance that mixes heat with an actual plot, then you should give this series a try. This one is an easy and enjoyable read with likeable characters and a punch of action that will definitely leave you wanting to read the next one. I’m looking forward to it already.
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