Title: Claimed by the Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol
Series: Cy-Ops #5
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Short novel
March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.
The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.
Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.
Source: Review copy from the author
This latest Cy-Ops book is the most romantic of the series by far. There’s very little action and the plot is more political than physical. Which is rather a departure from the other books and does mean that you can read it without having tried the rest. The main plot thus far in the series involved the terrorist planet, Lamis-Og, but they only receive minor mentions here. Because this book is all about March and Jules and the weight of an isolated world threatening to come between them.
Though different from the others in the series, I did enjoy it. I liked March, with his long search for the woman who left him and his strong love for Jules despite all the time apart. His cyborg abilities only get a few workouts, which is a shame because I do love these cyborgs, and I would have liked to have known a bit more about how he became a cyborg and what that really meant to him since it was so very different from the life he lived before, but on the whole I liked him.
Jules was okay. I appreciated her sense of duty and the way she tried for so long to do the best for her world and her people. Which did make her sudden shift into let the world burn seem a bit abrupt. She flip flops all over the place with her emotions – and while I could sort of understand it (her world being so repressed and all, and March being… not), it did make it difficult for me to like her at times. She’s too extreme with her all or nothing attitude, and it makes things a bit rough for March.
The romance does take up the majority of this book, and there were a few times when I wanted something else to happen, but I did really enjoy the political plot and Xenia as a whole. Sadly, most of the interesting stuff seems to happen behind the scenes, since Jules is worryingly uninvolved for a woman who is supposed to take over in a year, but liked how certain things came together.
So overall this is another solid addition to this series. There’s more romance than before and less action, but the political machinations remain strong and it will be interesting to see how the events of this book fit in with the wider galactic affairs. I look forward to seeing where it all heads next.
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