Peyton 313 by Donna McDonald

Posted in Military/Paramilitary/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction/ Syfy/ Syfy Romance 4th March 2016
Peyton 313 by Donna McDonaldPeyton 313 by Donna McDonald
Published by Donna McDonald on October 30th 2014
Pages: 254
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two-stars

Worst epic fail of her scientific career? Falling for a cyborg she helped create.
Kyra Winters never meant for her cyber science discoveries to be used for evil, but that’s exactly what happened. Now returning Peyton 313’s humanity is the last chance she’ll ever have to atone. She can’t get back the lost decade, but she can change the present by restoring the cyborg who was once Marine Captain Peyton Elliot.
Certainly her grand plan for rectifying her mistakes didn’t include madly kissing the confused, passionate Marine when he begged her to. The same scientific mind that constructed the cyborg creator code now warned her not to let Peyton’s tempting offers of heaven cloud her rational decision making. Yet it’s difficult to resist the cyborg she’s restoring when he’s also the most intriguing man she’s ever known.

In some distant future, enhanced soldiers are funnelled into a Cyber-husband program, bought and turned back into a market by women whose deep pockets give them the rights to what they wish to do. And it’s merely yet another thing that has gone so wrong since the onset of the cyborg soldier program that Dr. Kyra Winters had a big hand in creating. Now remorseful and jaded, Kyra is determined to make amends for how far humanity has degenerated after her creations. Peyton Elliott – a decorated soldier – is her third try at that redemption and restoration, except that he defies her expectations in every way.

The premise of this story is revolting (and disturbingly interesting and dystopic) enough for me delve into this twisted universe, but I found myself derailed by the long, technically-laden dialogues and the rapid head-hopping that somehow prevented me from getting a personal grip on the main characters. For half of the story, Peyton and Kara circle each other with distrust, tied together only by the tenuous and constant references to how much arousal they feel around each other – while a painstakingly fleshed-out backstory slowly appeared. There didn’t seem much character depth except for the sheer amount of self-pity, anger and lust that came into play as well as some measure of awkward storytelling that didn’t make putting down the book a hardship at all.

This review simply marks my frustration with a book that could have been so much better. Here’s hoping to completing the story…soon.

two-stars

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