Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Captured by the Cyborg by Cara BristolCaptured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol
Series: Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance #3
Published by Cara Bristol on March 15th 2016
Pages: 135
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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.

Thoroughly engaging and a breeze to read, ‘Captured by the Cyborg’ catapulted me deep into the familiar, beloved vocabulary I’ve come to associate with syfy-romance: it’s geek-speak recontextualised into a narrative, woven around a pairing that didn’t seem plausible in the beginning but left me wanting by the end.

The story brings us straight into the mysterious operations a kilometre beneath an isolated, barren moon and into a secret operations factory run by former special operative Dale Homme, whose latest recruitment drive brings a beautiful, ethereal but damaged alien into his employment. Illumina Smith isn’t who she says she is and despite his better instincts, Dale keeps her on the payroll, eventually discovering a past that is as painful and fraught as his. I enjoyed every moment of Illumina’s and Dale’s interaction and without the hindrance of TSTL actions by both sides, found this pairing unusual but entirely suited to each other. I only wished though, that the process of integrating cybernetics into a body – especially for Illumina – was’t the be-all and the end-all solution; her regaining her wings and the miraculous hair growth seemed a tad too eager for everything to end well…and quickly.

Action-packed, (but) with an over-the-top villain that made me grimace a little, it’s nonetheless a book that surprised me again and again with well-written scenes and dialogues, and proved to be a superb entertaining distraction on what would have otherwise been a dull and mundane day.