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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: Hunted by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

Methinks I need to read the previous books in the series soon.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Cara Bristol
Release Date: January 9, 2018


Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and life to saving others, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.

When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable but courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to protect to risk letting someone get close.

Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?

When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attraction becomes too powerful to resist.
As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?




What’s it About? As the director of Cyber Operations, billionaire Carter Aymes devotes his energy and money to saving others from desperate situations but when he hires Beth O'Shea he finds his attention and interest drawn to her. As a clone, Beth was rejected by the people who cloned her and is determined to live a normal life despite her interest in her boss. When Beth is injured, Carter realizes life is too short to hesitate so he and Beth begin a relationship that quickly heats up but when the terrorist bent on destroying a planetary summit meeting makes a move, Carter is faced with the possibility of losing Beth in order to stop the terrorist.


Overall reaction to the story? I keep thinking I don't read enough sci-fi romance and I don't know why when books like Hunted by the Cyborg are out there. Author Cara Bristol blends enough science fiction into the romance to make it exciting and other wordly but not too much to where it overwhelms a first time reader. I found the plot interesting and easy to follow. The characters were likable and I loved how emotionally driven they were. I will say that because I jumped in at book 6 I was lost at times and a bit confused as to who was who and what role they played in this story. All in all though I'd love to read the previous books in this series.


Describe the hero in five words: Serious. Protective. Loyal. Intense. Intelligent.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Carter may have been part cyborg but that didn't take away his human emotions. He had a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders and that made him come off as grumpy and all too broody but he was really the opposite. I loved that gruff exterior because it hid a side of him that was only visible when Beth was around or when his friends needled him and he forgot to be Carter the fierce cyborg. It was in those moments that he showed his human side and I loved that only a few people got to see it. His fierce devotion to the people in his inner circle made me like him even more. It's always those gruff, grumpy ones that make the best heroes.


Describe the heroine in five words: Kind. Fiesty. Funny. Innocent. Lonely.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Beth's life has been one of rejection and isolation so she's naturally cautious about letting anyone get close enough to break her heart. At the same time though she wanted to find someone who would accept the truth of her existence and still care for her as an individual. I had a soft spot for her because of that. She's kind of like a wounded puppy, you want to help her but you don't know what exactly to do with her. Because of her life, Beth is kind of innocent but she doesn't let that get in the way of telling Carter when he's overstepping boundaries.

Let’s talk about the romance: Initially Carter fought his interest in Beth because she worked at his company but that didn't last long. Then things got pretty hot between them. Carter's intense personality transformed into an alpha male passion that didn't feel suffocating or controlling. For her part Beth held her own and gave Carter the unique experience of having someone care for him. She balanced out his intense personality with her gentle but funny nature. Carter and Beth not only built a strong romance but an equally strong friendship as well.

How about that supporting cast? Carter has a group of friends who are loyal to him but at the same time like to tease him ruthlessly. I liked them well enough but since Hunted by the Cyborg is my first time meeting them, I was a little confused when past events were referenced and I had a difficult time remembering who had what history. It didn't put me off though, it just made me more curious about them.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. As far as sci-fi romance goes, Hunted by the Cyborg was a fun one.





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