Title: Stranded with the Cyborg
The daughter of the Terran president, Penelope Aaron resented the restrictions imposed upon her, but that was no reason to take it out on the man assigned to protect her. She regrets how she got Agent Brock Mann booted from the security force. But now that she’s an interplanetary ambassador about to embark on her first diplomatic mission, she still doesn’t want him tagging along. Especially since he seems to be stronger, faster, more muscled, and sexier than she remembers. And pretending to be her husband? This mission couldn’t get more impossible!
Ten years ago Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what. Much has changed in a decade: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up and is about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock was transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going gets impossible. So when he’s unexpectedly assigned to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA may become his most impossible assignment yet.
Author: Cara Bristol
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Reasonable Doubts, Trapped with the Cyborg, Breeder, Terran
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: 20 September, 2015
Genres: Erotic Sci Fi Romance
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Reunited adversaries combine to volcanic effect in this story. Penelope (PIA) and Brock were at one another’s throats years ago. Now with both older and more set in their ways, the stakes are higher and these two must overcome their animosity to work toward a solution.
Fast paced with outlines of history that play into the current situation, the character’s relationship develops adequately for a novella-length story, and while their interactions feel appropriate to their backstory, their connection felt tenuous at best. Greater exploration into their own feelings would have helped, but restrictions for word count because of the length is understandable.
World building was wonderful, and intrigue and political maneuvering was well thought out and brought the tension and action in a plausible way. Think operetta with drama and villains, a touch of guilt and some serious chemistry and that is what emerges. I would have liked the background and information in a longer form, allowing their relationship to feel more connected beyond the physical, but even without it, the steamy moments worked as well.