Friday, June 30, 2017

Mini Reviews ~ June 2017

Sometimes, I don't have the time or inclination to do a full review for a title. This will typically apply to books that are short stories, part of a mini-series, some novellas, etc. Instead of abandoning these reviews, I will be giving mini reviews. Check them out!


Title: Stranded with the Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol
Genre/Age: Sci Fi Romance/Adult
SeriesCy-Ops Sci Fi Romance Series (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Freebie
Rating: ✺✺✺
LinksGoodreads
Review: This is the first book of the series but I actually read the newest installment (book five) first. Then I just had to read the rest of the series to see more cyborgs!

Penelope is a woman on a mission to help bring peace between planets and even a little threat on her life won't deter her. Her mother, however, isn't easily swayed. So Penelope ends up being assigned a bodyguard, a man who will pretend to be her husband while she travels across the universe on business.

Unfortunately for Penelope, the man chosen is none other than the guard she once falsely accused of inappropriate behavior during her rebellious teen years. And while the thought of being near him again makes her heart pound, the regret of what she did still follows her. But before she can even contemplate an apology, her life is in danger and the only man who can save her happens to be harboring secrets of his own.

I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read a lot of alien romances, let alone those that feature cyborgs, so this series is a new experience for me. I love the way the author writes the futuristic world so realistically that I could almost reach out and touch it. There is some mystery, suspense, and a whole lot of chemistry between our couple. Four suns!



Title: Mated with the Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol
Genre/Age: Sci Fi Romance/Adult
Series: Cy-Ops Sci Fi Romance Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Purchase
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
LinksGoodreads
Review: The second book of the series features a different cyborg on an undercover mission to catch a vile criminal. While spying on the enemy, Kai witnesses a lot of things that bother him, but nothing more than the treatment of the woman he has been secretly accompanying.

Despite Mariska's loyalty to her father, she is an outcast in their society. She doesn't look like their other females and her curiosity isn't welcomed in their male-dominated lives. But when she's sent to an even crueler fate, Kai has no choice but to step in and try to save her. Even if it means going against direct orders from his superiors, he won't let any more harm come to Mariska and he's willing to die to save her.

Oh, boy. This was a fun ride. I think there was a higher level of suspense in this book than the first one. And our couple's dynamic is different, too. Mariska and Kai are strangers, yet they find it easy to rely on each other while fighting for their lives. I love how patient Kai was with Mariska and their budding romance was so adorable.

The plot was filled with twists and turns and the pacing was pretty quick. Or it might have just felt that way due to the length. Either way, I think the entire second half of the book had me on the edge of my seat and unable to put it down. I just wish it had been longer. I wanted to see more of Kai showing Mariska how deserving she was of a future. 4.5 suns!




Title: Programmed to Please
Author: Jenna Ives
Genre/Age: Sci Fi Romance/Erotica
Series: The Tau Cetus Chronicles (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Freebie
Rating: ✺✺✺
LinksGoodreads
Review: A surprisingly fun story!

I can't remember where I first saw this story but something about the synopsis made me interested and I picked it up. Here we have a female cop who is tasked with disguising herself as a sexual robot in order to get closer to a man her police force wants to extract information from. But in the process, she falls for her mark.

I actually really liked this story. It's an erotica and the sex is done really well. As is the science fiction aspect of the fembots and their naughty business. The relationship between our couple is obviously based on a lie but I still rooted for their happily ever after. And the ending was nice. There are more stories in this series and I'm curious to see what comes next.




Title: Captured by the Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol
Genre/Age: Sci Fi Romance/Adult
SeriesCy-Ops Sci Fi Romance Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Purchase
Rating: ✺✺✺
LinksGoodreads
Review: A woman on the run meets a man willing to fight to protect her.

We've met Dale in a previous book and I was curious to see how his tale would go. The first two installments of this series had fairly unique plots and while this one has a more traditional theme, I enjoyed it just as much. It's a woman on the run from an abusive ex but there are some fun twists added to it.

This book has a fairly strong level of tension, probably even more than the first two of the series. From the very first few pages it's clear to see that something big is going to happen. It's to be expected when people tell lies and hold dangerous secrets. I paid close attention but was still surprised when the space "junk" hit the fan, so to speak. The ex-husband really was a villain I could despise. In all, it was a great read!




Title: Trapped with the Cyborg
Author: Cara Bristol
Genre/Age: Sci Fi Romance/Adult
SeriesCy-Ops Sci Fi Romance Series (Book Four)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Purchase
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
LinksGoodreads
Review: A partnership made in the stars...

Sonny is on an assignment but it isn't one he's comfortable with. Not only is his partner in this practically-a-suicide-mission a female, but she's one that he can't help but be attracted to. She's perfect for him and knowing she is about to be in perilous danger has him wanting to call the whole thing off.

Too bad for Sonny because Amanda isn't about to lose this chance to get the location of one of the most notorious intergalactic terrorists. She's willing to do this mission on her own if necessary. But when things go awry, Amanda sure is glad that she isn't alone. If only she and Sonny could escape with their lives, then maybe there is a chance of a relationship developing between them. But that's a big 'if' since danger lurks in the most unsuspecting of places.

This was a really fun read. The first part was a surprise and while it was easy to figure out the secret here, I didn't mind. I enjoyed watching our couple make a giant and fantastically delicious mistake. And it was also pretty entertaining to watch them discover the truth, too.

The romance steadily grows throughout the story but it's really the plot that explodes on the digital pages. Then our characters are thrust into one scene after another. There is plenty of action and suspense, plus a little bit of mystery. I think this pair is my second favorite couple in this series but this plot might be my favorite just because it was so intense. 

I have enjoyed this entire series and this happens to be my last of the available books right now. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.



Title: Taken for the Alien Prince
Author: Ruth Anne Scott
Genre/Age: Sci Fi Romance/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺.5
LinksGoodreads
Review: A quick and mostly pleasant read.

The last thing Layla remembers before waking up tied down to a stone is her memory of running away from something. A strange alien man visits her but leaves her with even more questions. Then when the reality of her situation is exposed, Layla learns that she has been chosen to be the mate of the youngest alien prince of the planet she currently resides. Yikes.

This isn't a long story yet it does get a bit complex. We're thrust right into the action as some of the story has already happened before we're introduced to our characters. And we really only get to know the heroine here. The hero remains a mystery even until the last few pages. There is a pretty high level of suspense here because we don't know much about the customs of these people and some of them are strange. Even dangerous. 

As for the romance, it felt quick to form because most of it happens off-screen and we don't really see it. But for such a short story, I thought it wrapped up pretty well. It impressed me enough that I continued reading the second book that was included and now I'm starting one of the author's other sci fi series. So this was a nice introduction to her writing.