Kai Andros’s orders were simple. Get in. Gather the intel on the terrorist organization. Get out. Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death. His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.
Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?
Since I haven’t read the first book in this series, I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to read this one. But, it does work as a stand-alone and is not difficult to understand any details. Kai is a cyborg who is on a special ops mission aboard an alien space station. His cover is that he is the bodyguard of the General’s daughter, Mariska. However, her father has other ideas for her and is sending her away to another nation to be used as a concubine. Kai is scared for her because he knows her true fate, but Mariska is excited to finally be able to earn her father’s trust and love. Something she has never had because she is an outcast among her own race because of her deformities. But, Kai sees past them and can’t help but defy orders and want to save the girl he has bonded with.
I really enjoyed the connection between Kai and Mariska. She doesn’t see her own self-worth because she has never been shown love by her own family. As a cyborg, Kai is more human than most and his feelings for Mariska absolutely melted my heart. The sexy, strong, alpha male sees the true heart and innocence of the girl he loves and can’t help but feel overprotective. She isn’t sure if she should believe the terrible things he shares with her about her father and his regime, but she eventually sees her father for the terrorist that he is and realizes how much Kai cares for her. SWOON!
I truly enjoyed this story and these characters. The connection I felt with this couple made me care so much about them, together and as individuals. Kudos to the author!
The difference between an android and a cyborg is pretty obvious in all the movies and books I have ever read. Until you meet R981 the android assigned to guard, I mean spy on, Mariska for the General, her father. Mariska is considered a monstrosity because she does not carry the bone structure of her race. She has kept her face covered for the most of her life. The General has finally found a way to use this abomination for his own benefit and never have to see her again. As she is ready to be shipped off to a violent race as a bribe, R981 kidnaps the shuttle she is on and abandons his mission.
R981 is really a cyborg who has been sent in undercover to prove that the General is behind terrorism to other planets. Kai just can’t let an innocent go to such a violent place. As they run and hide, while Kai tries to earn Mariska’s trust and learn her back ground he teaches her that she is not just something to be traded, that she has value. When Mariska is forced to see her father for what he truly is, it’s Kai who is there to help her put the pieces back together.
The amount of turmoil that Mariska goes through makes this book believable. We all want to believe there is a Kai waiting somewhere in our future to let us know we are special. It’s a wonderful book, and the flow of the storyline is natural.