Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?
Mated with the Cyborg is an action-packed erotic sci-fi romance between a man with a mission and a woman with a secret that jeopardizes their lives and the fate of the galaxy.
So we have Kai, a Terran cyborg, disguised as an android to infiltrate an enemy space station. No one previously has managed to get close to the terrorist forces so his mission to get information is crucial. His cover is that of a bodyguard for Mariska, the daughter of the General, but when Kai learns that Mariska is about to come to a very sticky end his conscience won't let him ignore her plight.
Mariska knows she is ugly because after all, no one can bear to look at her! Hiding her hideous face behind a veil she wishes only to serve and perhaps one day be a credit to her father. Her chance to serve the greater good comes when she is sent to be a concubine as part of a deal her cruel father has made. What Mariska hadn't expected though is to be virtually kidnapped by what she thought was an android. Mariska is about to learn so much about the world she was hidden from and even more about herself!
It's impossible not to like Mariska as her life has been truly abysmal and yet, she valiantly puts herself out there. The race that has raised Mariska are misogynistic in the extreme and females are little more than chattel and yet still Mariska remains loyal and obedient. Mariska had thought her android was perhaps malfunctioning occasionally and had no idea of the truth he hid. What follows is revelation after revelation as Kai saves Mariska from a gruesome fate only to discover that sometimes what you believe isn't actually the truth.
I've unfortunately read something recently that had a very similar plot to this but I thought Ms Bristol made real effort to create a different world that felt both futuristic and believable. We mainly learn about things outside Mariska’s narrow world through Kai and his fellow cyborgs. This is sexy Sci-Fi with an innocent heroine and a protective hero and I wasn't too sure I liked Mariska’s sudden advances towards Kai. However, when I thought about it and realised that for Mariska to finally be seen as a woman and not a pariah, the chance to experience a closeness that's been denied previously was something she needed to experience. Hey, Kai is totally onboard with that idea and yes, he finds Mariska very attractive but more than that, he simply wants her to know what it's like to be truly adored. What elevates the romance between this couple is the unintended challenging of Mariska’s beliefs and the more time they spend together the more Mariska questions her own indoctrination.
I would happily read more by Ms Bristol and although it is a hot storyline it wasn't as totally focused on the sex scenes as others of this ilk. Interesting supporting characters, although admittedly we didn't learn much about them here, but the banter and wit added greatly to my enjoyment. Mated With The Cyborg works very well as a standalone but at times I wasn't too keen on certain word choices e.g. staffer which I presumed meant staff but minor niggles aside, the author brought drama, action, and romance together and oh, of course my favourite, a happy ending
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.