Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Club Thursday:Reading Challenge May 2017

Hi Readers! It's the last of the month and time for our May Reading Challenge. My friends at BCT and I have a list of challenges to choose from: Easy. Tricky, or Super-Tricky. It's fun to do, but finding a book that fits sometimes can be a challenge in itself. This month, I took the easy route from the Easy list. 

Read a new author
Start a new series
Read an anthology 
Read a hardcover
Read a trade
Read a “small town romance”
Re-Read a “suitcase” / desert island book 
Read a book with a favorite romance trope 
Read a book set in another country (any genre)
Read a book with a favorite historical time period
Read a paranormal with a favorite type of character
Read a book under 250 pages
Read a book over 300 pages
Read a book you keep meaning to read
Read a book set in the Future 
Read or re-read a favorite authors debut book

My Choice-Read a Book Set in the Future

Stranded With The Cyborg by Cara Bristol

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.

Every once in a while, I want to read something different. I was feeling the futuristic entry in our reading challenge list. You can't be more different than having a cyborg for the hero-part man and part machine. Unknown to the heroine, her teen-aged antics caused the hero Brock who was her bodyguard to need the life changing merging in order to save his life. Penelope was the daughter of the President and ten years later finds that Brock has been hired to guard her on an ambassadorial mission to another planet. She is no longer the brat she used to be and she wants to make her mark from under the shadow of her famous mother.
     Brock reluctantly agrees to be Pia's bodyguard as long as she doesn't know about his cyborg condition. Pia is his nickname for her and it doesn't stand for Penelope. After a rough start (she tried to ditch him) they call a truce. He does notice the now grown-up Penelope and the sparks fly between them as they travel on her mission.
     This is a novella and the author does a good job with the pacing of the story as well as having some cool sci-fi ideas. The story has moments of humor as well as suspense. Then it takes an erotic turn as Brock and Penelope can't ignore the electricity between them. All in all, it is a solidly entertaining story and I would continue on to the next story in the series. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

STRANDED WITH THE CYBORG is the first book in the Cy-Ops sci-fi romance series. It is an e-book which is currently free from the following vendors:

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  1. This sounds really Good! You'll have to tell us how the next book in the series is too

    1. I will! It sounds like a good series.

  2. I've read a book by her but can't remember what it is. This sounds good!

    1. This is the first time I read her. It sounds like a good series.