Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
Genre: Futuristic Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Her father might have bought him to protect Brooke, but as far as the cyborg, Zeno, was concerned, Brooke was his! When the raiding cyborgs took her, leaving him for dead, he struck off the moment he recovered to get her back … determined to kill the cyborg leader, Deltra, if that was what it took!
Brooke is in love with her bodyguard. The problem? He’s cyborg. At the beginning of the novel the author takes great pains to tell the reader how android like Zeno is, making him seem as emotionless as your computer. We then assume that that is why Brooke thinks that loving Zeno is so pointless, because it can never be anything but unrequited. Then we find out that Zeno is not just a machine with some human genetic material; but a former human soldier who has survived what would have been fatal injuries by becoming a cyborg through the addition of nano-technology and cybernetic enhancements. The reason that there has been war between mankind and the cyborgs is because the cyborgs overcame their programming and refused to do the bidding of their weaker human overlords. Being able to reason like that suggests sentience to me, but what do I know? With war raging between Cyborgs and robots and the massively reduced human population mainly in hiding, I’m not all sure why Zeno insisted on training Brooke to defend herself. How can one frail, clingy, lovesick human take on a cyborg or cyborgs intent on abduction and slavery?
I’m amazed that Brooke managed to keep her love for Zeno a secret. For a woman in her twenties, perhaps both Zeno and her parent’s protectiveness has left her with the emotional maturity of a hormonal teenager. When she isn’t throwing temper tantrums worthy of a three year old, she’s a damsel in distress. This book would have better if Brooke had been a stronger and well developed character, capable of behaving like a woman instead of a girl. It would also have been interesting to find out more about Zeno’s life prior to his becoming a cyborg. Zeno gets the chance to join his fellow cyborgs. Does he forget his loyalty to Brooke? Is it possible for him to ever succumb to the human weakness called love?
2 Tea Cups!