Author: Cynthia Sax
Rating: 5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Purchased by Reviewer
Blurb: Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals–kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal–survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?
Releasing Rage is Book 1 in the Cyborg Sizzle series and is a STANDALONE story.
It is also a dark BBW Cyborg SciFi Romance.
Review: I broke all of my personal rules for writing reviews with this book. First, I’ve stopped giving 5 Stars to a series book, especially the first book in a series, but here I am giving this one an enthusiastic 5 Stars. This one does stand alone nicely and has good resolution, so that is my excuse. Second, after finishing this book, I read a lot of reviews…something I seldom do, not wanting other opinions to influence what a book meant to me, and only to me. From the 5 Stars to the 1 Stars, those readers and reviewers did not see what I saw. Some saw erotica…I can’t argue with that, some saw porn…which made me laugh! What? It’s possibly erotic romance, but it is far, far from porn. Some were upset by the level of violence, though the author gave a clear warning about that. And that’s still not what I saw as the essence of this story.
This is a love story. A love story between Joan and Rage, sure. But more. Joan had to fight to be the only woman to ever graduate from the academy and the only woman engineer ever assigned to a cyborg. She’s a hero to every woman doctor, lawyer, politician, engineer, athlete, pilot or truck driver who ever had to break through the glass ceiling. And she wanted it. So much. When she meets Rage for the first time, he is still covered in the blood and gore from the engineer/handler he had just killed…still in a killing rage. He didn’t trust any human, he had no reason to. Joan wanted his trust. When he told her to kneel. She did. That offended some reviewers…that this strong, capable woman kneeled at his first command. What was she supposed to do? He could tear her to pieces in a second. She wanted his trust. She kneeled. And the first tiny glimmer of trust began to form. It was lovely.
At Joan’s first meeting with Rage, she saw some unbelievable scars. Scars that weren’t battle wounds, but wounds inflicted by torture. This brave, half human-half machine, who was fighting for his human creators, was being tortured and experimented on by those same humans. His human captors considered him a machine, with nothing of humanity to temper their curiosity about what made him work. Much the way humans have experimented on animals and even other humans in the name of science. She wanted it stopped and vowed to protect Rage from further abuse. She became, for me, every person who ever stood up to a school yard bully, rescued an abused woman or fought for animal rights. Joan is the best of humanity.
And there’s more. She fell hard and fast for a cyborg. Wth? She wants the rest of humanity to accept her relationship with a half machine? Whoa! And there you go. Joan is a hero to every person who has loved outside their race, religion, ethnicity, culture or inside their own gender. As hard as introducing a significant other to friends and family who is different might be, can you imagine introducing a huge cyborg with grey skin? Joan’s parents were gone, but you get my meaning.
Maybe Ms. Sax didn’t intend to write all of the things into her story that I saw. Maybe she’s just a talented author who fired all of the synapses of an imaginative reader and allowed me to see things that I think are important. Either way, I loved Joan and Rage’s story and I think you will too. So pick up a copy and…