Sabralia is one of the many wives contracted to the emperor. As one of the wives, she had a personal cyborg who helped her bath, get dressed, and ready for functions that required her attendance. While she did not treat her cyborg as her sex slave, she allowed herself to fantasize about him.
“He was a machine, of course, but his body was a man’s, fit and smooth skinned.”
After an attack on the planet, Sabralia is forced to flee with her cyborg Qy.
Kaistril (cyborg Qy) has been the personal cyborg of Sabralia for more than 2 years. After the attack on the planet, he begins to remember his life before being programmed as cyborg. More than just a high-ranking officer, he was a good-looking, virile man.
After first reading this book, I gave it 3 hearts, but I kept coming back to read it because I loved the story. So, I had to up my rating to 4 hearts.
Sabralia is a woman in bad situation and she knows she wants more out of life but cannot get it. Given as a wife to a dictator for treaty purposes, she tries to keep a low profile to prevent anyone physically assaulting her. She has a serious crush on her cyborg but she does not act on it because it would not be the same as if he was a real man.
Then he is a real man.
“Years of wanting her cyborg to be a man, not a cyborg, made her weak.”
Meanwhile, Kaistril knows what he wants and he likes what sees. He can remember what he saw while he was a cyborg and knew that he had bathed her.
“All those months in the bath teased him, ratcheting up his desire.”
He thought it would be as simple as “We will sate each other, put those longing to rest…”
He should have known that he would be hooked.
I think the overall reason why I liked this book is because Sabralia was not a weak woman. She seemed like it in the beginning; but, really she was a woman resigned to her fate. When things changed, she regained her self-esteem and took control of her destiny. She did not sit around waiting for the hero to save her all the time. She did what she could to be a supportive partner. I can appreciate that in the heroine’s character. At the end of their adventure, they are together for their HEA.
Should you buy? Yes. I have the rest of the series on my TBR list.
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