Blurb from GR:
A rip-roarin’ new snarky, sexy sci-fi paranormal romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heat, and heart. Now that Texas has seceded and the world is spiraling into chaos, good guys come in unlikely packages and love sprouts in the most inconvenient places…
Rogue scientist • technologically enhanced • deliciously attractive
Heron Farad should be dead. But technology has made him the man he is today. Now he heads a crew of uniquely skilled outsiders who fight to salvage what’s left of humanity: art, artifacts, books, ideas-sometimes even people. People like Mari Vallejo.
Gun for hire • Texan rebel • always hits her mark
Mari has been lusting after her mysterious handler for months. But when a by-the-book hit goes horribly sideways, she and Heron land on the universal most wanted list. Someone set them up. Desperate and on the run, they must trust each other to survive, while hiding devastating secrets. As their explosive chemistry heats up, it’s the perfect storm…
Rogue scientist and gun for hire in some kind of technologically enhanced dystopian world? Yes, please! For real, that’s my jam, I’m ALL ABOUT that. Also, this is a new to me author and I’m always on the look-out for new authors to glom. So I was a bit excited when I settled down with a glass of wine and my Kindle and began to read.
The beginning is a bit of a rush. Mari has been hired to take out the robotic replica of the husband of a senator. Which she does, only to find out that she actually killed the human, not the robot. Her handler, Heron, realizes almost immediately what has happened and absolutely knows the consequences. Mari will be on everyone’s most wanted lists and since it’s his job to protect her, he will do anything to do just that. But, Heron isn’t just any handler, he’s just as much machine as human and has the ability to connect with pretty much ANY tech he needs to in order to get the job done.
The world building is cool, although admittedly kind of confusing because there is A LOT of info dumping. This is post Texas secession, where technology rules and humans are able to enhance themselves in all kinds of awesome ways. Despite the advances in tech the world is a dangerous place and it seems like there might have been some kind of war between the US and Texas that has left destruction in its wake. I think there might be food shortages and maybe there is something about .. Okay, it’s all still confusing. Lol. It is cool though, and I see a whole lot of potential.
On the other hand, I didn’t care for the romance. Mari and Heron have worked together for some time when the book opens, and from Heron’s POV you get the idea that although he is in love with Mari, he doesn’t think she will welcome his affection because she has some sort of prejudice against ‘post humans’. Only that isn’t true, because even though Mari is supposed to be some kind of assassin badass all she can think about is sex. Sex in the shower, sex even though the bad guys are in the room and hijacking Heron’s brain, sex on the run in some unknown person’s apartment, sex in the getaway car, sex on the ship, sex in the really cool space station. Sex, sex, sex. All the time sex. I think everyone knows by now that I adore a heroine who owns her sexuality, but I also like for when a main couple build their relationship at a believable pace. I want to see them connect on an emotional and physical level. Through all the sex thoughts I tried to figure out the hows and whys Heron wanted Mari so much. What drew him to her and why he was so in love. I mean I get why Mari had the hots for Heron, he’s this super powerful scientist who can reach out with his mind and take control of almost any machine and he saves Mari’s ass over and over. I kind of fell for him myself. But what drew Heron to Mari? I’m still not sure.
So while I did enjoy this dystopian, I didn’t love it. I’m wiling to chalk it up to being the first book in a series. I’m going to give book two a try when it releases, hopefully the world will be better explained and the romance more developed. Final grade- C-
“I love you,” he told her, no longer certain whether his voice was aural or digital or tactile or photon. “Mech, organic, nano, monkey: I don’t give a shit what your body is made of. I love you, querida. So much. And you. Can’t. Make. Me. Stop.”