Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett [Review]

 On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett
On a Rogue Planet (The Phoenix Adventures #3) by Anna Hackett
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: November 29, 2015

The Phoenix Adventures
0. Among Galactic Ruins
1. At Star's End
2. In the Devil's Nebula
3. On a Rogue Planet - Kindle
3.5. Beneath a Trojan Moon
4. Beyond Galaxy's Edge
4.5. On a Cyborg Planet
5. Return to Dark Earth
6. On a Barbarian World
7. Lost in Barbarian Space
8. Through Uncharted Space
9. Crashed on an Ice World

Anna Hackett
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Unlucky-in-love salvage mechanic, Malin Phoenix, didn’t intend to get caught up in a coup and kidnapped by a sexy cyborg. But she finds herself swept into an adventure to help the deadly, emotionless CenSec, Xander Saros, retrieve an ancient Terran artifact and save his planet.

Soon she’s racing across uncharted space and is magnetically drawn to the cyborg whose strong arms and muscled body ignite a desire that burns brighter than a supernova. But Mal can never let herself forget that she can’t fall in love with a cyborg who can never love her back.

The crowning glory of the Centax Security program, Xander is heavily enhanced, his emotions dampened to nothing to allow him to be the most efficient, lethal killer in the galaxy. As he and Malin hunt for the remnant of the galaxy’s first computer, the Antikythera Mechanism, their quest leads them into the lair of a dangerous technomancer. But Xander can’t identify his greatest threat—the enemy or the fascinating woman who’s making him feel.
Thoughts on On a Rogue Planet: I am COMPLETELY in love with the crazy that pops up in these books. I mean, I was smitten with the treasure hunting alone. When cyborgs get thrown into the mix, I'm downright giddy. (That's a not-so-subtle hint to all the authors reading this that I am LONGING for more cyborg books. LONGING FOR THEM!)

So. Xander and Malin. Malin is an adventurous woman with a big heart. Xander is the supposedly emotionless cyborg who needs her help. Given his lack of social skills (because what do emotionless cyborgs need with social skills?), Xander makes plenty of mistakes with Mal. But his brutal honesty about what he wants also wins her over. His muscles might have helped, too.

Flat out, I liked Xander's battle with his feelings. He clearly feels something, but a good CenSec can't let emotion get in the way of his mission. But Mal's like magnetic north and he can't resist her.

I love it when the big, stoic ones fall.

Sexy times, a dangerous game of cat and mouse (err, person and robot?), and Xander's mission to save his planet had me hooked. *slow thumbs up*

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