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After devouring the first story in the Cyborg Seduction series, Burning Up Flint, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Kissing Steel. Laurann Dohner has created a vivid and vibrant world in which cyborgs pirate the skies and a majority of the humans responsible for their demise are not aware that they exist. It's an amazing concept, especially when you add some heat into the mix.
In this installment we are introduced to a milder-mannered, yet uncompromising, Steel. He has no need for a woman and currently feels betrayed by the female cyborg he had a unit contract with who betrayed him for another. After his ship is attacked and they are forced to defend themselves, the crew inadvertently captures a female human. She's everything a cyborg female isn't -- small, fragile, delicate -- and unlike the other cyborgs in his accompaniment, Steel has no interest in taking her on as a slave or a bed partner. Unfortunately, his commanding officer Flint takes the issue out of his hands.
Rena was sent to return a ship that was stolen. What she discovers is the ship is now operated by a crew of cyborgs -- beings she has been told were eradicated on earth. She is stunned to see them and is awed by their size, strength, and cunning. When they begin discussing who she will belong to, she is drawn to the large cyborg who mentions a lover's betrayal. She, too, was betrayed by her husband and yearns for something more. Although Steel denies her, she is determined to show the brawny male exactly what he's missing out on. The result is pages that sizzle and leave you wriggling in your seat. Steel might be stronger and faster, but Rena's sensuality cannot be denied.
As with the previous story, the writing is excellent, the pace is fast, and the characters are fascinating. This is a series I fell in love with from the start. It's hot, it's sexy, and it's addictive. In a world full of books using the same premises, you can't really ask for anything more. If you've not read this series, you really should.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Essentially, this is a story of two different beings and natural enemies learning to see the beauty in one another, not physically, though that was certainly a part of their relationship. Much of this learning came through teaching each other about each other and each being willing to learn. The start of their willingness came via physical attraction first, but there seemed to be something more, the indefinable “it”, between them from the beginning. Many of the teachings centered on the knowledge that there’s a time for logic and a time for emotion to be the central element used as a compass for one’s journey. I was sold on Steel’s, the cyborg’s, unnatural desire for Rena, a human, but I think the story lacked a bit of believability on why Rena wanted Steel beyond when she first chose him for safety.
I really liked the image of Steel and his world that the author created. It all made sense and showed some depth and complexity. An additional positive aspect is the more realistic aspect taken towards their sexual encounters. Every encounter didn’t result in mind-blowing orgasms, though all were quite enjoyable. That realism is all-too rare in romances I listen to. The sex scenes had some degree of explicitness, but I think it added to its sensuality and not licentious. These scenes are not long or drawn out, so I could have taken a bit more to them. But they were also not too short or lacking in important detail. The author knows how to write desire and heat. The slight humor in the book, often in the form of some of Rena’s behaviors, was also quite enjoyable. There were several times that a smile naturally broke out on my face while listening to this story.
The journey to the end was one I couldn’t see coming. I was enthralled to see how things would play out. It’s not that this type of ending—which you have to find out on your own—in a romance is surprising, but because of the very good writing, it’s not clear if, much less, how it will occur. This is my first book by this author but by no means the last. I just wish the books were longer. Hopefully her other books are as enjoyable as this one.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Erotica with a happy ending. I liked the narrator. Love ,love, love, love, love, love?......
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Unusual. Badly written but still fairly erotic.
Engineered super warrior people created on Earth, now hiding from humans in space. Lots of buff, silver men with big muscles and big... um... everything, apparently. Human woman comes along, shows him how to be in love etc etc while they have lots of explosive, steamy sex.
As mentioned - badly written but entertaining...
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Seducing a cyborg is fun and interesting ;) poor Rena has to used her limited womanly wiles to get the cyborg to keep her and protect her , but Steel is determined to not give in to her seduction or so he thought hehe but our heroine i s much more determined haha so let the game begin ;)