Sunday, December 14, 2014

On a Rogue Planet (The Phoenix Adventures #3) by Anna Hackett

Science Fiction Romance

What Goodreads says:

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.

Malin Phoenix  loves machines and Xander Saros is part machine so they must be made for each other.  We the readers know this but Malin and Xander do not and so we have a story. You can also look for a new set of Phoenix characters to appear along with hook for future stories.

I really like this series.  Each adventure is a novella with well developed characters, a interesting plot, good world building and a new romance. See if like me  a female mechanic unlucky in love and a cyborg who should not have emotions remind you of a female character in a short lived TV show  and a character in another SFR.  While I found the characters similar the story was all new.

On a Rogue Planet can stand alone but it is more fun if you have read At Star’s End and In the Devil’s Nebula, the first two books in the series.  Since there are several more Phoenix loose and without a love interest I can look forward to more books set in this universe. 

Anna Hackett published On a RoguePlanet in 2014.

I received an ARC for On a Rogue Planet from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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