Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Review: Releasing Rage by Cynthia Sax

Book Description

Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance's most primitive cyborg, has two goals--kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that's all he's been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station's first female engineer, has one goal--survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage's priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg's heart for both love and revenge?

Releasing Rage is a dark BBW Cyborg SciFi Romance.

My Review

As the first female engineer, she has most of the male engineers hating her because they think her job should have gone to a male. They see her as nothing more than a cyborg's whore when she's able to calm Rage down by being submissive to him and he doesn't instantly kill her. Rage is a tool made by the humans, nothing more than a killing machine. He was made to kill the aliens that are warring with the humans and he does his job well, too well. He killed his last handler because the man tortured him and abused him. But Joan is different, she see's past the killing machine to the man who is also there and she finds him attractive even if she's afraid he'll kill her when he's done with her. 

So she does what she has to in order to get Rage to trust her enough that she can be his engineer and keep him in working order so that he can keep going on his missions. But while he's gone, the other engineers taunt her and plot to kill her. 

Even though Rage doesn't trust her or any human because of what they've done to him and how they treat him, he comes to care for her. They find out that the cyborg's are in danger and have to find a way to deal with that. I actually liked this story and I liked Joan and Rage as a couple for the most part. There were a few things that bothered me and detracted from the enjoyment of the story a bit so I think this story really had potential that just came in a little short. I'll add why it came up short for me below. Warning: There are spoilers ahead. 

Spoilers ahead:

This is a very dark SciFi romance. It should have come with a trigger warning but it didn't so I'm giving you one now. This story contains a brutal gang rape/beating at the hands of the male engineers. The other thing is she goes into this job as his engineer knowing or at least believing that he'll kill her when he's done with her. Why in the world would she work so hard for this type of job? That made little sense to me. One last thing...Joan worked on a farm with cows and was smart enough to take birth control so when she starts gaining weight and her belly starts protruding, she's too stupid to figure out she's pregnant? 

End of spoilers. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.