Of all the cyborgs, Adam has seemed the most human of them all. Perhaps because he's been on earth among humans, hiding in plain sight. When he interacts with Laura though, he really finds out he's just been imitating life and emotion because Laura makes him actually feel. As a reference in several books in the series, I was thrilled to meet the man behind the resistance. His inner dialogue was at times hysterical and his dry humor appreciated. What I liked most though was that even though he lied to just about everyone he ever met, he never lied to himself. There was no self-flagellation about having feelings for a woman. He embraced his inner cave man, grabbed his girl and moved on. I liked that.
Laura has her life pared down to practically nothing but work and it shows. Self described as pale and kind of squishy she fantasizes about her hot soldier who guards her door. I liked all the surprises she provided as the story unfolded, the hidden facets of what appears to be a bland existence. Oh, she's not done any sky diving but she's a pro when it comes to taking what life throws at her. Enough so that it even impresses Adam. Sex is a non-issue through over half the book, but a lot of flirting goes on.
The back story continues and a new important character is brought to light. Major appearance by Seth and Ana from the previous book as well as Aramus and a few others. I find myself highly intrigued with Avion and One and can't wait for more from the author in this series.
On Earth, when a rebel cyborg leader is drawn into a search for answers, he doesn't expect things to blow up. And he's not just talking about his house. Somehow his heart explodes, too, with the last thing he ever expected--love.
Adam survived the great cyborg purge because the military made a mistake, a mistake they lived to regret. They crossed the line when they decided to take away his free will and turn him into a machine. They erroneously thought him a slave they could command. However, their biggest screw up of all was when they didn't terminate him at the first sign cyborgs were regaining sentience.
As the rebel cyborg leader on Earth, Adam is doing everything he can to rescue others of his kind. Part of his current, undercover mission involves infiltrating a top secret military facility where he comes in contact with a human scientist. A sexy scientist whom he's ordered to protect.
What should have been an easy job turns into a fight for his life because it's not just bullets and hit squads he's got to worry about, but his heart.
How can one fragile female mean so much? It's almost too much for a rational-minded cyborg to understand. When the choice is given, escape or let her die, he lets his heart decide, and after that, things start to explode--literally.
Stands Alone: Yes