#8Sunday: From Captured by the Cyborg… beautiful, but toxic


Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 3)
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The setup: Illumina gets a job at spacecraft remanufacturing plant located deep below the surface of the moon Deceptio. She was brought there under blackout conditions, so she has not seen the surface. Late one evening, Dale (the hero) catches her on the shop floor. He asks her to walk with him. To her surprise, he reveals a secret observatory.  In this scene, she is with Dale and she is staring at the moon’s planet. FYI, Alonio is her ex-lifemate.

“Is there anything on the planet?” She stepped out of his orbit, away from his disconcerting nearness, but she no longer focused on the celestial beauty, but on him. Hair endings tingled.

“No. Its surface is barren, and it has an atmosphere of poisonous gas.”

“Some of the most beautiful things are toxic.” Alonio was a superlatively handsome man.

Dale closed the distance. “And sometimes they’re just beautiful.”

Book Description

Sometimes the biggest risk is to one’s heart….

An ex-Cyber Operations field agent, Dale Homme has kissed danger and betrayal more times than he cares to count. Now he runs a clandestine factory beneath the surface of the moon Deceptio, where confidentiality and security matter more than anything. When a beautiful young woman arrives seeking a job, Dale knows within minutes she’s lying. Everything about her is false: her past, the people she claims to know, her reason for being on Deceptio. Illumina Smith? Even her name is an alias.

Logic says send her packing. His gut says she’s in trouble. She needs him. So he’ll do anything to keep her safe….even if it means keeping her captive.

Captured by the Cyborg is third in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance series but is written to be read as a stand-alone novella.

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19 Responses to #8Sunday: From Captured by the Cyborg… beautiful, but toxic

  1. In my upcoming book, I have a moon with an atmosphere of poisonous gasses, and this situation is close enough that I can relate.

  2. I’m loving this story, Cara. I’m about halfway through it. If I hadn’t brought work home with me on Friday, I wouldn’t have set it down. 🙂 !

  3. Peter Vialls says:

    I love the comment about beautiful things being toxic, and her thought of her ex-lover – a very effective statement of her feelings!

  4. T. M. Hunter says:

    Some fun lines in this set of dialogue…enjoyed it.

  5. Bonnie Gill says:

    I loved how you mixed in the sci-fi lingo with the descriptions. Nicely done.

  6. Two attractive men and are they toxic?

  7. Amy Braun says:

    Great snippet! I love the “toxic” lines. 😀

  8. Splendid scene , so touching with all the innuendos. Ah love.

  9. Kim M says:

    Hair endings tingled.

    Excellent way of putting it, Cara. I love how you described the intense awareness without telling me. Great job.

  10. Oh, Dale is falling hard. Always enjoy reading your snippets! 🙂

  11. Interesting bit of backstory inserted rather poetically. Great snippet!

  12. I like the two differing perspectives and the real conversation going on underneath the words. Well done snippet!

  13. Botanist says:

    Lots of double meanings going on here 🙂

  14. Nice! Love her line about toxic beauty, but his ending line steals the show and ratchets up the tension. 🙂

  15. There is definitely a strong attraction between them, even if Illumina is suspicious because of her previous relationship with Alonio. Great snippet.

  16. Jenna Jaxon says:

    The hair tingling made me think of hair standing straight out, as with static electricity. I’d say there was some attraction there! 🙂 Nice touch that he’s the optimistic one. Wonderful snippet!

  17. Beauty can be dangerous… or just itself. The trick is telling the difference!

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