This was a step away from the Phoenix brothers but a continuation of On a Rogue Planet. I loved the planet of Centax in the previous book so I was happy to get more on the planet and it’s people. Especially since this one includes Axton who isn’t a CenSec and therefore feels.
I loved reading about Xenia learning to embrace her emotions and Axton was great when it came to supporting her. The booby-trapped warehouse and the hunt for the Codex was interesting addition to the story, especially the virus. It was brief, but I liked the look into human vs. machine that the book addresses. The love between Axton and Xenia is very fast in this book since it’s less than 100 pages, however, much of it is built on the idea that they’ve been attracted to each other for awhile. Xenia seemed to jump into things really quickly and I would have liked a bit more tension in their budding relationship.
I’d love to have more books on the Centaxians, especially since Xander states, in the end, that he’s working with the scientists to address the emotion suppressing that occurs with a large number of enhancements.
••• Book Details •••
Phoenix Adventures #4.5 • Romance, Science Fiction • Carina Press • December 21, 2014
After a vicious coup, cyborg Axton Saros, Prime of the planet of Centax, is trying to rebuild his world. Still recovering from his captivity and dark guilt, he won’t let anything get in his way. But a priceless artifact, stolen during the attack, is still missing and Axton wants it back. What he doesn’t want is the emotionless and infuriating Centax Security cyborg, Commander Xenia Alexander, heading the investigation.
Everybody knows CenSecs are the galaxy’s deadliest killers. So enhanced that their emotions are dampened to nothing. But Xenia’s been keeping a secret her entire life–her systems don’t work and she feels. Working with Axton to find the Codex Da Vinci, he makes every emotion in her flare to brilliant life, but to be the perfect CenSec, she must not succumb.
As they follow a trail of clues and booby traps, Axton vows to do everything he can to show his beautiful cyborg the pleasure she’s never experienced. Even if she fights him every step of the way. But as the hunt takes a deadly turn, their desire might be the only thing that can save Xenia from annihilation.