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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Review: Peyton 313 by Donna McDonald / @donnamcdonald13

Title: Cyborgs: Mankind Redefined, Book 1: Peyton 313
Author: Donna McDonald
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 17, 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi, Uniform, Romance

Worst epic fail of her scientific career? Falling for a cyborg she helped create.

Kyra Winters never meant for her cyber science discoveries to be used for evil, but that’s exactly what happened. Now returning Peyton 313’s humanity is the last chance she’ll ever have to atone. She can’t get back the lost decade, but she can change the present by restoring the cyborg who was once Marine Captain Peyton Elliot.

Certainly her grand plan for rectifying her mistakes didn’t include madly kissing the confused, passionate Marine when he begged her to. The same scientific mind that constructed the cyborg creator code now warned her not to let Peyton’s tempting offers of heaven cloud her rational decision making. Yet it’s difficult to resist the cyborg she’s restoring when he’s also the most intriguing man she’s ever known.

Kyra carries an immense amount of guilt on her shoulders over actions that, to be honest, weren't hers. She helped create the program that turned allowed men to become part-machine, but what happened after that wasn't her fault at all. Her desire to right the wrongs done to mankind because of her ex-husband's wrongdoings was admirable. The courage to actually go forward with her plans, incredible.

Peyton's discovery that his wife was one of the two Cyber Soldier creators results in understandable anger, dislike, and distrust. But her truthfulness and openness about her purpose in buying him lessens all of that. With her help, he is able to gain more control of the humanity in him he'd been trying to reach on his own. That he fell in love with her, that he gave her a reason to love again, was an added bonus. He might be a Marine through and through, he might be part-machine, but what he felt for her was completely human. That was amazing.

I'm really impressed by the depth of this story. I wasn't just dropped into a world where cyborgs are used, but I'm told how and why they were created. Info dump? I guess it could be considered that. Past sci-fi readings have taught me that info dumping is sometimes necessary in this genre because there is so much to the planet and/or time period of the story that has to be explained for the reader to fully understand what's going on. Ms. McDonald does that so well in this story.

I loved Kyra's dedication to her cause and Peyton's willingness to help her any way he could. The discovery of a traitor in her camp, and who that traitor was, wasn't a surprise. The way she handled it though was. It pained me to see how she used her cyber science skills to prove a point to the men who once caused her harm, but I admired her grit and determination to drive that point home. She didn't back down, didn't chicken out, didn't soften her badass speech. She went for the jugular and came out the victor.

This story has surprising humor in it, from the most unlikely source: Peyton. And it was awesome that he had that in him. It proved how much of suitable match he was for Kyra.

I can't wait to read other books in this series. I hope the next book comes soon too. I want to know what happens to the other soldiers Kyra and Peyton saved at the end of this book, if they'll find their own happiness. God knows they deserve it and more.

Donna McDonald considers herself blessed to be a best selling author in Contemporary Romance, Humor, and Paranormal Romance. Paranormal reviewers are calling McDonald "a literary alchemist effortlessly blending science fiction and romance". Contemporary and humor reviewers often write to tell her that the books keep them up laughing all night. She likes both compliments and hopes they stay true forever.

Her idea of success is to be sitting next to someone on a plane and find out they are laughing at something in one of her books. She hopes that will be you.

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