$4.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Star Books
Released: August 2009
Mishka was created to be the perfect killing machine. Half woman, half cyborg, she's powerless against those that control her, often being forced to do things she'd rather forget. She resigned herself to her fate until the day she was sent to rescue Jaxon from imprisonment. One look at him and senses she never knew she had spring to life. But what she wants is not to be...
After being rescued by a beautiful cyborg, Jaxon can't seem to get Mishka off his mind. She arouses passion in him unlike anything he's ever known before, and he wants nothing more than to claim her for his own.
A deadly virus has been brought to earth. Mishka's owner wants the means to control it, and isn't above using her to achieve his own ends, even if it means pitting her against the one person who's ever treated her like a human...and the only human she's ever loved.
I did a bit of jumping in this series, skipping books 2-4, mainly because they weren't in mass market format. (Side note: I realized books 2-4 are Young Adult, that's why I skipped them.) After reading this series though, I might just break my no-buying-trade-paperback rule. I've read nearly all of Gena Showalter's books, and she just gets better and better. The idea of a woman who's been mechanically enhanced, but treated like a thing her whole life, is heartbreaking. Mishka never got to experience a hug as a child, nor affection as an adult. But Jaxon sees the lonely, insecure woman lurking beneath the metal and circuitry, and attempts to draw her out. She doesn't know what to think or how to act, and is afraid to let down her guard. She knows at any moment she could be ordered to kill the one man who she's come to love, and knows it would break her heart. She tries to distance her heart from him. But Jaxon is nothing if not determined, and in Mishka sees a happiness he's long denied himself. To sum it up, this books rocks.
Carla gives this book a