My God Aramus is one cranky cyborg. While deep inside he secretly envies his brothers in arms who have found someone to love, even a few of them humans no less, he publicly is very vocal about his dislike for the human race. He's even called a reverse racist by a colleague. He finally gets a glimpse of the magnitude of what love is when he meets Riley and is totally taken over by lust and something more; the aforementioned love. Does he rejoice? No, he feels shame that he has feelings for a human and thrusts her away, after indulging his lust, of course. I like nothing better than watching a big, bad warrior crawl in front of a woman, and Aramus has some crawling to do.
Riley is a victim of that old human vice, greed. Offered a good paying job off-planet she jumps at it only to find out it is actually a living nightmare. I felt for her and could only wonder at her strength and resilience at times. Her naturally caring personality threw Aramus for a loop, and he really didn't know how to handle her. While Riley cuts him some slack for his actions due to lack of experience with the human race, or rather romantic experience, he goes a little too far.
As usual, the author penned a great read that really added to the series. I must say I enjoyed the male cyborg romance more than the female ones. This was action packed and really brought home how inhuman humans can actually be. As Aramus fights his internal battle, he forgets that Riley has been abused and victimized by her own kind. When he does come around, he doesn't exactly wax poetic but we get the point. The fact that he was virtually indestructible was uber sexy and when he set his sights on making Riley his, watch out.
Wiping out humanity is his number one objective—until he meets her.
Aramus has no patience or sympathy for the excuses humanity uses to hunt cyborgs down and eradicate them. He’s put up with too much at their hands to ever forgive and forget. But all that changes when he rescues a fragile human doctor who refuses to see him as a machine. She teaches him that perhaps not all emotions are a weakness and that love can make even a cynical cyborg like him stronger.
And for those who’d mock his change of view or threaten his female? Go ahead. His iron knuckles could use some exercise.