Published by Samhain Publishing on January 20, 2015
Genres: Erotica, Science Fiction
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The only way to save him is to let him into her mind…and her heart.
When cybernetics researcher Aurelia Locke is attacked, she instantly recognizes her assailants as a Three—a mercenary unit made up of a trio of soldiers whose minds have been cybernetically linked, their pasts erased, their wills subsumed.
By the skin of her wits, she escapes to an abandoned house, where she hacks its security system in her desperation to find refuge.
Jinx is already on high alert when his Three notices something isn’t right with their safe house. But he never expected to find a woman wounded and bleeding out in his own bed, or that his visceral reaction to her would begin to awaken his lost past from a years-long haze of violence.
In a mad gamble to escape, Aurelia frees Jinx from his Three by severing his neural connection to them and tying his mind to hers. The power of their link shocks them both, manifesting not only in shared thoughts, but in an intensely passionate physical connection.
But dangerous forces pursue them, intent on reclaiming Jinx and silencing Aurelia’s knowledge. Her only chance of saving him is to risk everything—her research, her heart, and her life.
Warning: Contains manipulation of a person’s memory without his consent and brief episodes of mind control, as well as a smart girl on the run, a high-tech soul-bond, and telepathy-enhanced sex.
Betsy: I was very excited to get a chance to review this book. Jeanette Grey has been one of my favorite writers for a few years, and this book is a great example of why. I love when a writer does something I don’t expect; something different and quirky. Through the Static is what I’m going to call a great meshing of sci-fi, romance and erotica. What is not to love?
The story starts with a bang. No, not that kind of bang, you pervs, but a real action-packed bang with bad guys, tasers, guns and a girl on the run. In the immediacy of the moment, we begin to see bits and pieces of the sci-fi element that is built quickly and well. I love that the narrative is not over-laden with world-building factoids, just enough to give you some clues as to what this world is like. And what an interesting world it is.
Neural links are the new thing. The inception was an idea built around the connections people made using the internet and social media, taken one step (or probably a lot of them) further allowing users to link with another’s mind. Cool, yes; however, with great potential for misuse. And misuse is exactly what happens.
In the midst of the battle between forces who want to maintain the mercenary use of the technology and those who wish to take it back, we find our two main characters, who, of course, are on opposite sides of the fence. Aurelia must fight hard to regain the technology she helped create and return it to the good uses for which it was developed, and her opponent is one of the mercenaries in a Three, battle-hardened and controlled by another. Jinx is the odd man out in his Three. His link is old and beginning to degrade. The only way Aurelia has to try and beat the bad guy is to break Jinx’s link, which might just kill him.
Breaking the link is only the beginning of the problems facing Aurelia. To keep Jinx alive and able to help her, she must forge a link with her own mind. Doing so opens up an amazing connection, which leads me right into the STEAM. Holey moley, Jeanette Grey writes some amazing steam and sizzle. Because not only do these two have a strong physical attraction, but their every interaction is enhanced by the neural connection. They feel and see everything the other does, which magnifies every touch, every movement to incendiary levels.
I enjoyed watching Aurelia’s journey and Jinx’s gradual return to the human being he once was. As the story moves on, the connection continues to build and some kick-ass twists occur. Because nothing is ever as easy as it might seem. We have a strong heroine and a damaged hero, who will fight hard to regain his life. That they fall in love along the way is a foregone and happy conclusion.
Jeanette has given readers the best of two worlds: an excellent, interesting sci-fi story and a hot, satisfying love story filled with steamy moments. I would encourage anyone to read this, even if you don’t necessarily gravitate to sci-fi. Trust me, you will love this book.