Narissa is a physician, considered a major pioneer of cybernetics. She lives to help people, allowing her love of gaming to help her unwind after a long day.
Outside of work, she keeps herself busy with her favorite addiction–a popular massive multiplayer online role-play game her friend and client Ajax immersed her in. After a disastrous marriage that almost destroyed her, she’s good with keeping her life simple. Work–play–no need for love. But the more time she spends with Ajax, the more she wonders if she should give romance a second chance.
Only one problem–the past has a habit of rearing its ugly head.
Ajax’s life revolves around gaming, and his passion paved the way to the revolution of virtual reality gameplay. With his looks and money, he could have any woman he wants, but he’s got a new addiction. Narissa is sexy, intelligent, and so not interested in a relationship. When he finds out the truth behind her divorce, rage and a primal need to protect her takes over, and he vows no one will hurt Narissa again.
But will his resolution be enough?
I almost forgot how much I had loved the first book of this series, but this book definitely reminded me!
Ajax and Narissa have had chemistry, something both of their mothers had seen, but Narissa wasn’t sure if she was ready for another relationship. Her ex-husband Nolan had hurt her so badly that she wasn’t sure if she could trust anyone ever again. Ajax is determined to make her trust them, but he doesn’t know if she will open up. When her ex-husband is about to get released from prison, he decides to take her on a trip to get her mind off things, and hopes to get closer to her in the process. Narissa hopes that she will be able to open herself up to Ajax and finally be able to rely on someone again after all these years.
One of my favorite parts of this book was that even though Ajax did the typical “I can pick you up with one hand” type of flirting, it made sense because he had the cybernetic arm. He WAS able to pick her up without straining himself! It ended up being really cute. But he wasn’t invincible in every way because once his arm was damaged it was up to Narissa to fix it.
Narissa is definitely my current favorite female character of this story. She has the most unique backstory in my opinion, and she is an absolute genius. Without her, the cybernetics world would not be near where it is, and Ajax wouldn’t have the quality of life he now has with her technology. She needs him, but he needs her just as much. She basically help him save his own life.
There was a lot of character development, especially on Narissa’s part as she had to get over her ex-husband. She might be 30 years old and 8 years out of the relationship, but he still has control of her mind. Ajax also has to open up to Narissa about his past after his accident, which is painful for him too. This makes for an engaging plot that moves smoothly from the office to the trip and then back into normal life.
Even though this was an advanced copy of the novel, I did not notice any grammar errors. Nothing took away from my experience reading this book.
The only thing that I have to say I disliked was the typical “argument” that each couple in a romance novel has before they decide that they were made for each other. I thought that it was rather weak and could have been settled without the lengths that the two went to in order to cause drama.
I would recommend this book to lovers of both LitRPG and romance novels.
I received an advance copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars