Today we have another treat: USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia Sax, who writes contemporary, SF and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
Why I Love Cyborg Heroes
by Cynthia Sax
I love cyborg heroes! Yes, every cyborg hero is different. In Releasing Rage, my most recent cyborg romance, we meet several cyborgs. They all have different personalities (because they’re partially human and every human being is different). But there are some traits that are consistent across almost all cyborgs. (I say almost all because there are always exceptions to every ‘rule.’)
Cyborgs are partially human, partially machine. My cyborgs have both computer-like processors and human brains. They have skin and muscle over metal frames and mechanics. They normally heal faster and live longer than humans.
Cyborgs are constantly conflicted between their machine side and their human side, between logic and emotion, between following commands and exploring their independence, between programming and free will.
At no time is this conflict more pronounced than when cyborgs fall in love. There is little logic behind love. Will their human sides be strong enough to overcome their machine sides, allowing them to choose love?
Cyborgs are usually manufactured to be soldiers. They have loyalty built into them, which is very appealing. They know how to protect, defend, fight for their loved ones.
They’re also dangerous. Their killing abilities are honed. They’re faster and stronger than their heroines. If their machine sides saw their heroines as threats, these heroines would be in big trouble. This gives every encounter an appealing edge, an unpredictability.
These genetically designed warriors usually don’t grow up with a father and mother. They might know the companionship of their fellow cyborgs but not the deep love of a parent for a child. Often they feel that lack. They have a loneliness, a yearning for love that tears at my heartstrings.
These heroes want to ‘solve’ that lack but don’t know how. Cyborgs don’t date. They might not have any interaction with the opposite sex. Dealing with females could be completely foreign to them. When they fall in love, they often don’t know what to do with that emotion. They’re discovering all of this for the first time.
All of this combines into an intriguing and engaging hero ‘type’, one that is unique within SciFi romance. This is why I love reading and writing about cyborgs.
What do you love about cyborg heroes?
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals–kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal–survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?
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