Audiobook Review: Cyborgs on Mars (Boxed Set 1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cyborgs on Mars: Boxed Set 1 by Honey Phillips

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mars is getting hotter all the time…

Earth Government turned soldiers into cyborgs to terraform Mars. After a decade of hard, lonely work they are little more than the machines as which they are treated – until the arrival of female settlers awakens feelings they have almost forgotten…

Book 1, High Plains Cyborg: One big cyborg cowboy, one tiny human female, and one impossible attraction. Can a woman who is afraid to trust and a cyborg who has forgotten how to love find their dreams together?

Book 2, The Good, the Bad, and the Cyborg: A desperate widow in need of a helping hand… even a cybernetic one. Can a cyborg sheriff help her overcome harsh conditions, a troubled past, and a mysterious enemy in order to create a new home with him?

Book 3, A Fistful of Cyborg: A cynical cyborg and a woman with too many secrets. When a dark plot forces them to collaborate, can they move on from their tragic history and find a new future together?

Cyborgs on Mars

Cyborgs and their women!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: 🤓☺️😳
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

High Plains Cyborg

C487 (a.k.a. Clint) and Jo – C487 is a cyborg, he was once human and in the military and they changed him. He no longer feels human. He is one of the cyborgs tasked with terraforming Mars. Now that humans arrived to claim their parcels of land, the cyborgs could either go back to Earth and the military or stay on mars and act as law enforcement for the newly arriving settlers. When the crowd of humans start to get unruly, he tries to get the small male he saw in line before the fella gets himself killed.

Jo was 5th in line after standing in line all night, in order to get the plot she had her eyes on. She was one of the few woman who applied to go to Mars and farm some of the land. She thought it best to dress as a man and not bring as much attention to herself. She came to Mars with her friend Nicky who betrayed her by deciding to work at the Power Plant rather than helping her farm the land.

C487 started to feel protective of Jo since he first saw her, even when he thought she was a boy or small man. Though when he found out that that she was a single female who is going to farm a claim nearly two hours from town, he felt even more protective of her.

This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration. It was narrated by Eve Leonard and Rock Engle. Eve Leonard has a strong clear voice though a bit low, which in other books might have annoyed me but for Jo, who was a strong tomboyish woman, it was perfect. Rock Engle has a deep voice which worked well for the tall, muscular cyborg.

The world building was terrific though the story seemed to be missing something. It was a shorter book, but still everything happened a bit too fast and there was no depth to the story or the scenes.

The Good, the Bad and the Cyborg

M-231 (a.k.a. Morgan) and Hattie – Hattie lost her home on Earth when her mother died. She had lived with and taken care of her sick mother for years. She was adopted and there are laws on Earth about inheritance and only biological children can inherit. When she went to her boss and told him about her predicament, her boss suggested that she go to Mars with him since his company wanted him to go there and settle. He needed to fit in, and thinks a wife might help with that.

Hattie marries her boss Winthrop and four months later he died. She found herself in another sticky situation when the powers that be said the terms of her homestead contract was for two people and she couldn’t keep it alone. She needs a partner for her land really quick.

M-231 had been attracted to Hattie from the first time he saw her, but she was married to a good man, so he had to sit on the sidelines. However, after her husband died when she is in trouble, he wants to be the one to step in and help her. She had noticed him before but told herself it was because he was so big.

This story was also told in dual points of view via dual narration and was narrated by Brooke Hayden and Ryan West who both did a great job. Ryan West has a laid back way of speaking which I really liked and Brook Hayden has a clear feminine voice which worked perfectly for Hattie.

This one was longer than the first book and I thought it would be more fleshed out, but it still seemed like something was missing at the start. The two main characters needed to get to know each other better before things heated up. However, this one did have a good side storyline including a mystery and though some things didn’t quite add up, like why it was all a secret to begin with, it was an interesting storyline. There were a bit too much instances of sexy time for my taste, I tend to like stories with less instances of intimate times as long as the instances are really hot and steamy.

A Fistful of Cyborg

S-756 (a.k.a. Sam) and Addie – S-756 is the Judge of the settlement on Mars and the head of the cyborgs (Law Enforcement) on the planet. He is older than most of the other cyborgs and has a deep seated hate of all humans. Though he has accepted the few human women who have formed relationships with the cyborgs under him. He is the biggest, meanest and toughest of all the cyborgs.

The book begins with a flashback to when Sam was first changed into a cyborg and some things that he went through. The scientists who changed him performed all kinds of experiments on him. Though his nanites fixed most injuries and adapted to most situations, they didn’t exempt him from pain or torture. At the time, there was an especially sadistic scientist called Dr. Mingle, who loved demonstrating that a cyborg is a machine and not a man. There was a female scientist who helped Sam as much as she could and comforted him and made him feel like he was still a man.

Addie was that female scientist, and she had loved Sam. However, he hadn’t known what she’d had to do to save him and the next day he was put on the Mars mission. He hated humans based on what Dr. Mingle and Addie had done to him and he had finally accepted that he was not a man, but just a machine. So when Addie shows up on Mars, and in trouble, S-756 has conflicting emotions which annoys him to no end, because he doesn’t want anything to do with emotions.

This book was narrated by Aiden Snow and Mackenzie Cartwright. I love Aiden Snow’s voice and I have been searching out books that he narrates lately. He has a deep but soft voice which is super sexy, in my opinion. Mackenzie Cartwright is a very good narrator with a nice feminine voice that sounds intelligent which is perfect for Addie. I like the fact that this collection of books each has different narrators. I get a bit tired of the same narrators when reading a series.

This one still had some minor plot holes and story contradictions, like the fact that the Earth military and government knew how to create cyborgs and wouldn’t give up their secrets to the GenCon Corporation, but they had no problem giving the company a cyborg to use as a test subject in order to figure out how to copy the technology.

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