Title: Unacceptable Risk
Author: Jeanette Grey
Source: Author Requested Review
Genre: CyberPunk Romance
Publisher: Samhain Press
Release Date: December 13, 2011
Plix spends her lonely, gritty life digging into the mysteries her father left behind. Armed with a variety of cybernetic enhancements and a talent for getting into places she shouldn’t be, she searches for clues to his murder—and who’s responsible for poisoning her city.
Waking up on a street corner with her brain wiring fried to a crisp, she figures she must have gotten close this time. There’s only one man she trusts to pull her back from the brink: a tuner who can retrieve the evidence hidden deep in the recesses of her mind. A man she dares not let too close to her heart.
When Edison downloads a secret SynDate schematic from Plix’s burnt-out circuitry, he knows with dreadful finality that nothing—not even the fiery kiss he’s been holding back for years—will stop her from pursuing her quest past the point of insanity.
All he can do, as he helps her plan her final mission, is ease her pain, watch her back…and hope one of them doesn’t pay with their lives.
I am a huge fan of futuristic sci-fi stories, so I was very excited to be able to review this novella.
The story opens up with Plix, a young woman that's had numerous enhancements done to her, hurt and alone. She makes her way to Edison, a geeky, but lovable tuner. The sexual tension between the two main characters is evident from the first moment they appear together. I loved the way the two interacted with each other. Both pining for the other, but can't (won't) reveal their true feelings for one another. As the story progresses and the dire situations Plix is in are revealed to the reader, the connection between the two characters becomes stronger and more evident as Plix is required to lean on Edison more than ever. Mrs. Grey did a wonderful job of creating two characters that truly suited one another, but were both too caught up in their own mission to admit it.
Upon reaching the end of the story, I was really wishing there was more. I wasn't ready to leave that world behind. You can't help but feel for Plix as she sacrifices herself and everything she holds dear in life to help bring down the monsters that are making her world unbearable.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a good, romantic, futuristic story.