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Her Empath (Zodiac Cyborgs #0.1) by Mina Carter. Sci-Fi Romance ARC Review.

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Even a rogue can be brought to heel by love.
Lyssa Ryland is the rogue of the fleet. Feared and wanted by half the admiralty, no one can control the redheaded General. Half-human, half alien, her nature has made her tough and years of war have given her a backbone of steel. Commanding one of the most fearsome battleships in the fleet and friends with the largest mercenary clans in the galaxy, no one dare mess with her.
He must walk into the lion’s den...
JJ is the sacrificial lamb. One of the fleet’s Empaths, he’s been tasked with controlling Lyssa and bringing her back under the authority of the Fleet. Expecting a dried up, crabby nun of a woman, JJ takes the chance for a one night stand on the base the night before his new assignment…
Only to find out the unforgettable woman he spent the night with is none other than his new assignment. And this time, she’s not welcoming him with open arms… Between the pressure from the powers that be, a mission gone wrong and a homicidal cyborg, can JJ convince Lyssa that this time his seduction is genuine?


General Lyssa Ryland is a career marine and a Telation /Human mix. That makes her part snake.  She commands a starship for the Combined Fleet.  Lyssa is not happy with her latest orders yo take an Empath on to her crew. 
Commander Jacob James "JJ" Meyers  has been told to use any means to control the woman in control of one of the Fleet's best starships.  She is too powerful otherwise. 
This is a novella but it has so much happening in it, it feels like a full size book.  Our heroine is a truly kick ass female used to being in command.  That can be a lonely life. 
Our hero can usually get into anyone's mind and get them to do what he wants.  That makes things too easy. 
This is a prequel for a series that I will definitely be reading. 
I loved it. 


Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...

(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)

The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.

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