Mishka Le’Ace was created to be an undercover operative…literally.  Her beautiful body has been mechanically augmented to give her superhuman strength-strength she’s going to need.  Her latest mission sends to rescue Alien Investigation and Removal agent Jaxon Tremain from torture and death.  With him, she discovers a passion unlike any other.  A passion she was forbidden to know…  From the moment they meet in a darkened cell, Jaxon craves her touch.  But the machine half of Le’Ace forces her to do things she doesn’t always want to do.  Even betray him…and ultimately destroy him.  Now Jaxon must battle the man controlling Le’Ace, and even Le’Ace herself, to at last claim the woman he’s come to love.

I have to say, I totally prefer Showalter’s darker books to her HQN fare.  While the others are fun, her Berkeley books go much deeper, and because of that, resonate much more fully with me, as a reader.  Both Mishka and Jaxon are placed in an untenable position…they want each other, and realize that they may be the perfect complement to the other, but forces outside their control hold all the cards, and there doesn’t seem to be a damned thing they can do about it.  The aliens in this book made for a great additional layer to the plot, and the romance between Mishka and Jaxon is hot, and hauntingly realistic. I can’t wait to read Showalter’s next Berkeley offering!