Saturday, January 31, 2015

Romance Book Review: Diane Saxon's Short Circuit Time

Author: Diane Saxon
ISBN: 978-1-62916-086-3 
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Publisher: The Hartwood Publishing Group, LLC

Purchase Link: Amazon

As a sixteen year old Zaphira was madly in love with her father's assistant. Finally she decides to make her move, and he rejects her. 

Jump ahead eight year in 2086 and Zaphira hasn't seen another human in at least two years. Years before human life was destroyed by illness and as far as Zaphira knows she may very well be the last person on earth because she is immune to the effects of the illness. Before her father died he told her there were other humans out there and they would find her. 

Until then she is all alone, until one day the love of her life and the man who she thought dead eight years before steps out of a bubbling pond, but he isn't exactly as he was eight years ago.

Eight years ago Aiden was Zaphira's father's assistant, a clumsy geek who couldn't get away for Zaphira fast enough the night she kissed him on the lips. Not because he wasn't attracted to her, far from it, but because she was sixteen and he was twelve years older than her. 

Coming back through the worm hole her father sent him through has left Aiden needing help that only Zaphira can give him. Will she learn to trust him or will she and give them both a second chance at love or will these two lonely souls miss their chance. 

I love the fact that author Diane Saxon is feeling her oats and switching sub-genres again, this time to sci-fi romance, and doing a great job of keeping the romance alive. This short, quick read still features, Diane Saxon characteristic strong female lead, that isn't afraid to show emotion and the not so perfect handsome male lead. 


In the year 2086, Zaphira is alone, the last survivor of biological warfare on Earth. Before he died, her scientist father promised other survivors would come. Nobody has. So when a horribly mangled android shows up claiming to be her father’s assistant, Aiden, who has been sent through time to rescue her, she’s both frightened and astounded.

The last time she’d seen Aiden, she’d been sixteen, head-over-heels in love with him, and had literally thrown herself at him, leaving her devastated by his rejection and him running for the hills. The following day, she’d been told of his death.

Eight years later he’s miraculously back, this time asking for her help. Without it, he won’t survive. But can she really put a dead man back together with tweezers?

For Aiden, everything has changed. There are no other humans, no government, and time travel has left his new android body unexpectedly weak and suffering from inexplicable genetic changes in eye and hair color, brought about by his molecular shake-up. Unbelievably, the scientist who sent him is dead, and he must rely on the scientist’s daughter to help him. A woman who he’s not so sure has his best interests at heart.

The last time he’d seen her, Zaphira had been a sixteen year old with a dangerous crush on him and he’d been rocked by the turmoil of his own feelings. Now she’s twenty-four and literally holds his survival in her hands. Too bad everything he does and says seems to annoy her.
Trusting her might be his undoing. But he is left with no choice.

For Zaphira, getting used to the transformation of old Aiden to android Aiden requires a large mental leap. But when android Aiden starts to rebuild his human form to a new and improved standard, things start to get tricky.

The Aiden she loved as a little girl was her father’s nerdy assistant. The new Aiden is hot. But are her feelings as strong eight years later or are they simply a cherished memory?

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