Through the Static
Samhain / January 20, 2015 / $14.00 print, $4.49 digital
The only way to save him is to let him into her mind…and her heart.
When cybernetics researcher Aurelia Locke is attacked, she instantly recognizes her assailants as a Three—a mercenary unit made up of a trio of soldiers whose minds have been cybernetically linked, their pasts erased, their wills subsumed.
By the skin of her wits, she escapes to an abandoned house, where she hacks its security system in her desperation to find refuge.
Jinx is already on high alert when his Three notices something isn’t right with their safe house. But he never expected to find a woman wounded and bleeding out in his own bed, or that his visceral reaction to her would begin to awaken his lost past from a years-long haze of violence.
In a mad gamble to escape, Aurelia frees Jinx from his Three by severing his neural connection to them and tying his mind to hers. The power of their link shocks them both, manifesting not only in shared thoughts, but in an intensely passionate physical connection.
But dangerous forces pursue them, intent on reclaiming Jinx and silencing Aurelia’s knowledge. Her only chance of saving him is to risk everything—her research, her heart, and her life.
Cyberpunk with mentally-linked sex scenes? Through the Static hit hot buttons I didn’t know I had, and there’s always a level of giddy excitement that comes with being introduced to tropes and world types that you never knew existed before. Jeanette Grey’s latest novella, a sexy exploration of cyberpunk romance that thrives on its accessibility for readers new to the subgenre, plays with a cybernetic future where the world is dangerous and the secrets cybernetic.