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A beautiful exiled diplomat. A sexy android assassin. He'll sacrifice everything to protect her… Cressida wants to be perfect. The over-achieving daughter of a diplomat was groomed for a future in politics until she saw something she shouldn’t have. Now her secrets could kill her entire family. Xan is an android for the “benevolent” Robotics Faction. More specifically, he’s A beautiful exiled diplomat. A sexy android assassin. He'll sacrifice everything to protect her… Cressida wants to be perfect. The over-achieving daughter of a diplomat was groomed for a future in politics until she saw something she shouldn’t have. Now her secrets could kill her entire family. Xan is an android for the “benevolent” Robotics Faction. More specifically, he’s a secret assassin for the all-powerful group, and his next assignment has made Cressida a target. When a rogue agent severs Xan’s connection to the faction, everything changes. Now he doesn’t just want to protect Cressida; he wants to be with her. As their feelings grow, a second assassin enters the mix. Cressida puts all her trust in Xan, even though no android has ever left the Robotics Faction… and survived. Liberation’s Kiss is the first book in a series of sci-fi romance novels. If you like sexy action romance like Anna Hackett’s Hell Squad series, android movies like The Terminator, and nail-biting suspense, then you’ll love Wendy Lynn Clark’s sizzling roller coaster ride through space. Read Liberation’s Kiss to start the thrilling love story today!


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A beautiful exiled diplomat. A sexy android assassin. He'll sacrifice everything to protect her… Cressida wants to be perfect. The over-achieving daughter of a diplomat was groomed for a future in politics until she saw something she shouldn’t have. Now her secrets could kill her entire family. Xan is an android for the “benevolent” Robotics Faction. More specifically, he’s A beautiful exiled diplomat. A sexy android assassin. He'll sacrifice everything to protect her… Cressida wants to be perfect. The over-achieving daughter of a diplomat was groomed for a future in politics until she saw something she shouldn’t have. Now her secrets could kill her entire family. Xan is an android for the “benevolent” Robotics Faction. More specifically, he’s a secret assassin for the all-powerful group, and his next assignment has made Cressida a target. When a rogue agent severs Xan’s connection to the faction, everything changes. Now he doesn’t just want to protect Cressida; he wants to be with her. As their feelings grow, a second assassin enters the mix. Cressida puts all her trust in Xan, even though no android has ever left the Robotics Faction… and survived. Liberation’s Kiss is the first book in a series of sci-fi romance novels. If you like sexy action romance like Anna Hackett’s Hell Squad series, android movies like The Terminator, and nail-biting suspense, then you’ll love Wendy Lynn Clark’s sizzling roller coaster ride through space. Read Liberation’s Kiss to start the thrilling love story today!

30 review for Liberation's Kiss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mei

    Since I enjoyed the third book, but felt that I was missing something mentioned in the previous books, I've decided to read those and here I am with the first one. :) Did I enjoyed it? Yes I did, but I had the same problems as with the third: to much action that was so quickly paced that I couldn't follow it throughly! They jumped, run, flow, crashed, being shot, evading... ... and I couldn't follow... The idea is good: how a machine can become human through love. It's really nice idea and I loved Since I enjoyed the third book, but felt that I was missing something mentioned in the previous books, I've decided to read those and here I am with the first one. :) Did I enjoyed it? Yes I did, but I had the same problems as with the third: to much action that was so quickly paced that I couldn't follow it throughly! They jumped, run, flow, crashed, being shot, evading... ... and I couldn't follow... The idea is good: how a machine can become human through love. It's really nice idea and I loved it. I could feel how and why Xan humanity evolved (interesting touch with atfirstsight.exe, conquersall.exe, isblid.exe... etc!!! LOL). He was an interesting character with super-hero characteristics that I enjoyed! On the other hand, Cressida was a weak heroine. Her stubborness was stupid. Her convinction that her ID must remain the same, even if it was that which put their lives in danger, is stupid and doesn't make sense because (view spoiler)[at the edn her ID does get changed (hide spoiler)] !!! I didn't liked her, but even if her uniqueness (view spoiler)[as the carrier of the gene that contributed to developing of emotions in androids (hide spoiler)] is necessary for the story, she could have been less a damisel in distress and more strong woman with some useful skills... I'll be reading Mercury's story because I'm curious to find out who's the seventh oligarch (even if I suspect it's the rogue android! :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Celestine

    I was on the fence about ranking this book somewhere between "liked" and "really liked", but the nail-biting thrill ride in the last 30 or so pages definitely tipped this book into the four-star category. You see, I was a teensy bit late to a friend's birthday lunch because I couldn't put this book down once I was in the 80% range. I didn't see how Wendy Lynn Clark was going to wrap it all up in the few pages left. In fact, I was getting all set to be ticked off at a cliffhanger. Fortunately, I I was on the fence about ranking this book somewhere between "liked" and "really liked", but the nail-biting thrill ride in the last 30 or so pages definitely tipped this book into the four-star category. You see, I was a teensy bit late to a friend's birthday lunch because I couldn't put this book down once I was in the 80% range. I didn't see how Wendy Lynn Clark was going to wrap it all up in the few pages left. In fact, I was getting all set to be ticked off at a cliffhanger. Fortunately, I was smiling and not grousing as I thumbed the last page. Xan's programmed mission as an android with the Robotics Faction is to terminate diplomat guide Cressida, who is on the faction's Kill List. The mining moon where she lives is remote but very reliant on technology. Citizens can barely move about without satellite sensors reading their location chips. This type of monitoring was commonplace and fairly unremarkable among the populace until recent political events heightened oversight and threat by the Robotics Faction. Xan has powerful tools at his disposal to ensure the success of his mission. However, just yards from his quarry, he encounters an anomaly that disengages his kill function, allowing his own reasoning and intuition to emerge. Cressida is a young woman whose spirit has been muffled by more than a decade of hiding and keeping a low profile to avoid detection by the Robotics Faction. She was placed on the Kill List at age 12 and hardly remembers a carefree life. While educated, she is sheltered and moves in a small diplomatic circle on the moon. As the book opens, she has been found.... Technology is omnipresent, making this a romance book with heavy reliance on science fiction. Humans have brain identity chips, and service-bots do everything from deliver pizzas to administer medications. Medicine is highly advanced, to the point that death and aging are nearly irrelevant. Space travel is routine, and laser weapons protect planets. The killer androids have sophisticated analytical skills and super-strength, but are scarily human-like in their appearance and speech. Wendy Lynn Clark has woven all of these futuristic components into a world where they are accepted as normal. She is also very, very creative in applying these technologies to a thrill-adventure plot. I don't really want to give anything away since how Xan and Cressida get out of some situations is utterly fantastic. Suffice it to say that android bodies are capable of a lot and sometimes a laser can be a really gruesome weapon. The reason I was so on the fence with this book initially is the pacing. It's a problem. About one-third of the way into the book, I made a note: "Enough with the brain ID chip already!" The action was too well conceived, the characters were too original and the world-building too complete for such minute plot movement. There was also too much thinking about the action. I get that we were participating in Xan's analysis of situations, but the pacing would have been better served by physical movement rather than reading about Xan's thought process. Xan himself adjusted a little too quickly to having something resembling emotions. Just three days after having his kill order severed, he is giving Cressida sound advice on not feeling guilty about endangering her family. I get that one of his programmed quirks is a high degree of tact and negotiation, but this seemed far-fetched. And finally, pacing was an issue because there aren't even small hints to answers about two major mysteries in this book. Clearly you have to read more novels to solve the riddles. I've read more captivating romantic couples than Xan and Cressida. For me, Xan was the more compelling romantic of the two because it was all so new to him. Nonetheless, I think my heart was pounding so much in the last, thrilling 20% of this book because I had become emotionally invested in them as a couple. The exhilarating end of this book definitely made the pacing issues pale in comparison.

  3. 3 out of 5

    E.L. Roux

    First let me say that I was given a free advanced copy of this book for an honest review. Now that that is out of the way, let me say that I loved this novel! And I can't wait for the next in this series. I'm a big fan of science fiction romance (there is never enough of this stuff to go around), and I was glad to see a new series pop out on the market. This book felt like a new take on the Terminator series set in the future with more romance thrown in. Xan is a machine that's been produced to bl First let me say that I was given a free advanced copy of this book for an honest review. Now that that is out of the way, let me say that I loved this novel! And I can't wait for the next in this series. I'm a big fan of science fiction romance (there is never enough of this stuff to go around), and I was glad to see a new series pop out on the market. This book felt like a new take on the Terminator series set in the future with more romance thrown in. Xan is a machine that's been produced to blend in with the human population and get things done by using a back log of subroutines to help him get his desired responses out of the population, while Cressida is a human who is used to following orders in order to stay alive since she found herself unlucky enough to be placed on a kill list. This action packed book takes the reader on a wild ride of action, romance, and more action while this duo work together in order to try and keep Cressida alive. I loved the unusual set of dichotomies and themes that ran throughout the entire book that I found really interesting and defiantly lead to a rich novel (and I'll try not to give away any spoilers). While death and destruction happen throughout this entire book the population as a whole seems unaffected by it. Is that because they have a chance to be reborn, if they have the backup chips, or is it a result of population having dealt with this type of destructive action before (the overseeing powers that be are known for coming in and taking over however they deem fit)? The machines that are released by said overseeing governing body are strong, smart, and highly adaptable, but the every day, I'll call them police units although more like peacekeepers, are dim witted and slow. Which only made me wonder what would really get the police units in an uproar, and if the place was more Utopian before the governing bodies that be took over? In the end this novel feels more like a science fiction plot with strong romance elements, but I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters, the fight scenes, the plot development, and the overall feel of the novel. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction with strong romance elements. You can currently preorder this novel for $0.99 before it releases July 1st, before it returns to it's original price of $4.99. I can't wait for the second novel in this series, Liberation's Desire ** Spoilers: Awesome points: Character development was amazing. You really get a feel for all the characters in the novel. The author does a good job giving each person a separate and unique personality that really helps bring this story the richness it has. Action scenes, after Xan rescues Cressida, the action gets better and better. Each interaction is not the same as the last, and just when I thought I had the next scene figured out, the story took a surprising and awesome turn ( I love that I couldn't guess where the story was going, but I also didn't feel lost in what was happening) Environments, each new environment that the author placed her characters in were unique and had it's own flavor. They were rich and populated with traits that brought the scene clearly to the forefront of my mind without being bogged down by long drawn out descriptions. Frustrations: I'll lay it out there, the really frustrating scene for me was when Xan and Cressida fully come together the first time. I had my hopes up from the prior time they interacted, but I was disappointed that I was unable to connect to any of the characters in this scene, but I loved how they interacted throughout the entire book. I can't stress that enough. We never learned why Cressida was placed on the kill list, not even a little bit of a hint to move that subplot along (since the main was is to keep her alive while she's being searched for by some crazy robots). I hope it gets moved along in the next novel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: a powerful, good-looking non-human male meets a wimpy, fragile, contrary-minded human female. One instinct demands that he kill her; another demands that he make out with her. The second one wins, and they enter a quasi-romantic relationship even though she doesn't know if she can trust him, because he makes her go all weak at the knees. (view spoiler)[But then another of his kind shows up, wanting to kill his lady-love! Lots of innocent bystanders die, b Stop me if you've heard this one before: a powerful, good-looking non-human male meets a wimpy, fragile, contrary-minded human female. One instinct demands that he kill her; another demands that he make out with her. The second one wins, and they enter a quasi-romantic relationship even though she doesn't know if she can trust him, because he makes her go all weak at the knees. (view spoiler)[But then another of his kind shows up, wanting to kill his lady-love! Lots of innocent bystanders die, but no-one really cares. Our hero takes extreme steps to protect our imperilled heroine, whether she likes it or not. In the end, the bad non-human is defeated by the hero and his allies, no thanks to our useless heroine, and the pair can get busy. (hide spoiler)] Yes, it's Twilight In Space, proving how interchangeable the core elements of so much romantic fiction are. I thought a human/android romance might offer something different; I was mostly wrong. This book felt like an odd mix of relatively serious action sci-fi and entertainingly silly over-the-top romance, with enough thought put into the sci-fi elements for them to feel underdeveloped. (view spoiler)[It concludes with a climactic (ahem) outpouring of purple prose that has to be seen to be believed: see extracts below. While she panted for breath, the lingering effects of his incredible seduction still shimmering through her like gold flecks, he kicked off his flight suit and laid his nakedness between her quivering knees. (...) The clouds condensed and showered gold over her, breaking and bursting, gathering again, breaking and bursting a second time. (...) The cloudburst gathered in her throat; the gold showered her from deep inside, deeper than she had ever experienced. It broke apart into rainbows, crackling into shards, pieces of dreams riding into a gentle sunset. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    3.5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Liberation's Kiss is a must read for all. Anyone who loves science fiction and is a major fan of romane than this is the perfect novel for you. I am usually bored with most science fiction novels, however, I have found Liberation's Kiss exciting. There's nothing like an unimaginable hot romance that gets readers tied into knots and leaves them wanting to read more. Wendy Lynn Clark has amazinglly acheived all of that. Her readers will be awed from the first page until the last. I simply could no Liberation's Kiss is a must read for all. Anyone who loves science fiction and is a major fan of romane than this is the perfect novel for you. I am usually bored with most science fiction novels, however, I have found Liberation's Kiss exciting. There's nothing like an unimaginable hot romance that gets readers tied into knots and leaves them wanting to read more. Wendy Lynn Clark has amazinglly acheived all of that. Her readers will be awed from the first page until the last. I simply could not get enough of Android Xan and Cressida Sarita Anitata. They are brilliantly well-developed and lure readers in with ease. Science fiction comes to live deep inside this irresitible yet charming plot. Readers beware, Liberation's Kiss is one rollercoaster ride that you never want to stop riding. The ending will leave readers wanting more by this talented writer. Overall, I loved this novel and I would highly recommend it to reader's world wide.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cara Bristol

    An android programmed to kill a young woman changes his mission and becomes her protector. This book started off with bang. Great hook. I couldn’t NOT read it. I loved the premise and the overall story. What kept it from being 5 stars, is that it was often confusing, and I had to re-read passages. The author was very creative in her world-building, but she didn’t explain anything to readers who were completely new to the world. Reading this book was like visiting a foreign country where you know An android programmed to kill a young woman changes his mission and becomes her protector. This book started off with bang. Great hook. I couldn’t NOT read it. I loved the premise and the overall story. What kept it from being 5 stars, is that it was often confusing, and I had to re-read passages. The author was very creative in her world-building, but she didn’t explain anything to readers who were completely new to the world. Reading this book was like visiting a foreign country where you know a little of language, but you’re not fluent—you can get the gist of what’s going on, but you don’t fully understand. Still, I highly recommend this book for sci-fi lovers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aylin

    Thanks for the advanced copy for me to review. This is my first science fiction romance and it definitely did not disappoint. I really love the story line but though sometimes it was hard for me to imagine the scenes.( I do that when I read) I can't wait for the 2nd book of this series.I definitely will want to read it.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Caroline

    This book was well written with regards to editing etc., but it didn't appeal to me that much even though I generally like this type of sci-fi romance. For me it seemed a bit stiff and disjointed. This book may work for others as everyone has different tastes in books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sekji Ani

    Might be a half decent science fiction read, if it weren't for all the really poorly written filler sex and hot and steamy scenes.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Science Fiction is my favorite genre. This book combines romance with some really fun sci-fi action. I like Wendy's writing style, it's fast paced and action packed. I enjoyed her creative way that the androids transferred new programs to each other. The romance part did not take away from the sci-fi, it added a pleasant tension to the story that made a satisfying ending.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Netanella

    Yowza, Batgirl! This well-written and fast-paced futuristic romance is full of action, intrigue, and crazy imagery of hair-brained escapes, hair-brained heroines, romantic droids, and an awesome backwater planetary moon that tickled my fancy and has me a new fan of this author. The story reads like an action movie, with lots of "what just happened?" moments for me - I had to suspend belief many times, but "hey", I finally told myself, "sit back and enjoy the ride! So I did. Cressida is a young, Yowza, Batgirl! This well-written and fast-paced futuristic romance is full of action, intrigue, and crazy imagery of hair-brained escapes, hair-brained heroines, romantic droids, and an awesome backwater planetary moon that tickled my fancy and has me a new fan of this author. The story reads like an action movie, with lots of "what just happened?" moments for me - I had to suspend belief many times, but "hey", I finally told myself, "sit back and enjoy the ride! So I did. Cressida is a young, naive woman who has been targeted for extermination, for some unknown reason, for most of her life by the Robotics Faction. Xan is the x-class android who is sent to dispatch her. En route to her execution, Xan is accosted by a rogue, who implants a new code into him and effectively removes him from the network, allowing him free thought and free will. Thrills, chills and spills move quickly along, as Xan decides to rescue rather than kill Cressida. Another x-class droid is after them, including all of the resources of the Robotics Faction. There are levitating beds, grumpy old miners, bathroom stall escapes, two-faced generals with tendencies towards smuggling and taking advantage of young girls. There's also an incredible scene where our hero drugs Cressida and then folds her body into a shipping container, effectively breaking her in pieces. Yup, I heard the crunch in my head. I had lots of images come to mind as I was reading this last night. As Xan and Cressida escape the explosions in her bedroom, they fly out of the window on her grav-bed: I think my favorite scene is the climatic love scene, where Xan and Cressida finally get it on. In this emotion-drenched scene, Cressida climaxes to visuals of puffy clouds, golden rain, and sunbursts. As you can see, it was quite an uplifting experience. Recommended, and fun!

  13. 4 out of 5

    E.P.

    I was intrigued by the premise for "Liberation's Kiss": human woman falls in love with humanoid robot. Who is sent to kill her, of course. It's sort of like "Terminator," but much sexier. And I wasn't disappointed. It is indeed a sexy thrill ride, full of action, adventure, and steamy moments between Cressida (the heroine) and Xan (her hot robotic lover). Having read what I just typed, I realize that it sounds fairly kinky, but in fact while the hotness factor is high, the kink factor is low. Thi I was intrigued by the premise for "Liberation's Kiss": human woman falls in love with humanoid robot. Who is sent to kill her, of course. It's sort of like "Terminator," but much sexier. And I wasn't disappointed. It is indeed a sexy thrill ride, full of action, adventure, and steamy moments between Cressida (the heroine) and Xan (her hot robotic lover). Having read what I just typed, I realize that it sounds fairly kinky, but in fact while the hotness factor is high, the kink factor is low. This is a fairly standard rugged-soldier-saves-delicate-heroine (in fact Xan is described on numerous occasions as a rugged soldier, something that was a little too blatant for me, but if you like that kind of thing, you like that kind of thing) fantasy, except that the story takes place in the distant future and the hero's skeleton is made of titanium. The action moves quickly, with the scenes alternating between desperate escapes on various spaceships and flying vehicles, and scenes in which the characters feel the growing attraction between them, or (and this, I suspect, is the true fantasy for many women, because it features so heavily in so, so, SO many romance novels) the hero feeds the heroine choice delicacies and puts her to bed like a child. So basically if you like sci-fi romance, or military romance, chances are good you'll like this book, because it has pretty much everything you would expect, including thrills, spills, and a sexy leading duo.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gena

    It's probably a 2.5* but I'm feeling like there are so many good plots out there that authors are letting us down on. The hero Xan was quite good and I enjoyed his character development. He's a 3* in this book. It's Cressida who let's me down. She hides under the bed (not a spoiler happens in the first couple pages of the book :) and this was sadly her personality. I didn't really like her and so I couldn't enjoy the story. If you don't need a strong gal to enjoy a story, then you'll probably li It's probably a 2.5* but I'm feeling like there are so many good plots out there that authors are letting us down on. The hero Xan was quite good and I enjoyed his character development. He's a 3* in this book. It's Cressida who let's me down. She hides under the bed (not a spoiler happens in the first couple pages of the book :) and this was sadly her personality. I didn't really like her and so I couldn't enjoy the story. If you don't need a strong gal to enjoy a story, then you'll probably like this book. For others who want a kick ass heroine, this isn't for you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Futuristic against all odds The characters draw you in and take you skyrocketing and plummeting along with them as they discover the truth of the world around them Great start to hopefully a wonderful futuristic series

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aizzia

    Damn I really wanted to like this book but just couldn't. It has everything I love about sci-fi romance but I really hated Wendy Lynn Clark's writing style. Everything from her individual word choice to how she structures her sentences to what she chose to describe...ahh...it just bugged me and made for really frustrating reading. Anyway I did like the action and the general plot line is intriguing but not enough to get me to read another book in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Richards

    Wow! I absolutely loved this book. It was suspenseful, and it grabbed me from page one. It was so good I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Usually I'll list pros and cons in a review, but I really can't see how the author could have done any better with this book. I highly recommend this one to SFR fans.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Jolie Mason

    Fun. This could be the awesome plot of an epic video game. It's got literally everything including a perfect happy ending. Really enjoyed it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  20. 3 out of 5

    Willow

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elena

  22. 5 out of 5

    Flo Hudson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tejush Singh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann Chan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Belletab

  28. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Rhude

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kay

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

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