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Review: From Here to Eternity by Paige Cuccaro

From Here to Eternity by Paige Cuccaro
Scifi Romance, Novella
Ebook $2.99 (79 pages, EVERAFTER/ENTANGLED)
Love never dies…but apparently Rachel has.
Waking up one day to her obituary in the news and no recollection of the past few weeks, Rachel calls her husband, Nate, in a panic, at the research facility where he works. Nate is the inventor of CYANAs, Cybernetic Anthropoid Automatons, vessels that look exactly like humans and can store a person’s memories…and maybe even his or her soul.
When Nate arrives home, Rachel doesn’t recognize the man who claims to be her husband. Can Nate convince Rachel to fall in love with him all over again? Especially once she realizes what he’s done…and what it means for their future?

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Science geek lovers take note... (4 stars)

What if you woke up tomorrow and discovered your obituary in the morning paper? Rachel's day starts out like that and gets even more discombobulated when she calls her husband to figure out just what is going on. He's the inventor of technology that allows the transfer of human memories into robot bodies—forgive me, I'm dumbing it down here—with the potential to extend life... or be used as a weapon. When Nate comes home to explain the odd situation and she doesn't recognize him a whole world of possibilities open up before them. But when your soul mate has made a choice you didn't want made for you can either of you live with the consequences to you both? That pretty much sums up the plot of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

Without giving too much away, I loved what Cuccaro did here. Loved it! I was honestly pretty impressed with the whole moral/ethical dilemma of a world where people could sort of become a robotic version of themselves and how well she worked it in this short format. But then, I kind of love robots and scifi romance enough to buy into it. I adored Nate and Rachel. They're not fresh out of college kids going at love for the first time. They're an established married couple facing the worst situation I can imagine (aside from child related ones) and working out their feelings for one another and their future.

The only thing knocking this from being a five star review was that I wanted it to either be a bit longer, so I was more invested in the hero and heroine before the story opening, or for it to be part of an anthology of similar tales. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY feels so lonely on its own. Overall, it's a hard one to review without giving spoilers left and right so just trust me when I say you will enjoy this one if you like scifi romances with geeky scientist heroes and specially robot-has-a-soul stories like Bicentennial Man or one of my childhood favorites, Short Circuit.

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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