January 24, 2024

Blog Tour and Review : The Renegade Akseli Cyborg


𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗗𝘂𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗹’𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁-𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗱, 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲-𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀!

The Renegade Akseli Cyborg 
Aldebarian Alliance #5 
by Dianne Duvall 
Release Date: January 23, 2024

Too many years of hunting psychotic vampires night after night have left Rachel with a desperate need for change. So when the opportunity to travel across the galaxy aboard a Lasaran warship to a utopian planet arises, the powerful Immortal Guardian jumps at the chance. Rachel eagerly looks forward to making a fresh start… until an enemy attacks and she ends up alone in an escape pod so far from alliance-occupied space that no one can hear her communications. No one except a renegade cyborg who shouldn’t exist.

After a grueling, hard-fought rebellion, Wonick and his cyborg brethren settled on a distant planet, where they’ve finally carved out a peaceful existence. The Aldebarian Alliance believes every Akseli cyborg died long ago. And battle-weary cyborg leader Wonick is determined to prevent anyone from discovering otherwise, knowing such would spark the fiercest manhunt in the galaxy. Yet when he hears Rachel’s communications, temptation drives him to speak to her, sparking friendship and a longing for a very different future.

Rachel finds Wonick even more appealing when she meets him in person, and the friendship they’ve formed soon deepens into love as the cyborgs—no more immune to her fun-loving, laughter-inducing nature than Wonick—cautiously welcome her into the fold. But the warriors’ unbridled ability to collect intel uncovers a secret the enemy has guarded for decades, one that compels them to embark upon a mission fraught with danger.

If they succeed, they may end the enemy’s attempts to conquer the galaxy once and for all.
If they fail, it could cost Wonick and Rachel everything.

𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 26, 2024 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 (𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘒𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘗𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳)


“You’re a good man, Wonick.”

“Very few in the galaxy would agree with you.”

“Because they don’t know you. And they’re wankers.”

He laughed.

Reaching up, she cupped his stubbled jaw. “But I know you. At least, I’m coming to.” She smoothed her hand around to cup the nape of his neck. “And I want to know more.” Rising on her toes, she drew him down for a kiss.

The first brush of his lips was tentative, yet full of affection. Warmth trickled through her, banishing the cold that had settled inside and lingered all day. But he didn’t deepen the contact.

She dropped back on her heels. “You haven’t called a meeting with team leaders, have you?”

His eyebrows rose. “No. We won’t do that until everyone is planet-side.”

“Good.” She captured his lips in another kiss, this one a little more ardent. “Wait. What’s Jovan doing?”

He blinked. “He’s…” His eyes lost focus for a moment. “He’s cooking himself a meal.”

Amusement rose. “He just ate.”

Wonick shrugged. “Jovan is always hungry.”

The youngest cyborg really was like a teenager. “So he isn’t planning to come back down here anytime soon?”

“No. He’s planning to spend several hours eating and watching entertainment vids while dropping crumbs everywhere and cluttering Savaas’s quarters.”

She laughed. “Is that what he usually does here?”

He smiled. “Yes.” She liked that it amused him rather than irritated him.

“And he plans to spend the rest of the night up there?”

“Yes. He rarely has living quarters all to himself and is enjoying it. Why?”

Now she shrugged. “It seems like every time I want to get you naked, someone interrupts us. First the meeting last night. Then Jovan this morning.”

He arched a brow. “You want to get me naked?”

“Very much so, yes.”

A slow smile slid across his features. He was too damned handsome. “Then as you would say, let’s do this.”

She grinned. “Hell yes.”

He dipped his head but stopped before kissing her. Straightening, he glanced toward the door.

“Wonick? What is it?”

“Savaas is contacting me.”

“Damn it!” she growled. Savaas must be doing it on purpose. His timing was too perfect.

A dimple formed in Wonick’s cheek as he tried to suppress a grin and sent her a mischievous look from the corner of his eye.

Laughing, Rachel slapped him on the shoulder. “You tease!”

Chuckles rumbled in his broad chest while he pretended to dodge the strike.

She shook her head. “I love it when you laugh.”

“Ditto,” he replied, his smile softening.

Her whole being lightening, she leaned into him. “Come here, you.”

Yet another hit by this author. LOVE this whole world building! Rachel is another earthling that was blown out to space when the bad guys attack the transport ship. She is so full of life. I loved all the radio hits and her conversation through space with Wonik.

As always, the book was full of action, great world building and a wonderful friends to lovers trope. I wasn't sure what I would feel about a Cyborg--never read a book with the MC as half metal before. I loved the whole brotherhood. I appreciated Rachel being able to point out the similarities to them about her life and what they have lived. I look forward to catching up with this couple and their escapades across space. I can't wait to see some more Earth friends found and finding their HEA in return.

Fabulous read! This series always puts me in a movie watching mode. I want to see this series on the big screen!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, the Aldebarian Alliance sci‐fi romance series, and The Gifted Ones medieval and time‐travel romance series.  The Lasaran, the first book in the Aldebarian Alliance Series, was a #1 Audible Mover & Shaker. The Segonian, the second book in the Aldebarian Alliance Series, was a Barnes&Noble Top Indie Favorite. Audible chose Awaken the Darkness as one of the Top 5 Best Paranormal Romance Audiobooks of 2018. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Dianne's books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. And her audiobooks have been awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award for Excellence. 

Dianne's books have all appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and/or Kobo Bestseller lists.  The first book in Dianne's The Gifted Ones series, A Sorceress of His Own, is a prequel of sorts to Darkness Dawns. A USA Today bestseller, A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that was awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award for Excellence and was an Audie Finalist. The second book in the series, Rendezvous With Yesterday, is a time travel romance that won the GraveTells Readers' Choice Award for Best Historical Romance. 

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-winning screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies. 

When she isn't writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the psychotic vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com or sign up for her Newsletter. You can also find Dianne online . . .


To celebrate the release of The Renegade Akseli Cyborg, Dianne Duvall will be giving away a Aldebarian Alliance Swag Pack* to (2) two separate readers (US only please) AND a $25 Amazon Gift Card to (2) two separate readers! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form found in this post. Follow along with the Tour at DianneDuvall.com for more chances to win daily. Good luck!
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  1. Thank you for sharing about Dianne's newest release! The Renegade Akseli Cyborg is out now!!!

  2. I'm really enjoying this book. Dianne is a wonderful Author and all her books are great.

  3. I am so excited to read this! I have loved every one of Dianne's books and am sure I'll love this one too!.

  4. I love everything Dianne Writes! I’m so excited for Rachel and Wonick’s story.

  5. Looking forward to this book