Title: Man or Machine
Author: Electra Shepherd
Genre: Futuristic, Sci-Fi
Stand Alone: yes
Series: Book two in the Body Electric series
Re-issued / Re-edited: no
Date published: April 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Purchase Links: LINK
Length: short novel
Page count: 78
Geek-girl Ilsa Morgenstern has had enough heartbreak to last a lifetime, so she builds Dallas—a smart, sexy male robot—to keep her satisfied without requiring any pesky emotions. She’s not expecting Hal, her computer genius ex-boyfriend, to break into her home in an attempt to steal her family’s tech secrets. And she’s certainly not expecting that Dallas will want Hal and Ilsa to increase his knowledge of human sexuality by having sex with him—both separately and together.
As the robot/human encounters get closer—and even hotter—Ilsa’s feelings for Hal threaten to resurface. She’s determined to avoid heartbreak again, but sometimes a girl has to accept that the man—er, robot—you think you want is only seventy-four percent of the man you need.
Inside Scoop: This book contains male-male action, a male-female-male threesome and a robot who learned his speech patterns from watching internet porn. Yeah, baby.
It was a surprise and was not sure I was going to read it up to the epilogue but in the end I really liked it.
I am not into endings with only two out of the three characters. I did not expect to get this ending with this story. But if I analyze how I feel about the story, I liked it.
Probably because it was a short story, I could not be emotionally attached with the characters and therefore it was “okay” to end with only two characters. But it was more than that.
At first, I had some issues to jump into the plot. I was a bit lost that this robot came to life with no default, intellectually, physically and emotionally. I had a hard time to find it credible at all. But then, I decided to give it a chance and after the first chapter, I was fine.
I did not connect with the characters at all. I was just watching them from the outside all the time. The human hero was a brat but it got better at the end though. To do not know a character emotionally and not connect at first, not knowing his thoughts… what you read is what you feel. If an author portray a male character as a brat for more than half of the story, chances are I will not like him much and by the time his motives will be revealed it will be too late for me to like him. I missed a POV in this story, that would have helped.
The sex scenes were not particularly hot but they were somehow funny. If I had a perfect male robot in my bed, I am not 100% sure I would trust him you know? What can I say? I am from the Blade Runner and Terminator generation and I may still be a bit traumatized.
However, it was an original story and ménage. I also found some humor which is really rare and even more appreciated.
So what could have been better then? Probably more development with the characters. It is possible that instead of making a series but one book, I would have liked the heroine better?
Overall it was a fun quick read 🙂
Characters:2 ~ Plot:3 ~ Sex Heat:3
Equality:3 ~ Credibility:3 ~ Originality:4