In 2068, androids are an integrated part of human life. Big Brother no longer just watches from the shadows. It’s in every household.
Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise, mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, Lloyd thinks he may have been right.
SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.
Shaun is compatible with Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.
No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before….”they were made for each other!” Well, what if it was actually true? What if your best friend, lover, and spouse was created exclusively for you. If you had the choice, would you consider it? You could design them from the tip of their hair color to their toenail shape. You could eliminate annoying habits and fine tune your favorite traits. You could create your perfect soul mate. Oooommmmmgggg. Walker threw me smack dab in the middle of a world full of elaborate possibilities and I freaking loved it!
I’ll be honest, at first I wasn’t so sure about this whole…robot/android deal. It’s one thing to watch it on tv but reading cyborg romance isn’t my usual trope, so I was tip-toeing into it with trepidation. I believe it worked so well for me because of Shaun. I thought he was…well, pluperfect. Side-note, who knew that is a real word? Ha! Not me! I love it. In case you are in the dark as I was, pluperfect means; “more than perfect”. And that is exactly what Shaun is. Floyd is pretty great too, but Shaun quickly won my heart. It was freaky that this was set only 40 years into the future. I’m not sure if I’m prepared for a world with bionic people blending in with humans in my lifetime. Nevertheless, I was captivated and intrigued and very much enjoyed the journey of Floyd and Shaun.
I believe the power of this story lies with the birth of Shaun and witnessing his progression into a complex ‘being’ with a full range of unexpected emotions. Floyd is lonely but finicky when it comes to messy humans. It was his objective to create a companion who was fastidious and studious with the bonus of sexually pleasing as well. He never fathomed that he would also receive a potential mate with wit, charm, and a personality that not only checks all his boxes but obliterates them. Walker delivers a tender but passionate romance between these two and I was equally smitten. Once they discover Shaun is special, everything changes. They both know it’s only a matter of time before “they” come for him and flying under the radar isn’t simple in their world. I was nervous and scared and then struck with wonder. The epilogue was especially satisfying.
Erotic romance with an android is well, surprisingly sexy! Things begin a little slow but don’t worry when the adrenaline kicks in, I guarantee your heart will beat triple time.
If sci-fi is your thing or if you are drawn to the what if’s of the future, I imagine this will tickle your fancy. I also recommend all NR Walker fans check this one out (if you haven’t), it truly is some of her best work!
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
PUBLISHER: Blue Heart Press
LENGTH: 242 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 22, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon