Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Love Machine by Electra Shepherd

Title:  Love Machine
Author: Electra Shepherd
My Rating: B+

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Blue and Cally
Release Date: April 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Good-time girl Cally Morgenstern has never paid much attention to the robots her father built. That is, until one night when her vibrator runs out of batteries. And hey, if you’ve got a six-foot hunky robot offering to relieve your sexual frustration, you’re not going to say no, right? Even if he is sort of…well, definitely…blue.

Cally quickly realizes Blue isn’t the average robot. He’s rapidly acquiring a personality, for one thing. And an avid interest in human sexuality, particularly when it comes to Cally. She’s eager to teach Blue all she knows about sexual pleasure, even if they have to build him a few necessary parts in the process. And even if Blue’s explorations of human feelings touch her own, very human, heart.

My Review:
Cally's father was a genius and when he died, he left three robots to help and care for his family. I thought this was going to be a futuristic book, but it's not. From everything I can tell, it's written in present day. The robots are Blue, Red, and Green (named according to their "skin" color). Cally's two other siblings are also genius' and work within the family company. Her older sister has been working on Chat sub-programs and inserted one of them within Blue. Something about that program has pushed him past his initial parameters and he's starting to take on human emotions and feelings and thought processes, although he hasn't told anyone else about that.

Cally resents the robots. They are simply reminders of her father and how much she misses him. She's always been the odd duck in the family (not an electronics genius) and she's done everything she can to help that image by partying and promiscuous activities. Blue comes to her rescue one lonely Saturday night when she can't get a date lined up and the batteries on her vibrator let her down. What he can do with his hands amazes her and she immediately begins to notice that something's different with him.

This book was Amanda's Top Off Tuesday book a couple of weeks ago and the whole premise is a bit bizarre, but I was intrigued and in the mood for something different, so I bought it. I was surprised by how much I really did enjoy the story. Cally is an outsider so she battles that "inferiority" by partying and a long string of lovers. She definitely sells herself short though because what she does with Blue is just as advanced as what her brother and sister do (yes, the scenes where they are getting his "equipment" set up are really HOT!) I loved Blue. He has all these new feelings and emotions, but at the heart of it all are his feelings for Cally. Long before the vibrator incident, he's been watching and observing her. He really understands her and her feelings/needs. He's sweet and endearing and there's a certain vulnerability to him because you can see how much he cares for Cally.

The premise is a bit bizarre, but I liked that about this book. It was a fabulous erotic romance with a bit of a sci fi edge that I really enjoyed. The sci fi twist takes the fictional part of it all to a whole new level. It was great for a couple hours of pure reading fun!


Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

Ha! It's so awesome that you took a chance on this book, Christi. Glad it was enjoyable. :)

Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

OMG! I have to read this.