Title: Man or Machine
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.
Author: Electra Shepherd
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hardware, Love Machine
Series: Body Electric
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hardware, Love Machine
Published: April 2013
Genres: Erotic Sci Fi Romance
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Man of Machine by Electra Shepherd was a curious concept depicting Ilsa Morgenstern, geek extraordinaire and creator of very human –like robots, who has created the perfect sexual partner. Dallas, as the robot named himself, is fashioned to satisfy her in every manner of sexual gratification. Ilsa’s past boyfriend Hal reenters the picture when he attempts to steal her techno secrets and instead gets caught up in the robotic world, meets Dallas and the rest of the robots, and becomes part of a sexual fantasy.
I found the entire book interesting as I attempted to picture having sex with a robotic male, although containing all working parts, I could not wrap my head around the concept. In saying that, I did enjoy the book. What woman would not want the perfect sexual partner? The sex between the Dallas and Ilsa was well done, although at times I found it slightly scripted with Dallas’s porn inflection to his voice, but I also found it very appropriate to the story line.
Ms. Shepherd’s portrayal of Hal was aloof and open-minded. In the desire to assist Ilsa in her research he allows himself to be used as a sexual research partner, having sex with not only Dallas but Ilsa.
The sex between the men and Ilsa was erotic. Ms. Shepherd allowed Ilsa to grow in her feelings once again for Hal and with the help of extremely intelligent robotics, pushing her relationship status in the right directions.
The ending predicted a third installment to the series and I look forward to reading it as I thought Man or Machine was a well written fantasy.