by Elin Peer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently Published
Book Release Date: June 21, 2018
My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Every one of these books are so good. There’s so much I love about this series, starting with the characters and their distinct personalities, the polarizing views and the clash of bringing them together in such an explosive way.
This book was the sexiest book of all of them so far, I think. Shelly Summers is dubbed “the genius” and I would dare say she is probably on the spectrum (think Stella from The Kiss Quotient). She’s brilliantly smart, but she doesn’t get general social cues like sarcasm and such. She’s super focused on her work and analyzes everything. She also has either a photographic or eidetic memory. When she was 15, already graduated from high school, she spent some time as a teacher’s assistant in the Northlands before going to college to get her 3 degrees (psychology, biology, and engineering). During that time, the other teacher’s aid was Marco, who was 5 years older than her, and he’s one of the N-men, who she always had a secret crush on.
So fast forward 10 years, and she’s working for a company that engineers sexbots in the Northlands. Marco comes in to test out a new model in place of his friend/roommate, Storm, and doesn’t recognize Shelly since she’s grown up and grown out of her braces, acne, and bushy eyebrows, and whatnot. He mistakes her for a sexbot… which of course is believable because she tends to be kind of robotic in the way she speaks, all analytical and such.
Marco is only days away from competing in a tournament for a new bride (which is a thing in the North – gladiator style) so one thing leads to another after their little sexbot test-run charade, and they strike a deal that they will continue this physical relationship until he leaves, with her claiming it’s for research purposes to develop a new line of realistic sexbot companions. Of course, he’s more than happy to go along with it, and things escalate from there.
One thing about this series is the rich world the author has created. Two cultures of people set over 400 years into the future, and how each culture has these ways of life and set of values, beliefs, customs… each being so different from the other, like oil and water, and yet bringing them together is just so flipping entertaining.
Then there’s the psychology this author has to know she’s inserting into every book. The things the characters face and disagree on, the motivations for actions characters take. It’s all just so realistic and accurate to the point of this whole world being so believable.
Each book in this series is a standalone, but I will say that all the books really do build on each other. You can read any of them by themselves, and there is just enough explanation of what’s happening that alludes to a previous book to get a good sense of what’s going on without being too repetitive for those who have read all the books up to that point, which I think is a nice touch. They also do a nice job of setting up the couple and storyline of the next book, and I suspect Willow and Solo will be next up, followed by Raven and Nero, perhaps.
I really wish everyone would read these books so that I would have someone to talk about them with. They are seriously that good. Also, the audiobooks are done exceptionally well.