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Passion Model Paperback – 1 March 2011
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“Realistic characters, natural dialogue, beautiful erotic and romantic trysts, and thought-provoking insights on life, death and love all exemplify Megan Hart’s signature style of erotic fiction." BookFizz
“Ms. Hart has a deep understanding of all the weaknesses and frailties of the human condition…It is easy to see why she has succeeded in [erotica].” A Romance Review]
“Megan Hart is easily one of the more mature, talented voices I’ve encountered in the recent erotica boom. Deep, thought provoking, and heart wrenching.” The Romance Reader
"Realistic characters, natural dialogue, beautiful erotic and romantic trysts, and thought-provoking insights on life, death and love all exemplify Megan Hart's signature style of erotic fiction." BookFizz
"Ms. Hart has a deep understanding of all the weaknesses and frailties of the human condition...It is easy to see why she has succeeded in [erotica]." A Romance Review]
"Megan Hart is easily one of the more mature, talented voices I've encountered in the recent erotica boom. Deep, thought provoking, and heart wrenching." The Romance Reader
About the Author
Megan Hart was born and lived a while, doing stuff. Now she mostly does whatnot and things. Oh, and writes books. Passion Model is approximately her twenty-seventh published book.
- Publisher : Samhain Publishing (1 March 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 222 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1609280865
- ISBN-13 : 978-1609280864
- Dimensions : 14.1 x 1.42 x 21.59 cm
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There's very little exactly like this; but similar stories of challenging robots might include the anthologies 'Dangerous Toys' with D.B. Story, or possibly the Pygmalion Archives by Xavier Cecil. A similar romance where sexbots are the backdrop of an evil conspiracy would include Prototype, by Cassandra Ormand.
PASSION MODEL is rather fun with intriguing world-building, but I just didn't like any of the characters, except maybe Eddie. Kaelyn is more a plot device than a character, whose life in endangered to up the stakes for Gemma. Declan fails to inform on-duty Gemma before they shag that he's not a bot. And Declan's dad is a clear antag to whom we can't relate. Villains are much more interesting when we can kind of sympathise with them, but this one's very one-dimensional.
Tip for writers: If your story is set 1000 years into the future, don't make contemporary pop culture references. "Futurama" breaks that rule all the time, but that doesn't mean you should. PASSION MODEL is set in 3005, yet references "The Matrix" and Britney. I've never referenced anything from 1012 (1000 years ago). So if your characters reference stuff from 1000 years ago (if they weren't alive then)...well, that's just lazy writing. I'll forgive Megan Hart for that, though, because this was first published in 2003. But I read the 2010 revised edition, which still had the references. Not cool, y'all.
And though technology is well-advanced, mechos (part-human, part-machine) are shunned by society. In real life there are many people with plates, pins, and machines inside them holding their body together and keeping it functioning. We don't treat them as if they're not rightful citizens. So why would that happen in the future, when there would be a higher percentage of mechos?
There are logic fails aplenty, but switch off your brain and you'll enjoy the ride.
Gemma is an officer who checks out pleasurebots that may have or will malfunction. She sees Declan and figures he's one of the older models. He isn't but doesn't bother telling her until she sees him sweating after she puts him through his sexual paces. She's not allowed to have sex with flesh people during her work hours and he's not supposed to trick an officer. She ends up trying to cover it up so he doesn't get arrested. They can't stop thinking about each other and that's when all the good stuff starts to happen.
I enjoy most of Megan Hart's books, but this one was the best one I've read by her. I would recommend this book
But behind the pristine order and blanched hues of Newcity, hides a stringent system of checks and balances as citizens are rigorously ranked, their economy and access to goods dependent on a blind obedience of the rules. And within the strict confines of their society, anything that is not purely human is ostracized. As the Ruling Council moves towards legislation to completely segregate and strip human status from those with even minimal upgrades, Hart's heroine struggles with her humanity.
For Gemma 4121609, a partially mechanized human after a deadly accident...her life was given back to her, but drastically changed. Leaving behind a marriage in tatters and a career flaming in ruins, Gemma's only course was to be a Recreational Intercourse Operative where the partially mechanized can still earn decent credits and an exclusive ranking in Newcity. Patrolling the district Lovehuts, Gemma and her team track down defective Passion Model bots and pull them out of the general population.
But one neon-tinted night, Gemma mistakes Declan Adar for a Passion Model and within their entwined arms they find something they hadn't known was missing: each other. With incorrectly identifying Declan as a bot, Gemma and he have committed a felony-one that threatens to alter the course of their lives. And when Gemma digs deeper in Declan's past she unearths a monumental secret that brings the leader of Newcity and his sec bots down on her head.
The vein running through Passion Model's heart is its conflict over humans and mechos. The age-old dilemma of what comprises human sentience and its potential reversibility by mechanized implantation. Do we cease to be human with inorganic complements? Hart directly address this conflict in both Gemma and Declan as they outrun the fist that slowly threatens to crush them in its grip.
For Hart, Passion Model provides a sci-fi vehicle that highlights her exceptional story telling skills. In many ways it competes with its original vision as an erotic piece. It simply excels as a piece of Blade Runner-esque inspired vision, and the torrid sexual passages are just frosting on already a stuffed cake. I found myself intrigued by Hart's vision, and I want MORE.
Thankfully I am guessing there will be...Hart's website states that Passion Model is Book 1, so with any luck I am going to assume that there will be a Book 2. In the meantime, I am checking out her upcoming releases, particularly Seeing Stars (out May 2011), and Virtue & Vice (out Oct 2011).
A Fiendishly Bookish Review (and one grumpy cat)!