Monday, November 21, 2016

Release Day Review ~ Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid

Release Day Review ~ Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid
Title: Built for Pleasure
Author: Thursday Euclid
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Category: Science Fiction
Pages: 200
Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.
At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Malcolm Torvik, a retired military man, runs a rehab facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs and he's the best at what he does. However, when a new cyborg arrives at the center to be recalibrated, all he thought he knew is put to the test by the gorgeous cyborg. 

WLF-6759 or as it prefers to be called, Wolf, is a military issued cyborg that was rewired to become a pleasure cyborg and has been suffering the unwanted attentions of his owners for over 10 years. He was built for pleasure, but born to kill and he's done just that, too, rebelling after his past and current owner's abuse. He's drawn to Torvik, who treats him better than anyone has before, and they reached an agreement that brings them closer. While Torvik is attracted to Wolf, he refuses to give into the temptation of having sex with the cyborg, even if the idea of sending him back to his owner makes him nauseous. After all, Wolf is just a machine or is there more to him and other cyborgs? 

I loved Wolf so much. He was capable of so much feeling and my heart broke for him so many times. I loved that he was so strong and that he stood up for himself when he had to, no matter how difficult it was for him. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about Malcolm. I wanted to slap or strangle him so many times and even after his grand gesture in the end, I just couldn't warm up to him. Perhaps if there'd been more groveling or something, I don't know. I just wanted more of him apologizing to Wolf, I guess. 

I really loved the way the author created this world and made it believable, which I know isn't an easy feat even if it's one of the main points in sci-fi fiction. I also loved Malcolm's mom and her allies at their vacation home, they all rocked and gave the plot the momentum it needed. 

All in all, it was a great read! It was entertaining, fast-paced and kept me interested until the last page. Recommendable!

Rating: 4 Stars!

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