This book was a random find that I stumbled upon while looking for more audiobooks by this narrator, and it was a great book!
I really liked and felt for the main character, Lloyd. It was interesting to have this look into a character who, from the outside, was someone who might have been somewhat unlikable or hard to understand just because he was so serious and a little standoffish, but that was mostly just because he had OCD and misophonia and had a hard time dealing with most other people, not to mention how much he was constantly judged by them.
But I wasn’t broken. I didn’t need to be fixed. I needed to be understood. And that was a difference no one would fathom. I didn’t want to be like them. I didn’t want their definition of normal. I wanted them to see the real me and be ok with it.
I also thought the relationship was really cute. It was a manufactured relationship—a man purchased an android that was literally created to be perfect for him—but Lloyd’s sincerity and awkwardness and genuine emotions of joy, relief, and attraction were so endearing that I was totally here for it and shipping them. There was A LOT of sex, but you gotta know what you’re getting when you pick up a book about a sex robot. The romance was surprisingly sweet though.
There was also a plot about Shaun being different from the typical android and some drama with the company who made him, but the focus of the story was mostly on the romance and Shaun’s self-actualization.
Of course there was also the android aspect. I thought the laws in regards to androids were believable and realistic. This wasn’t one of those books that debates whether androids should have the same rights as humans because the androids weren’t sentient (aside from Shaun), but there were still laws against hurting them or having non-consensual sex with them. I also thought the term technosexual was interesting since that probably will be a thing in the future when androids and robots become more prevalent.
I also enjoyed the narration by Joel Leslie, since, as I said, he is a narrator I like.
Overall, I really enjoyed this audiobook, and I’d recommend it for anyone looking for a sweet and sexy m/m sci-fi romance!
Anyone who likes m/m romance, android romance, a significant amount of sex, and sweet relationships.
In 2068, androids are an integrated part of human life. Big Brother no longer just watches from the shadows. It’s in every household.
Lloyd Salter has OCD issues with noise and mess, and he’s uncomfortable with human interaction. When his ex claimed the only thing perfect enough to live up to his standards was an android, Lloyd dismissed it. But two years later, after much self-assessment, he thinks he may have been right.
SATinc is the largest manufacturer of androids in Australia, including the Fully Compatible Units known as an A-Class 10. Their latest design is the Synthetic Human Android UNit, otherwise known as SHAUN.
Shaun is compatible to Lloyd’s every need; the perfect fit on an intellectual and physical basis. But Lloyd soon realises Shaun’s not like other A-Class androids. He learns. He adapts. Sure that SATinc is aware Shaun functions outside of his programmed parameters, Lloyd must find a way to keep Shaun safe.
No one can know how special Shaun is. No one can know he’s evolved.