Title: Interlocking Hearts
Author: Roxy Mews
Series: DMA Files #2
Genre: Hot Sci-Fi Romance
Available: February 9th
“A human, an almost-human, and a more-than-human walk into a palace…”
After her husband threw her out, Paisley Compton drew her sexuality around her like a shield. She finds solid ground as a palace maid until, during a formal dinner service, she trips onto the lap of a man who takes her breath away.
Ben has always known Jon is far more than property, and he jumps at the chance to get the android his certificate of humanity. Paisley-whose abilities far exceed her job title-is a welcome distraction from the bureaucracy.
Used and abused by his former owners, Jon trusts no one-particularly the smartass woman who’s caught Ben’s eye. He might not be certified human yet, but he has all the right parts to get to the bottom of this sexy mystery wrapped in a maid’s uniform.
Their attraction sparks unexpected new conduits among them, but when they realize Jon’s certificate comes with a terrible price, they must risk everything to foil an Anti-Mech plot-and hope they survive to lose themselves in each other’s arms.
“Warning: Overheating is likely. The mechanics in these pages require ample lubrication to perform at optimum levels. When possible, multiple system operators are recommended.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
After really enjoying the first book in this series (Coral-600), I was intrigued to see what happened next with Coral’s human roommate, Paisley. And for the most part this book is every bit as enjoyable as the first. The chemistry between Paisley, Jon and Ben is scorching, the sex is hot and there’s plenty of humour to keep this deeper, more involved plot ticking along.
Paisley is a strong, compelling character. Her failed marriage has left her avoiding love, though she still enjoys sex. Lots of sex. Preferably with strangers. She’s not interested in a relationship, since that only leads to hurt. So while the idea of hooking up with Jon and Ben definitely appeals, the idea of more terrifies her.
Jon and Ben are quite the pair. Jon isn’t human, but then Ben’s not entirely organic either, yet there’s no denying that they are both strong characters with plenty of humanity. I would have liked to have known more about both of them, because what little we learn only left me more intrigued – especially about Jon. But then this book isn’t really big on world-building or fleshing out character’s pasts beyond what is absolutely necessary. There’s a city and a palace and a king and queen, but I have no idea where any of this is, if it’s even in our world (although Japan is mentioned), or what century it’s all set in. Ben and Jon have a military past, but I have no idea of the war. However, this only really bothered me after I’d finished the book and was looking back, because the story itself is mainly about the characters and they definitely held my attention.
As hot as the ménage scenes were between Paisley, Jon and Ben, I have to admit that at first things were a little uncomfortable for me. Mostly because while Paisley wanted them physically, her head is definitely on a different track. I found it hard to work out what Paisley wanted, so at times, although she’s responding to both men, it felt a little more coerced than I would have liked. Thankfully that does go away and Paisley is definitely on board for most of their fun. I loved the relationship between Ben and Jon too, even if Ben’s habit of talking about Jon as if he wasn’t there (and likewise Paisley too) was kind of annoying. The sex – while hot – also felt a touch repetitive, since the second encounter was really similar to the first, which was an unexpected shame.
The plot itself doesn’t just revolve around sex – shocking! In fact, when Paisley’s not thinking about her two men, she’s actually quite busy, working with Coral, trying to find the source of the anti-mech propaganda. Much as I enjoyed this side of things, there were a couple of leaps of logic that came conveniently out of nowhere to help solve everything. It tended to leave me scratching my head rather than going with the flow, and I found it a bit jolting.
Overall, though, this was an enjoyable piece of sexy sci-fi, that makes a solid effort at expanding the story beyond the bedroom. Although it would have been nice to have had a bit more world-building and to have known more about Jon and Ben, on the whole I liked it. I hope there’s still more to come from this series.
Interlocking Hearts is out February 9th!
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