Wendy reviews Bionic Lover by M. Christian. Published March 13, 2016. 62 pages.
We were given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A powerful and erotic lesbian romance exploring love, lust…and loss
The next time Pell saw Arc the eye wasn’t the only thing artificial about her new lover. And the time after that, and the time after that: each time the passionate and mysterious Arc drifted into her life, Pell saw more and more of her being replaced by refined and precise machinery…and with each departure of her natural body for the artificial, Pell grew more and more terrified.
One day, she knew, there’d be nothing left of her lover but the cold, the engineered…the bionic.
Pell knew what she had to do…but the end, when it came, was worse than she ever could have imagined.
This week, our theme is in honor of the acronym LBGTQIA. We have each chosen a letter from the acronym to review. My choice was the letter “L”.
This story set in a dystopian San Francisco with a broken infrastructure and a heavy military presence, felt very Mad Max meets A Clockwork Orange to me. Where you can sell pieces of yourself and replace them with prosthetics still having some money left over to live on.
The story is gripping in that the two women pel and Arc are both struggling to survive in this harsh environment any way they can. Pel, who has the more innocent outlook on life and is the more-naive of the two (at least in the beginning), seems to live a bit easier than the street smart Arc. We don’t really know where she disappears to once she leaves Pel’s meager apartment. Only that she comes back a little less herself each time.
But these two women grab every bit of life that they can and savor it.
The sex, and there is a lot of sex in this story, is gritty, hard and passionate. It’s not pretty or romantic, and this is the one contention that I have with the story… it is filled to overflowing with the “C” word. That’s just not a word that I like and while I can see how it is appropriate to the “harshness” of the setting that the story takes place in, the rest of the vocabulary in this book is such, that the “C” word just feels out of place.
I do wish that this book would have been a bit longer, so that the author could have had more opportunity to expand on the character’s background and explain a bit more about the structure of the world that was created.
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M.Christian is – among many things – an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites.
He is the editor of 25 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others.
He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, and Coming Together Presents M.Christian, Pornotopia, How To Write And Sell Erotica; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, Fingers Breadth, and Painted Doll.