I’m not a huge reader of Sci-Fi. My favorite of all time remains Dune by Frank Herbert, but seeing as I have a finger for every Sci-Fi I’ve ever read with about five to spare, it’s not like I’ve got a lot to compare Herbert to. Lately I’ve been exploring the whole cyborg romance thing. I’m not ashamed to admit that the draw for me is the trope that cyborgs always seem to be short on females so the heroine always finds herself surrounded by emotionally stunted, genetically enhanced, and very horny men. Hey, tropes are tropes for a reason. They sell books!
I was expecting some tropiness when I picked up B Cubed by Jenna McCormick http://authorjennamac.com/books.html, but I was disappointed, or rather I wasn’t disappointed. Jenna’s got a unique and exciting take on a dystopian future that was far from anything I’d ever read before. Allora, whom Cormack refers to as his “task mistress”, begins the book in a position of authority over Cormack and his kind, the Bred. But among the Born, Allora is a pariah. It’s a great dynamic that is just the beginning of an unexpected, sweet, and painfully believable story of love amidst apocalyptic challenges.
Enjoy these few lines from B Cubed and check it out for yourself if you’re into steamy sci-fi romance . . . Or even if you’re not.
Rage would not further his aim and he wanted to see her again, could feel her pull like the poles drawing at the oceans after the great stillness came leaving landmasses bare.–Kindle Locations 306-308
her incessant chatter about every minutiae happening in the Born hold made him want to recycle himself.–Kindle Locations 331-332
Cormack would give her a night to remember, blaze the trail so whenever she thought of sex in the future, it would be him she recalled. What better legacy could a bred possibly hope to leave behind?–Kindle Locations 507-509
He wore no implants on his face or hands, no evidence that he was a Cyborg other than his placid mien.–Kindle Locations 1426-1427
This time he saw something else in her eyes besides her anguished tears. Hope, bright and unsure, but ready to take root, if he nurtured it.–Kindle Locations 1580-1581