Master Lover by Jan Suzukawa

Title: Master Lover

Series: SDS Robots, 02

Author: Jan Suzukawa

Genre: Science Fiction, Erotica

Length: Short (31 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (10th May 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Joon is the most highly sought after Dominant at the Humanistic Garden brothel on the Yotair pleasure satellite.

Trained in the BDSM erotic arts, the 6’2” blue-eyed sex robot services human and alien men, fulfilling their darkest fantasies. Joon is the consummate professional, delivering satisfaction to humans and aliens alike. But behind his perfect face he harbors a secret desire. Feelings for a special client he tells no one.

What Joon doesn’t know is that his special client has his own secret desire…about Joon.

ISBN: 978-1-77233-845-4

Product Link: Evernight Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Napoleon A. Chase

Review: I am reading this after already having read the first of the series, and so my judgment is primarily as a series rather than standalone. Again: solid, polished writing that is in no need of editing.

The pairings are a rich blushing virgin, and a rich inventor who wants to be spanked because apparently that absolves him of his crimes. Not my type, but I know plenty of readers enjoy that.

However, we get into racial description problems right from page 1. “Dark” skin is not really descriptive beyond “not white” and has been a lazy skin descriptor of lighter folk for far too long – what “dark” means to white, white-passing, and other pale-skinned people is quite different than what is “dark” to readers who are not.

That said, I’m glad to see someone who’s not light-skinned being portrayed attractively, however briefly. I just wish it wasn’t in a stereotypically servile role, especially when there are no other characters of his portrayed race represented in higher/more respected capacities.

The clinical language used for Joon’s robotic perceptions of sex are immersive, and at points help to show a shift in demeanor.

I’m unnerved that this is the second book in a row describing a blue-eyed, Caucasian man as the type of man virtually everyone finds most desirable. Again, we have an Asian patron fawning over a constructed white guy who is beautiful because he is as white as can be. Joon too engages in this type of behavior, absolutely smitten with a white guy and his lovingly described pale skin. There is a major plot point which only further ‘enhances’ this kind of narrative, which I won’t spoil here. I understand internalized racism; it’s just gutting to see it in action.

This work is less vanilla than the last. BDSM is prevalent, as are multiple partners. Prostitution and promiscuity is normalized in this world, to the point anyone not perusing both frequently is considered eccentric.

Though it’s anime science full-throttle, the transition from robot to human reads as metaphorical to me: as someone in a highly dissociated state coming to terms with themself, their emotions and their mortality.

Enjoyed a brief nod to previous characters from the prior work without making things not make sense.

Aftermarket Lover by Jan Suzukawa

Title: Aftermarket Lover

Series: SDS Robots, 01

Author: Jan Suzukawa

Genre: Science Fiction, Erotica

Length: Short (33 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (22nd July 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Ashton Cheng mines for gold on a lonely planet at the edge of the Milky Way. His boring routine is interrupted by the last thing he expects: a free one-week trial with a sex robot.
Lin is a sex and domestic services robot with human emotions—a hybrid. Ash is drawn to Lin, but Lin’s hybrid status isn’t the only thing that’s different about him…

ISBN: 978-1-77130-934-9

Product Link: Evernight Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Napoleon A. Chase

Review: This is way higher brow than I was expecting for robot sex. I’m impressed. This book is polished, the prose flows well, and the story is told in a straightforward manner.

Surprisingly realistic world.

Sex scenes are refreshingly realistic, especially regarding stamina after, ahem, long in-betweens.

There are clever turns in this, as well as some uncomfortable levels of soul-searching. Bring it.
I was disappointed by the “tidiness,” so to say, of medical procedures and how they were evaluated, but I think that says a lot about how much Suzukawa has already built my expectations up for realism in a genre notorious for bumrushing things.

Hyperfocusing on genitalia as a metaphor for humanity fell flat, again, because Suzukawa has already shown off a knack for finer details and subtlety.

All in all, a decent read for cis gays.

Time Gone By Jan Suzukawa

Title: Time Gone By

Author: Jan Suzukawa

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novella (130pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (21st March)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: San Francisco P.I. Nick Cutter spent one night with the man of his dreams—and then the man disappeared. Three years later, on a routine missing-person assignment in Weller Falls, Montana, Nick is shocked to find his dream man living under the alias of Tori Tanaka.

Tori won’t talk about where he’s been or why he changed his name, but Nick soon learns that Tori fled because he witnessed a murder—and now the killer may have followed him to Weller Falls.

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Review: Nick has been asked by a friend to find a missing person.  When he traces that person down, he finds himself attracted and is later shocked to find it is the same man who disappeared on him 3 years before. Tori is in hiding.  Well, as much as he can, by himself with no real clue how to disappear, and he wants to stay that way.  He’s shocked that the man he wanted to know has tracked him down, after all this time and he just might get a bit of happiness.

This is quite a well written story that gives us good detail and description. Nick is searching for a missing person and when he finds him he realizes that he is the man he fell in love with during one night three years before. Tori has moved to Montana so as not to be found.  But, when a man from his past turns up, he can’t help be happy as he had never forgotten him. This story is from Nick’s point of view and it is quite touching the way he agonized over the best way to admit to Tori why he is really there and the way that he to’s and fro’s over how Tori really feels about him.

The descriptions for Nick’s job as a Private investigator, the way he pieced together the information available to him to find missing people and track them down, were well written. I liked the way that the author set up the relationship between Tori and Nick… the way that Tori’s picture seemed to call to Nick although he can’t work out why and then later it all falling into place as he remembered a long ago night, the way that neither man had ever forgot the other and how they had both tried to find the other but it just wasn’t meant to be at that time.

This story moved smoothly along and both characters seemed really nice. Although, Tori’s behavior at times puzzled me and it wasn’t really explained why he reacted like he did and there is a mystery as to his estrangement with his family. The way both men fell back into an easy stance with each other was telling, and gave me a hint as to how Tori was with Nick the first time round rather than relying on Nick’s reminiscence of their first meeting. I really did enjoy the way that they both seemed so relaxed with each other, like they were really made for each other and the sex between them was hot, erotic and fun.

The only thing that bugged me was everyone’s easy acceptance of Nick’s friend hiring him to find Tori. Tori never asked ‘who and why is he trying to find me’. The detective never asked either. We know why Nick never asked, as it explains it in the book, but it got me that no one else asked. I have to admit that at first I couldn’t believe that Nick missed the obvious and I sat there thinking ‘He’s been a PI for ten years, he’s crap’. But, then as I sat there mulling it over I realized that I would probably have missed the same thing. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I have said or done something that may have inadvertently caused a problem and my first reaction is to look somewhere else for the cause of the problem and only realizing hours later that it had really been me 😉 (Completely innocently honest O:-)).

So with this one I am going to recommend it to those who love slight mystery, suspense, a touch of danger, finding true love, hot sex and a happy ending.