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.