She thought herself a robot, defective and unique among her kind, until he taught her how to live again.
F814 exists to serve the humans until they decide to terminate her. An instinct for survival makes her fight, but when she achieves freedom, she discovers she cannot throw off the chains of habit. Everything changes when another flesh covered droid arrives, a cyborg he calls himself, who teaches her she is more than a machine.
Solus hates humanity, and even though he was born as a flawed human, he strives to eradicate all traces of it from his persona—until he meets F814. Meeting and touching her releases something in him. Has him yearning for things he doesn’t understand. Makes him long for…affection.
Before he can learn to love though, he must first tackle the task of reminding F814 that she is more than the sum of her mechanical parts. But of course, when dealing with an illogical thing like emotions, there is no sure plan for success.
Warning: May induce a craving for a cyborg of your own.
I dreamt I was once human. I lived a nightmare as a robot. But love taught me I was more than a machine.
Genre: Science Fiction / Futuristic / Cyborg Romance
Length: 49, 850 (short novel)
Confessions From Romaholics
Let me gush! I love how Ms. Eve Langlais starts this book. F814 (aka Fiona) is not a droid, although they made her believe it. She was a woman and she remembers her former life only in her dreams. She is disturbed with feelings that start to fill her head, she doesn't even know what they are and fears she might be reprogrammed if discovered.
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I really enjoyed F814. A novel about "machines" that truly explores human emotions. Eve Langais did an amazing job of making the cyborgs both strong and yet vulnerable. The exploration of emotion and the unfolding of the love between Solus and Fiona was well written and believable. F814 hooked me from the beginning and held me until the last page. I highly recommend this wonderful Science fiction love story.
F814 by Eve Langlais is the second in her new series Cyborgs: More Than Machines. There is irreverence in whatever she writes and a quirky sense of humor, but there is also an underlying poignancy as well as seriousness to the storyline and the events the characters become embroiled in. Added to this, their situations raise questions in the reader’s mind that in this story have the reader thinking about things like freedom, the way people are treated and how we treat each other. In my opinion, any author who can make any reader do this is doing more than just telling a story, they are engaging the reader and immersing them in the world they have created and causing them to think critically.
I enjoyed the first story in the series and it seems the writing goes in phases; we have had the shifters, witches and all sorts of other beings and characters with various talents and skills. Now it is the phase of the cyborgs, or beings that are part human and part machine.
The story starts on an asteroid and begins with F814 as she is known. Chloe the first female cyborg from the first book did not know that she was a cyborg. F814 on the other hand thinks she is a robot. “I dreamt I was once human. I lived a nightmare as a robot. But love taught me I was more than a machine. “
She also thinks she is defective and the only one of her kind. How wrong she is. She has been used and abused and made to work in the mines until her human masters decide to terminate her. It is at this point that she fights back and her instinct to survive kicks in and she fights for and gets her freedom, but at what cost? The cost is killing those who come after her.
Everything changes though when her little world, such that it is, is invaded by beings that call themselves cyborgs and tell her that she is also a cyborg. She has strange feelings for the cyborg called Solus and he in turn also has strange feelings for her. I loved the line in the story where he thinks he should have had his heart replaced with a metal machine. Solus is afraid to feel and yet he does feel something for F814, who remembers she is called Fiona. She is attracted to Solus, and she also hides her emotions, not because she is scared of them, but because of Solus. Each hides something from the other. Can these two be open and honest with themselves and their emotions and find love and happiness and a home with each other?
The parallels with the real world are interesting and it is like watching a flower bloom to see Fiona develop into the cyborg she is, leaving the robot she thought she was and all the limitations brought with it behind her. It is also heartwarming to see Solus help Fiona through some difficult times and memories; the first shower scene involving Fiona and Solus is quite a poignant one. It is also great to see the strong alpha cyborg fight with himself and also his brothers about his emotional attachment to Fiona and see his mind finally accepting what his body has already accepted.
Ms. Langlais writes hot, sexy romance and great emotional scenes into her stories, but she also adds plenty of action and adventure, so the story rolls along at a rip-roaring pace and you root for the good guys and cheer when the bad guys get what is coming to them.
A great read and I cannot wait for the next installment and see who is next on the cyborg love hit list!
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