Burning Up Flint-by Laurann Dohner

Long ago, in the future, mankind creates humanoids (cyborgs) in their images, and then deems them too dangerous to live—right after they become sentient beings. Rings true so far. After years of fighting, humans have been told by their governments that all cyborgs have been destroyed. Only a little lie, where governments are concerned.

Flint is a cyborg, one of the many who escaped the slaughter. He, like other cyborgs is an Alpha male and doesn’t like sharing. He just happens to be in charge of the ship that attacks Mira’s little shuttle. Flint takes her as his.

Mira is a wealthy aristocrat, so she’s inherently not okay with being called property or slave. Understandable. However she’s much too bold in the face of people who could crush her with their toe. In his room Flint pretty much rapes her, but it’s okay because she’s turned on—even though she’s just been abducted by incredibly large cyborg’s and told she will never go home again.

Then Mira immediately demands a monogamous commitment from Flint, even though she’s his “property.” She want’s Flint to express his emotions for her and declare that he cares for her. Her attachment happens too fast for me. After only a day or two there are narrative comments like He was always surprising her.

At some point the title “property” freaks her out and she finally decides to escape. However, her shuttle is captured by pirates and she has to be rescued by Flint. Then there’s about three or four pages of Mira apologizing and begging Flint not to sell her to the cyborg who had threatened to rape, beat, and temporarily sell her to all the other cyborgs for like an hour or two. Flint and Mira have sex again and then the begging continues. Then we go back to the whole, “I’m not property and I need a commitment issue.”

The sex scenes were alright. The story line was interesting. Cyborgs are like humans only taller, stronger, and with silvery skin. They’re a little dim when it comes to emotions, and they remind me of the Vulcan race every time Flint says something about Mira’s logic is wrong.

I would have liked this story better if there wasn’t so much repetitive dialogue.

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