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[REVIEW] Passion Model – Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Passion Model
Samhain (US: 1st March 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Gemma is a Recreational Intercourse Operative, tracking down faulty sexbots and taking them to HQ for repairs. She’s supposedly really good at her work, but incorrectly identifies someone as a sexbot. R.I.O agents must shag only suspected faulty models (that’s testing) on company time, so Gemma fears losing her job.

Passion Model is rather fun with intriguing world-building, but I just didn’t like any of the characters, except maybe Eddie. Kaelyn is more a plot device than a character, whose life in endangered to up the stakes for Gemma. Declan fails to inform on-duty Gemma before they shag that he’s not a bot. And Declan’s dad is a clear antag to whom we can’t relate. Villains are much more interesting when we can kind of sympathise with them, but this one’s very one-dimensional.

Tip for writers: If your story is set 1000 years into the future, don’t make contemporary pop culture references. Futurama breaks that rule all the time, but that doesn’t mean you should. Passion Model is set in 3005, yet references The Matrix and Britney. I’ve never referenced anything from 1012 (1000 years ago). So if your characters reference stuff from 1000 years ago (if they weren’t alive then)…well, that’s just lazy writing. I’ll forgive Megan Hart for that, though, because this was first published in 2003. But I read the 2010 revised edition, which still had the references. Not cool, y’all.

And though technology is well-advanced, mechos (part-human, part-machine) are shunned by society. In real life there are many people with plates, pins, and machines inside them holding their body together and keeping it functioning. We don’t treat them as if they’re not rightful citizens. So why would that happen in the future, when there would be a higher percentage of mechos?

There are logic fails aplenty, but switch off your brain and you’ll enjoy the ride.

Books I Ordered Off Amazon Today

-Diana Preston’s Before the Fallout (non-fiction)
-Todd Stone’s Novelist’s Boot Camp (non-fiction)
-Mario Acevedo’s Werewolf Smackdown
-Lori Devoti’s Amazon Queen
-Megan Hart’s Passion Model

All print books. These were the cheapest titles on my wishlist. $50 all up – $21 on books, and $29 on postage to Australia.

March 2011 Releases

Done with February 2011 Releases. Here are March’s. To see future titles and dates, check out Reading Wishlist.

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10 New Covers

Have fallen behind in my covers posting, so you may have already seen these by now. Click on the images (behind the cut) to take you to the direct sources where I found them. Please note that Tales of the Otherworld and Tales from the Otherworld are the same book – I imagine the Oz version will switch to the UK cover before release.

Jennifer Armintrout: All Souls’ Night (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Kelley Armstrong: Tales of/from the Otherworld (UK/AU) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Holly Black: White Cat (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Catherine Fisher: Sapphique (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Megan Hart: Naked Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Caitlin Kittredge: Second Skin (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Jessica Verday: The Haunted (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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