Book Reviews – “Programmed to Please” eBook was published in 2013 and was written by Jenna Ives (http://www.jennaives.com). Ms. Ives has published five novels, with this being the first of her “The Tau Cetus Chronicles” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as a very definite ‘R’ because it contains Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set on the world of Tau Cetus in a future where robots have advanced to the point that they can almost pass for humans. The primary character is Tau Cetus police officer Jai Turner.
In an effort to gather evidence on well known arms dealer Marque Callex, Turner must go under cover. Only this assignment is more than she bargained for. She is to play the role of a Beautiful Dolls sex robot in order to get information on Callex. Callex is invited into the Beautiful Dolls offices for five one hour sessions to “try out” their newest and most realistic sex robot.
Turner is made over to look like the robot Callex has requested. Her skin is coated with a compound to give her the feel of a robot. She must carry out her role as a willing and skilled sex robot, letting Callex use her. While reluctant to portray a sex robot, Turner is determined to find evidence linking Callex with the death of another undercover officer, and discover who is trying to upset the peace on Tau Cetus. What she did not expect was to develop feelings for Callex.
This was an interesting, but short read of 3.5 hours for this 170 page novel. The Science Fiction was there, but the book was much more of an Erotic Romance. The story moved along well. There was a reasonable plot beyond the sex. The cover shows Turner in disguise as the sex robot, and was a good choice. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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