Born: Natural born humans are precious few and dwell in darkness.
Bred: Genetically engineered slaves who are the protectors of the Born.
Borg: The cybernetically enhanced enclave that split from the Born humans.
B Cubed: These three factions are all that remains of the human race after the world stopped turning. Scavenging in the darkness for what little is left, the war between them rages on though few know why. It begins with a child's prophesy and can only end when they unite.
Rothguard has but one desire: to rid himself of the overwhelming urge to mate and free his mind to focus on science. Being Bred means to be forever enslaved, to the Born and his own physiological needs. In order to free himself and the Breds still in captivity he requires a Bred female to study. His life as a sex slave taught him about a woman's fickle pleasures, but his work demands more information, no matter how distasteful he might find the chore.
Seven years after the mysterious disappearance of her Only One, Mel spends her time tending Bred infants and tormented by the memories of her lost love. When a Cyborg soldier comes for her, Mel's dormant passions surge to life. In his arms she's found what she thought irreparably lost. If only she knew how to prove to Rothguard that her love for him is pure. Will his dark secrets destroy them both?
The opening was intriguing with a splash of humor to enliven things. Overall, this is yet another story about beings who require sex to stave off “madness”; they are the bred. It’s the bred vs the born, with the born running things. Eventually, there are also cyborgs. They all live in a world created “after the world stopped spinning.”
The narrator takes a bit of getting use to. She is so mild that it can sound like she’s unemotional. But she isn’t—exactly. Her mild tone sorta adds a hint of romance and sincerity and reduces the rawness of explicit terms (i.e. pu**y) in a good way.
Sex, as full intercourse, was rare, so the story had a plot and purpose. In fact, it dealt with some meaningful issues like freedom, oppression, and selfhood. The story included about 2 acts of female masturbation, 1, barely detailed, male act of masturbation, one act of oral sex male-on-female, and several times sex was talked about as a past act and sexual desire spoken of. And intercourse occurred near the end, when there were about 45 minutes left. I liked everything except the end where it turned into this Aesop’s fable sort of thing with an afterlife agent telling the h about a lesson she needs to learn. And the epilogue opens the door for a sequel, though this book, thankfully, has a closed ending.
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