Seek And You Shall Find
by Mechele Armstrong, futuristic (2010)
Liquid Silver Books, $5.50, ISBN 978-1-59578-701-9


Meet Blackguard. He's a prince of a planet called Morpho, so I don't know why he doesn't have a more royal name. He is not a happy man because he is going to marry someone against his wishes. It's a marriage arranged by his father in order to cement an alliance between Morpho and Engosia, an alliance that will hopefully prevent Morpho from being bombed out of existence.

I'll let the story do the talking:

"She's a seeker morph."

Blackguard's hand clenched on the iron railing. Moses acted as if that explained everything. What was so damn special about that species? The name explained nothing to him. Not one damn thing. Too little was known about them. "So?"

"She's a woman, who, once she wakes up, will bond with and be whatever you desire. As she enters her first cycle, she'll go into heat and be moldable. She'll become your greatest passion. Everything you've ever wanted." Moses shook his head, looking anywhere but Blackguard's face. "To most men, that would be all they'd dream of. A woman they could mold to whatever they wanted her to be. A woman whose first time is a sexual heat that she can't escape or put off."

"And?" Blackguard shrugged his shoulders.

The exasperation sounded in Moses' voice. "Seeker morphs are rare. And you will have one." She was the last known true seeker morph for generations. Few seeker morphs were born. Rarer still did a seeker survive to their first cycle, which generally hit about their 25th year. Seeker morphs were so sought after, they were often stolen before their first cycle and killed in the attempt to claim them.

Alas, after the heroine is delivered all wrapped up, shiny and new, in her Boinking Barbie package, Blackguard finds himself in a deadly ambush that kills all the men in his entourage and leaves him the sole survivor. Has he been betrayed? Is Annalisse the Boinking Barbie part of the treachery? Is... oops, Barbie up, and the next thing I know, it's all boinking from then on. Close to the end, Blackguard decides that she is his, and thus, it's love.

You know how I feel about this story? The start is promising, but then, oops. It's like watching a science-fiction movie only to somehow have the movie cut off halfway to be replaced by an adult film instead. Maybe some readers will enjoy the adventures of Boinking Barbie and Ten-Inch Ken, but me, I'm disappointed by how the build up of the story just dissipates into a boinking session. The sex scenes aren't that good, long, or explicit enough to make up for the abrupt switch from plot to ploot, I'm afraid.

Rating: 52


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