Monday, 26 September 2016

His Metal Maiden by Michelle M Pillow

Title: His Metal Maiden
Series: Space Lords (#3)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi, Space Opera
Release Date: 27th September 2016
Challenges:  2016 New Release Challenge2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Dragon-shifter Lochlann left home to avoid a war he didn’t believe in. Now as Captain of The Conqueror, in charge of a misfit crew, all he wants is to return without the label of coward. He’s been offered one chance at redemption: Find Margot, a noblewoman’s missing sister. The only problem is, the woman disappeared years ago, and his closest lead is a stunningly beautiful look-a-like droid crafted in her image. Alexis is programed to be everything he could ever desire, but getting her to reveal her secrets proves to be a true challenge for this alpha male. Being a base model pleasure droid isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Alexis can’t remember a time when she wasn’t the property of others. Multiple surgeries, and endless tests, have amounted to a life not worth living. When a pirate crew visits her facility, she sneaks onto their ship. Desperate not to be returned to her owners, she strikes a deal with the alluring captain. Pretend to be Margot in exchange for freedom. 

His Metal Maiden could work as a standalone romance as the couple have never met before this moment, however not only is it a part of the Space Lords series, but also the wider Dragon Lords universe, and there is something added for reading it as a part of the wider series.

Whenever I read a book set in this universe it feels a little bit like watching a favourite TV show. It has that something to it that is familiar, and yet the story is new and there are some new characters. The male protaganist, Lochlann, is a dragon shifter (which were the first kind of shifters I read about from Pillow's worlds) and the lore surrounding that is explained within His Metal Maiden in a way that means reading the other books isn't necessary. However I do think that without the other background, his feelings over not having a crystal kind of get lost a bit (but ultimately aren't the keen driver in the story anyway! Its just a little bit of a nod to older readers!)

Alexis was an interesting character. She definitely had a past, and it took some figuring out exactly what that was. She had ties with a previous character from the books and it gave a good depth to the storyline. She had a lot to deal with and her relationship with Lochlann really helped with that.

I loved the side characters in His Metal Maiden too! While Evan & Josselyn and Dev & Violette have had their own books (His Frost Maiden and His Fire Maiden respectively) the other side characters, including the pilot, Rick, are fun and add a sense of friendship surrounding Lochlann and the rest of the crew.

I can't wait for more from this series, it is thouroghly enjoyable!