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.
Which is where our heroine, Alexis, comes in. She is the base for all the next line in pleasure droids and her frequent modifications and constant testing have left Alexis in a type of fugue with a disconnect between reality and just what her true purpose is. However, Alexis has moments of clarity and manages to leave her restraints, aiming only for one thing, her own self termination but fate (well pirates actually) step in, gifting Alexis with the chance to finally escape.
His Metal Maiden actually did work as a standalone but I'd suggest reading the previous stories if possible because they give so much more insight into the crew and particularly just how and why (clue here the name rhymes with prick!) they are cursed. Plus, it helps readers understand how the worlds the author writes about are connected.
I had so much sympathy for Alexis as what she has gone through was unbelievable and so cruel. At times her reactions to situations were almost too painful to read and she was so giving. Lochlann is instantly attracted to Alexis but has no intention of hurting or using her in any way and as he believes her to a machine it showed just what a fine individual he is. However, you just know with this author there's going to be a wonderful romantic twist and she doesn't disappoint. So step aboard the Conqueror and be prepared to experience a trip through space that will leave you breathless.
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review,