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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"Did you just hack me?" Cam asked.
"Yes. Sorry."
"Hmm. Thought so." His expression was mild. "Successfully, too. It's been a long time since that's happened."

Introverted Lewis needs to increase his Social score for a shot at his dream job with his favorite serialized space opera. So he hires human-machine hybrid Cam to pose his boyfriend. But Lewis isn't interested in a real
Published February 19th 2018 by M. Arbon
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3,5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

the cute one :)
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: epub, free, m-m, fbt, scifi
The blurb gives no clue that this story is not a contemporary one. Once I realized that this is set in the future I felt a lot more oriented. There are good aspects to this story but it wasn’t completely fleshed out. This was originally published in Shousetsu Bang Bang. I am curious to read more by this author even though this story wasn’t completely successful for me.
Skye Kilaen
Fun little sci-fi M/M short story that pairs an ambitious television writer with a human-machine hybrid sex worker in a battle of wills. Lewis is an introvert in a future society where your social score is important in landing jobs. Lewis hires Cam to pose as his boyfriend, but hacks Cam's code to keep anything physical from happening, because fake relationship. Cam's curious to see if he can change Lewis's mind, though... and the ensuing verbal struggle during their faux dates is amusingly clev ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was awesome. I would love a full-length novel in this world. So clever, and slow burns are my absolute favorite. Maybe not exactly the ending I wanted, but I'll take it. I feel exactly like I did when I read my first Shukyou -- give me MOOORRREEE!!!!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Above average. I liked this story set in the future. The fact that Lewis hacks Cam to _avoid_ having sex with him is quite original ;-). Great worldbuilding, it gives you the general idea without long explanations.

I plan to check other stuff by M. Arbon in Shousetsu Bang*Bang:
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: s2b2
Read the free S2B2 story - not sure if the published version is in anyway different.

Cam is interesting, shows a lot of character for a short story.
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A unique and entertaining sf m/m-hybrid short story that kept me reading and left me smiling. Low heat, and sweet. Definitely worth a dollar. :)
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