I'm not loving Deviant, or even liking Deviant really. More like, tolerating Deviant.
I can't really put my finger on what's off here. Well besides the line spacing making a 100-150 page book appear to be 200. There was something about the way the characters interacted that at times made them appear mentally challenged or painfully naive or something. Like, Forrest Gump, the romance H. I don't think the H's insecurities helped that either. The h seemed to spend entirely too much time (when not boinking him) reassuring him that he was HAWT!!!!!
As for the sex scenes. Imagine reading the script for a porn flic and you got it.
The H, due to his "flaws" (as a note, the cyborgs are as bigoted as anyone else, and they don't like the dark skin tones), is not part of a family unit (reverse harem if you're wondering) so he's still holding his unicorn grooming license. Dear old dad rented the brothel for 12 hours so he could run the license through a shredder with a sex 'bot. The h, due to an accident, has 3 artificial limbs and is trying to get away from an erstwhile mail order bride situation where the "groom" actually has a brothel with real humans. So she hides in the *other* brothel at the space station, and for the better part of the next 175 or so pages, alternates being terrified she'll be passed around, being terrified she'll be tossed out an airlock, and being upset at the H's mother, with some sex education rounds with the H.
Well...that was amusing. Although...if the nanotech in the original cyborg series meant that they don't die, and this is quite a bit into the future and the beings hunting the nanos are hunting cyborgs...
Anyway...the implications in book one were that something happened to people in engineering that made them less...human. That wasn't quite the case apparently with the H. He'd been gravely injured, and his wife killed in an attack 4 years prior. The captain had gotten him...repaired...and introduced him to the nanos. He's put himself on ice. He didn't want to survive, nor does he feel like moving on.
The h...is an elf. I was bemused by that as usually elves are the domain of fantasy, but this is a futuristic. Oh well; might as well run with it. She stows away to avoid a fate worse than death - being forcibly married to the king of whatever court she was from. Why was this a bad thing? Oh...he's her father... She is unable to control the H, or the captain (she has mind control abilities), so...
Much manipulation later, her father's envoy finds them and...the captain cons the H into marrying her.
I mean; it is entertaining. And short. Not very deep either. Yay?
I can't find a hint that this continues and yet it doesn't seem to end. That is, issue 24? Can't find an option to pre-order it on Comixology. Not sure if this series is cancelled, but if so, it's a weak ending.
One extra half star for the revelation of the wife and kids, which, yes, I knew it! But overall, this story feels just really oddly paced. Hard to get too excited about this particular storyline because of that.