Exquisite Possession (The Machinery of Desire, #4)
A mech in love is capable of truly dangerous things.On the day JI finds Fern, the human female stabbed by the judge, she shoots him, twice.Though he was once a three-story battle mech, JI is now a man, with a man’s desires. How eagerly Fern climaxes when held down, leashed, and stimulated, or taken roughly from behind. Studying the care, feeding, and mounting of this female becomes his primary aim.War intervenes. If no one opposes him, the judge will litter the land with the dead and have his final, perverted revenge on Fern.But what can an ex-battle mech do when he’s merely a man, apart from beat the ground with his fists and scream?Love will surely transcend this evil, or at least show him how to tear the judge, limb from limb. This is a dark romance and includes rough, kinky sexual scenes. If you don't understand where dark stories can go, this might not be for you.This is the final book in The Machinery of Desire series.Though there may be spin-offs, these will not be part of the series.

Exquisite Possession (The Machinery of Desire, #4) Details

TitleExquisite Possession (The Machinery of Desire, #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 4th, 2019
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Dark, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk

Exquisite Possession (The Machinery of Desire, #4) Review

  • Tanis Brown
    January 1, 1970
    JI continues his journey into the behaviour of a human, with a fascination of human sexuality. Paired up with damaged Fern, he discovers a liking for the darker side of sex. Together they seek out the Judge, to inflict retribution. With the help of Aunt M and the black crystals, they battle to create peace among the warring factions to aid them in their quest to find and destroy the Judge. In my opinion, the best book in the series.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Esquisite is the perfect title for such a captivating and multilayered story. I strongly recommend reading the series in order to fully understand the character developments and backstory.Fern will continue to show her strength and determination, but I feel Ji is the driving force of Possession with his changes.Although this is the last of the series, I hope to see more of them in possible spin offs
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  • Cécile Smits
    January 1, 1970
    Cari is the Mistress of Kinkiness! Only she can come up with a series like this and give it a grand finale like Exquisite Possession! I was waiting to find out what happened to JI after taking over Osta’s body and if he could find Fern along the way.Well....As it happens,JI needed a bit of time to find out what it meant to be inside a body. And after finding Fern,he found his imagination. And where that took him? That worried him at times. But not enough to not try some stuff out....as long as h Cari is the Mistress of Kinkiness! Only she can come up with a series like this and give it a grand finale like Exquisite Possession! I was waiting to find out what happened to JI after taking over Osta’s body and if he could find Fern along the way.Well....As it happens,JI needed a bit of time to find out what it meant to be inside a body. And after finding Fern,he found his imagination. And where that took him? That worried him at times. But not enough to not try some stuff out....as long as he could sense she “liked” it anyway....In the meantime,judge Ormrad was still up to no good and aunt M tried to convince JI to find out what.You want to know what that was? I suggest you read this story and find out. It’s só worth it! Thank you,Cari! Your evil kinkiness has produced another dark gem and i loved it!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Machinery of Desire, Book 4. Is this the beginning, the end—or both?SPOILER ALERT: This series should DEFINITELY be read in order. If you don’t, you’ll miss characters and backstory that are absolutely essential. If you haven’t read the first three books, this review may contain spoilers.Since when does a three-story tall battle mech have a goal, any goal? He’s just a mech after all. But he’s also sun-mad. And…and…how, when did he go from a mech to an organic? Oh, who cares? Jl will do ANYTHING Machinery of Desire, Book 4. Is this the beginning, the end—or both?SPOILER ALERT: This series should DEFINITELY be read in order. If you don’t, you’ll miss characters and backstory that are absolutely essential. If you haven’t read the first three books, this review may contain spoilers.Since when does a three-story tall battle mech have a goal, any goal? He’s just a mech after all. But he’s also sun-mad. And…and…how, when did he go from a mech to an organic? Oh, who cares? Jl will do ANYTHING to find Fern. Oh, he finds Fern, and what the hell? Has everyone gone nuts? Something’s going on. But what? Then there are the judge and Aunt M! And people say Jl’s mad? When the final showdown comes, everyone’s forgotten Aerthe. Just what does she have in mind? Does it matter? Nothing’s ever survived Aerthe’s wrath. What could possibly be different this time?I love this series! Cari Silverwood is a genius. Ever since I read Acquired Possession, I’ve been hooked. Each book takes you deeper into this alternate reality that’s simultaneously bizarre and realistic. This book, this entire series, breaks all the rules. Is it sci-fi? Is it paranormal? Is it erotica? Yes, to all the above. And, I kid you not. This is so hot and steamy I have no clue why my Kindle didn’t melt! Jl is one of the most brilliant, confused, and off-the-charts passionate characters Ms. Silverwood’s ever created. He’s obsessed with learning everything, especially sex! Fern is damaged, scarred, yet takes no crap, and is incredibly independent. How can you not love both of them? And, OMG, Aunt M! What a character! The rest of the supporting characters make this a work of beauty! Cari Silverwood’s writing can’t be pigeonholed into any one category! This is the perfect conclusion to one of the most unique erotic sci-fi series I may have ever read! Congratulations, Ms. Silverwood! You’ve outdone yourself, and this book deserves so much more than five stars!A final note. This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language, sexual scenes, and a few darkish themes. If you don't enjoy this genre, this may not be the book for you. Check the book blurbs and reviews available on Goodreads and Amazon. Please use them before buying this book. I love this book, and am so sorry this is the last in the series. I’ve loved this entire series, and. I think you will too!Thanks for reading my review and happy reading
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  • Sierra Clothier
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing that I thought of immediately after reading this epic was a quite from the sci-fi God Stan Lee. "With great power comes great responsibility." It's fiting for a story about a man learning to be human, or humanoid as he calls himself. What a way to end this incredibly layered story that resembles a fairy tale. JI, the humanoid, keeps quoting Shakespeare, and it's in every book. We know from high school how Romeo and Juliet ended, but JI quotes other, lesser known pieces as well, l The first thing that I thought of immediately after reading this epic was a quite from the sci-fi God Stan Lee. "With great power comes great responsibility." It's fiting for a story about a man learning to be human, or humanoid as he calls himself. What a way to end this incredibly layered story that resembles a fairy tale. JI, the humanoid, keeps quoting Shakespeare, and it's in every book. We know from high school how Romeo and Juliet ended, but JI quotes other, lesser known pieces as well, leaving it very vague where this fairy tale is going to end.Fern is very different than the previous females in the previous books. She may be experimenting with JI, but the kinky sex they engage in is not new to her. Clearly already very submissive, there is no fighting who these characters are. She accepts JI and his ways because he makes her feel safe. This gives Exquisite a different vibe than the other books, and it's very welcome. The give and take between the two lovers is respectful and playful, and possibly a good idea what a Dom/sub relationship might look like. What also makes this story different is it's really JI's story, with Fern coming along for the ride. It's delightful to see him learn mannerisms and speech common for humans. And through him, we learn more about his destiny. Because as we learned from the previous books, nothing happens on Aerthe without a good reason. Aerthe is a breathing planet with an agenda at all times, and JI finds he is smack dab in the middle of it.The ending is genius. JI learns that sometimes you sacrifice for the greater good. It's "classic" in fantasy, Fern tells him, in a wink wink from Silverwood. He also learns life isn't perfect. I was surprised how this series ended, but it really does tie everything together from all the books. The hero is a machine turned human with limited social skills who is tasked to save the people of Aerthe. Not unlike many in politics today? Wink wink.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    This series will grab you and hold on tight - I’m sure it would take a bite out of you if that were possible! Captivating and erotic, this kinky scifi/fantasy series concludes with Exquisite Possession, although I’ll be praying to Aerthe, mechs, mekkers, and whomever else that the author one day chooses to write more of Aerthe because I LOVE THIS SERIES! This story focuses on Fern, an awesomely strong and fierce human we oh-so-briefly meet in book one, Acquired Possession, along with JI, an AI m This series will grab you and hold on tight - I’m sure it would take a bite out of you if that were possible! Captivating and erotic, this kinky scifi/fantasy series concludes with Exquisite Possession, although I’ll be praying to Aerthe, mechs, mekkers, and whomever else that the author one day chooses to write more of Aerthe because I LOVE THIS SERIES! This story focuses on Fern, an awesomely strong and fierce human we oh-so-briefly meet in book one, Acquired Possession, along with JI, an AI mech I’ve grown enormously fond of through each book. JI now inhabits an organic body and his genuine curiosity and innocence as he learns human emotions, behaviors, and motives will have any reader invested in his journey. But the most fun part of JI inhabiting a body is his newfound fascination and appreciation for his [email protected], and using said appendage with Fern (aka pet-girl. I adore that!). Turns out, JI is quite the dominant sadist, in the most lovely, ardent way. “The dichotomy between good and bad, between seeing her as a person or as a thing. Because having a thing of his own, owning, keeping, playing with a human thing, at this precise instant, she seemed the ultimate sex toy.” “Yet was she a thing or a person? Could Fern be both? Was someone’s status merely a product of how you treated them? The world of sexuality and humanity had exploded. He wanted more. To understand her and himself, of course.” I can’t recommend this book and series highly enough! Give it a go for some truly talented world building and thrilling and kinky exploits.
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  • Joyffree
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - Speechless I don't think this could have ended any different - it was the perfect ending to Ji's story - You can rest assured we have not heard the last from Aerthe - (Or at least I hope not - I have so many questions and needs -there are some secondary characters that I would love more of)Exquisite Possession is Ji's story and it was everything I hoped for and so much more. I have always had a soft spot for him - his character was endearing from book one and watching him develop and "huma Wow - Speechless I don't think this could have ended any different - it was the perfect ending to Ji's story - You can rest assured we have not heard the last from Aerthe - (Or at least I hope not - I have so many questions and needs -there are some secondary characters that I would love more of)Exquisite Possession is Ji's story and it was everything I hoped for and so much more. I have always had a soft spot for him - his character was endearing from book one and watching him develop and "humanize" has been such a fantastic journey- a bit sad to see it end - leaves me feeling a bit "wiffly-waffly" This is the fourth book in this series and you must (not an option here) read the previous three books to truly get the depth of depravity and evil that thrives on this side of the portal. This is not for the faint or those who do not normally bathe in the glow of depravity - This is fantasy! (wanted to throw that out there because yeah 🙄) - Ji promised to find Fern and he intends to keep that promise even if Fern is not so on board with this idea. Fern is such a strong and independent heroine - she has survived the evil of the Judge and she has built herself a life despite the harsh reality she finds herself in- like all of the women within this series - she will only expose the soft of her underbelly to an Alpha worthy of her strength. "A World of immorality and daily carnage" - just resting there - one click away - waiting for you to explore
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  • Joyffree
    January 1, 1970
    Wow - Speechless I don't think this could have ended any different - it was the perfect ending to Ji's story - You can rest assured we have not heard the last from Aerthe - (Or at least I hope not - I have so many questions and needs -there are some secondary characters that I would love more of)Exquisite Possession is Ji's story and it was everything I hoped for and so much more. I have always had a soft spot for him - his character was endearing from book one and watching him develop and "huma Wow - Speechless I don't think this could have ended any different - it was the perfect ending to Ji's story - You can rest assured we have not heard the last from Aerthe - (Or at least I hope not - I have so many questions and needs -there are some secondary characters that I would love more of)Exquisite Possession is Ji's story and it was everything I hoped for and so much more. I have always had a soft spot for him - his character was endearing from book one and watching him develop and "humanize" has been such a fantastic journey- a bit sad to see it end - leaves me feeling a bit "wiffly-waffly" This is the fourth book in this series and you must (not an option here) read the previous three books to truly get the depth of depravity and evil that thrives on this side of the portal. This is not for the faint or those who do not normally bathe in the glow of depravity - This is fantasy! (wanted to throw that out there because yeah 🙄) - Ji promised to find Fern and he intends to keep that promise even if Fern is not so on board with this idea. Fern is such a strong and independent heroine - she has survived the evil of the Judge and she has built herself a life despite the harsh reality she finds herself in- like all of the women within this series - she will only expose the soft of her underbelly to an Alpha worthy of her strength. "A World of immorality and daily carnage" - just resting there - one click away - waiting for you to explore
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  • Janine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the last book The Machinery of Desire series. What a fabulous conclusion to this epic series. I am sad to be leaving the world of Aerthe and it’s inhabitants. What a wild, sexy ride it’s been. This book focuses on JI and Fern. JI , who use to be a mech and is now human and Fern who was thought dead at the hands of the evil judge end up meeting in a pretty dramatic way. They share a connection and together they embark on an intense physical, emotional and sexual journey.There is so much g This is the last book The Machinery of Desire series. What a fabulous conclusion to this epic series. I am sad to be leaving the world of Aerthe and it’s inhabitants. What a wild, sexy ride it’s been. This book focuses on JI and Fern. JI , who use to be a mech and is now human and Fern who was thought dead at the hands of the evil judge end up meeting in a pretty dramatic way. They share a connection and together they embark on an intense physical, emotional and sexual journey.There is so much going on in this story, an evil judge and his minions set on world domination, betrayal of a trusted friend, loss of companions, heroic acts of bravery and redemption. And in all of this is the evolving relationship of Fern and JI. I loved how this relationship unfolded. How a man who was once a machine learns how to become truly human and love and how a woman who was tortured and raped learns to trust again. It’s a beautiful love story, but it is of course a Cari Silverwood love story so the evolution of this relationship involves a good dose of kinky, steamy, super hot sex. I was very satisfied with the way this series ended. Would definitely recommend.
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  • Michelle Thao
    January 1, 1970
    Damn HOT! This is the fourth book in the series. I must advise that if you have not read the previous three books in the series, it is highly recommended. I should know since I have only read the first book in trying to get ready for this release. As I was in a rush to read it, I haven't read book two or three. I plan to go back and read them though. You can still read this book but I found that I missed out on what happened up to this book. I know both of the main characters as they were introd Damn HOT! This is the fourth book in the series. I must advise that if you have not read the previous three books in the series, it is highly recommended. I should know since I have only read the first book in trying to get ready for this release. As I was in a rush to read it, I haven't read book two or three. I plan to go back and read them though. You can still read this book but I found that I missed out on what happened up to this book. I know both of the main characters as they were introduced in book one. Fern was a tragic character that I always wonder what happened to her. JI was the brilliant but pacifist war machine. However it seems many things have occurred to both of them since that first book.I really love this world that Cari Silverwood has created. I was first introduced to it by another novella in an anthology. It really intrigued me but as she released other books, I got into reading the newer release and had not had the chance to go back. The mysterious world of Aerthe, the mekkers, the scavs, the mechlings...fantastic world building! Please do check out the whole series if you are kind of like me cause I am certainly going back to read the rest of the books in the series!
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  • Tricia
    January 1, 1970
    Exquisite Possession is the final book in a sci fi series so unique and exciting I'm a bit sad to read the last pages. The story of Fern and JI offer so many different emotions, so much heat and conflict and depth it just shows once again how wonderful an author Cari Silverwood is. Ever since the intriguing set up of Acquired Possession I've been caught by these books, in such an interesting alternate reality setting. Even the supporting characters are engaging! I've always enjoyed dark romance Exquisite Possession is the final book in a sci fi series so unique and exciting I'm a bit sad to read the last pages. The story of Fern and JI offer so many different emotions, so much heat and conflict and depth it just shows once again how wonderful an author Cari Silverwood is. Ever since the intriguing set up of Acquired Possession I've been caught by these books, in such an interesting alternate reality setting. Even the supporting characters are engaging! I've always enjoyed dark romance and erotic books in science fiction or fantasy settings but Cari hits it out of the park with this series. Fair warning, read these in order or you will miss large chunks or backstory and parts will not make much sense. Also it contains dark erotic scenes, rough kinky situations so, if you can't handle that, this book and the rest in the series are not for you.For everyone else - grab book 1 and hold on for a wild, wonderful ride.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Fern made a big impression, with a memorable entrance at the beginning of book one in the series. She’s a human who fought back, stabbing the judge. I’m happy she’s getting her own story. Same with JI. He hasn’t had it easy either. This is a good book with a rich backstory to draw on. It’s also pretty kinky.This story may not be to everyone’s taste. It draws on many genres—scifi, dystopian, erotica-- mashing them together. It has darkish, mature themes with some shocking parts, but it’s not as r Fern made a big impression, with a memorable entrance at the beginning of book one in the series. She’s a human who fought back, stabbing the judge. I’m happy she’s getting her own story. Same with JI. He hasn’t had it easy either. This is a good book with a rich backstory to draw on. It’s also pretty kinky.This story may not be to everyone’s taste. It draws on many genres—scifi, dystopian, erotica-- mashing them together. It has darkish, mature themes with some shocking parts, but it’s not as realistic or grim as other books the author’s written, like her Dark Hearts series, Wolfe or even Preyfinders. It’s a little off-beat with all the mech, cyborg, AI, alien stuff. It’s as filthy as you’d expect, although the sex can get weird at times.You really should read the previous books in the series, but I think it can be mostly understood on its own. You won’t get all of the references, but if the story appeals to you and you don’t want to invest the time required to catch up, you can still enjoy it. That’s my personal opinion; others would disagree
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  • Gaynor Jones
    January 1, 1970
    If this is your first trip to the wonderful, dark, kinky, engaging, sometimes humorous, always exciting, compelling and deep imagination of Ms. Silverwood welcome to a new reality in a distant/alternative universe. Do yourself a hugh favor and read the series from the beginning, only to enjoy this series completely. While this book can stand alone, the other books in this series are a treat to read as well.JI a mech/humanoid, while appearing human has a journey to learn about emotions, choices, If this is your first trip to the wonderful, dark, kinky, engaging, sometimes humorous, always exciting, compelling and deep imagination of Ms. Silverwood welcome to a new reality in a distant/alternative universe. Do yourself a hugh favor and read the series from the beginning, only to enjoy this series completely. While this book can stand alone, the other books in this series are a treat to read as well.JI a mech/humanoid, while appearing human has a journey to learn about emotions, choices, loyalty, lust, love and more! The object of his desires and feelings, both dark and light is Fern. Left for dead, mutilated and betrayed she is subject to her own dark needs. Be prepared for some intense, intriguing, sexy, kinky scenes! Can they give each other what they need and want? Can they survive the lies, evil, torture, betrayal, dangers, war, temptations and enemies all around? Is there hope for them and this world? 
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  • April McCauley
    January 1, 1970
    Through the Looking Glass meets Road Warrior..what a great ride ;)What can I say about this book but OMG!! I was totally enthralled with this story! I couldn't put it down, had to make myself stop reading so I could sleep..LOL. To finally find out what happened to Fern was great. It would be best to read these stories in sequential order to understand this fantasticly sadistic but entrancing world that Cari dreamed up. I really enjoyed the relationship with Fern and JI. They are practically "mad Through the Looking Glass meets Road Warrior..what a great ride ;)What can I say about this book but OMG!! I was totally enthralled with this story! I couldn't put it down, had to make myself stop reading so I could sleep..LOL. To finally find out what happened to Fern was great. It would be best to read these stories in sequential order to understand this fantasticly sadistic but entrancing world that Cari dreamed up. I really enjoyed the relationship with Fern and JI. They are practically "made" for each other. JI is quite the dominant male who enjoys a kinky sexual appetite, and Fern enjoys everything he does. Judge Omrad is one evil villain that comes up with extremely cringe worthy tortures. Cari also brings life and personality to the mechlings (mechanical small robots)that endear themselves to the reader. I can't wait to read her next novel and see what she comes up with next.
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  • Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
    January 1, 1970
    So I had to put this on my shelf 'wtf have I just read' - why? Because of what Osta aka JI does to his appendage! Holy Moly!!!!I am sadden that my visit to Aerthe finishes with Exquisite Possession, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time there - but then I wasn't being sicced by a spiked appendage - just saying lol.So glad JI got his own book, he's been my favourite right from the start, though he's a little on the dark side since him and Osta become inseperable!This was like going full circle and read So I had to put this on my shelf 'wtf have I just read' - why? Because of what Osta aka JI does to his appendage! Holy Moly!!!!I am sadden that my visit to Aerthe finishes with Exquisite Possession, I've thoroughly enjoyed my time there - but then I wasn't being sicced by a spiked appendage - just saying lol.So glad JI got his own book, he's been my favourite right from the start, though he's a little on the dark side since him and Osta become inseperable!This was like going full circle and reading about Fern and JI, Fern was definitely the right match for JI.I do however have a bug bear in this book, it's about the Judge. What happened should have been far worse for him, he's awful and I don't feel sated enough about what happened, it was too easy. It was like letting him off. But hey ho, all is good on Aerthe and the ending was so fitting for the final curtain.I would definitely recommend to read these books in order to get the full effect of life of Aerthe and get to know/love/hate certain characters. I'm going to miss them but so glad I got to meet them and I shall definitely revisit them!
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  • Book-Lovin-Momma
    January 1, 1970
    I freaking love this series! JI transforms from being a mech to having human thoughts, emotions and desires, dark desires. I love that Fern was paired up with him. The way JI had to come to terms with the odd feelings going through his mind, the kinky sex drive that flowed through him, all while he and Fern took on the Judge, it was a phenomenal ending to a thrilling series. I really enjoy this darker writing, and definitely hope to see more!
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series and JI has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning. JI now is inhabiting a human body and he plans to make use of it. He is able to finally track down Fern, who at the beginning to the series was discarded and left for dead. This read is filled with twists and turns is so much fun and so off the charts hot, I was hooked from beginning to end. I always hate to a great series end and I will miss learning more about the characters living on this alien world.
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  • Janine Peta
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to read this as I always wanted to have Fern's story after she was disposed of in Acquired Possession. Fern is a strong character who is a survivor and I loved her story and her new romance with JI - who is now a new man. As always from Cari Silverwood this is a unique and exciting story of how Fern and JI enact revenge on the judge. Throughout it all they also learn how to love and depend on each other.
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  • Candice Barrier
    January 1, 1970
    A great book to end the series withCari wrapped up this series very well with this fourth installment. She did an amazing job of wrapping everything up with the last book. It was an amazing ride and I am glad I got to go along on the journey.
  • Doreen Frantz
    January 1, 1970
    The story of JI and Fern continues. A good read with Cari Sliverwood's signature kinkiness which is so good. What an imagination! Wonderful!!!
  • Sara Callaway
    January 1, 1970
    This series just keeps getting better. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
  • Avril Haughey
    January 1, 1970
    Do so like Carl's stories. Written with such intent and intrigue.
  • Gab
    January 1, 1970
    Sadly, this is the last book of the Possession series.Coming back to Aerthe I was quickly submerged into this fascinating, raw world. From the first page I stumbled upon old acquaintances. JI, the mech turned man, struggling to find the meaning of life in his newly acquired body, and Aunt M, his mech sidekick with a mind of his own. Fern, the earth woman stabbed and discarded by Judge Ormrad, and her mechlings.When those two finally meet it has a resounding impact. An impact that not only define Sadly, this is the last book of the Possession series.Coming back to Aerthe I was quickly submerged into this fascinating, raw world. From the first page I stumbled upon old acquaintances. JI, the mech turned man, struggling to find the meaning of life in his newly acquired body, and Aunt M, his mech sidekick with a mind of his own. Fern, the earth woman stabbed and discarded by Judge Ormrad, and her mechlings.When those two finally meet it has a resounding impact. An impact that not only defines their personal relationship, but also the future of Aerthe.To follow them and their interactions on the way to the growing settlement of New Hope, is an excursion into Ms Silverwoods unique style of narration. Meticulously descriptive, imaginative and always irreverently skirting, but never ever falling into, the "ordinary".When the pivotal showdown finally comes, wreaking devastating loss, it turns out JI and Fern are the ones to determine the future of Aerthe.Again, very, very well done Ms Silverwood!
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Fast paced, filthy, funny, frenzied and fabulous. An exciting, humorous and often thought provoking conclusion to this epic series.I'm probably (OK definitely) going to take a while to get to the crux of this review, so I'm going to lay down now how much I LOVED this book, how gripping the story was, how fabulous the characters were, how hot the sex was and how sad I am that the series has ended. Whilst this can be read as JI and Fern's stand alone story, reading the series will give you a bette Fast paced, filthy, funny, frenzied and fabulous. An exciting, humorous and often thought provoking conclusion to this epic series.I'm probably (OK definitely) going to take a while to get to the crux of this review, so I'm going to lay down now how much I LOVED this book, how gripping the story was, how fabulous the characters were, how hot the sex was and how sad I am that the series has ended. Whilst this can be read as JI and Fern's stand alone story, reading the series will give you a better understanding of where all the other characters fit, along with how and why certain events happen. I fuck therefore I am. He would rewrite Emery's ideas on what made a self-aware AI. Acquired Possession , book #1 of the Machinery of Desire series was my first ever Cari Silverwood read. (Actually that's a slight fib, My Romance Curse was the first but since that was written on a whim and a dare I'm not counting it here.) I saw adverts for that book, downloaded a sample and immediately 1-clicked to purchase the book as soon as I got to the end of the sample. I haven't looked back since - I'm still not sure if that's a good or a bad thing ;) "Girl," he sucked in air. "This was my best idea. I hope you and Aunt M have a better one."Now to return to feeling lost and despairing.It seemed late in life to take up biting his nails. Each book in the series has brought something new to the story of Aerthe and it's inhabitants. Each tale has opened our eyes to a new facet of what life is like for its people. They've also contained some downright filthy and perverted sex scenes, and boy are they wonderful to read. Now normally I'd be bleating on about the amazing world building skills of the author, but in Exquisite Possession she took things in a different direction. We had a story that looked inwards at what makes us human and what constitutes a good or a bad person, rather than focusing on the outwards. Still learning how to human ... Some days he seemed a cross between her perfect Dom and a teenager. JI/Osta was a mechanoid, a sentient robot for want of a better description. He took over a 'human' body (or technically a Scav body) in Book 2 of the series. Fern is a human, dragged through time and space, otherwise known as a portal, to become a blood slave to the Mekkers. Only Fern stabbed the judge who ruled that they weren't 'sentient' enough to have rights and ended up being ejected from their landship broken, battered, bruised and close to death. So it's fair to say that both characters come with a fair bit of baggage.The first part of this book focuses on JI and his battles with the fantasies he has about Fern. Fantasies that include pain, humiliation and domination. Fantasies that just perhaps Fern might have too. With a thrill to top what already had grabbed his balls ... he realized Fern could be his experiment. His little experiment on sex.Little being more due to her size compared to his, not to what was possible. Because there was everything. Possibilities seemed endless. He, an ex-mech with control of a girl. JI goes through a lot of soul searching, but it never felt too introspective or naval gazing. Usually because CS would always drop in some of her wonderful humour when things started getting a little too serious. "I would never hurt you more than you want," This was much more of a love story than any of the other books, possibly with the exception of Blue and Sassik's story. It still retained dark edges and some very extremely kinky play, some of which involved the surgical implantation of blunt spikes around a part of JI's anatomy. However JI was always far too caring to ever truly be a bad man, and given Fern's traumatic past he was the perfect hero for both her and us. That didn't stop him from using the connection both he and Fern had with the mechlings to his own benefit. "Is a part of you still Osta? The thinking part of you?""No. I'm not him at all. I told you that."He wanted to ask her if that would scare her more than she could bear but didn't dare to. Because the answer might scare him. The second part of the story is more 'traditional' sci-fi action, if being strung up naked on the nose cone of a war ship, your body pierced by countless wires, could ever be considered traditional. Like all truly great books, lots of strands and easter egg clues all wove together to bring a very satisfying ending to this amazing series. Did I also mention that there is a lot of very hot, kinky and lust filled sex?
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  • Ri
    January 1, 1970
    World Building and Kink at its BestThis book is a continuation of the Machinery of Desire series and continues the story only this time JI and Fern are the main characters. The previous stories MUST be read in order for this amazing book to be understood. JI has had a pivotal part through this series but this time he is no longer a Mechling but is also no inhabiting a human body. I loved watching this turnabout with him as he struggles to discover his new body and urges. Throughout the series, F World Building and Kink at its BestThis book is a continuation of the Machinery of Desire series and continues the story only this time JI and Fern are the main characters. The previous stories MUST be read in order for this amazing book to be understood. JI has had a pivotal part through this series but this time he is no longer a Mechling but is also no inhabiting a human body. I loved watching this turnabout with him as he struggles to discover his new body and urges. Throughout the series, Fern has been an underlying character and a motivator. Her plight was not at all pleasant. It was interesting to watch JI come to terms with his baser urges in regards to how he felt in regards to Fern. I really appreciated the author in creating a BDSM relationship even in this unusual setting and keeping it authentic. He truly wanted to know where the line was between pleasure and pain. This author is exceptional at world building. Truly one of the best in the industry today. Even though this is Sci-Fi, and everything is not of this world, she still portrays it in a way that I can envision it as if it was in my own house. I LOVE this. It adds a certain quality to it that it makes it more authentic. I am not going to get into the storyline itself because it needs to be read for itself and to not have any spoilers. What I will say though is that if I thought Ryke (previous character) was kinky then I was wrong because sweet holiest of titfires, he has NOTHING on JI on the kink side. This author can write some BDSM kink like no one else. I have no idea where she gets some of these ideas from but I just got to say that I hope she never loses them because they were EVERYTHING. I discovered turn-ons that I didn't even know I had.That being said, Ryke is still my main man from this series (although JI is REALLY close) and this conclusion is everything I could have wanted in this series. I loved getting glimpses of the previous characters in some shape or form and having all my questions answered. I am sad to see this story end but at the same time I look forward to whatever devious and kinky (always kinky) story that this author will write in the future. I am hoping more Mesmers (and know she is rolling her eyes at this) but it cannot hurt to ask!
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Final book in this wonderful series…..Another wonderful but sadly also the final book in what has been a kinky and totally awesome series that I have thoroughly enjoyed and would most definitely recommend to anyone that loves a sexy, excellently written read.I had been waiting to discover what the outcome was going to be for JI after taking control of Ostra’s body and also trying to find Fern, always being watchful and when eventually Ferns discovered and he found his imagination and where that Final book in this wonderful series…..Another wonderful but sadly also the final book in what has been a kinky and totally awesome series that I have thoroughly enjoyed and would most definitely recommend to anyone that loves a sexy, excellently written read.I had been waiting to discover what the outcome was going to be for JI after taking control of Ostra’s body and also trying to find Fern, always being watchful and when eventually Ferns discovered and he found his imagination and where that had taken him. It did prove concerning at times and yet no that much of a worry as he was able to sense that she liked it and was ok with things…..Unfortunately Judge Ormrad was still twisting things so that it had him coming up smelling of roses, he was always continually up to no good and when as JI to try and discover what he had been up to, Aunt M was tried to convince me to discover what exactly….I can only suggest that you read this the fourth and final instalment you will be oh so pleased that you did, it was the culmination of a very, very enjoyable series that as always leaves you the reader wanting more to read as soon as is humanly possible.So please Cari put pen to paper and begin writing your very bext great, great read. I simply cannot wait and just know that whatever it is I will thoroughly enjoy reading it as and when it’s in my extremely enthusiastic hands….I voluntarily received and reviewed an Advanced Reader CopyI thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading any future publications; keep up all the great writing.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    You’ll definitely want to possess this series! This series will grab you and hold on tight - I’m sure it would take a bite out of you if that were possible! Captivating and erotic, this kinky scifi/fantasy series concludes with Exquisite Possession, although I’ll be praying to Aerthe, mechs, mekkers, and whomever else that the author one day chooses to write more of Aerthe because I LOVE THIS SERIES! This story focuses on Fern, an awesomely strong and fierce human we oh-so-briefly meet in book o You’ll definitely want to possess this series! This series will grab you and hold on tight - I’m sure it would take a bite out of you if that were possible! Captivating and erotic, this kinky scifi/fantasy series concludes with Exquisite Possession, although I’ll be praying to Aerthe, mechs, mekkers, and whomever else that the author one day chooses to write more of Aerthe because I LOVE THIS SERIES! This story focuses on Fern, an awesomely strong and fierce human we oh-so-briefly meet in book one, Acquired Possession, along with JI, an AI mech I’ve grown enormously fond of through each book. JI now inhabits an organic body and his genuine curiosity and innocence as he learns human emotions, behaviors, and motives will have any reader invested in his journey. But the most fun part of JI inhabiting a body is his newfound fascination and appreciation for his [email protected], and using said appendage with Fern (aka pet-girl. I adore that!). Turns out, JI is quite the dominant sadist, in the most lovely, ardent way. “The dichotomy between good and bad, between seeing her as a person or as a thing. Because having a thing of his own, owning, keeping, playing with a human thing, at this precise instant, she seemed the ultimate sex toy.” “Yet was she a thing or a person? Could Fern be both? Was someone’s status merely a product of how you treated them? The world of sexuality and humanity had exploded. He wanted more. To understand her and himself, of course.” I can’t recommend this book and series highly enough! Give it a go for some truly talented world building and thrilling and kinky exploits.
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  • Badh
    January 1, 1970
    Such a sad time. What makes it a sad time? The fact that this is the very last book in The Machinery of Desire series. But, cry not, and do rejoice, because it's a heckuva ride and a fantastic book.There's a lot that goes into the book, and it is a pre-requisite that you have read the other 3. JI's story winds its way through the whole series, and you aren't going to know how far JI has come unless you know where he started. And while he goes through a lot of changes in this book, think of how m Such a sad time. What makes it a sad time? The fact that this is the very last book in The Machinery of Desire series. But, cry not, and do rejoice, because it's a heckuva ride and a fantastic book.There's a lot that goes into the book, and it is a pre-requisite that you have read the other 3. JI's story winds its way through the whole series, and you aren't going to know how far JI has come unless you know where he started. And while he goes through a lot of changes in this book, think of how many more changes you would miss by not reading the first books. I mean, he starts out as a huge battle mech and ends up a scav chief. This isn't just JI's story, it's also Fern's story. We haven't seen Fern since the first book, where she was brutalized and left for dead by the evil judge, who is now up to something very bad. She survived with help, and is now hanging with a group of grounders, helping to keep them safe. When she first sees JI, all she knows is that he's a scav, and she shoots him. Twice. But, when JI sees Fern, who he promised to find, he comes up with all kinds of things to do to her. I mean with her. No, I really did mean to her. Including bringing back Ryke's spears. Yes, they make their return, and they are awesome. Like any Cari Silverwood book, there are a lot of layers and levels. It's what makes everything fascinating to read. Really, truly a fantastic book, and the perfect end to wonderful series.
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  • Andrea Miles
    January 1, 1970
    This Series has been amazing. Reading this book the final in the series is sad but also an amazing read. The way the author draws you into the world that is created is simply amazing in itself. A must you must read these books in order. The world of JI. Having to deal with no longer being a machine. Seeing the struggles he was having yes becoming human. Also, dealing with how people perceived him. Was he evil is he good? Then we have Fern. JI and her romance they had. Her with her wants and desi This Series has been amazing. Reading this book the final in the series is sad but also an amazing read. The way the author draws you into the world that is created is simply amazing in itself. A must you must read these books in order. The world of JI. Having to deal with no longer being a machine. Seeing the struggles he was having yes becoming human. Also, dealing with how people perceived him. Was he evil is he good? Then we have Fern. JI and her romance they had. Her with her wants and desires and with JI becoming a man and being able to feel what Fern needs. Love their story. All of the characters that are written seem to jump off the page and include you in what there part is in the story. This world that the author has created is amazing and never disappoints. I am sad to see the series come to an end. But Cari Silverwood takes you from the beginning showing you a world that only existed in her mind and brought it to a series of 4 books. No longer in her mind when reading these you are now seeing this world and all that is there. Bravo one of the best reads I have read. The is a MUST READ!!!
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  • Daria
    January 1, 1970
    Exquisite Possession just wow, if you're reading Cari Silverwood you just have to love the way her mind works, how the story swims around and she can put in on paper and just wow us. She did that with her latest release. Exquisite Possession an ongoing story of Mechs, humans and well a mix of others in a world that Cari created just for them. You could get away with just reading this one, its amazing detail and flow of the story are great. It's a busy read with darkish undertones, but it's an ea Exquisite Possession just wow, if you're reading Cari Silverwood you just have to love the way her mind works, how the story swims around and she can put in on paper and just wow us. She did that with her latest release. Exquisite Possession an ongoing story of Mechs, humans and well a mix of others in a world that Cari created just for them. You could get away with just reading this one, its amazing detail and flow of the story are great. It's a busy read with darkish undertones, but it's an easy read. Love how the writer created JI's personality even though its mixed in with Osta's, you can tell when it's all his own. The need that Fern has, she's shocked that it can be so easily met all her tamping down didn't help much. I laughed at their antics, it was fun and different. Unique but all Cari. Aunt M freaking rocks! Kinda reminded me of another sassy AI in previous books. Alien sex! whew OMG, *fans face* close your eyes and put yourself in Fern's place. *grins* yeah all about that D. Really though its an amazing story with a bit of this and some of that, we even here from our previous fav characters. Grab it, read it and enjoy.
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