When Joan first meets Rage in Releasing Rage, he’s completely naked. He feels no shame about this. He’s accustomed to being bare, to being poked and prodded. The humans who manufactured him treat him like a weapon to be used, like a machine.
Machines don’t feel modesty. They’re taken apart and put back together, without any thought about their feelings. Excess clothing is impractical and viewed as unnecessary. It slows repairs and inhibits movement.
Rage, being an older cyborg, is aware that Joan, being human, is embarrassed by his nudity. At first, he doesn’t care about her feelings. He hates all humans. It gives him pleasure to embarrass her.
It gives Rage even more pleasure to humiliate her by demanding that she strip naked also. He does want to see all of her (he IS male) and he likes that they’re on equal footing. But he also derives some joy from her discomfort.
The younger cyborgs aren’t as angry as Rage is. They’re simply clueless. They’ve spent most of their lifespans naked and have no idea that this might be wrong. They don’t even have regular clothing. They have battle armor, which is uncomfortable to wear all the time, and nothing else.
What does this mean? You can expect quite a bit of nudity in future stories. Human heroines will not only see their heroes in the buff but they’ll see all of his friends naked also.
And the heroes won’t view that as wrong.
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?