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Friday, September 4, 2009

Virtual Cat-astrophe by Reece Herring

Virtual Cat-astrophe by Reece Herring
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (26 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

When Carrie Easterman finds the man of her dreams on an internet playground, she puts aside her low self-esteem, lets her hair down, and connects with Lorne on a level beyond the physical. But after two months of smooth sailing, the moment she's dreaded arrives. He wants to meet in real life.

Anxiety cripples her courage, and with a heavy heart, Carrie refuses. However, the fates won’t let her off the hook that easily. With the power of lightening and her clumsy cat acting as catalysts, Carrie finds herself and Lorne sucked into cyberspace wading in strong currents of virtual confusion.

Forced together by destiny, will Lorne be able to overcome Carries insecurities? And even if he succeeds, will their chance at lasting love be snatched away forever, marshalled by the relentless assault of the cyber world?

The problem with virtual reality is taking an on-line romance into real time. Lorne and Kyrie are avatars. When Lorne wants to meet in person Carrie, Kyrie's real name, is nervous. Her avatar is a gorgeous goddess and she's sure Lorne will be disappointed if he meets her in real life.

Carrie's mischievous cat pushes the issue when she knocks over a drink and Carrie is hit by an electric charge. She wakes to find herself in the virtual world. Lorne has had a similar experience and he finds her on the virtual beach. Somehow it seems easier to talk about problems and feelings in this world.

Definitely a different way of looking at a relationship. Most romance books have the hero and heroine meeting and coming into conflict. In this story the couple only met online and Carrie appeared as a lonely woman who found friendship in a virtual life. It seemed to me that she felt she'd lied about her true self although it didn't seem to occur to her that Lorne might also have lied.

I liked how being in the virtual world made them be truthful about themselves and how they felt so they were able to clear the way forward. They also had to deal with the possibility they would be unable to return to the real time world. It might not have been how they envisaged meeting for the first time, but it was certainly different.

Virtual Cat-astrophe is one for the sci-fi or fantasy readers. Short but complete, the author draws you into the virtual reality world and provides and intriguing situation for the reader to unravel.