Saturday, March 3, 2012

Review: Synthetic Dreams by Kim Knox

Synthetic Dreams
by: Kim Knox
$3.99 e-book
Carina Press
Sci-Fi / Romance
Released: February 2012

The Corporation controls all.  No one knows this better than Vyn.  An encounter with the Corporation as a child has left her entire body scarred.  Now an adult forced into living with the dregs of human society, Vyn makes her money creating illegal glamours used by rich people while visiting the Corporation-controlled virtual worlds.  The punishment if caught is execution, but Vyn figures they can't possibly do any more to her to hurt her.  When a Corporation enforcer hunts her down, though, she finds out how wrong she is. 

Paul is a top level enforcer for the Corporation, but ever since they took his brother and replaced him with a copy, Paul's had it out for them.  To break his brother out of the virtual prison he's enslaved in, Paul must enlist the help of Vyn, for only she has the know-how necessary to break through the firewalls and free his brother.  And although passion between them ignites hot and bright, he's not sure if he should trust the bitter woman the Corporation's turned her into.  Too bad he doesn't have a choice.

Carla says:

I've read several of Kim Knox's books, and this was the first one that was more romance than erotica, and it kinda threw me.  This is the story of a tyrannical Corporation that controls their area with an iron fist.  For those who can afford it, there is plenty of debauchary and sin to be found in the virtual worlds, where there's no such thing as the word no.  For everyone else, you must tread lightly so as not to bring down the wrath of those watching you.  Vyn's been so scarred inside and out from what they did to her as a child, she never thought she'd find someone she'd be willing to get close to.  Yet she finds that in Paul, someone she should loathe, but can't help but be attracted to.  Paul plays by the rules, but only to further his goal of busting his brother out of jail.  And after observing Vyn for so long, he's developed feelings for her.  This book was a good look into the dangers of virtual reality, and what happens when corporations think they have the right to rule everyone's lives.  I did find it a bit confusing at first, because I didn't catch on to the virtual reality thing for a couple chapters.  I hate to say it, but this is the first book of Kim's I haven't instantly fallen in love with.  It's a good story, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't instantly fall in love with good.

Carla gives this book a

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