Honestly, the only reason it's taken me so long to get to reviewing this is because I was too busy reading it over and over and over again.
Virtual Reality Muscle manages to seamlessly merge several major plot ideas with an entirely plausible technological background that appeals on multiple levels.
The story is, as are all of RGreye's works I've read, a work of erotic fiction, and you can expect some seriously steamy content as you page through this book. Some of the scenes I actually had to go back and reread because I got so immersed in the detail that I began to forget what was happening outside of the scene- and that's a good thing.
There *is* a plot to this story; the simplest and most inadequate way of telling it is "boy meets, loses, and regains true love." Like I said, though, that is wholly inadequate. In the course of winning true love, Mark also goes on a journey of self discovery. He seeks comfort and understanding in the arms of several exceptional women, not all of whom are healthy for him to be with, and he discovers that merely his fantasy for a perfect muscle woman is not enough to make him happy, although it's surely a part of what he needs.
Parts of the story are told through the Mark's interaction with the real world, while other parts are explored through his interaction with the virtual reality world he's created and built his career around. Naturally, because the virtual world is so closely tied to the Mark's reality, his experiences in reality begin to bleed over into his creation, and Mark is forced to examine what is missing from a relationship in a virtual world... and what is missing when he reduces himself to little more than an avatar in reality.
Exceptional story, intriguing premise, and a wholly satisfying ending. There are enough powerful women for even the most die-hard female muscle lover, and enough demonstrations of both aesthetic and purpose of that muscle to satisfy any reader, no matter where they fall on the scale of sthenolagnia and cratolagnia.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)