Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
When good intentions make everything go from bad to worse, all Ryan can do is sit back and enjoy his own personal ride to hell. But maybe he can still save the damsel in distress along the way... Hey, a computer geek can be a hero, too! Stranger things have happened... More
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About Alianne Donnelly

Alianne Donnelly is an avid lover of stories of all kinds. Raised on a healthy diet of fairy tales in a place where they almost seemed real, she grew into a writer who seeks magic in the modern age and enjoys sharing a little bit of it with the world through every story she writes. Her books span the spectrum from fantasy to science fiction with varying degrees of romance sprinkled throughout. Alianne now lives in California, where she spends her free time reading, writing, and daydreaming. To find out more about her books and works in progress, visit her website at

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Reviews of Virtual by Alianne Donnelly

Travis Siegel reviewed on April 28, 2021

If you're looking for a good story to while away a few hours on a trip, or just to kick back and relax, this book would be an excellent choice, especially if you like AI or computer stories. This was excellently done, and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Carol reviewed on Aug. 15, 2015

A clever plot with a tech trying to fill in for a virtual concierge. There is nice progression from farce to thriller.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Pamela Cummins reviewed on Dec. 26, 2014

Another winner by Alianne Donnelly! You never know this could happen in real life.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
Beau Johnson reviewed on Nov. 17, 2014

I have a programmable thermostat. They make thermostats that learn your habits and adjust themselves. There are remote home monitoring systems that receive alarms and send response units if something wrong is detected. You can adjust your lights from your smart phone with the proper app and equipment in your house.

Combining all of this into a Smart House is the brainchild of Hearth Global. Not only does it combine everything normally found in remote or local monitoring, it also checks levels of supplies for food and orders more when supplies run low. The user interface is the real breakthrough. Owners are able to talk to a holographic concierge instead of typing commands into a keyboard or other device. The concierge responds by voice. All of this is possible today, just no one has done it.

Ms. Donnelly takes us to the day it all happens at Hearth Global. Smart houses come online, the holographic concierges begin taking commands from the house owners and the world will be forever changed. It’s all monitored at the central command point over secure paths of the internet. Each tech monitors fifty accounts and all goes well. Ryan is typical of these and is also working on an advanced hologram that will be more lifelike than the others.

Then Tori, in house fifty-one tries to boot her system and nothing happens. She finally gets Ryan in tech support and explains the problem. He’s only supposed to have fifty houses and this one has fallen through the cracks. On orders from his superior, he takes over this one client and, unknown to her, operates her house manually, substituting for the concierge.

The interaction between them, and the relationship that develops between Tori and her “hologram” is the crux of this delightful story that carries us through the creepy government agent gone wrong, near disasters and a lawsuit to its conclusion.

This is a highly recommended sci-fi romance.
I’m watching my Roomba robot vacuüm with a bit more suspicion now.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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