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What's a corporate demon to do when the voice in her head is devouring her sanity from the inside out, and the hosts of heaven and hell would rather see her destroyed than surrender a power no one should possess?Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for--she's a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity's secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.
She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn't a complete control freak.
As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer's descent from heaven.
Now Ronnie's struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of retrieval analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.
So, in the interests of full disclosure, make sure you read the following:
1. All links go to Amazon unless otherwise specified. If you follow that link and buy the book, I get a small percentage, as outlined in my Disclaimers page.
2. I've known Loralie for nearly seven years (and that makes me feel really strange. I've known her since I was sixteen.). We're pretty good buddies. She has not bribed me for this review, however.
3. I've read several incarnations of this story. I actually squealed when she announced it was getting published!
The first thing I loved about this book is that the "romance," while an integral part of the story, was not the focus. Normally, I'm all about the romance, but I really enjoyed the fact that the issues Ronnie was having with this extra voice in her head was her #1 priority, not her feelings for Hot Stud and Sexy Manmeat. (My nicknames for them, obviously.)
When I began reading, I was initially worried that the Inner Voice and Ronnie/Uriel's voice would get confusing and I wouldn't be able to tell them apart. Well, that concern died pretty quickly. The difference, not only in tone, but attitude and flow between the two characters was easily defined and I always knew who was "talking."
The interactions between Ronnie and Lucifer were a pleasure to read, in my opinion, but I'm a sucker for Lucifer in general. The fact that you can tell that Lucifer does genuinely care for her warmed my heart.
Michael...I had a hard liking him, but I think maybe that was on purpose? You're supposed to initially like Gabriel; he's cute and relaxed and he's like the Guy Best Friend...until he's not. Michael is reserved and hard to pin down, devoted to his sense of duty as any Original Angel should be.
As someone who has never worked in an office in her life, I can say that I no longer want to. The company of Ubiquity -- the Cherub-Hunting Search Engine our dear Main Character works for -- has a nefarious undertone and an asshole boss. (and it's not Lucifer! Go figure!) The way Loralie weaves the main plot with the secondary issues of the company is really well done and I actually didn't see the connections until the last second. The mythology and the bureaucratic way that Heaven and Hell work was beautifully inspired, and never felt forced or awkward.
While I was pretty sure that it would end as it did, I had a few moments thinking, "Is she going to--nah. No. She wouldn't...it looks like she is...oh thank gods, she didn't." So, congrats, Loralie, you kept me on my toes!
All in all, I love Loralie's work (you should check out her work under pseudonym Allyson Lindt) and she has not disappointed me with this long awaited book. It's entertaining and filled with action and politics and sexiness. The conflict between Ronnie and her Mental Roommate is perfectly balanced, and I can't wait to read the next books in the Ubiquity series!