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Virtually Yours
Crystal Inman
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Sarah Sharpe leads a normal life. When she volunteers for a study at the local college, all that changes. She is given special glasses which enable her to enter the scene of her choice in a Virtual World.
Exploring the Virtual World is great. But there’s a catch. A striking, male catch. Blake Canfield. He assures Sarah he’s self-aware and explains he will be her guide.
Sarah is unsure at first, but she quickly grows to enjoy his company. Too much. She soon finds herself falling for essentially a figment of her imagination. How perfect can one relationship be? No strings. Low-maintenance.
But it’s not perfect. It’s the hardest relationship Sarah’s ever been in. Because when she turns the glasses back into the college in three months, Blake will be gone. Forever. And so will Sarah’s heart.

Sarah Sharpe studied the five other people in her group. They each had placards in front of them with their names and ages printed neatly. Their ages ranged from eighteen to fifty-one. She inwardly groaned. Alice, the oldest, was insisting on being the sole test candidate. Jeffrey, the youngest, had tuned her out and proceeded to point out he was the best for the study. Bruce, a little older than Sarah, at thirty-five, was trying to calm them both down. Margie, forty, was applying lipstick, and David, twenty-eight, was about to fall asleep.

Sarah grimaced as the impact of what she had gotten herself into hit her. None of them could leave this room without deciding who would participate in the special case study. Sarah had participated in case studies before and had enjoyed every minute. She usually just filled out a questionnaire and turned it in. It was an easy fifty bucks, and the holidays were creeping up on her.

Sarah wanted to help her older sister, Jessica, this year. Jessie’s children had wish lists that were as long as their arms. Jessica held down a full-time job and was a single parent. Sarah loved and admired her. And this year, she was going to do what she could to help. Christmas was roughly three months away, and Sarah hoped it would be enough time. Sarah worked as a school secretary during the day and loved every minute of it. But she had been thinking about the holidays for awhile.

Riley and Heather had burst into the office on the first day of school. “Aunt Sarah!” Heather wrapped her six-year-old arms around her aunt and kissed her soundly on the cheek. Riley looked everywhere but at the display. He waited until Heather moved before he stuck out his hand.

Sarah’s lips twitched. “No hug for your Aunt Sarah?” Riley glanced left, then right, and hurriedly bent down to hug her. At ten, he was already looking like the man he would become.

“What can I do for you two? In trouble already?”

Heather rolled her eyes. “No, Aunt Sarah. We wanted to ask you something.”

Sarah nodded and smiled. “You go right ahead, hon.” Heather glanced at Riley for help.

He sighed. “It’s about Mom.” He lowered his voice.

Sarah leaned forward. “Yes?”

Heather plopped down in Sarah’s lap. “Good grief, Riley!” Heather turned back towards Sarah and explained. “We found what we want to get Mom for Christmas.”

Sarah looked expectantly from one to the other. “And…” she prompted.

“A ring.” Riley’s voice broke the silence.

“How do you know she wants that?” Sarah asked.

“Easy,” Heather replied. “We were going school shopping, and we passed by this pretty case with lots of rings in it. The woman asked Mama when our birthdays were. Then she said she could make a ring and put us in it.”

Riley frowned. “Our birthstones, Heather.”

“Whatever.” Heather waved her hands. “Anyway, Mama got all quiet and looked really hard at the rings. Then she said ‘Thank you’, and we left.”

“Did she say anything about it again?”

Heather nodded. “I asked her in the car. She tried to smile, but she couldn’t. She said ‘not right now’. Which is what she always says when we can’t afford it.” Heather turned towards her aunt. “Can you help us, please? Mama would be so happy.”

Sarah looked at Riley and then at Heather. “I’ll see what I can do.” Riley’s relief was evident and Heather let out a cheer.

Sarah called the store and asked for the total price of the ring. The 14K gold ring with three genuine stones was around two hundred and fifty dollars. She immediately began thinking of ways to make it happen. She called Jefferson College to see if they were doing any more studies. And now, here she was. Sarah’s eyes scanned the table again, and she shook her head. The first level of hell, she thought grimly.

I really like the concept of this story – it’s science fiction, but it’s not too far-fetched, and may already be happening to people in our society. The plot was straight-forward, and moved along at an even pace. The conflicts in this story were very realistic – how do you choose between two equally attractive alternatives, when your head tells you one thing and your heart tells you another? Sarah deals with her problems in a level-headed way, and yet finds herself succumbing to the longings of her emotions. The rest of the cast of characters – a fairly large group – are well delineated and are interesting people in their own right. In fact, there are a few of these secondary characters whose stories I’d like to read in the future. While the male/female love scenes in this novel are more sensual than graphically erotic, and they are very hot. I enjoyed this one and I know that you will too!

Reviewed by: Jean 5 Angels


The scenarios that Sarah gets involved with in the virtual world are truly fantastic situations that are very enjoyable to read about. The contrast between the virtual world of the study and Sarah's actual real life world provides for lots of funny, sad, and plain old memorable situations. Virtually Yours is a sweet gem of a story that will satisfy any romance fan. Get your hands on this book!
Overall rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Sarah W


RATING: 4 ½ Stars
Ms. Inman has written a wonderful story that is a must read from me and I will be certainly singing its’ praises to everyone I know.

Sheryl, eCataRomance reviews


Crystal Inman’s VIRTUALLY YOURS totally sucked me in. I loved the story line so much. It reminds me of the trials and tribulation one faces when meeting people on-line. You never know if tall, dark and handsome is just a figment of your imagination unless you actually meet him. Read and find out for yourself - I absolutely insist that you do so.
4.5 Blue Ribbons, Carol, Romance Junkies


Virtually Yours is the debut release for author Crystal Inman. Ms. Inman your romance voice is outstandingly fresh and your road to success is paved in gold! Not only is the premise novel, it is written in a hand by an author who certainly knows her craft.
5 Hearts, Janalee, Love Romances


VIRTUALLY YOURS is such a masterpiece that I was very surprised to learn it was Ms. Inman's debut novel. I will certainly be picking up all of her future works as this author is such a breath of fresh air in contemporary romance. Rush to get your copy today. You are sure not to be disappointed in this gem of a story!
~ Shaiha, SUITE Magazine

Fiction Books :: Romance Books :: Contemporary Books

ISBN: 1593743122
ISBN(13-digit): 9781593743123
Copyright: 2009
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 228
Paper Weight (lb): 9.6

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