Saturday, 9 May 2020

Review: The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems. For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.

My Review
I'm not particularly into sci-fi romance, although I'm always intrigued by the idea of robots being so advanced that they blur the lines between machine and human. I liked the idea of seeing this in a purely romance sense. The relationship between Trinity and Li Wei starts in an interesting manner. It doesn't hurt that he's shirtless, which seems to scramble Trinity's brain. Though she finds him odd, his behaviour is explained away in a way she finds acceptable. I kept wondering when/how she'd find out he was an A.I. The scene where she does find out doesn't disappoint.

The story is short and cute. I particularly enjoyed the chapters in Li Wei's POV, which showed his mental development from robot—sorry, bio-synthetic humanoid—to ... human-like. A couple of revelations towards the end kept the story interesting. Trinity and Li Wei were definitely a good match. As far as Trinity falling in love with an A.I., I figured it's probably not far-fetched to fall for your vibrator if it came with a HOT human-like body and thought processes, especially if it were programmed to monitor your bio stats to make sure you're okay. Human males better watch out. haha

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