Then the good guy the story is set up for her to end up with implies she is a prostitute on their first date ? Earth's low-paid ambassador must juggle an awful dating service subscription with the whims her mysterious robot bosses and interstellar diplomacy.
And at the end of their first date she is tipsy and tricked into getting married in the hallway by an Elvis impersonator. If Isaac Asimov wrote a romantic comedy, this would be it.
When she receives a gift subscription to the dating service that’s rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, Kelly decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. A race who gathers up the dross of the universe, playing nursemaid to the galaxy’s lowest achieving lifeforms – a group Earth is definitely a part of. If you want to relax and laugh out loud, pick this up. Shelves: snark-dead-to-me, snark-never-again, length-short-story-novella, snark-didn-t-grab-me, snark-die-die-die, time-futuristic, setting-outer-space, aftertaste-disappointing, aftertaste-yuck, aftertaste-dont-bother, heroine-doormat, recommend-no, ending-hfn, sex-implied-or-none, pov-multiple, 0-kindle-unlimited, snark-wtf-was-that, genre-dog-shit YUCK! Thank goodness it was short because I found it horrible. It wasn't bad; the world was nicely imagined, if somewhat superficial (inventing names doesn't equal world-building depth. You jump back and forth each chapter between the two main characters until they finally meet at the end.
But I have read romances that I have enjoyed, or at least not despised, and I have been so burned out on the usual I gave it a try.
It is definitely part science fiction, part romance, but with huge lashings of Wodehouse style witticisms and situations (something that is unlikely to be accidental, given that one of the AI's has chosen to call himself Jeeves.)It doesn't take long for the pattern of events, the way in which the AI are manipulating the humans (through the titular "dates") to become obvious and the ending wont come as a surprise to anyone paying attention, but even that didn't spoil the fun.
I found myself rooting for the main characters, looking forward to their inevitable meeting, and excitedly anticipating each new ridiculous situation the AI's cook up for the hapless humans.
The Stryx who pay her so little that she has to sleep on the floor of her office. Aside from that, it was an engrossing little drama that had just the right amount of humor and intrigue to make up for the lack of romance throughout the first 95% of the book.
The dating service that sets her up as bait to be kidnapped so they can catch people in the act. I'm not sure if I'd recommend it, but I don't regret reading it.Wir tun das, um eine ungefähr gleiche Anzahl an männlichen und weiblichen Mitgliedern zu gewährleisten.