I'll be the first to admit: I waited until long after this was done to read it. I just wasn't that interested in the synopsis. It implied it was from a woman's POV, though it turns out to be 3rd person. In the end, it got a good score and I really like the author. So....
Not entirely believable, but that's the norm here. The male protagonist's second job is never laid out. Much time is skipped toward the end.
As a nerd who never knew how to connect with women, I really connected with the male protagonist. The female protagonist is complicated and interesting. The story covers a lot of territory; it covers history via flashbacks that make the main storyline much more appealing and explicable. The ending is very nice with a rather appealing bookend.
In short, if you have any interest in reading a good romantic story with some tech and good sex, this is a story that is right up your alley. Nerds of the world, unite! The rest of you, just gather around in a loose association.
Just imagine a society that sponsors a "SPY IN THE SKY," where everything anywhere in the world can be viewed on a Monitor in lurid detail, full color, and enlargeable until you can see a pimple on a baby's bottom enlarged a thousand times. And did I mention so top secret even the operators have no names on file anywhere! And along comes this brash young fella who peeks in on a sweet young thing sunbathing in a skimpy bikini. And then leave it up to Bob Lubrican to divulge the Nations top secrets in an entertaining and thought provoking way. It opens up a whole can of worms and entertains you with a truly wonderful love story that lets the characters live happily ever after; well, as long as this tale takes you to read it. Enjoy!
A wonderfully written romantic story. Enough erotica for the onanists, but not a simple wank-story. Enough technical bits for the engineers, enough government wastage for the libertarians. Excellent humor, cleverly and well presented. But most of all, excellent character definition and development. The kind of story we'd love to believe, because it represents how so many of us would like to be. Enjoy it, savor it, it's a very likely Clitorides nomination.