In Alisha Rai’s second novel in her Modern Love series, a reclusive investor goes viral, shoving her into the world’s spotlight—and into the arms of the bodyguard she’s been pining for…
OMG! Wouldn’t it be adorable if he’s her soulmate???
I don’t see any wedding rings <eyes emoji>
Breaking: #CafeBae and #CuteCafeGirl went to the bathroom AT THE SAME TIME!!!
One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a random guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire encounter with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae has the world swooning. Going viral isn’t easy for anyone, but Katrina has painstakingly built a private world for herself, far from her traumatic past. Besides, everyone has it all wrong…that #CafeBae bro? He isn’t the man she’s hungry for.
He’s got a <peach emoji> to die for.
With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, offers his family’s farm as a refuge. Alone with her unrequited crush feels like a recipe for hopeless longing, but Katrina craves the escape. She’s resigned to being just friends with Jas–until they share a single electrifying kiss. Now she can’t help but wonder if her crush may not be so unrequited after all…
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Fly Girl’s Review
Sometimes you feel like you are going to get a certain type of story based on the cover art. Well, this is one of those. I thought it was going to be a comedy, but it really is just contemporary romance. There were a couple of funny scenes, but they just go with the story, it doesn’t make this a comedy. Is it a good story? Yes, I thought it was. It was very relatable for many people today who suffer from extreme social anxiety and PTSD that keeps them isolated. She does a great job of portraying what that feels like and how even though others think you should be able to control it, how your thoughts and emotions just get out of control quickly and you can’t just pull them back in.
We are fortunate in this one it portrays a super rich girl and her bodyguard who can literally pay people to do the things requiring forays into the public. It is much different for someone who still lives with this level of anxiety and has no way to get anyone else to go out for them and so must conquer it to live life, even if for a small moment. Katrina and Jas each have their own anxiety issues caused by completely different things that happened in their life, yet they somehow recognize the kindred spirit in each other. There is tons of sexual tension in the course of the book even after they come together to make the pages go up in smoke before your eyes or your e-reader to compulsively start smoking.
When they do finally come together they discover they might be able to help with the other’s anxiety issues just a little bit…maybe enough to be out in public without worrying about how they or others are going to react around them. They learn to take a moment to get out of their own headspace and discover that there is lots of love in the world not just between two people. Those moments make life more enjoyable for each of them and give themselves some control over their own circumstances. I love that she lets each of them have one moment in the book where they conquer their fear in a face to face showdown with it and each comes away a success. It makes you feel like there is hope if you struggle with severe anxiety to be able to have little successes.
I’m giving this a 4 of 5 because I really wanted a comedy and that cover just killed it for me. I mean I finished this a couple weeks ago and I’m still upset by the cover. I’m really not into these stylized cartoon covers. Give me something that looks like the type of book I’m going to get. I mean can you imagine a hand drawn historical romance without a half naked man on the cover??? I’m just not falling for this new idea of cover art. They work for me for comedies, but not serious romance novels. Enough of my tirade.–Just go buy the book and let me know what you think of it.
4 of 5 propellers
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Alisha Rai pens award-winning contemporary romances. Her novels have been featured on the IndieNext and the LibraryReads lists, and been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, New York Public Library, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Reader’s Digest, Kirkus, “O” the Oprah Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling or tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit www.alisharai.com.