Olivia Dade comes to the blog with a story full of fanfiction, surprises, and a heroine that defies expectations (or tries to) with
April has secrets: lots of secrets. But she’s managed to separate her worlds and keep all but her closest friends out of the ‘knowledge circle’. Sure, some know that she does cosplay, particularly for her favorite show, a Game of Thrones like Roman saga, but they don’t know of her fanfiction addiction that more closely follows the book trajectory of her favorite character and her love interest. But when a picture of her in costume, as her favorite character goes viral – EVERYONE is interested – from the good to the bad.
Marcus is the decided star of the show as the male lead, and the focus of many fantasies. What few know is that he’s far more complex than any public appearances would suggest. He’s also been writing fanfiction for the show, after some gentle encouragement and help from his favorite writer on the boards, Lavinia Stan.
The connection and support that these two (along with several miscommunication moments) as both Marcus and April start to form a relationship as themselves, with little mention of the fanfic and that connection is sweet and both are able to show their more complex sides. It takes plenty of courage, a few moments of despair, lots of heart and plenty of soul-bearing as these two, fated to be together, finally overcome the outside noise and their own issues to make a go of it. Dade has explored so many issues here – from dyslexia to body shaming, self-esteem and trust – and brought a lovely story that has two characters that are easy to relate to, cheer for and enjoy – alone and as a couple.Author: Olivia Dade
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: Avon
Published on: 6 October, 2020
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 48 minutes
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Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.
Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he's known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster. Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character through his stories, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favorite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.
April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her “real life” for years—but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus, one half of her OTP, sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realizes life is really stranger than fanfiction.
Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.
With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.