Girl Gone Viral – Published 2020
“In Alisha Rai’s second novel in her Modern Love series, a live-tweet event goes viral for a camera-shy ex-model, shoving her into the spotlight—and into the arms of the bodyguard she’d 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 hot guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire episode with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae is the new hashtag-du-jour. The problem? Katrina craves a low-profile life, and going viral threatens the peaceful world she’s painstakingly built. Besides, #CafeBae 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, friend, and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to his family’s home. Alone in a remote setting with the object of her affections? It’s a recipe for romance. But after a long dating dry spell, Katrina isn’t sure she can trust her instincts when it comes to love—even if Jas’ every look says he wants to be more than just her bodyguard…” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
Heads up, this is a really good audiobook! It’s told in alternating POVs with Jas and Katrina, and both readers are really great! Another heads up, apparently this is a sequel to The Right Swipe, which I didn’t know. I listened to this one unknowingly, but I don’t think it really matters. They have mutual characters, but they’re totally different narrators and stories. This seems like more a spinoff.
This is a slow burn romance. Both characters admit very early on, to themselves only, that they have feelings for one another. The reader gets to agonize over how long it takes before they admit it to one another. It’s also a bodyguard romance, something I haven’t experienced in a long time. It’s a fluffier, sweet (and sometimes sexy) read that was a nice break from some of the heavier and scarier books I’ve been reading lately.
I also used this as my car nap book. Sometimes what’s a mama to do other than drive around for two hours so her baby will finally give in and nap? Grab an iced coffee, throw on some sweats, and lull her 13 month old to sleep with the sounds of Jas’ and Katrina’s secret crushes. 10/10 recommend over rocking back and forth in the corner crying because no one will sleep.
More than just a romcom, it also tackled social anxiety, PTSD, family dynamics, blackmail, internet behavior, and more.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
I got nothin’. I loved it. Who doesn’t love a bright, cheery romcom with some depth? 5 stars!