Author: S.J. Pajonas
Series: Love in the Digital Age
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Adult
Release date: April 25, 2014
The writings below are my opinions, you may let it influence you or you may not.
Laura and Lee meet in a bar in New York. After their first date, Lee goes to Korea; Laura stays in New York. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can't live without.
Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they're both going to need actual face time to figure it out.
The Three R's
I started out liking Laura. She was plucky, upbeat and so, so, so fit. By the ninth chapter--between her obsession with getting it on quick and dirty with Lee; her insistent need to detail her gym obsession (by the end it started sounding as if people who don't exercise are evil. See Laura meeting Sandra) and her inability to exist without being a satellite--I couldn't give a jazz about her. Her dependency issues irked me. Her tragic life history weaned all the empathy I had until I stopped caring.
Yes, I am a horrible person. I acknowledge that but there's only so much I can take from a thirty-something year old teenager. It was a constant barrage of "Oh, woe is me."
This woman made a lot of mistakes (traipsing through Asia as the equivalent of a traveling prostitute, for example) as a young adult following the tragic and unexpected death of her older brother. Her problems are compounded by what remained of her needy, neurotic, narcissistic family.
Example: she gets an abortion. Complications arise and she's bleeding out on her bathroom floor. What does her father-of-the-year pop do? Kick her out. Because...y'know...compassion is too complicated a code to decipher when your daughter is hemorrhaging.
Then there's...Roi? Rossi? It-starts-with-a-R French ex-boyfriend. Rene! Yep, Rene. He was a "defining moment" boyfriend. I was expecting someone absolutely horrid. Turns out he was religious. Very anticlimactic revelation. After he dumped her, she chased after him because...satellites.
You would think Laura would learn from her mistakes.
You would be wrong. Barely a week into her relationship with Lee, she's sending smexy pictures. It's called spontaneity. I have another "s" word in mind.
Please, please don't do this. Especially with someone you barely know.
There are numerous repercussions. There's a high chance your picture will become a meme on the internet amongst other unsavory things.*
I could go on and on but I need to sleep.*
Conclusion: Laura came across as an idiot camouflaged under the flag of "trusting," "forgiving," "brave," and "so, so, very brave."
Lee, requite bland love interest:
Lee managed to be both bland and irritating in his blandness. He kept complaining about his ex and his mother and his sister and I'm like: "you're a thirty-something successful lawyer. Get a grip."
The plot is two people falling in love and overcoming obstacles.
Sounds repetitious? It was repetitious:
The two couples talked and Laura would fall into the pit of "I'm not good enough. He's gonna find out about my sordid past and abandon me. I need to get hitched before I'm thirty-five unless I'm gonna die a lonely, rat-breeder." This woman needs self-validation more than I need to sleep. Lee would then reassure her and we would advance, pause and repeat; alternating characters as needed (Lee, without the sordid past).
Thankfully, Laura was able to overcome her crippling self-judgement, realizing she was not the sum of her mistakes. Lee was able to stand up to his ex and mother and reconcile with his sister.
Unfortunately, this happened after Sardonic Me took over.
She's the kind of person who would go to a party just to sulk. She's cold, capricious and callous. Tends to roll her eyes a lot.
She woke up between chapter nine and twelve, rolled her eyes and never went back to sleep.
- The POV thing? Couldn't distinguish between either characters.
- This book covered the span of three weeks to two months? These two fell in before the end (if not the start) of the second week. I will say this: I have no problem with insta-love when done right. This wasn't and it made me question their relationship.
That said, there were good points about this book.
- The ending: I liked that it (sort-of) dropped off in the middle. To me, those final scenes were the beginning of their relationship. If the horniness, gym shout-outs and other unnecessary parts were omitted, it would be a tighter story.
- Lee and Laura were able to give each other the strength to overcome their problems.