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. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood.
April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life”—but not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out to spite her internet critics, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction.
On their date, Marcus quickly realizes he wants more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. But when he discovers she’s Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to keep 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?
This clever, creative love story from Dade (Teach Me) explodes preconceptions about what a modern romance heroine should look like. Plus-size geologist April Whittier spends her spare time cosplaying and writing fan fiction for her favorite book series turned TV show, Gods of the Gates. When a photo of one of April's cosplays goes viral, Marcus Caster-Rupp, the star of the show, asks her out on Twitter to save her from a slew of fat-shaming comments. But readers shouldn't let this dashing meet-cute fool them: April has a spine of steel and hardly needs saving, and Marcus may look like an alpha, but he has a sweet and vulnerable core. The fanfic that both characters write and the interactions they share online play integral roles in their courtship, and Dade handles both the fun and toxic dynamics of fandom and social media with insight and compassion. Given equal weight are Marcus and April's difficult family histories, as both work through the damage inflicted by parents who judged them to be "flawed." The result is nuanced, unflinching, and deeply romantic. Dade's fans and new readers alike will fall in love.
This book is sweet, funny, emotional and everything I wasn’t expecting! I fell into the story slowly and then all at once and I couldn’t put it down! Absolutely a book I would recommend!
Did I get psychologied?
The last word in the title to this post, is not a word. I get it. I woke up in the morning wanting to read spicy fiction and instead, ended my evening blowing throw this book like a dehydrated cactus starving for sustenance. Alas that might be a horrible analogy, but I stand by it. The main characters’ growth was strong and eloquent. They were “lifted of the paper” as so many like to say, and in this case, wholeheartedly true. Aside from a well written adventure with delicious characterizations AND yes, spicy spicy love, I’ve learned that I too deserve love and quite possibly therapy. 100% ended up recommending this book to at least ten people in the same day, and now I’m recommending it to YOU.
Everything I wanted
I don’t think I can fully express how much I freaking loved this book. Like at all. It gives big girls out there the story they deserve with a hero that is perfectly imperfect. Olivia Dade is a queen.