Wednesday 7 October 2020

Review: Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

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?

Review: This was the body positive romance I had been waiting for. This featured all of favourite tropes in there or the tropes I love in a novel anyways. We had characters who were thoughtful and intelligent. Characters who were relatable and lots of lovely consensual hot sex. 

April is a great main character because she is confident about her body and proud of being fat and beautiful but she also has the same kind of hang ups and insecurities that we all have. I loved the fact that she had a separate online persona to her real world persona and I found that very very easy to relate to. She is also confident in herself and her beliefs and it is clear that she doesn't need a partner to validate who she is or where she is in life. She was an intelligent breath of fresh air and I was rooting for her all the way through the novel. 

Marcus is an interesting character because he has that celebrity about him. I have found that I actually really like when we get a little look into celebrity culture in a book and this is really well written because his character isn't just his celebrity lifestyle. We get to hear about his past, his hidden geeky side and his learning disability. All of these things should be normalised and well done to this author for taking massive steps in that direction.. 

Then we have the sex. The sex in this book is wonderful and sexy and hot and I was here for every sexual act on the page. I love the way this writer described her characters right down to the feeling of their skin and the smell of them and that added to the quality fo the build up and the romance before the sex itself. This book also features some convention action and I have realised that I love a convention in a novel. It bring back memories of Book Expo in NYC and it makes me happy so I really enjoyed those scenes in the book almost as much as the sex scenes. 

If you're looking for a romance with a realistic fat heroine and a bit of celebrity gossip then I highly recommend this novel. 

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