I scored this quick, fun read by Ryan Ringbloom at the Yo Philly Author Event.
Life can suck…
When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.
Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.
Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.
Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.
Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?
New Adult Contemporary Romance
Mature content. This story is intended for mature readers. 18+
I have an online support group, a circle of friends I’ve never met in person; therefore I immediately connected with all four of the leading ladies in this fun but insightful book. Scattered across the globe these women, all in different stages of life but at similar ages, love romance books and run their own blogs reviewing said books. They become friends and daily interact online, sharing their love of books, obsessing about sex, exaggerating their triumphs and downplaying their problems. Online they are able to create better versions of themselves and yet are more honest than they are with their blood and bone friendships.
At this heart of this story is the love-life of each woman – what they want it to be versus what it is and the unrealistic expectations their affection for romance novels has created. Not that they glean their expectations are unrealistic until each one’s worlds blow up in their faces. And not everyone gets, or deserves, a happily ever after. I’ll definitely read Ryan again.