They’re friends online – but can they be more in real life?
Writer Tara McFadden has been friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez for years, long before his band became famous on reality TV – yet they’ve never met in person. They finally have a chance to connect offline when they’re both sent to Comic-Con to promote the graphic novel they collaborated on.
Hector’s secretly been in love with Tara for as long as he can remember, and once they meet, she sees him in a new light. All the years of longing lead to an incredible night of passion after one of his concerts, but neither is sure if their online relationship can translate into a real life romance – or if this will ruin their friendship forever.
Over four crazy days at Comic-Con, Hector and Tara must decide if they want a future together. But when their story seems to be over, it’s up to Hector’s entire band to make sure he and Tara get their happy ending.
This is a solid little contemporary romance about recent university graduates. It is very current, very of the moment, very pop culture. It will appeal to younger readers.
However, the best thing about it is that it’s one of the few of its kind that has decent people are the lead characters, and none of the extreme sexism the genre is infamous for these days, even if there’s a lot of time devoted to discussing the characters’ physical beauty at the start!
I don’t like comics, nor do I know the first thing about them, but I always perk up at this sort of romance trope. These two have known each other for years, but only via the internet. He is secretly in love with her, but he’s not so good at showing it or expressing his emotions. Who doesn’t like that sort of thing?!
Set at America’s Comic Con, this is a story for anyone who has ever been a rabid fan of anything, because that convention covers it all. I guess that covers a lot of readers, if not me so much. The convention setting isn’t just window dressing; it’s actually a big part of the plot.
So, basically, you have a solid contemporary romance between quite young characters, and you get one with the misogyny removed. There’s nothing objectionable here!
One thing that is not relevant to the actual book is at the end. The author offers a bonus scene if you review the book and email her the link. This sounds like begging for positive reviews; who in their right mind is going to email a link to a negative or even mildly critical review? I wish authors wouldn’t do things like this.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.