In Real Life by Jessica Love
Series: stand alone
Genre: contemporary NA romance
Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.
There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.
Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.
I woke early one morning and I thought ‘what to read for a couple of hours of uninterruptedness?’ and In Real Life seemed to step the front. Snuggled on the lounge, I didn’t notice the soft glow of my mobile soon dimmed as sun started to rise – this book had seriously caught my attention. I had to take breaks from the book for ‘life’ and I was itching to get back to it when I did have to deal with ‘life’.
It’s been too long and frustrating that a book has captured my attention like this. I was devouring the pages at a rate of knots. I instantly fell in love with the heroine and her plight of falling in love with her best friend Nick, a boy she’d never met in real life. Their friendship had developed over the years and it was easy to see that the love was there but would it truly be there when they finally got to meet?
My heart was in my throat, I was swept away by her anxiousness, by her excitement and the fact that she was going to finally, after all these years, get to meet him! I felt every bit of Hannah’s pain as the fantasy she’s constructed all flittered away into the ether. This story is about inst-love but it’s not. This story is sweet on the adult situations, but it’s not. This story is totally awesome and I think the author did a tremendous job. She made me feel. She made me want to go to Vegas to give Hannah a huge hug.
This story was just what I needed. It’s quirky, it’s quick witted, it certainly put my emotions through the wringer. I take note of who the author was thanking in the acknowledgements as I love Elizabeth Briggs’ Chasing the Dream series – when I was reading this book, I was thinking to myself – if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought this to be a Briggs book! This author is definitely on my to-buy for their upcoming works.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion by the publisher. Getting this book for free did not sway my opinion in any way. It’s a damned good read, so much so, I want to get a copy in paperback for my shelf.
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