Review: Girl Gone Viral
Series: Modern Love #2
Published by Avon on April 21, 2020
Also by this author: First Comes Like
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I’m always excited to read a new book by Alisha Rai! Her books give me more than a couple falling in love and finding their HEA/HFN. Not that there’s anything wrong with the traditional HEA romance storyline but sometimes I want something a bit more and I know one of her books is going to deliver.
Whether it’s past trauma or current emotional, mental, or physical health issues, she writes complex characters who face their fears and help each other find solutions to start the healing process. Alisha’s stories also show more than the love between the main characters. She shows us the love they share with their friends and families – biological or found. Demonstrating how important emotional support systems are for both men and women.
But if you haven’t read one of her books, don’t think that they’re all serious and dark! There are plenty of sexy times and the witty banters.
In this second book in the Modern Love series (you should, but don’t have to, read the first book first), wealthy and reclusive former model Katrina has a huge crush on her bodyguard. Jas, former military, suffers from untreated PTSD and unresolved family issues. Katrina suffers from panic attacks and the emotional damage from an abusive father.
Katrina is learning to deal with the fears that keep her in her home. A visit to a coffee shop after her therapy session leads to a chance encounter with a stranger. What she thought was just a casual conversation gets documented as a meet cute by another customer.
The woman’s social media posts go viral. Katrina’s fears over identity and location spiral as the story keeps growing, especially when the stranger starts giving interviews telling people they’re in a relationship.
Jas has to grapple with his own demons and learn to let not just Katrina but family and friends into his heart so he can find peace and happiness.
Their relationship is a slow, slow burn and I was totally there for it. I enjoyed that the romantic and sexual pace in this book was the opposite of The Right Swipe.
If you’re a fan of The Right Swipe (first book in the series), Rhi and Samson show up in this book along with some of the other quirky, adorable characters. I’d like to be the fierce Lakshmi when I grow up!
Do you have a favorite romance trope? Slow burn or love/lust at first sight? Body guard? Friends to lovers? Tell me in the comments below.
If you enjoy contemporary romances, don’t miss the first book in Alisha Rai’s Modern Love series – The Right Swipe.
Other modern romances with diverse characters and spicy romances are The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory and Not the Girl You Marry by Andie Christopher.
Thanks to NetGalley and Avon for the DRC.