December 8, 2020

Spoiler Alert

Spoiler AlertSpoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Series: Spoiler Alert #1
Published by Avon on October 6, 2020
Genres: Romance
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
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Also by this author: All the Feels
Also in this series: All the Feels

Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction.

About Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade gave me all of the feels and soothed my nerd girl soul in ways that I didn’t realize it was hurting. A relatable plus-size main character, who’s smart, wickedly funny, talented, and uninterested in being “fixed.” YES!

This book is full of nods to fanfic writers and not-so-subtle jabs at the Game of Thrones television series. April is a fanfic writing, secret cosplay creator, geologist by day. She’s kept her hobbies hidden from her coworkers because she’s afraid of the repercussions. But starting a new job gives her the confidence to come out.

She posts a photo of herself in full Lavinia garb, her favorite character from the GoT-esque Gods at the Gates. And it goes viral, lots of positive comments but lots of jerks and trolls. Marcus, one of the lead actors on the show sees the post and asks April out.

There are sparks from the get-go but oh my! The complications. Marcus also writes fanfic about Gods at the Gates. It’s his way of secretly dealing with his frustrations about the show. If it comes to light that he’s writing fanfic and criticizing the show in the forums, he could lose his job for breach of contract.

Amp up the tangled web by having April’s fanfic writer persona be besties with Marcus’s persona. Marcus figures out who she is but doesn’t tell her his secret identity because of his fears.

My thoughts about Spoiler Alert

Two characters with secrets and insecurities with crazy sexy chemistry and witty banter made this a fun romp of a book.

Thank you, Olivia Dade, for writing a plus-size character who was uninterested in being “fixed” and yay for writing her a love interest who while on a crazy fitness regimen of his own because of his career, did NOT want to “fix” her either. And still be mad-attracted to her.

Your thoughts

Do you seek out books featuring different types of characters? In 2020, I’ve made an effort to read about more diverse characters written by diverse authors. I appreciate that publishers are offering books featuring LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and nonbinary characters, particularly in the romance genre.

So it’s nice to see romances with MCs who aren’t dainty and delicate but full-figured and accepting. Nothing enrages me more, as a chonky girl, than when a character is only worthy once she slims down.

Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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Looking for something not your standard romance?

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London features Bea, a plus size fashion blogger going on a Bachelorette type show to find love. Read my full review here.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is a heartwarming, delicious enemies-to-lovers romance between the President’s son and a prince of Great Britain.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon features a tech-savvy black woman falling for an Asian American coworker in a tech firm. Read my full review here.

Thank you #NetGalley and #Avon for this ARC.

About Olivia Dade

Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorites, though, were always, always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required the donning of actual pants: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Now, however, she has finally achieved her lifelong goal of wearing pajamas all day as a hermit-like writer and enthusiastic hag. She currently lives outside Stockholm with her patient Swedish husband, their whip-smart daughter, and the family’s ever-burgeoning collection of books.

Olivia is represented by Sarah Younger from the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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