April is a talented geologist, but her true passion is writing fanfiction for Gods of the Gates, a series of books based on the Aeneid, which turned into a popular fantasy series on television. April’s favorite ship is Lavinia/Aeneas.
Little does she know that her best online fanfic buddy is secretly Marcus, one of the stars of the show.
Meanwhile, when Marcus sees April’s Lavinia cosplay photo on Twitter, he feels compelled to ask her out. She tells him about her fanfic, but he can’t bring himself to confess *his* fanfic identity.
Okay, I need to stop talking because I’m going to say too much. Needless to say, I loved the intersection of fanfic and celebrity dating. The interludes with snippets of fanfic are fascinating and it was surprisingly easy to immerse myself into a fictional fandom.
April is a plus-sized heroine, and while she’s far from the first, it’s so pleasant to see her comfortable with herself. She doesn’t hate herself, she doesn’t need a man to complete her life, she doesn’t need a makeover, and she’s not trying to lose weight.
Marcus might look like a Hollywood golden boy, but he’s far more complicated than he appears. As I’ve mentioned, he writes fanfic about the show that he’s on. He’s also dyslexic, which was a major source of contention for him growing up with two hyperintellectual professors who didn’t understand their son’s learning disability.
I would absolutely recommend Spoiler Alert. April and Marcus work so well together; their chemistry is amazing on so many levels, and they’re easily one of my favorite contemporary romance couples. The fandom aspect is spot-on, and all the fanfic references had me alternating between smiling fondly and nodding in agreement. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series. Who does it feature? Lol, I’m not going to tell you—you’ll have to read the book.
I received a copy of this book from Avon/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.