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Sunday, October 7, 2012

2012 Book 134: A FACEBOOK AFFAIR Review


A Facebook Affair by Tara Chevrestt
ISBN: 9781771010306
Publication date: December 9, 2011
Publisher: Breathless Press

When Kelly Littleton takes the plunge and finally joins Facebook to socialize without the limits that her hearing impairment gives her. On a whim, she looks up a childhood friend. In sending him that first message, she ignites the memories of a crush from twenty years ago. But will they turn into the flames of romance, or end up the ashes of a Facebook affair?

Brandon Hopkins has a lot on his plate. A recent divorce, a pregnant sister, and now, he realizes he's in love with a woman who lives states away. Can he overcome the boundaries of internet romance to make this desire turn into something real, or will adversity and distance be their undoing?

Kelly Littleton is a hearing-impaired journalist residing in Utah. She is grieving the death of her mother and wondering about her future. Since she has spent the last few years taking care of her ailing mother, she hasn't had much of a social life. Her girlfriend Tammy is there for her, and prods her into joining Facebook in an effort to increase her socialization skills and perhaps find new friends. Kelly doesn't have too many fond memories of her childhood, but she does remember one specific person that was always kind to her, Brandon Hopkins. So she decides to see if he's on Facebook and attempts to reconnect.

Brandon is now a real estate agent and still in Oklahoma. He's getting a divorce from his wife and trying to help his pregnant sister, Lindsey, since her husband has been deployed overseas. Brandon is still a nice guy and he and Kelly launch an intense friendship via Facebook messaging, emails and online chats.

A Facebook Affair is a quick and short read that provides drama, angst and romance. The angst is found in Kelly's childhood memories of her Second and Third grade experiences with Brandon and the resident mean girls. The story swings between the present and those childhood experiences. The drama is found with her return to Oklahoma to spend time with Brandon and meeting his parents and sister, former mean girl Lindsey. The romance builds quickly between Brandon and Kelly, starting with their Facebook connection. Ms. Chevrestt provides an interesting read that deals with the issue of childhood bullying, being disabled and perceived to be less than human, along with the romance angle. Unfortunately the issue of bullying isn't resolved in Kelly's childhood and she retains some of those fears as an adult. The characters are reasonably well-developed and the action is very fast-paced but believable. My only "concern" is that Kelly and Brandon's relationship goes from a sweet techno-romance to full-blown passion with little romance once they reconnect face-to-face. If you're looking for a fast-paced happily-ever-after read, then A Facebook Affair will not disappoint.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this ebook free for review purposes from the author. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."



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