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Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Facebook Affair by Tara Chevrestt

A Facebook Affair by Tara Chevrestt
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (110 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Sage

When Kelly and Brandon rediscover each other on Facebook after twenty years apart, it sparks an attraction that even distance can't extinguish. Do they truly have a future, or is this just a Facebook affair?

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?

A Facebook Affair starts off with eight year-old Kelly Littleton on her first day at a new school. She's self-conscious about her hearing aids and her deafness. Instantly, I able to get inside little Kelly's head and feel her emotions and insecurities. She wasn't just a fictional character. She was like a real person. Childhood Kelly reminded me a bit of myself at that age and I connected with this character.

In the second grade, Kelly had been picked on and teased by two bratty little girls, Caitlyn and Lindsay. But Kelly found a friend in Lindsay's brother Brandon.

When adult Kelly's friend insists that she should socialize more and urges her to get on Facebook, Kelly decides to look up her old childhood friend. Throughout the whole book we flash back and forth between childhood versions of Kelly and Brandon and adult Kelly and Brandon. It was almost like a reunion romance story (and I'm a sucker for those) except that they met as children and never had a chance to act on it.

As characters go, Kelly was strong, confident (in her adult years), forgiving, and an all around nice person. Brandon surprised me as a hero. I'm so used to reading about macho heroes that it was a nice change to read about a realistic man who had a boring job and a boring, normal life, and found the love of his life. In a way, these characters showed that you don't have to be a superhero to find love like the kind in the movies.

Lindsay was a character that I liked and hated at the same time. Adult Lindsay was just as much of a brat as child Lindsay. She was stuck up, lazy, and judgmental. However, some unforeseen circumstances lead her to open her eyes and become a better person. It was surprising to watch her grow as a person.

The story as a whole read like a non-fiction memoir. It was realistic, emotional, and actually inspiring. I loved seeing Kelly's life as a deaf person and how she didn't allow it to limit her options. There were a few typos but the depth of the plot and the characters had me overlook that. It was one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I highly recommend this and am looking forward to reading other works by this author.