Monday, August 27, 2018


A Standalone Contemporary Romance Novel
By: NY Times, USA Today, and
#1 Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author, Penelope Ward

"... a really well-done story and has some beautiful, fun and sexy moments."
- Craves the Angst

TITLE: Love Online
AUTHOR: Penelope Ward
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2018
PUBLISHER: Penelope Ward
PAGES: Approx. 320

RATING: 3.5 almost 4 Stars!

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy STANDALONE novel.

We met in the least likely of places. It started out innocently enough. I was “ScreenGod” and she was “Montana,” but of course, those weren’t our actual names, just the virtual cloaks we hid behind.

Logging in at night and talking to her was my escape—my sanctuary.

Her real name was Eden, I’d soon come to find out.

From the first time we connected online, I found myself transfixed.

She was an addiction.

At first, we knew nothing about each other’s real identities…and she was adamant that we keep things that way. Anonymity had no effect on our unstoppable chemistry, though. If anything, it allowed us to open up even more in ways we may not have otherwise.

Eden was funny, intelligent, gorgeous—everything I’d ever wanted in a woman.
But I couldn’t really have her.

I had accepted things would have to stay the way they were—until the day I found a clue that led me straight to her.

So I took a chance.

And that was when our love story really began.

REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 almost 4 Stars!

The Review: 
Dual POV’s.
Fun dialogue.
Great writing.
Light angsts with some heartbreaking moments.
Sweet and exciting at times.
Sexy characters with steamy scenes.

A great read I enjoyed and one I think you will too!

Ryder McNamara is the only son of the biggest producer in Hollywood. He grew up with a silver spoon and is expected to take over the family business one day. Being the heir to McNamara Studios and having the connections Ryder has, people are always asking for his help in getting into the spotlight or furthering their career. He’s never had to work hard for much of anything and at twenty-eight, he’s just so bored with it all. And after some upsetting news, he decides one sleepless night to take a stroll through some porn sights. The minute he spots an image of a girl playing the violin, he’s intrigued enough to click.

And life is never the same again.

Montana Lane sells Love Online. She’s a cam girl and commits to entertaining her cam johns at night. She grew up with an unpolished, metal spoon and her life is complicated and settled in reality. She needs the money and the security being a cam girl provides and she has no interest in falling for one of her clients ... except something about ScreenGod calls to her in ways she hasn’t felt in a really long time. 

Over time, Ryder and Eden grow closer and eventually share enough of their lives with one another Eden knows it would never work between them - especially when she’s keeping some pretty big secrets.

But then he shows up for a face to face, and all common sense flies right out the door.

I really enjoyed the plot of this book. In true Penelope Ward fashion, she takes a tried and true trope and puts a unique and refreshing spin on it. Ryder and Eden are basically pen-pals with lusty online chats and some true heart-to-heart moments thrown in. With their relationship developing mostly through chats and feelings, it was fun to watch them fall for one another and find passion in interesting ways. I loved this concept and the sexual tension and character development were both so well done!

I really liked Ryder. His life might have been fine wine and Hollywood parties, but he was so real and down to earth. And very relatable. He was kind and sweet and understanding.

Eden was very connectable. I felt for her, and her life circumstances were heartbreaking but also uplifting. She was strong and kind and full of life, even though life wasn’t so kind to her.

But... and yes, there’s a but...
As much as I enjoyed Ryder and Eden’s story and the great writing ... there was something missing. For me, it just didn’t have the “spark” this author always delivers in one of her books. The angsts were light and the conflict predictable. I also felt the chemistry between Ryder and Eden was missing something, too. This author has always given me the butterflies and tummy flutters while reading her books, but I didn’t get them this time. I felt the H/h’s connection, but it didn’t seem to have a lot of “spark” this time.

The Wrap Up: 
Penelope Ward knows how to write a great story. She does “angsts” and “feels” so well, I can’t help but devour her books over and over. She’s one of my go-to authors for rereads. But not all books work for all readers. I’ve been a huge fan for a long time and though this one wasn’t a five star read for me, it might be for you ... and was for a ton of other readers.

Regardless, it’s a really well-done story and has some beautiful, fun and sexy moments. You’ll love Ryder. His character pulled this read together for me.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over one-point-five million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

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