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Spoiler Alert | Review

TITLE: Spoiler Alert
AUTHOR: Olivia Dade
PUBLICATION DATE: October
PAGES: 416
RATING: 5/5

SYNOPSIS

Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he’s known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster.  Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character through his stories, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favorite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.

April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her “real life” for years—but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus, one half of her OTP, sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realizes life is really stranger than fanfiction.

Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.

With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?

REVIEW

I’ve had very high hopes for Spoiler Alert for awhile! While I have never read anything by Olivia Dade, I was really excited by the premise for it and a lot of the aspects of the book. I’m so glad that it didn’t disappoint!

I read this with Candyce from The Book Dutchesses along with several other people in TBR and Beyond for our November pick for Swoon Along. This is a monthly read along that Candyce and I host and I was so excited when it won the poll to be our read for November.

This is a book that I was sucked into from the start and never wanted to stop reading! For me, this is always a good thing because if I’m having to force myself to read a book, I know I’m not enjoying it. This is one of those books where I was rooting for the relationship from the very start.

I absolutely loved seeing the fandom part in this book. It’s something I really enjoy in stories and I think it was done so well in Spoiler Alert. Both April and Marcus write fanfiction based on the show that Marcus plays a character in. I really enjoyed the little snippets of fanfiction and actually found myself wishing we could have gotten more of them than just the little sneak peeks we got here and there.

The romance in this book was probably one of my favorites of the year when it comes to contemporaries that I read. While yes, it’s far from perfect, it felt genuine because what relationship is perfect.

I absolutely loved this book and definitely can’t wait for the sequel to come out in 2021!

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