Title: Spoiler Alert
Author: Olivia Dade
Read by: Isabelle Ruther
Trope: Sort of enemies to lovers
Summary: Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.
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?
If you have ever been involved in fandom in any way, this is the book for you.
If you are looking for a plus-size protagonist who is truly plus-size unlike “plus-size” models who are still airbrushed and photoshopped this is the book for you.
If you love books that bend the fantasy of fandom with reality this is the book for you.
And if you want a female character who is sex positive and is not shamed for her wants and desires than you definitely need to read this.
April is an easy character to identify with if you’ve ever felt, and fought the pressure to be something you’re not and triumphed. She is headstrong, inspired and spends her free time a little too much like I spend mine.
If only I could find a nice handsome or beautiful partner, but I digress.
Marcus is deeply flawed, just like April, and terribly insecure about who he is supposed to be, and what picture he’s supposed to present to the world. It is a very identifiable trait, as we all put on our masks.
While I don’t love the lying in this book, even by omission, I did find myself rooting for them.
This was very well written and very well read, though parts of the book as audio felt like they didn’t have the best transitions due to the messenger format.