Spoiler Alert series by: Olivia Dade

SPOILER ALERT

” Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood.

April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life”–but not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out to spite her internet critics, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction.

On their date, Marcus quickly realizes he wants more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. But when he discovers she’s Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to keep 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? “

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Potential triggers…

  • Fatphobia and body shaming
  • Emotionally abusive parents

I LOVED THIS STORY SO MUCH!!! From start to finish I wanted to cheer for and fight for April and Marcus. Both characters have dealt with feelings of not being good enough that have always weighed heavily on each of them. Neither one believes anyone could want or love all of them.

Marcus, the son of two teachers, was always left feeling like he could never live up to his parent’s expectations. No matter how hard he worked, in school or his career, his parents never seemed to be proud of him or his accomplishments. Instead of supporting and cheering on their son, they’ve actually written articles about their strong dislike of the long-running show he’s on because the writing greatly differs from the material it’s originally based on.

Growing up April was always made to feel like a disappointment to her parents because she wasn’t small and fit. Her father pretty much ignored her existence and her mother constantly tried to coax her into wearing looser clothes or dieting. April know’s her mother loves her but she isn’t sure how much more criticism she can take about her weight from someone who should love and support her unconditionally.

I love that there are snippets of fanfic as well as “scripts” from different projects Marcus has worked on. How there will be a brief mention or thought of something Marcus has worked on before and then the next chapter will start with a scene from the project.

April is written so wonderfully, even with her doubts and insecurities she finally finds the courage to take steps towards being herself in all aspects of her life. The idea of no longer letting others dictate your life is both wonderful and terrifying all at the same time.

This book was such a fun, sweet, and romantic read that had me laughing and sometimes crying along with the characters. I can’t wait to read more of Olivia’s catalog and meet more of her wonderfully crafted characters!


ALL THE FEELS

Releases: October 26th, 2021

” Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Sex appeal. Wealth. Fame. A starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, Gods of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling.

Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep her professional remove and her heart intact, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness…not to mention his Cupid fanfiction habit.

When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants–her. But he’s determined to keep his improbably short, impossibly stubborn, and extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. And on a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves: anything at all. “

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***I received an ARC of this book, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. ***

Potential triggers…

  • Fatphobia and body shaming
  • Harrassment/bullying
  • Domestic abuse

Having just read “Spoiler Alert,” for the first time, I was ecstatic when I saw Netgalley had approved me for this ARC. I didn’t think I could love Olivia’s writing any more than I already did…I was wrong. Happily so.

Olivia has a way of writing these amazing plus-size romance novels with realness infused throughout. My favorite part of both “Spoiler Alert” and “All the Feels” is that neither one contains the “insta-love” trope. We get to see these characters meet and get to know each other and have their relationships evolve into something more.

These couples are able to feel a level of comfort and trust with each other than they don’t normally experience with others and that ability to be open and vulnerable with each other allows love to blossom and grow.

If you’re looking for a well-written and squee-inducing plus-size romance…look no further! In “All the Feels” we get two people who think they know about the other person only to find out their totally wrong, friends to lovers, forced proximity, and so many more fantastic tropes!

My hope is that Olivia has more plans for stories set in this awesome universe because I desperately need more!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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