This is the blurb!
- "Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ? -
It took me a little while to read this, and finally I've made it to the reviewing part!
Let's begin :)
There are a few covers of this book, and being that type of bookworm that needs to know all her options of covers before committing to buying a buying a book, I think that's why it took me so long to review this book...I spent a lot of my time trying to pick one that I liked. Eventually, I chose with the minimal one, paperback, and was intriguing to the eye without looking like a horrid rom-com type of book.
NO! I'M BEING THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF INDECISIVE.
For me, a large portion of the romance novels I've read have been a huge miss. I've either not connected to the characters and felt their chemistry and attraction through the pages or it was so overly cheesy that I just couldn't help but laugh at these cheese burger like scenarios and quotes. There are a few that have really impacted how forever alone I am, like Eleanor & Park for instance, but those are the rare beauties that I struggle to lend to people for fear that it'll get ruined. (CoughMaraknowswhatimtalkingboutCough)
Still being on the high from Eleanor & Park, I was intrigued and set off to finish this book. Being sick helped because I got to lay in bed or sit in the bath all day just reading it.
- I really liked the quirkiness of the story. It's not every day there is a book about a romance blossoming between characters whose interaction doesn't happen until the latter portion of the book (No spoilers. I swear)
- Lincoln was a sweetie pie. Seriously. If I ever met someone like him (his creepiness for the whole, falling-in-love-with-a-chick-he-has-never-met, thing aside...), I would know that I was going to have a guy who loved me with every ounce of love that he had.
- All the characters were beautifully flawed. They were very believable and real characters. Every single character had their stance of -'I'm the main protagonist of my own story' - going on, which I love. No character was simply used as a way for the plot to move on, but helped you to see this world evolve into reality for you. They had their separate lives going on besides this love story, which was beautiful to see.
- Good length, if you're a slow reader and ACTUALLY have a life, then it's about a day and a half read.
- Pretty covers! There are so many to choose from and select for yourself. I like my options.
- Wit. There were plenty of witty comments, jokes, sassing of friends and teasing. There were a few times where I actually let out a little laugh, which NEVER happens for me while I read. I just feel like book humour tries too hard to be funny.
- The cheese factor. There were so many cringe worthy parts of just...super duper lovey roseyness that I just had to roll my eyes and press on...
- It was really hard to imagine the characters. Sometimes a little bit of description here and there goes a LOOOONG way when thinking about the characters...but for me, I imagined Lincoln to be a bit nerdy and not muscular, but lanky and gawky...but no. He is described to be as butch, tall, muscular, and even good-looking...and yet his personality is so the opposite. It made it really confusing while I was picturing him to be something opposite to what he was described as.
- I couldn't get into the romance between Beth and Lincoln. Maybe it's me, but I don't believe in love-at-first-sight...I believe in heavily severe attraction at first sight, but not love. Love requires going through trials, learning everything there is to know about the other person, and working together as a team through life. It made it so hard to focus on this supposed love story, when they hadn't even really talked. Sure, they were attracted to each other and stalked each other throughout the story, but when they finally met, I couldn't believe it.
- There were times in the story where it was dragging on, and I found myself kind of spacing out while reading at the same time. While reading a good book, you should never be 'dozing off' and glancing back to the book, only to realise that you have no idea what you just read.
- The ending honestly made me just...ugh. So much eye roll. The level of eye roll is too dang high.
In the end, I liked the concept of it...but perhaps in execution, it could have been better!
I'm rating it a 6/10, something I'd show to others and suggest for some light reading if they want a cute, drenched in cheese, romance book. I did not cry, but I did chortle a little, so that's a good sign!
...but that cheesy romance though...
“Oh, I love period dramas, especially period dramas starring Colin Firth. I'm like Bridget Jones if she were actually fat."
"Oh... Colin Firth. He should only do period dramas. And period dramas should only star Colin Firth. (One-star upgrade for Colin Firth. Two stars for Colin Firth in a waistcoat.)
"Keep typing his name, even his name is handsome.”