Series: Chasing the Dream #2
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Release Date: February 23, 2015
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About More than Comics:They're friends online - but can they be more in real life?
Writer Tara McFadden has been friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez for years, long before his band became famous on reality TV – yet they’ve never met in person. They finally have a chance to connect offline when they’re both sent to Comic-Con to promote the graphic novel they collaborated on.
Hector's secretly been in love with Tara for as long as he can remember, and once they meet, she sees him in a new light. All the years of longing lead to an incredible night of passion after one of his concerts, but neither is sure if their online relationship can translate into a real life romance – or if this will ruin their friendship forever.
Over four crazy days at Comic-Con, Hector and Tara must decide if they want a future together. But when their story seems to be over, it’s up to Hector’s entire band to make sure he and Tara get their happy ending.
This was one of those books that I found still available on NetGalley months after its release, so it was a nice book I could take my time through and pick up between books with tight deadlines. I felt like I really took my time reading it more than I usually do, which had both its pros and its cons.
I felt like I retained it all short-term more than I would have (not needing to reread paragraphs twice in a row or anything) otherwise. But I also don’t remember my initial reactions to the book as much as I do how I feel about the ending. Since I didn’t have a super strong reaction to the book, being able to remember how my feelings changed would probably make this review more interesting.
Because sorry, but this review is going to be boring.
This was very acceptable. I didn’t dislike it. I found it fun, especially as an “in-between” read.
Having a book take place at comic con was a really great idea, kind of like the nerd love version of an office romance taking place at a conference or on a business trip. The closer quarters make for more tension and more interesting interactions.
I also liked that it was a unique meeting. Unlike your normal friends with benefits book, they’ve never met IRL before. But your unlike book where people meet for the first time in the beginning, they know each other really well.
But despite these cool, unique aspects, my overall experience reading was kind of ‘meh.’ The original ideas weren’t carried out poorly, but weren’t OMG either.
It also really heavily featured characters and referenced story lines from the first book in the series. I hadn’t read that, so I was more confused than I normally am reading a series book that can also be read as a standalone.
About Elizabeth Briggs:
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult Chasing The Dream series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs.