Love Online by Penelope Ward ~ Sarah A’s Review

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy STANDALONE novel.

We met in the least likely of places. It started out innocently enough. I was “ScreenGod” and she was “Montana,” but of course, those weren’t our actual names, just the virtual cloaks we hid behind.

Logging in at night and talking to her was my escape—my sanctuary.

Her real name was Eden, I’d soon come to find out.

From the first time we connected online, I found myself transfixed.

She was an addiction.

At first, we knew nothing about each other’s real identities…and she was adamant that we keep things that way. Anonymity had no effect on our unstoppable chemistry, though. If anything, it allowed us to open up even more in ways we may not have otherwise.

Eden was funny, intelligent, gorgeous—everything I’d ever wanted in a woman.

But I couldn’t really have her.

I had accepted things would have to stay the way they were—until the day I found a clue that led me straight to her.

So I took a chance.

And that was when our love story really began.

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What a sweet, heartwarming story.  Love Online hit the spot for a feel-good romance after reading a dud of a book right before it.  I loved Eden and Ryder from the start, and their unconventional meeting made the rest of their story feel so much more special and unique.

First, can I tell you how wonderful Ryder was?  He was an atypical romance hero, and it was incredibly refreshing.  Ryder was kind, vulnerable, and unafraid to put his heart on the line when he needed to.  From the very first scene, I loved him because he was so unlike most other men we read about in romance novels.  His honesty, tenderness, and consistency were exactly what Eden needed in her life.

Eden was equally fascinating; she made hard decisions to fulfill her responsibilities.  She was ridiculously strong and steadfast but hid her insecurities just beneath the surface for anyone who took the time to look for them.  She’d dealt with a ton of different kinds of loss in her life and deserved someone to count on and to support her unconditionally.

The premise of Love Online was completely new to me.  I’d never read anything like it, but I was 100% there for it.  I was wholly engrossed in Eden and Ryder’s story as soon as I opened the book and I felt personally invested in their love story and all the things that would be affected by their relationship.  Love Online had just enough drama to keep it interesting but wasn’t an angst-driven story, and I was thankful for that.

When I first started reading this book, it reminded me of an episode of Catfish I’d recently watched.  The premise was so specific and the terminology spot-on from what I heard on that show.  I was immediately immersed in a world I have no personal experience with, but there was no doubt Love Online had been meticulously researched to accurately reflect a specific lifestyle and career.

Penelope Ward is a fascinating storyteller, she comes up with unique premises and delivers powerful stories full of poignant moments.  I’m impressed with how high she keeps her quality and the variety of stories she tells.  Her books always leave me feeling happy and hopeful, and in a world where that can be scarce, it’s a beautiful quality to share with the world.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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