Welcome back to another week here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
We kicked things off early with a blog tour visit courtesy of the fabulous folks at Walden Pond Press yesterday starring THE DUNGEONEERS! You had a chance to meet and greet the author, find out some pretty cool facts and tidbits PLUS enter to win a SIGNED HARDBACK of the book. Hope you got in on that action...and if not, you've got until midnight this Saturday to do so. Anywho, back to today's show already in progress...
Today, we're shining the light on book 2 of the Click trilogy by Lisa Becker. Ringing any bells? Ah yes, see...I KNEW you'd remember! Just last week, book 1 graced this very site and what can I say? I've been a busy little reader...in this case, e-reading reader, a fact that I was teased about at work as those that refuse to accept my "tree book" love still try and convert me to solely traversing the epages. Newsflash to coworkers...ain't gonna happen. ^-^ ...accept in rare cases such as this. So, are you ready to check in with the fab four (plus 2 and a 1/2!) that we were just getting acquainted with? Let's! Word to the wise, I'll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but no absolute promises are made. Just break down and read book 1 already, okay? Okay. Now to the ebook of the day...
Click Trilogy, Book 2
About the book...
Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.
Okay, so the author didn't keep us in suspense long, THANK GOODNESS, and let everyone fall off the face of the e-Earth. Nope. If you just finished book 1, this second installment picks up a few months later. Now, I will admit, at the start, I thought oh my goodness! What have I missed...as they discuss wedding plans, an upcoming birth, and a few other juicy tidbits but within a few epages, we're back up to speed and realizing that we were merely being taunted. (You got us Ms. Becker...good one!) As the book itself is informal in its style and delivery, I thought I might take a more informal update on things as they were as well. Sound good? Here goes...
Renee: You are our leading lady by far miss Supermodel Renee. You're probably the most easy to identify with and though I hate seeing you get down on yourself from time to time, it makes you more human. I love the support system you've built and how you try to include everyone (from the baby-is-on-the-way tree to our less than linguistic friend Cassidy). I think you're heartbreak over Shelley's big plans was very real and I totally believe you would have moved crossed country with her in a heartbeat but respect you more for not having done so. The grace you show in your every day life may come off as quirky to you, but to everyone else, it's a splendid affair filled with pizzazz. Go you!
Shelley: My goodness, how we've mellowed! I did miss your exploits as recounted continuously in book 1, but I am SO happy for you and what you've discovered. It takes a lot of guts to make the giant leap you are making and the distance it puts between you and your crew is just another thorn in the rose, but like a trooper, you can handle it while making sure everyone else is reassured too. Your email convo with Renee had me tearing up...in fact, I'm gonna stop typing about it now too... *sniff*
Ashley: My, my! It seems the hormones are upped and the gloves come off. Nothing wrong with that mind you and hey, you get some extra slack anyway because you ARE creating a new life. Admittedly though, withholding the sex of the little one was a bit cruel seeing how it was making Auntie Renee squirm but it was your right. Way to go for sticking to your guns! Sorry you missed out on some of the fun but I don't think all the progress you and Shelley made could have withstood her road trip across these United States.
Mark: So glad you've finally come out of your shell a bit mate. I admit, I had your number all wrong. No, I did not in fact think you were gay (even if you were, no issues) but I did think that you and Ms. Renee were gonna be the ones hitting it off (a theory debugged in book 1). Color me surprised but oh so happy for you. Also, KUDOS for being your own man and standing up to your friends about the whole "us-against-Cassidy" business. Your explanation of your love for her because of her differences was touching...though you should seriously talk to her about using Spelling & Grammar check. ^-^
Ethan: Though I had my doubts about you for the long haul, it appears I was mistaken. Yay you! However, that whole proposal business, what a fiasco...initially. I give you major props for being intuitive enough to figure out something was wrong, seeking assistance from a "professional", and making the memory something that you'll both cherish forever. Congrats!
Cassidy: Welcome to the gang! I think you made quite an impression...though your typing skills and grammar need some MAJOR work. Sorry girl but avoiding capitalization and punctuation, let alone proper word usage (and taking into account others feelings!), does not a good email make! Being that that's pretty much how we get your story, I'd say it's important . Oh and lay off the cat videos...maybe once a week instead of daily? *shakes head*
Overall, the emails got a bit wordy at times in this installment, but it did satisfy. It successfully navigated what a lot of trilogies get caught up in...the sophomore slump. Book 2 can make or break a three pack and here, while I wouldn't say they were flying colors, it certainly was sparkly nonetheless. We got to know the characters a bit more, watched them grow, and are primed and ready for book 3. I know I can't wait...how about you?
About the author...
Lisa had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series has now been optioned for a major motion picture.
She’s written bylined articles about online dating and has been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, Garmental.com, TV Grapevine, GalTime.com, Single Edition, Career 2.0, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.
A former public relations professional, Lisa has worked with some of the biggest consumer companies in the world including McDonald’s, Ford, Sony and Gatorade. She’s also a former college professor, teaching public relations and communications classes at University of Southern California and Oglethorpe University.
As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “for every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!
Special thanks to author Lisa Becker for the ebook copies for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or future installments, please feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or online retailer of your choosing and STAY TUNED as the third installment will be appearing RIGHT HERE very soon!
Until next time...happy reading!