on January 14th 2016
Genres: New Adult
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Fans of MTV's Catfish will adore this comedic romance about the consequences of lying to strangers online.
My name is Ellie Faye. I am a deceiver of internet strangers.
Caught between the shadows of functioning as my high school's social pariah and the illumination of my computer screen, I assumed countless online personas. My one rule: like Cinderella, my fairytale identities abided by a strict curfew.
My fallacies began and ended within the same day, until I accepted a chat request from LoneWolff. He was a collection of secrets the two of us could only whisper through keystrokes. The fabrications I wove into our connection tangled and twisted for two years, for I treasured LoneWolff the way forbidden things were always treasured: in secret and with unbridled greed.
The fateful day arrived, when LoneWolff unravelled my prickliest lie, and in a torrent of written curses, assured me our relationship was over.
But our story was far from concluded. And neither of us can hide behind our computer screens anymore.
At 45K words, LoneWolff is a new adult novel, and can be read as a standalone.
DonÔÇÖt let the description fool you ÔÇô this steamy romance is much more than a case of catfish.┬á IÔÇÖll call this book a hidden gem.┬á I was initially intrigued by this fresh plot line.┬á What I didnÔÇÖt anticipate was the rawness of emotion between LoneWolff and Ellie, as well as the depth of pain in each person.┬á Though I could understand why Ellie chose to hide behind her online identities, I experienced some anger at her deception.┬á Puberty is definitely not a picnic, and Ellie certainly has quite a few chips stacked against her.┬á Her loneliness was so palpable.┬á The relationship she forged with LoneWolff seems so genuine, but there was never a chance because she started off on a lie.
What I loved about this book is the journey you take with Ellie as she grows into herself.┬á We watch as she traverses the bumpy landscape from the scared little girl behind the computer screen to a young woman who is willing to brave uncomfortable terrain.┬á ┬áHowever, it doesnÔÇÖt happen overnight.┬á There is some heartache and our dear Ellie does learn to make some friends.┬á What she takes forever to learn is how not to hide.┬á Of course, the one person who can teach her is the one she thought was lost to her.
LoneWolff is such an intriguing character.┬á HeÔÇÖs not perfect.┬á HeÔÇÖs not an intense alpha.┬á HeÔÇÖs not a billionaire playboy.┬á HeÔÇÖs more like the guy next door with his own set of idiosyncrasies.┬á But, what makes him amazing is that he owns it.┬á And, I love it.┬á There is such a power is the realness and his imperfections.
What I took away from this story is that owning who you are ÔÇô flaws and all ÔÇô is a beautiful thing.┬á When you can proudly stand in the light, the shadows that made monsters of our insecurities will shrink.┬á In the light, things we feared were out of our grasp can be in reaching distance.┬á All of these realities are hidden under some levity, moments of comic relief, as well as heartache.┬á I really liked this book, and would strongly encourage people to dive right in.┬á Well done, Fran, well done.
~Review by Loredana