Book Review: Girl Gone Viral


Alisha Rai

Rating: 4 out of 5.

published: 21st April 2020
spoilers? no

Goodreads

In Alisha Rai’s second novel in her Modern Love series, a live-tweet event goes viral for a camera-shy ex-model, shoving her into the spotlight—and into the arms of the bodyguard she’d been pining for.

OMG! Wouldn’t it be adorable if he’s her soulmate???

I don’t see any wedding rings [eyes emoji]

Breaking: #CafeBae and #CuteCafeGirl went to the bathroom AT THE SAME TIME!!!

One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a hot guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire episode with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae is the new hashtag-du-jour. The problem? Katrina craves a low-profile life, and going viral threatens the peaceful world she’s painstakingly built. Besides, #CafeBae isn’t the man she’s hungry for…

He’s got a [peach emoji] to die for.

With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard, friend, and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to his family’s home. Alone in a remote setting with the object of her affections? It’s a recipe for romance. But after a long dating dry spell, Katrina isn’t sure she can trust her instincts when it comes to love—even if Jas’ every look says he wants to be more than just her bodyguard…

She crooked her finger. “Follow me.”

Easy. Truth be told, he’d follow her anywhere.

Galley provided by publisher

Me and this book had a bit of a rocky start, to be honest. After I read, and loved, The Right Swipe, I had high hopes for this one, so when I found myself bored by the first third or so, I thought, oh no.

But, really, I needn’t have worried. Because Alisha Rai pulls it out of the bag for the rest of the book.

Girl Gone Viral features Katrina King, a side character from the first book, who is in love with her bodyguard, Jas, and who also ends up going viral (anonymously) when her table-sharing with some guy is live-tweeted. But Katrina would rather stay anonymous, so Jas takes her away to his family farm for some peace and quiet.

To be honest, this book actually got good once they arrived at the farm. Up until that point, I found it sort of slow and not terribly interesting. But at the farm, when it’s two people alone in fairly isolated circumstances, and the pining can come to the fore? That’s some good shit.

What also made it great at this point was the introduction of Jas’ family. I loved their dynamics a whole lot, and I think that’s what got me really into the book. Because as the relationship with Jas’ family was developed, so was the relationship between Jas and Katrina. And they were so so soft. Like, I loved Rhiannon and Samson in book one a whole lot, but I think Jas and Katrina more than edge them out as a favourite couple in this series. So far at least (I’m hoping Jia is the next main to be honest. Then I might have to reconsider).

Jas and Katrina is really what made me rate this book 4 stars rather than 3. Their relationship is so well-developed and good and they actually communicate! They talk and act like adults! (I really wish I wasn’t so excited by this happening in adult romance though…) And they were so soft!! I cannot wait to see them from someone else’s point of view.

But I would say, as good as this book was, I have no desire to read the phrase intimate lips ever again.

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