Blog Tour Review: Face Time by S J Pajonas

April 28, 2014 Blog Tour, Book review 7 ★★★½

Blog Tour Review: Face Time by S J Pajonas

Do you want to read tale of digital enabled love?  If so, then thanks to Lola’sBlog Tours, I have a fun recommendation for you today.  I haven’t read a book like this before that focused on love in the digital age and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Add in some family and cultural themes and this was a really fun read.

Today is my stop during the book blitz for Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) by SJ Pajonas. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. This blitz takes place on 25, 28 and 30 April, you can view the whole blitz schedule here:

Blog Tour Review: Face Time by S J PajonasFace Time by SJ Pajonas
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Love & Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour
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three-half-stars

After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee's sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.

Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can't stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can't live without. But Laura's got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee's stressful traveling schedule means they'll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they're both going to need actual face time to figure it out.

Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.

First Line of Face Time:

“I’m being stood up by my co-workers yet again.”

My Thoughts on Face Time:

Confession time! When I picked up this book for some reason I thought it was YA. However it features characters in their early thirties and this was a pleasant surprise for me.   When you are this age, you inevitably have some baggage to bring to any relationship and watching them work this out made for an entertaining read.

Laura and Lee meet in a bar in New York and have an instant spark which leads to them going on a date the next day. And their date goes really well, the only problem is that Laura lives in New York and Lee lives in Seoul. They have such a good time that they know they don’t want to leave at that. And so they start what I’m calling an ‘I’ relationship – they communicate by texts via their iphones and by facetime via their ipads.

I love the concept of this. I think because their relationship is non physical due to their locations, they get a chance to really get to know each other. Instead of being able to give a reassuring hug, they have to talk issues or problems out in depth and they really get a feel for just who the other person is. Unfortunately, I do think there is another ‘I’ in their relationship though and that is the dreaded ‘insta-love’.

I feel their connection and I believe they are meant to be together but I think it all moves a little too quickly. I would prefer to have seen their relationship build up slower and with more visits and dates between them. The other slight issue I had was that were was a scene with casual drug taking that just didn’t sit right with me. It felt unnecessary for the plot.

However individually and as a couple, I love both Laura and Lee. Laura is confident, trusting and very direct. I love how honest she is, she doesn’t hold back or play games; she lays her feelings out on the line from the very start. And Lee is just so loveable. They make each other happy and reading about them made me feel happy in turn. They have lots of obstacles in their way and their fair share of dramas to work through but none of it seems over the top. It feels believable and more than held my interest.

Overall despite my issues mentioned above, I really liked this one. The New York, Seoul and Seattle settings are fun and I loved the characters.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
three-stars
Did I feel it?
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

 

Who should read Face Time?

I’d recommend this one to fans of romance books. Especially if you are looking for something a little bit quirky and a little bit different.

Thanks to the author and Lola’s Blog Tours for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Interested and want to know more about Face Time?

– You can listen to the Face Time playlist:

– Visit the Face Time visual inspiration Pinterest board:

– View a teaser trailer for Face Time from Laura’s point of view:

Lola

 

three-half-stars

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7 Responses to “Blog Tour Review: Face Time by S J Pajonas”

    • trish

      Thanks for visiting 🙂 I loved the concept of a digital romance and look forward to reading the next book in the series. And I’m a big apple fan so all the apple devices made me smile!

    • trish

      The drug scene was very mild but totally unnecessary I thought. Apart from the insta-love, I really, really enjoyed this one and I thought the long distance, digital romance was a lot of fun. Like you I appreciated the new angle it provided.

    • trish

      Despite the insta love, it was a really fun read. Great idea for a novel and the technology adds a fun angle.

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