Review: Love Online by Penelope Ward

Love Online
by Penelope Ward

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.

I think, this is my favorite Penelope Ward book to date. I have loved each and every book Penelope wrote but this one tops it for me. What made me love the story? The characters themselves and their previous overs. There is no third party involved here, which is good, because I am not into that kind of trope. Next, there wasn’t any bad-mouthing or bad bones with their exes. Oh yes, I’ve read a lot of books that featured a brooding male character whose ex-girlfriend was anything but kind; that their past romances were dysfunctional. I hate those kind of ex-lover stories.

In Love Online, the characters of Ryder and Eden Shortsleeve (gosh, I love her surname!) met online, through a dating website for adults. Ryder McNamara got attracted to the girl with the violin and soon met cam girl Montana Lane aka Eden. Now let me tell you, Eden or Montana Lake may not be the sweet, typical good girl Heroine that readers want to meet in the book, because – spoiler alert! – she flashes her chests to paying strangers. Well, I don’t care about the others who don’t approve of her, there is an explanation why she was doing what she’s doing and for me, as long as she didn’t kill nor didn’t cause bodily harm to anyone, Eden Shortsleeve is a good woman. Period.

Now, let’s talk about millionaire heir Ryder McNamara. Okay, so he was getting bored at his parties and whatnots, so he resorted to something new and unconventional – browsing adult dating sites. That’s not bad, considering he was a guy who didn’t go out to stalk nor cause riots or do drugs. Nope, he’s actually squeaky clean, in my opinion. I fell in love with his character when he went to great lengths to make sure that the woman he’d been concerned of was okay and out of danger. And my heart leaped when he shared a part of his world to people with special care/needs.

The story’s romance was built on patience, trust, love and understanding. I love how the male and female protagonists were both selfless and compassionate about the things they love. I am not a judgmental person, so Eden’s choice of profession didn’t affect me. Overall, this book really made me feel good inside and out and that’s really saying a lot!

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