Dear Adam – Ava Zavora

DEARADAMDear Adam by Ava Zavora was a wonderful surprise, really how could I not read a love story about a book blogger? Unlike Eden, I am happily married but the plausibility of the situation she found herself in was intriguing and I read Dear Adam in a single evening. Although waking up to take my child to hockey practice the following day at 6:30 a.m. was particularly unpleasant.

Eden receives a random tweet complimenting her review of the most recent novel of one of her favorite author’s, truly there is no surer way to a blogger’s heart, and so begins a series of exchanges with the mysterious, intellectual Adam, her long lost book twin.

So this was why @adamagelast was paying such a particular interest in her. A  prelude to a request for her to review his book.

(@adamagelast) Unfortunately unless you and I become close friends you will never be able to read my book…

The disappointment which had started to build instantly vanished.

Eden is a 35 year old divorced mother of 17 year old Dante, and seven years Adam’s senior. Despite her doubts about Adam’s intentions before long they are corresponding daily.

To book blogger Eden, Adam is the embodiment of every literary fantasy she’s ever had. Intelligent, wickedly funny, sexy, and attentive – he and his fascinating life seem right out of a novel. Their whirlwind relationship is so intense and all consuming that soon she can’t imagine being with anyone else.

But there’s one little thing that’s keeping Adam and Eden from their happily ever after.

They’ve never met. She doesn’t even know what he looks like.

Despite how hard she’s fallen for him and how he makes her feel, Eden’s doubts begin to threaten their passionate love affair. Why is he so mysterious? Why does he seem reluctant to meet her? What is Adam hiding?

Afraid that she’s being made a fool of, Eden is forced to choose between her heart and her head. Is Adam too good to be true, as her common sense is telling her, or is the truth more startling than fiction?

In this age of social media Eden’s concerns about the veracity of Adam’s persona, if not his intentions, are valid. Urban Dictionary even has a term for those who misrepresent themselves in this fashion – a “catfish” is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not, using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.

She tried to tell herself that she must have been so starved for attention that she has made more of an online flirtation than it actually was. Yet she woke up the next day much too excited to go to work to see what the next stage of their conversation will bring.

What I found particularly compelling was the exchanges between Eden and Adam, their tweets, emails and Skype communications drew the reader into their developing relationship all the while Adam’s character remained convincingly masculine and enticing. Ava Zavora has crafted a modern enchanting tale of love with a proper online stranger that is completely worth staying up well past midnight to read like I did.

AUTHOR: Ava Zavora

RATING: 4 Stars

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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