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June 13, 2015

Loved It: Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker + Hall Pass & Jon Stewart

Series: Click 1
Format: mobi
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.


Fun, quirky, LOL-unique love story. CLICK: AN ONLINE LOVE STORY by Lisa Becker was like a breath of fresh air. I must admit though, the email format of telling the story was a challenge for me to get acclimated to. I'm glad I stuck with it because I had fun reading Renee's search for love and her best friends' crazy antics. 

Renee might be a few years younger than I am but I related to her dating nightmares. If you're single and in your 30's, you know it gets super crazy out there and Supermodel Renee (a confidence boosting moniker) wasn't excempt from kissing frog princes. There's a closeted gay dude, a D-list celebrity who's got a Napoleon complex, a Cassanova, and a bunch of other losers that Renee engaged in before she found her Prince.

CLICK: AN ONLINE LOVE STORY might not be the traditional type of novel, in that it's replete with atmospheric settings and descriptive notes. It told more than showed. But Renee & Co.'s witty banters and acid remarks made up for its unconventional style. It's like gossiping with your girlfriends about your date(s) that went awry and they regale you with all the sordid details. There's a lot of stereotypes and LBecker used it to her advantage, resulting to a lot of comedic moments.

The conflict was a surprise and totally believable, even if it put Renee and her bestfriend Shelley, whom I chatted with briefly below, in a tight spot. It's believable, relatable, and super awkward to say the least. The romantic conflicts will leave an impression on you as well, and will definitely have you batting for a "team". 

CLICK: AN ONLINE LOVE STORY surprisingly is now one of my favorite reads for this year. It's very engaging, entertaining, and I hope the next two books are just as good, if not better, as this. If you want a different spin on your HEA love stories, this is it peeps!


Bloggy Friend Review: For What It's Worth



Don't forget to check out my 4th Blogiversary post for a chance to 
win 1 of 3 ebooks of CLICK.











BRAINE: Welcome author Lisa Becker of the Click series. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?


LISA: I’m a former public relations professional that created a book series loosely based on my real life dating (mis)adventures. The ultimate goal was to create a fun read for anyone who has ever had a bad date, been in love, been dumped, or is searching for "the one." 


BRAINE: You met your husband online?

LISA: My husband and I met online on a popular dating website 15 years ago. After we married, I was recalling some of the hilarious experiences that I had with both traditional and online dating. I decided to capture some of them in writing and from there, the first novel emerged. While some of the scenarios are exaggerated or made up for comedic effect, the happy ending is real. Steve and I have been happily married for 12 years and have two amazing daughters - ages 10 and 8. 


BRAINE: Now I'm thinking which parts of the book are real... If you could have a one day “hall pass” from martial fidelity who would you choose?

LISA: Jon Stewart, the charismatic current host of the Daily Show. I think he is the funniest man in America. More than that, he’s smart and principled. I love how he exposes people’s hypocrisy. During interviews, he knows when to press for answers and when to lighten the mood with humor. He’s a great listener and engages in conversation rather than waits for you to finish talking so he can then make his comment. I can’t get enough of him.


BRAINE: Is your husband, Steve, aware that he's sharing you with Jon? lol

LISA: Absolutely. I only remind him every day as we watch The Daily Show. Thankfully, Steve has a good sense of humor too and humors my obsession with Jon. 

If you’ll allow me, I would love to introduce you to one of my book characters who is also funny as hell. Please meet Shelley Manning.




BRAINE: Welcome Shelley. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

SHELLEY: I’m a confident, sometimes brash, tell-it-like-it-is gal with three missions in life: (1) recruit top talent for the evil corporate trolls I work for; (2) recruit top talent for my active social life and; (3) give my best friend Renee the boost she needs to be her very best. 


BRAINE: In the second book of the Click series, I heard you got married. What made you finally decide to settle down?

SHELLEY: For a long time, I said that I would never settle down. I thought, why do I only get to choose one? They don’t call it 31 flavors for nothing. Am I right? It seemed too much like “settling.” Then Nick came along and changed my mind. Came as a hell of a shock, believe me. No one, except for maybe Renee, was more surprised than I was.


BRAINE: Despite being happily married, let me ask you the same question I asked Lisa: If you could have a “hall pass” for one day, who would you choose?

SHELLEY:Let me preface this by saying I could do a lot of damage in 24 hours. And I can’t think of anyone better to do it with than Johann Urb. He got one of his big acting breaks in a movie called The Hottie and the Nottie. Never saw the movie, but with “hottie” in the title, it’s got to be good. Plus, he plays a recurring character on NCIS. My author likes to watch that in the background while she’s writing.

BRAINE: Now you got me curious. I need to catch one of his NCIS episodes to I can do some ogling.

Thanks for stopping by to chat, Lisa & Shelley!




Lisa Becker had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story and Double Click. She is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for you!


50 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you stuck with it and ended up enjoying Click! I wasn't used to the email format either but once you get the hang of it it was so easy to follow along. The whole series was a lot of fun. I felt like I was catching up with old friends during each book.

    Lisa- I'll fight you for Jon. I'm obsessed with him lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Thanks Karen for all of your support over the years. Best, Lisa Becker

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    2. It was your review that got me goin! I was ready to give up then I saw how much I loved it and so here we are. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for sharing, I've added it to my wishlist now. Glad that it was such a fun read.

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    1. Your wish is my command, Lauren. If you contact me at my through the email link of my website (lisawbecker dot com), I will happily send you an ebook copy. Cheers!

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    2. It was! I hope you can find the time to read it.

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    3. Ohmygosh thank you so much, I've just contacted you :)

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  3. Looks like a fun read that would bring back some memories, after all, I met my boyfriend online ;)

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    1. Lucky you! I met a few exes online too! lol

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    2. Another online love story. Love it! If you want to read it, I'll happily send you an ebook copy. Just get in touch with me via the email link of my website - lisawbecker(dot)com. Best, Lisa Becker

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  4. Super-interesting concept, I have to admit. I'm really curious, since I've never read anything like it. There's a tendency I noted toward different formats - letters, journal entries, now emails. Exciting times, Braine :D

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    1. Give it a try! It combines the epistolary nature of Bridget Jones's Diary with the friendships of Sex and the City. Happy to send you an ebook copy. Just get in touch via the email link of my website - lisawbecker(dot)com. Best, Lisa Becker

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  5. I think I'd totally enjoy this one

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    1. Give it a try! Happy to send you an ebook copy. Just get in touch via the email link of my website - lisawbecker(dot)com. Best, Lisa Becker

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  6. Online dating... I could only imagine the situations Renee and the author went through. I'm happy at the end she finds her Prince Charming, but I'm probably more excited about the awkward dates I'm sure she endured if I'm being honest :P

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    1. There's definitely some frogs before the prince. Happy to send you an ebook copy. Just get in touch via the email link of my website - lisawbecker(dot)com. Best, Lisa Becker

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    2. OMG It was so hilarious! On one hand, it makes me want to try online dating because of its reported success rate. On the other hand I'm scared because of all the Tinder nightmares and what-not I've been reading about online dating, Renee's included!

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    3. Give it a try. Seriously, if it happened for me, it can happen for anyone. Lisa

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  7. This sounds like so much fun. I actually love when there are emails in the book, it definitely gives it a little something more ... like it's more personal. Haha - Jon is a good pick. My pick is Seth MacFarlane. Love that man.

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    1. Oh yes, Seth! That would be a hilarious hall pass IMO

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    2. My husband - who has a track record of strict heterosexuality - might pick Seth too. He's such a Family Guy fan. ;) Best, Lisa Becker

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  8. Not sure if this is my type of book since the email format scares me, but I actually love stories with MCs who meet online! :D And it's so cute that Lisa met her husband online--bonus points because he gets her celebrity crush and goes along with it! <3

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    1. Give this a try, you might end up loving it!

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    2. Aimee: I will happily send you an ebook copy of Click if you want to give it a try. That way, there's no risk - just a bit of your time. If so, contact me via the email link on my website - lisawbecker (dot) com. Cheers! Lisa Becker

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  9. This one sounds like a fun relatable read with the online dating and the emails and everything! Although unconventional, it sounded like it was executed well.

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    1. It was, I'm trying to find time to read the next two books. I'm up for more dating (mis)adventures!

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    2. Hopefully the next two books are just as fun and relatable and you find the ending satisfactory. Enjoy! Lisa

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  10. Sounds kinda like Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, but as much as I worship that woman, this books sounds more fun. :)

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    1. This is a fun read for anyone who's ever been dumped, had a bad date, been in love or is still searching for "the one." I'm happy to send you a copy. Just get in touch with me via the email link at my website - lisawbecker (dot) com. Cheers! Lisa Becker

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    2. Haven't read Rowell, I do know this IS fun!

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  11. Ooh this sounds cute :) Stories of online love are fun because you get so much dialogue in the chats.

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    1. Thanks Julie. A lot of people have commented that they like the voyeuristic feel of the book. Hope you will too. If you would like a copy, just get in touch with me via the email link on my website - lisawbecker (dot) com. Best, Lisa Becker

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    2. That's just it! It's all dialogue :D

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  12. Click sounds like something I'd love to read, Braine. Even if the format is non-traditional, I like the sound of hanging with my girls, dishing on guys. ;) I'll check this one out for sure! Thanks for sharing the interviews as well. I'm a Jon Stewart fan myself. :)

    I love your new look her, girlie! It's awesome!!

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    1. Thanks Brandee. Dishing on guys is a specialty for one of the characters in particular in Click. If you would like a copy, just get in touch with me via the email link on my website - lisawbecker (dot) com. Best, Lisa Becker

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  13. I read all of these and reviewed them-loved the whole series, I thought they got even better as you go.I wish that there would be another on- maybe 5 years in the future so we can catch up with all the characters-just a thought.

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    1. Thanks for your support! I don't have plans for a new Click book, but you never know. I am working on something new and hope to have more details on my Facebook page in the coming months. Feel free to follow me there. Best, Lisa Becker

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  14. This sounds like a fun story! Although I can imagine the e-mail format of storytelling can take some getting used to, but it does sound like an original way to tell a story. Was the whole book written as e-mails? Sounds like she meets some unique characters before she find her prince.
    My mom also met her current husband online and it seems to become more common, so it's fun to see some books out there that deal with this topic.

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    1. Yup it's purely emails.

      I should try this online shit. lol

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    2. They say 1 in 5 relationships now begins online. The time is right for an online love story with humor and heart. If you want to give Click a try, I'm happy to send you an ebook. Just email me via the link on my website - lisawbecker (dot) com. Cheers! Lisa Becker

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  15. Wow, one of your favs this year, that got my attention.

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    1. It could be one of your favorites on the year too! ;) If you want to give Click a try, I'm happy to send you an ebook. Just email me via the link on my website - lisawbecker (dot) com. Cheers! Lisa Becker

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  16. They definitely deserve applause for the nice selection of bread and the service at this place which was good from start to finish. The mass produced filet was too good. This is the best place for hosting great events. The event locations can accommodate as many as 850 guests or as little as 50.

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  17. Oh my god, I LOVE contemporary romance that starts online. It doesn't happen in romance nearly enough! I have got to read this boook :D Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hey Sarah. Glad you are excited about the idea of reading Click. If you shoot me an email via the link on my website - lisawbecker (dot) com, I will happily send you an ebook copy. Cheers! Lisa Becker

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