Release Date: March 29, 2011
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!
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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!