I am no stranger to Lisa Becker novels. She first came onto the chick-lit scene with Click, a fun love story told through email and text messages. It’s refreshing to read books in creative storytelling formats, and she has a flair for romance. She is also one the very first authors I reviewed for, so her books have a special place in my blogging heart. They’re usually witty and fast, quick reads. Links was no different.
Links follows Charlotte Windham, who was your typical geeky student under the radar of the popular, good looking jocks, in high school. As a teenager, she tutored Garrett and his twin brother. But it was cocky Garrett who she had a crush on, a crush she holds onto even 15 years later, well after college and her rise to success as a best-selling novelist (the writer’s dream, eh?)
When she runs into Garrett (hint, it’s called Links because he’s now a pro golfer), the sparks reignite, this time for Garrett as well. Charlotte’s friendship with Garrett’s sister, keeps them reconnected, and as you can imagine, the romance dance goes from there. But Charlotte, who is still holding onto insecurities left over from her school days, doesn’t trust Garrett’s past womanizing ways. And to find out more, you must read the book. But keep reading below for my analysis.
This book was fun. There were some errors throughout, but because it was an ARC edition, I will trust they were removed before publication. While I found the novel a bit formulaic, I honestly enjoyed the build-up of the romance between Charlotte and Garrett and stayed up way too late reading it. When you get a Lisa Becker novel you can always trust you’ll have a fun, romantic build up, a sassy best friend, and a good, entertaining time flying through it.
You can find it on Amazon in Kindle edition for $4.99 or in paperback for $10.99.
—Reviewed by Katrina, founder and sometimes book reviewer. (Sheilah does most of them.)
MY OWL RATING:
In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase — glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?
THE WOMAN BEHIND THE BOOK
Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman's search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture. Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a rush.” Lisa is now happily married to a 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 anyone!