Face Time by S.J. Pajonas
After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee's sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.
Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can't stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can't live without. But Laura's got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee's stressful traveling schedule means they'll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they're both going to need actual face time to figure it out.
Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, Face Time is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.
I read an earlier version of the book and I have to say that the changes she's made have really given this story a lovely boost. I love this new book by S.J. Pajonas! As with her other works, her characters are very well-developed, developed to the point where you feel like you know them personally. The places she takes you are also developed so well that you can see, taste, touch and hear the activity around you. The reader is completely immersed in the worlds S.J. Pajonas creates and Face Time is no exception.
The book opens to Laura being stood up by her friends and from that moment which every reader can identify with, you're hooked into the story. I was intrigued with Laura's life, her strength, her story. I wanted to know more and the author had me turning "just one more page" so that I could quench my thirst. I admit to being shocked by her mother's actions (no spoilers here!) and feeling an immense sadness that Laura's home life was so tragic. In knowing her tragedy, though, you appreciate her strength.
Lee's story is no less intriguing and getting to know him through the Face Time chats, his work life and his conversations with his father made him such a perfect compliment to Laura. I liked that the author gave him just enough vulnerability to make him real. I was thrilled with his willingness to jump on a plane and fly halfway around the world to fight for his relationship with Laura.
This book deals with so many emotions, both family and friends, not to mention Laura and Lee's own issues -- that you have to read it for yourself to get the full effect of their story. And trust me when I say you won't be disappointed, one bit. You'll find yourself staying up late to finish...and needing a tissue or two or three throughout the book. Another job well done by S.J. Pajonas!
S.J. Pajonas is working on several projects. She's redesigning her website and will have the new look up by mid-February. She's also currently working on a revisions game plan for the third book in the Nogiku Series, due out in late summer. If you want to be alerted of S. J.’s new releases, you can sign up for her newsletter.
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