Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, he’s known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster. Through his stories, Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favourite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.
April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her ‘real life’ for years – but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realises life is really stranger than fanfiction.
Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realises that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.
With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?
Spoiler alert is a fun, romantic comedy which also addresses some important issues, such as dyslexia, body positivity and emotional abuse. It is a beautiful, sweet and steamy love story, which is an easy and compelling read. Every time I finished a chapter I immediately wanted to move on to the next one.
The two main characters have a beautiful bond and friendship as well as a very sizzling romance. Both characters are dealing with their own insecurities as well as a complex relationship with their parents and it is wonderful to see how they dealt with these issues as the story progressed. April is a great character, she is funny, clever and confident about her appearance and prepared to speak out and stick up for herself despite outside pressures. I loved Marcus’ character too, he is caring, thoughtful and intelligent. He accepts April for who she is and the pair gelled. The side characters are all interesting and add extra depth and humour to the story. There are some truly heart-wrenching scenes in the book, particularly the scene when April confronts her mother.
The structure of the book is very clever and it’s a great plot. Interwoven throughout the story the reader gets snippets of the fanfic, conversations and scenes from old movie scripts. I’m not a huge fan of fan of fandoms or cosplay but I loved reading about it. I had a little difficulty with some of the abbreviations at the beginning of the book and I had no idea what was being referred to until I looked it up. This spoilt the flow a little for me in the first half, however it picked up in the second half.
I enjoyed every aspect of this book and I’ve found a new author to watch out for. It’s full of humour and modern references, whilst also raising awareness about some sensitive issues.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group – Piatkus
Publication Date: 6 October 2020
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you so much to the publisher for my advanced review copy.
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