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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  58 reviews
After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive, and Laura loved Lee’s sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. It was the date to end all dates. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.

Their situation, though, doesn’t mean the dates have to end while Lee is in Seou
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 25th 2014 by Onigiri Press
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READER NOTE: FACE TIME is a stand-alone novel and can be read out of sequence from any other future book in the
My Review:
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

When I heard that SJ Pajonas was writing a contemporary romance book I knew I had to read it and the blurb sounded so good and original. When I received my ARC review copy I tried to convince myself I had some other review books I had to read first, but after finishing my current read my self control flew out of the window and I had to start this. This year has been slow so far in terms of reading, but I finished this book in only 3 days. I
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free copy of Face Time in exchange of an honest review*

Full review to come soon.

Sweet story about how dating via Face Time is possible while living in completely different parts of the world.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first heard about FaceTime. A LDR seemed like a daunting element. I've lived in one. LDR's aren't easy and capturing that would be a hard story to tell. S. J. Pajonas did a great job communicating the nuances of time zones, schedules, and the challenge of proximity (or the lack thereof). I was blown away. It even made me a little jealous that our couple, Laura and Lee, got to tackle these things in technological glory of our time.

My other big surprise was how
Katie Carroll
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary ARC of FACE TIME from the author in exchange for an honest review.

A chance meeting at a bar in N.Y.C. brings Laura and Lee together and sparks an instant attraction. After one wonderful date, Lee must return to his home in Seoul before traveling for work again and Laura is left behind in the New York apartment she shares with her mother. Unable to resist contacting each other, the two start a long-distance relationship. Their feelings grow and the sexual tension builds
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freebies, faves-2015

This review was originally posted on Read Me Away.

I'm always looking for a book that is able to realistically portray a long-distance relationship, especially in our age of Skype, smartphones, and Face Time. My reason being that I am in an LDR, and I am constantly looking for books that satisfy my need to read about couples in my situation. This book was able to nail down some of the main characteristics of an LDR (at least for me): time zones, texting at odd hours, insecurity, sharing photos, a
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance lovers!
If there’s one thing S.J. Pajonas can do, besides yoga and knit, it’s tell a love story. More impressive is she can weave a love story so romantic and sexy through an iPad screen.

Told through both Lee and Laura’s point of view, Face Time is one of the most original novels I have read about letting go of the past and moving forward. It also focuses heavily on the scrutiny interracial relationships face as Lee is Korean American and Laura is Caucasian. Both Lee and Laura have dealt with difficult
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Technology is a wonderful tool and it comes out in this wonderful modern romance.

A chance meeting at a bar, progressive feelings and attraction. Trouble is, he lives a long way away and she is caring for her Mother. That is where the Face Time comes in. I didn't know what Face Time was until I got an Iphone, its great! It definitely brings the person closer to you. So that is why I understood this story so well.

This is not a soppy romance or a 'live happily ever after' which is so getting borin
Jennifer Ann
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books I devoured in 24 hours. The story follows the lives of two strangers (Lee and Laura) after they have a brief encounter in New York. As Lee was on his way back to his home in Korea, they start an online romance, and eventually plan to meet up one day. I loved both characters, and I love seeing how they were able to make something like this work. There was just the right amount of hot romance involved, considering a big part of the book is spent wanting the two characte ...more
Laz the Sailor
This was a sweet romance with some warm and cuddly sex. Both H and h come from awful families, and they rise above them. They survive long periods apart (hence the title), and work through their various baggage. Some unique twists on familiar tropes.

Pajonas is an excellent writer who presents the Asian themes well.

Accidental re-read. The family angst doesn't hold up as well the second time.
Molly Lam
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I was lucky to get to read an advanced reader copy of Face Time. A complete departure from S. J. Pajonas' other books in the Nogiku series, this was a great, quick read. There were moments that really captured the essence of long-distance relationships, and although I'm not typically a big fan of romance, I really enjoyed it. ...more
Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
After a slow reading period, I went looking for an easy, quick pick-me-up contemporary with a cute slushy romance and some simple reading and when I started Face Time, I thought I'd found just that, but Face Time ended up surprising me in so many ways. For the life of me, I cannot remember who it was, but I do know that a very lovely blogger commented on my blog a while ago and put this book on my radar, and while their name escapes me, I'd like to thank them for putting this beautiful, wonderfu ...more
Iza Brekilien
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, japan
How many years has this been on my e-reader, already ? And I'm just reading it now ?! Well, at least, I finally read it.
Many years ago, when I read Lola's blog, I saw that she really loved this author so I added S.J. Pajonas to my reading list and knew that one day, I'll get to read her. And I'm so glad I did. While cleaning my e-reader, recently, I deleted many books that didn't correspond to my tastes any more. I read the first few pages, sighed heavily and deleted them. I read the first few p
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I found out that SJ Pajonas is putting out another book to the world, I grabbed the chance to get an advanced copy via this blog tour. I really enjoyed reading Nogiku Series, and I knew that I would enjoy this one, too. I wasn't wrong!

*ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review*

In a chance meeting at a bar in New York, Laura and Lee found themselves in a quick conversation that turned into a date to remember. We follow the lives of Laura Merchant and Lee Park. Laura is in her 30s, wo
Trish at Between My Lines
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
3.5 stars.

I haven’t read a book like this before that focused on love in the digital age and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Add in some family drama-rama and cultural themes and this was a really fun read.

First Line of Face Time:

“I’m being stood up by my co-workers yet again.”

My Thoughts on Face Time:

Confession time! When I picked up this book for some reason I thought it was YA. However it features characters in their early thirties and this was a pleasant surprise for me. When you are this age, you
Heather McCoubrey
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Long distance relationships and communication via Internet are so common that it was great to read a book, where were both involved. I'm happy I found this book and I really enjoyed reading it.

Laura, who is waiting for friends, who didn't actually show up at a bar, she accidentally meets Lee, with whom she ends up going on a date the very next day. It is their first and last date before Lee has to leave for Korea again, where he lives. They start communicating via Face time and text messages, an
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free after signing up for the author's newsletter (thank you!). I really enjoyed it. It had a lot of things that made it so enjoyable for me. First it tackles a long distance relationship and does so well, which I have found is not always the case. I loved how it uses technology in so much of the storyline. It's a really realistic look at what a LDR could look like with today's technology. I loved the Asian locations. The descriptions make you feel as if you are right there ...more
Kathryn Biel
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book should come with a disclaimer--WARNING: EXCELLENT BOOK AHEAD. YOU WILL NOT SLEEP UNTIL YOU FINISH READING. This story grabbed me right in and I could not put it down. It is modern and romantic and different. The writing was so captivating. I was immediately drawn into both Laura and Lee's worlds, rooting for the to succeed despite the odds. There is no predictability; no cliched love story here. It is real life. How we put others' need before our own. How family does not live up to exp ...more
Kindle Ninja
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

Face Time takes us into the challenging world of online dating, further complicated by cultural differences. It’s a relationship doomed to fail from the get go, with Laura living in New York and Lee in Seoul. Every problem imaginable is hurled at the seemingly star-crossed lovers, thousand miles apart. The funny thing is that distance is the least of their worries. They had to contend with a disapproving mother, a persistent ex-girlfriend, and essentially a cultural divide.

It’s really a questio
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through GoodReads First Reads

Wow! This book gripped me from the beginning it was lovely to see them start out by getting together the good old fashioned way yet use modern technology to keep things going! This books is about two people who meet in a bar but reality is they live 7'000 miles apart and Lee is leaving for Seoul just hours after a fantastic date with Laura. Laura carries a lot of "baggage" and her life sounds awfully depressing but she has overcome so much which
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book caught my eyes about a few weeks ago. And with the author putting up a chapter a time on Wattpad, I was dying to get my hands on it. This book did not disappoint!!! I love the dual POV, it made the characters come alive for me. I am Vietnamese and came to this country when I was two. My husband is "white" and my kids are mixed, so this book hit a few buttons for me. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one!!! ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ficton
This very modern love story was such a lovely, fun read. Long distance relationships of all sorts are so much more prevalent in this age of ALL THE TECHNOLOGIES. And Stephanie's book tells a tale of a random meeting that turns into so much more. Great read! ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
I loved this book. I loved the premise. I loved loved Laura and Lee. Two broken people who are perfect for each other. What I didn't like was the rushed ending! But damn, I want more of these two! Hurry up and buy your copy! ...more
Larissa Brown
I just loved this book. Lee is darling, Laura is great, and I was just rooting for them from the very first moment. Their first date was dreamy and first kiss was hot without being over the top. I read it in two days.
Barb Shuler
First I would like to thank Choosy Bookworm and the author, S.J. Pajonas for a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is a new author for me but I will tell you the title and the blurb I read of the book is what caught my attention. It hit home for me. The whole struggle of a long distance relationship. Can you make 7,000 miles between you work? I know from personal experience that you can but it takes a lot of hard work, trust and love to make it so you don’t go crazy with worry ...more
Diane Burton
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this unusual romance--one carried on via FaceTime on an iPhone. Since we used FT a lot during the pandemic quarantine to stay in touch with your family, esp. the grandkids, that communication device isn't that special. However, the book was pubbed in 2014 when seeing and hearing callers was a marvel.

The characters are very sympathetic, their family issues are big, but instead of pulling them apart it binds them closer. Their mothers do their best to break this couple apart. Since it i
Bookosaurus (A book a day keeps reality away)
The book isn't bad per se, but I wasn't just feeling it. Too bland and pedestrian. Quit midway through the book. ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Face Time is a modern take on long-distance romance. The story follows Lee and Laura who connect over one amazing dinner, only to be separated by 7000 miles (and a several hour time difference) the very next day when Lee returns to Korea. They decide to stay in touch via Face Time and see where things take them, but they soon find that starting a relationship over the internet has more than a few complications.

What I l
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*

It’s not often that I read contemporary romance, these days. However, as I’d already read S.J.’s sci-fi series and really liked it, I wanted to see if I’d feel the same way about her contemporary stories. Also, I was drawn to this book because it was about a long-distance relationship which was aided by technology. In this day and age, who can’t relate to that? Well, I know I certainly understood, and I found this novel to be a rea
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Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, Capricorn, Japanophile, and USA Today Best Selling author. She loves summer, downtempo beats, yoga pants, foxes, owls, dogs, sushi, pasta, and black tea. She lives outside NYC with her husband, two great kids, and her dog who always wants to play. When it comes to her work, she writes about everyday women and u

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