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Girl Gone Viral

(Modern Love #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  332 ratings  ·  188 reviews
In Alisha Rais second novel in her Modern Love series, a live-tweet event goes viral for a camera-shy ex-model, shoving her into the spotlightand into the arms of the bodyguard shed been pining for.

OMG! Wouldnt it be adorable if hes her soulmate???

I dont see any wedding rings [eyes emoji]

Breaking: #CafeBae and #CuteCafeGirl went to the bathroom AT THE SAME TIME!!!

ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon
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    CW: Extreme social anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, talk of past parental abuse

    More of a 4.5 but Im definitely rounding up.

    I wasnt gonna read this book until nearer to its release date, I just wasnt feeling interested in diving into a new epic fantasy world right at the beginning of the year, so obviously I decided to go for my other favorite genre - romance. As of Jan 6th when Im writing this review, RWA has been going through shit for almost a couple of weeks and many many authors of color have
    Can we start by giving snaps to Alisha Rai for making lube sexy? This is the energy we need for Romancelandia in 2020
    Anyways, this is a lovely slow burn of a book. I absolutely LOVED both of the main characters (and was of course thrilled to see Rhi again), and I appreciated how each of their mental health issues were so meaningfully incorporated into the plot. I am a sucker for a protective hero who is also kind of a cinnamon roll-- this book actually reminded me quite a bit of One Night with
    mina reads™️
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    You had me at bodyguard romance

    arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

    Synopsis: Girl Gone Viral follows Katrina King, an ex model turned reclusive investor who craves privacy above all and her dutiful bodyguard Jasvinder who helps maintain her safety. On one rare outing Katrina shares a table at a crowded coffeshop with a beautiful man. This completely innocuous interaction is live tweeted by a woman sitting near them with a meet-cute spin and suddenly Katrina has gone viral
    jess ✨
    Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    First I have to be completely honest and admit part of me was sure I wouldn't like this. I dnf'ed the first book in the series, The Right Swipe a few months ago but I made the decision to give this author another try. While I couldn't finish it, was an issue with characters and the relationship building more than anything else, the writing was really nice and I loved the diversity. 

    So, when I saw the arc of Girl Gone Viral available to request, I decided to go ahead and request and thought this
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Please note that I received this book for free via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

    Look I don't know how many romance readers out there are familiar with that whole Plane Bae mess that went down last year. Short recap, a couple grossly violated two strangers privacy. A woman decided to spy on the people sitting together on a plane and decided that it would be great to tweet about them. During this whole thing a ridiculous amount of people followed her on Twitter and were
    Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

    This was such a good romance book, I really enjoyed it.
    This is the second novel in a companion series, but you don't have to read the first one to enjoy this story.

    I appreciated very much how Alisha Rai included so many important and serious themes in her narrative, such as an abusive parental figure, PTSD, panic attacks, and the right to privacy in the era of social media. I think they were all
    Anna Banana
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

    This book is much different than the first in the standalone series in a lot of ways...and yet, I still enjoyed it!

    Girl Gone Viral is much, much tamer and slow burn than I expected especially since the two characters have been in love with each other for years. They are two of the sweetest and softest characters, I really enjoyed being in their heads and getting to know each of them. I thought it was so interesting and cool getting to know Jas's family and the whole dynamic between them all was
    Mics ✖siempre romances✖
    I was really looking forward to read this book and it was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020. Unfortunately for me I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I think that if my expectations were lower I would have liked it more.

    Alisha is one of my favourite authors and from her previous books I'm used to her style being more angsty and emotional and this book like "The Right Swipe" was more light and it was a romantic comedy.

    There's nothing wrong with that, I knew when I started this
    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    To put it mildly, this was a snoozefest and before I knew it, it was dropped before I even reached the halfway mark. I'm pretty sure I was more interested in the whole #CafeBae and #CuteCafeGirl concept a bit more than the actual storyline. But kudos to the author for featuring diverse characters since they're a rare gem nowadays.

    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Move over Rhiannon and Samson and make way for Katrina and Jas!!!! A former vet and a former model, both of who come with their own host of trust issues make for an amazing couple in Girl Gone Viral. Oh, and did I mention he is her bodyguard?! Cue the Whitney soundtrack please.

    Girl Gone Viral is now one of my favorite romances. Despite the fact that Katrina and Jas both had issues, they didn't play games with one another and were honest about their struggles - an issue I have with a lot of other
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 stars?

    So, I was really looking forward to reading this after The Right Swipe bc I loved Katrinas character in that one. Plus you throw in a bodyguard romance? Sign me up!

    Unfortunately this book didnt quite live up to my expectations. I enjoyed Jas and Katrina, but most of the book was far more focused on their individual/family issues than their actual romance, which annoyed/frustrated me quite a bit. Also, this is quite the slow burn, which I usually have no problem with, but the way this
    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    Gimme more Alisha Rai books, please!

    Thank you HarperCollins and Avon for the ARC.

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    I loved it. LOVED IT! Alisha Rai's "Modern Dating" series has been the most #relatable thing I've read all year. The first book, The Right Swipe, tackled ghosting culture, as well as the #MeToo movement and women in tech. This one discusses our lack of privacy in a world with 24/7 news cycles, wildly popular social media platforms and video cameras in everyone's pocket.

    Katrina, our heroine, goes viral in a #PlaneBae-inspired Twitter thread when a nosy cafe patron imagines a meet-cute between
    ** I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

    Sadly, I didn't like this one as much as the first one. I liked the characters and watching their relationship grow, but there were parts of this book that, while I know they kept the story going, were just kind of boring to me.

    The main plot of protecting Katrina from the internet was just... not believable to me? I've seen plenty of tweets go viral without people needing 24/7 bodyguards and to run away to a farm in the
    shre ♡
    Aug 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    ok this is the second book i've seen so far related to twitter-romance,,,pls keep them coming.
    Samantha Jean
    I won this book as a giveaway!!

    Girl Gone Viral was just okay for me. While I liked Katrina and Jas, I didn't love them. Their relationship was fine, but it didn't really spark for me. While I appreciate the talks of feelings, therapy, and both characters working through their own baggage I really just never got invested.

    So this one was a bit of a miss, but the writing was still well done. The support characters were generally adorable, and I will definitely read the next book in this series!
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to Avon Books and Edelweiss+ for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

    In Girl Gone Viral, Katrina King is an ex-model who is a bit of a recluse - preferring to stay close to her mansion where she lives with her 2 bffs and her hot bodyguard. In an effort to branch out, she visits her local coffee shop and has an innocent conversation with a cute guy. Unfortunately, someone in the coffee shop live-tweeted the interaction and turned it into a meet-cute full of fabricated
    Jul 11, 2019 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs
    *flashbacks to reading live-tweets about a meet cute once* YES TO THIS
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I think Alisha Rai just murdered me. That last line was EVERYTHING.

    It's not a secret that I'm an Alisha Rai fangirl and so it's not really surprising that when I got an ARC of Girl Gone Viral, I almost screamed despite being in court at the time. (Yes, I check my email while I'm in the courtroom, but listen, there's a shocking amount of downtime for me in that room.) Anyway, after Avon/Netgalley made my whole day, I told myself I would wait until I survived 2019 to actually read the book, but
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: kindle, edelweiss
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Let me start off by saying thank you to Avon Romance, Alisha Rai and Edelweiss for my advanced copy of this book. I am really grateful for the opportunity to read this book prior to its release.

    I loved the first book in this series- The Right Swipe. I love Rhi and her friendship with Katrina. I applaud the author for continuing to represent healthy female friendships in her books.
    I even enjoyed Jia and fingers crossed she is the next character to get a book. 🤞.

    Girl Gone Viral is the
    Ok... firstly I have to say THAT cover is So cute!!

    This was my first book by Alisha Rai and have to say it won't be my last.

    I really appreciated the topics of PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder. The topics were handled so well considering they were a major part of the main characters. It's so refreshing to see this in our romance novels. Sometimes mental health challenges can be stigmatized in novels but Alisha handled it so well. Major kudos to you Alisha!

    The two main characters were so sweet
    Carole V Bell
    My initial impressions were mixed. I like the authentic, multidimensional diversity of the characters and the originality of the premise-- a wealthy woman who suffers from an anxiety disorder gets into a relationship with her longtime bodyguard/friend/crush when she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight because of social media and they retreat to his farmhouse to avoid the attention. In romance genre terms it's friends to lovers in a forced proximity situation. But the pacing killed the ...more
    Dayle (the literary llama)

    This is my first Alisha Rai book, even though this is technically the second in this series (the first being the story of two other characters, friends of the ones in this book, you know how that goes) and I was curious to see if it could be read as a standalone, because I felt such a draw to the synopsis of Girl Gone Viral. And I think it, mostly, can be read separately. There were a few fumbles near the beginning where it felt like I may have missed something but it wasnt a deal breaker.

    I love
    Caiti (The Romance Mom)
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Hot body guard hero whose primary form of communication is grunting? Yes, I'll take that, thank you.

    Seriously though, this book is so well done. Alisha Rai is a very talented writer who takes serious issues seriously and writes about them authentically and responsibly. I love her.

    Be aware though that there are some heavy subjects covered in this book. Panic disorder, Anxiety, PTSD... but it's not dark. It's hopeful and bright.

    As for Katrina and Jazz...this was a pair after my own heart. Two
    When Katrina Kings visit to a cafe results in a narrative spinning out of control thanks to a fame-hungry stranger, her sudden viral fame threatens her ordered, routined life and pushes her friend/bodyguard of many years to hide her away at his family peach farm. It takes, predictably, the intervention of animals and friends and family for the status quo to change between them, but its still a slow, slow burn of a romance, with a lot of thoughts about why this shouldnt happen up until the last ...more
    Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
    Alisha Rais second book in her new Modern Love series places the romance between an ex-model and her dutiful bodyguard in the context of a hot topic today. What are the ethics of violating a persons privacy in public spaces, especially in the age of ubiquitous social media usage? Katrina is a young and quite wealthy woman suffering from PTSD. She can cautiously go into public places as long as she has her bodyguard, Jas, close by, and she observes a number of rituals that she has developed over ...more
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Received and ARC copy from NetGalley for a free and honest review. This in no way swayed my thoughts and feeling on this read. All quotes are subject to change, as this is an ARC that they are coming from.

    "Happiness is a radical act"

    I ADORED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!! Katrina is a widow with anxiety and PTSD (TW: Kidnapping, panic attacks, general anxiety and anxious thoughts.) After her husband passed away, she only kept on one of her bodyguards, and that was Jas. She has feelings for him, but is
    5/5 stars

    Ive always thought it would be romantic to have a meet-cute with someone, but I think actually were in a perpetual meet-cute, you know? Like its never-ending, us finding each other.

    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

    While reading this book I couldnt help but think about that viral thread of this girl on the plane recording everything that was going down between a guy and a girl and how I initially thought that it was cute you know a live romance, but then
    Emma (bookish.em)
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Ahhh, I LOVED THIS BOOK! It got me out of a reading slump but I am not surprised because Alisha's books are AMAZING. Such a fan of the Modern Love series. I liked Katrina since the first book and was happy to read her story. And damn, Jas just sounds super smoldering. I thought it was super interesting the way mental health was handled in this book, with it showing up in various ways. I felt like it wasn't stigmatized but helped to bring a real layer to the characters. Well done.
    Also I wanted
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs-review, 2020
    This was a great second book in Alisha Rais Modern Love series. I enjoyed diving further into Katrinas life and learning more about her history. She had some very traumatic events happen in her life and she is working hard to conquer her fears. The relationship between Katrina and Jas, her body guard, was so sweet. Seeing them recognize their feelings for each other and then figure out whether/how to act on them was sweet. I also appreciated that the sex scenes felt realistic (at least to me) ...more
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