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Girl Gone Viral

(Modern Love #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  7,818 ratings  ·  1,436 reviews
In Alisha Rai's second novel in her Modern Love series, a live-tweet event goes viral for a camera-shy ex-model, shoving her into the spotlight—and into the arms of the bodyguard she’d been pining for.

OMG! Wouldn’t it be adorable if he’s her soulmate???

I don’t see any wedding rings [eyes emoji]

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

Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Avon
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Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is 2:39 in the morning, so i will make this quick. REALLY HAD A LOT OF FUN WITH THIS. HERE’S WHY:

- the whole bodyguard romance thing is new to me, but i tend to like the general trope where one character is taking care of the other (bc of injury, illness, bad day, literally whatever) soooo this entire concept *really* did a lot for me lol
- even tho jas was katrina’s employee, it never felt like there was a power imbalance, especially bc it was addressed/considered multiple times. they complim
This book is very exciting, for exactly one reason.

This reason is that I am going to model my entire life’s purpose on its plotline.

Here’s where I’m going from here:

Step 1: Marry rich
Step 2: Rich husband dies
Step 3: Get even richer
Step 4: Marry hot bodyguard

That’s the upside.

The downside is that, other than the sheer force of its inspirational power, this reading experience did not give me much.

I didn’t really like the romance. I didn’t care for the characters. The character development, while
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
The romance in this was SO. CUTE. and I now have no choice but to stan Alisha Rai for the rest of my life 🤷🏼‍♀️ sorry I don't make the rules ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl Gone Viral is the second book in Alisha Rai's, Modern Love series. These cute Adult Romances include the perfect mix of steaminess with real-life issues.

In this installment we follow Katrina King, who many of you may remember as Rhiannon's silent partner and roommate from The Right Swipe.

Katrina is a kind-hearted, super wealthy, ex-model with extreme anxiety and panic disorder.

After years of seclusion, she has just recently made a commitment to start reengaging with the outside world. She h
mina reads™️
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 vira
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling

Just the slightly steamy slow burn dual perspective diverse romcom read I had hoped for when I picked this up.
Katrina was one of my faves from book1, I deff preferred her to Rhiannon although Rhi was much better as a side character in this book - she is a great friend I just didn't like being in her head in the first book 🤷‍♀️
In fact I really enjoyed all the supporting characters in this, I particularly enjoyed the returning characters we met in
The Right Swipe
, their cameos in this were f
Lacey (laceybooklovers)

I have been so excited for Girl Gone Viral – for Katrina’s story – ever since reading and enjoying The Right Swipe. And after having finished GGV, I can say this is another success in the Modern Love series! But what else did I expect from Alisha Rai? I loved this story. Jas and Katrina are the sweetest cinnamon rolls and I adored their slow burn romance! If you’re in the mood for something fluffy that will make you feel all the bubbly feelings, you need to read this book.

In case you di
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
Oh, wow. This was such a miss for me and I am so sad it was. When I started this book, I thought the premise was so promising with how Katrina is a super private person, has anxiety, and hates attention, so when she goes viral, her bodyguard whisks her away to his farm house hours away. A bodyguard romance!? YES. Sadly, this book ended up being so boring and the romance was overshadowed by other storylines.

The story in this book was very slow moving and I hated how we still have a lot of unknow
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
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 H
jess ✨
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
CW: Extreme social anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, talk of past parental abuse

More of a 4.5 but I’m definitely rounding up.

I wasn’t gonna read this book until nearer to its release date, I just wasn’t 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 I’m writing this review, RWA has been going through shit for almost a couple of weeks and many many authors of color h
Feb 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boring
Yes to the diversity of characters, no to everything else.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
*4.5 stars*

I loved this so much. Alisha Rai just excels at writing characters who feel real and human and complex and interesting, and who you can’t help but root for. The romance itself was super sweet and felt so natural. Loved getting to see the characters we know and love from the first book in this series, too! Plus, a large part of this book is set on a peach farm??? Like, how much cuter can it get???
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
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

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
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Katrina King, a very wealthy woman, was in hiding from her abusive, manipulative and controlling dad. She also has severe anxiety and panic attacks. She’s worked hard to avoid public interactions and goes by an alias.
Her world was tilted off its axis when a video taken without her permission went viral. The video captured her interaction (small talk) with another stranger she shared a table with at a cafe. The video was taken out of context to spin a “Love at First Sight” twe
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 cheer

Life rarely made narrative sense, but sometimes it could take something away and give something else right back.

TW: Panic attacks. PTSD.

Lovely couple. Both with problems from the past. They have known each other for more than ten years as boss and employee (he is in charge of security)

She is half-Thai. He is Punjabi Sikh-Mexican descendant.

This book exposes the subject of all the problems that are presented by the unwanted exposure by some twitters and everything that implies when someone ex
What I liked about this book:
1. The diversity! To include and basically represent these many cultures in a book was genuinely refreshing and fucking necessary.
2. The male MC (Jas) was so kind, as a bodyguard and then as a boyfriend, he was very understanding about female MC's (Katrina) fears and anxieties.
3. Katrina again was so sweet.
4. This book is fucking goals!! This is how understanding, a couple should be towards each other.
5. The topics such as PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks and internet
I loved the previous book and was beyond excited to see Katrina was getting a book. Sadly, this was a let down for me.

I loved Katrina and Jas. I love their history and how in tune they were with each other. They’ve both been pining away, but unfortunately, there was no chemistry at all. Of course I loved seeing the the other ladies and Doodle was the absolute best. I could have done with about a million more scenes with the dog.

Plot wise, it was a struggle. The actual background story for each
this is one of those books you start and cannot stop until you've read the very last word. it's also one of those books you're thankful to read when things get a bit too hard in the real world. it was both adorable and complex, it dealt with some very hard subject, such as ptsd and panic attacks, and although I can only speak for the anxiety representation, it felt good to read about this aspect written so well. (4.25) ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This one was very different from book 1 but I still liked it. If you don't remember, Katrina was the silent partner and friend to Rhiannon, the heroine in book one of this series. We got the little tidbit about Katrina being a recluse, but not the fully understanding as to why.

In this sequel, Katrina is trying her hand at making a love match. However, she isn't finding that zing of attraction that she feels when she is around her bodyguard Jas. She is determined to find someone who returns her a
This was such a cute romance. I like this author and her romances are usually more intense than this. But I enjoyed the lighter romance with such likable characters. I am such a sucker for the unrequited love plotline too. I also liked the family drama that Jas, the male character, had to deal with. It was a nice bonus that I also learned about Punjabi American history because the author had based some of the settings in a real place. I haven't read the first book in the series because its synop ...more
“I’ve always thought it would be romantic to have a meet-cute with someone, but I think actually we’re in a perpetual meet-cute, you know? Like it’s never-ending, us finding each other.”

tw: ptsd, panic disorder, toxic/abusive family member

Katrina was a delight in The Right Swipe and I loved getting to know her even more in this book! She has always loved her privacy and anonymity but after a series of tweets about her went viral, her privacy is threatened. She wants to run away for a while a
This is well-written and slow-burn angst, but it didn’t quite click like I hoped. I enjoyed a lot about this book (Katrina’s struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, the history/culture behind Jas’s Sikh family and peach farm, the sinister implications of social media virality). But I wasn’t completely sold on the relationship, especially the pacing of the romantic development.

To put it more bluntly, I liked everything about this romance novel except the romance. It’s fine; I just wasn’t partic
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I requested this from the library so of course multiple holds became available at the same time and I stayed up last night frantically finishing it so it wouldn't disappear.

I don't read a lot of romance, but some, and so it was strange to have two in a row where the central story line had to do with a romance "gone viral" although the situations are not the same (the other being Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert.)

Girl Gone Viral is the second book in the Modern Love series and you don't n
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3 viral stars

Maybe this was the perfect book to read during the Coronavirus pandemic! In the case of this book, it’s referring to “going viral” on the internet though. We have main characters Katrina and her bodyguard Jas. We know that Katrina has feelings for Jas, but it seems like a bad idea to fall in love with your bodyguard, shouldn’t you separate work and personal life?

Katrina is a former model, very wealthy thanks to her marriage to an older man. She’s now a widow and living a very low-pr
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Trigger Warning: Emotionally abusive parent, internet doxxing, PTSD

Reclusive former-model Katrina King's world goes from low-key lusting after her longterm bodyguard to being the second half of a viral live-tweet relationship—a relationship that was completely made up. Terrified of being outed, Katrina flees into the country with Jas, her bodyguard, and both slowly start to realize they have sparks for each other.

This was hella cute, but before I get into the review itself, this celebrity-gossip
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

GIRL GONE VIRAL was a stronger second title in the Modern Love Series, it was all cute couple and story. I already knew that I was going to like Katrina from book one and this introverted and secluded woman had lots of mystery shrouding her but she was genuine, lovely and easy to side with.

Her bodyguard and head security guy, Jas had been with her for years and they had a caring yet professional relationship dynamic. I loved watching them interact and tip toe around their similarly full
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