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Girl Gone Viral

(Modern Love #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  204 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 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!!!

Paperback, 384 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
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 viral
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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 cant 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???
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Miki ✖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.

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
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
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
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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Samantha (WLABB)
Katrina had once lived her life in front of the camera, but became rather reclusive following a traumatic event. For the past few years, she had slowly been working through her severe anxiety via exposure therapy. During one such outing, a patron at a neighboring table live tweets the encounter between Katrina and "CafeBae", and of course it goes viral. In an effort to protect Katrina's privacy and make her feel safe again, her bodyguard, Jas, whisks her away to his family home. She was looking ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

A cute read and couple. Review to come for the blog.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
She crooked her finger. Follow me.

Easy. Truth be told, hed follow her anywhere.

On my blog.

Rep: Thai American mc with PTSD, anxiety & panic disorder, Punjabi American mc with PTSD, Punjabi American side characters, Mexican Punjabi side character, mlm side character, wlw side character, Black side characters, Pakistani American Muslim side character, Samoan American side character

CWs: past child abuse, past military violence

Galley provided by publisher

Me and this book had a bit of a rocky
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)
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
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