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Spoiler Alert

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  15,129 ratings  ·  3,712 reviews
Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own. 

Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he's known to fanfict
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Piatkus
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing book which can perfectly address your geeky cells with cosplay, fan fiction premise, raise awareness about sensitive and crucial issues including fat-shaming, dyslexia, self-respect and acceptance, emotional parental abusing and finally melt your hearts with adorable protagonists and their pant melting, heart warming love story.

I was so sure after reading the blurb and seeing the incredible cover, I would truly love this book. Thankfully i wasn’t wrong this time!

Marcus Caster Ru
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I'm not typically one for fandom stories, but because this one had a fat main character I had to give it a shot and I am SO GLAD that I did! There was just so much to love in this book. From the obvious parallels to the last season of Game of Thrones to the amazing (seriously amazing!!!!) body positivity and fat rep, this story had me smiling from beginning to end and I highly recommend checking it out if you're looking for a great new romance to dive into.

TW: fatphobia, fat shaming, emotional m
I fragile.

When I am reading a romance, it is because I am in dire psychological need. A fluffy book serves an emotional purpose to me that rivals therapy and the sheer serotonin of when you bite into a warm cookie. In short, if I have picked up a romcom in any form, it is because I need to have happiness injected straight into my heart like in Pulp Fiction. (That needle was filled with happiness, right?)

The other edge of this sword, then (or the liquid happiness as it were), is the fact
Jul 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am genuinely confused by the number of 4/5 star reviews of this book! Guys, it was not good. You can't write real person/self insert/AU fanfiction and call it a novel. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a real person! He doesn't deserve this.

Plus size representation in contemporary romance novels is a good thing, but come on-- there is more emotional depth in Taylor Swift songs. These characters simply had no personality. April was ~fat and liked fanfiction, that is it. She is a nearly 40 year old woman
Hey, go read this book! It was so cute!!! I smiled so much! I was so happy while reading!

I requested this ARC on a whim. The cover looked cute and I figured, why not? And I am so glad that I did because this book was all kinds of cute. It was also a very quick and easy read which I completely devoured in one sitting.

My favorite thing about this book is how it is both the epitome of a fluffy romance and yet touches on so many deep and realistic topic. Marcus and April are adorable together and I
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Spoiler Alert is easily a 5-star read that I thought was refreshing and well written and which I read in one sitting, but as you can see, I've rated it 2.5 stars rounded to 3. Why?

Firstly, most books featuring plus-size characters rarely use the human equivalent on their book covers
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London, Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1) by Talia Hibbert, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado.

If you're writing a plus-sized figure then damnit use a real woman instead of this nonsensical artsy stuff. Find a full-figured woman and have her make out with a yummy male model, thank you very much.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I had no expectations going into Spoiler Alert as I'd never read anything by Olivia Dade, but I was Blown. Away. Truly. The story really resonated with me on a few levels, and I couldn't put it down. It was just excellent, emotional, funny, well-written romance with a smart, geeky fan-fiction plotline and a sex-positive, plus-sized female MC. swoon

I adored both MCs, but the male MC, Marcus, really spoke to me. Right away, I noticed some clues about Marcus that touched me. The fact that he was di
This book was super cute! Here’s the reading vlog where I read it: ...more
Let me paint a picture for you, an expanded summary if you will. This is long, but I think it’s important to lay out these extra details together, because there is a good chance your reaction to them will tell you if this book is For You or not (especially those of you who may be on the fence about the fandom content).

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Marcus Caster-Rupp is an actor on one of the most popular television series in the world, Gods of the Gates. It’s a big-budget, long-running epic and quasi-m
Brittni Kristine
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankly this is closer to a 3.5 star book, but I don’t finish a book in 24 hours without enjoying it so I’m rounding up.

This story is about a plus sized woman who gets bullied for posting a photo in her a cosplay based on a character from her favorite show, and an actor from the show sees the harassment and invites her to dinner. What starts as a PR stunt becomes more, but they both have some secrets that could threaten the relationship.

She has written fanfics about this series for years, and
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-four-stars
4 stars


Lovers of fan-fiction/nerdy things and those of us who love a good plus size rep rejoice! You’ve found your next read. This is my first time reading an Olivia Dade book and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

April is successful at her day job, but her favorite thing is writing fanfic for ‘Gods of the Gates’. She’s always kept this part of herself hidden, but now she’s being her true self and letting people know. When she posts a photo of herself in her Lavinia cosplay, she gets a lot of su
mina reads™️
This book was absolutely what I needed in my life. A perfect dip into fandom culture, and a celebrity romance that truly hit all the right notes. I loved the discussion of fandom and how it's a fun way to build a community, it felt very organic and fun rather than a total cringefest like some other fandom-centric books I've encountered. Marcus and April may very well be one of my favorite couples of the year. Olivia Dade did an amazing job of crafting these characters and making them real people ...more
3.5 stars

TW: emotionally abusive family

rep: fat main character; dyslexic main character

This was a romance obviously written in the aftermath of the disaster that was the final season of Game of Thrones, and it was cathartic to read.

This features a romance between two fanfiction writers: one happens to be the lead character on a Game of Thrones-esque show (based on a fictional book series; writers didn’t know what they were doing after they ran out of books; book series isn’t finished) and the
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-romance
sadly i struggled to like this. i really enjoyed the main characters and their romance but the whole plot and fandom aspect just didn't work for me and was kinda cringey ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gah my fandom heart is so happy! I adored this book and how it focused on fandoms. fanfic and had amazing body positivity. As a plus sized women myself I enjoyed April so much. She was strong, smart amazing and knew she deserved love. This was so positive and fun and steamy and I enjoyed it so much.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
This was everything I asked for AND SO MUCH MORE. Oh my gosh. I loved this book so much!

When this started, I really loved April's character. She's so body positive, but she does have her moments with doubt, which I found so realistic and relatable. No matter how confident you are in yourself, the comments and doubts from society are bound to still get to you. But I loved how she would still put herself out there.

Let's get to the real reason I loved this book. MARCUS. First of all, he's dyslexic
Sheyla ✎
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Super cute! That's all Folks.

I read Spoiler Alert in one sitting. Marcus and April were awesome together.

Marcus Caster-Rupp is an actor who has been playing the famous Aeneas in the Gods of Gates series. Over the last few years, Marcus has become increasingly disappointed with the current writers of the show. He writes fanfic under the name Book!AeneasWouldNever as an outlet for his frustration with the scripts. No one can know he is doing this or he can lose it all. He keeps this a secret f
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Plus-size rep and fanfiction!


Don't do me dirty <3
Katie B
3.5 stars

I liked the premise for this romance as it centers around the world of fanfiction. I don't really read fanfiction myself, but I do think it is a neat creative outlet for writers. While this romance wasn't among my favorites this year, there were many things I enjoyed about the characters and story.

Marcus Caster-Rupp is the star of a hit tv show and he secretly posts online fanfiction he has come up with featuring his character on the show. April Whittier is a fan of the show and identif
Shout out to Bethany for choosing this awesome book for me to read for our TBR swamp! I absolutely loved it. 4.5 Stars

Spoiler Alert has definitely been make it's rounds withint the reading community. I've heard so many people talk about it, but I was nervous to read it because a lot of people were claiming that the fat representation was amazing. As a plus sized individual I've always had a tough time finding good fat/plus-size representation. A lot of times the hero/heroine is responsible for t
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
I'm somewhat torn by this read, but think it's a me vs the book issue as I liked so much about this read but one of my least favourite tropes pops up 🙈
I enjoyed the way topics were tackled and the representation showcased by both characters, but I hated how long one character lied to the other even if they did so for reasons that could be understandable - I a push, but it just makes for uncomfortable reading waiting for the other shoe to drop 🤷‍♀️

In saying that this was a super steamy
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Legit gasped at this cover. I love it!
Caution: rated R for language and adult hotness 🔥🔥🔥

So, let me start by saying, swearing does not offend me. I’ve been known to drop an f-bomb myself. But it was used so often, that it was almost distracting. 😬 I listened to the audiobook, but am honestly curious how many times the f word was used.... anyone with the kindle version wanna run a search for me? 🤔 That aside- I liked the chemistry between these two characters. ❤️ They are certified hot!!! 🔥🔥🔥 But..... I hated the fan-fic storylines t
both April and Marcus made me feel seen and gave me hope. it wasn't just a cute romance with a bit of angst as I had expected, it explored some important topics such as fatphobia and ableism, and it was a punch to my heart. also, I don't see many people saying this, but April is 36 and Marcus is 39! just felt like mentioning it! (4.22) ...more
This might be the best 2020 romance I have read! If you want a fun, sexy, geeky romance involving fandom culture, with a confident, fat heroine, then Spoiler Alert is pure gold. It's funny and self-aware, intentionally side-stepping problematic tropes you often see in romance. And the representation of a larger heroine is SO good, as are the discussions of fatphobia and associated issues. Reading this was an absolute joy.

April Whittier is a geologist with curves for days who secretly writes ste
Oct 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
I'm somewhere between a 4 and a 4.5 star on this... and hell, this was so much fun, let's just go with 4.5. I absolutely loved so much of what this book is about -- external conflict rooted in internet & fan culture; smart characters with nuanced portrayals; a slow burn that gets sufficiently steamy; meta textual interstitials that added a lot to the "fun" elements of the story; explicit consent; body positivity & rep for learning special needs... on and on. There really is a lot to like here.
Whitney Atkinson
DNF at ~250 pages.

I thought I could handle a book about fandom/fanfic when it's a fat MC romance, but I just couldn't do it, especially when the love interest/famous celebrity is one of the people in the fandom?? it's so unrealistic and cringy. No actor in a TV show would ever go home and log onto a fandom forum and write fanfiction about himself.... it just was so weird and invasive feeling. This book in general had so many tropes I don't like and it made me dread picking it up, so I just deci
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Sumptuous. Elegant. Pure lustiness. Love. An absolute winner.
Loved this book. The characters and their interactions.
April is brave and wants to be liked for who she is today regardless of her size. Marcus is shy but forced into the public eye so performs a role of confidence in public. Both have had difficulty dealing with their parents lack of acceptance.
The hero, oh he feels so much and doesn’t trust easily.

It took me a long time to read this book. The more I love
Nov 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
dnf @ 47%

honestly, a lot of things bothered me about this book. marcus was cool with reading and writing fanfiction about his costars, his pov was just self-deprecation and worshipping the ground april walks on (even after one meeting), he was a cardboard cutout of a ✨ perfect guy ✨ & his struggles as a celebrity were laughable; he just had to play the dumb blond role boohoo

i don't even have much to say about april because she had no personality except that she was fat and that she was embarras
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Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorites, though, were always, always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required the donning of actual pants: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Now, ...more

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