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Girl Gone Viral

(Modern Love #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  133 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!!!

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 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
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
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
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
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Gimme more Alisha Rai books, please!

Thank you HarperCollins and Avon for the ARC.

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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.
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
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
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
mina reads™️
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 on twitter. As the internet hunts for her identity, her bodyguard Jasvinder whisks her ...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
When Katrina King’s 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 it’s still a slow, slow burn of a romance, with a lot of thoughts about ‘why this shouldn’t happen’ up until the ...more
5/5 stars

“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.”

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

While reading this book I couldn’t 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,
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 wasn’t a deal breaker.

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
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) ALL THE STARS I absolutely adored this one and am so thankful to Alisha for subverting all the “norms” to write progressive and inclusive romance. Definitely read The Right Swipe first! ...more
Ashley Holstrom
I didn’t love this as much as The Right Swipe, but it was a nice, sweet, slow burn romance, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Reviewing for Dear Author.
“I’m with you now. I promise you. Anyone who wants to hurt you will have to get through me first.”

4.5 stars!

I loved loved loved this!


*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
Carole V Bell
My initial impressions were mixed. I like the 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 anticipation at first. This is truly ...more
Michelle Marie
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was generously provided an ARC by the publisher for an honest review.

Alisha Rai is one of the authors on my ‘always buy’ list. Her novels always put forth a unique story with equally memorable characters. Rai’s earlier books are also smoking hot. Like, do not read in public hot. However, Girl Gone Viral moves away from Rai’s comfortability with NC-17. In this novel, Rai constructs a hot but also deeply emotional tale of lovers living and ultimately thriving with mental illness.

In 2016, I was
Maddie butler
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley, Harper Collins Publishers, and Alisha Rai for the Advance Readers E-Copy.

Katrinas life was never easy at age nine her mother passed away. Her dad then took over raising her, but for his own gain. Her father was Psychological and emotionally. One day at an event she meets Hardeep, a Wealthy older man, where they strike a deal to get married. He wants companionship and she wants to be rescued from her father. To add to Katrinas anxiety she is one day kidnapped and held for
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I was very excited to receive an ARC of this title, as Alisha Rai's books are always a delight. This one was no different and helped me get out of a reading slump in the very best ways.

I really enjoyed the two main characters. I already loved Katrina from The Right Swipe and was already interested in learning more about her. Jasminder I knew less about but he turned out to be incredibly fascinating as well. Together they were a very compelling couple and I really enjoyed getting to experience
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I've been procrastinating on this review. I came in with the highest of hopes and enthusiasm with this one! The premise is fun, the blurb, inviting and the cover, super cute!

Unfortunately Girl Gone Viral fell a bit short for me. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it because there were a lot of parts where I did. The writing I must say is stellar and flows very well but I guess what I'm trying to say is that I had to TRY too hard to love it, if that makes sense?

There are a plethora of
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I wanted! I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book in this "series" but I really enjoyed this one. The characters have baggage, but care for each other so much. The going viral bit did not pan out how I expected and I loved that plot so much. Both characters have friendships which are fab too. I loved Jas's family and the whole "stuck in one house together trope". This book was the perfect mix of fun romance with some serious themes interwoven. Rai does an excellent job ...more
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