Blurb: It begins by chance: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. The erotic tension simmers, and it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment - the prospect both excites and unsettles them. And after all, Emmi is happily married.
Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter? And if so, what then?
Love Virtually is a funny, fast-paced and utterly absorbing novel, with plenty of twists and turns, about a love affair conducted entirely by email.
Review: I bought this book at least 2 years ago now. I never read the blurb completely and only really skimmed it. So here I was going into it thinking it was going to be a romance that develops through emails (you know, like my favourite movie of all time You’ve Got Mail). Which it is esentaially bout a romance developing through emails, but what I didn’t know was that it was about a love affair!! So not cool!
Now, I think this would have been a great book if the main character wasn’t married. I don’t enjoy reading about affairs, especially when the one who is being unfaithful is a main character.
I really didn’t like Emmi. It wasn’t just the fact that she was “cheating”, but she really isn’t a nice person. She always needs self-assurance, she thinks she’s better than everyone, she is so invested in other people’s looks and she always comments on how she doesn’t find anyone attractive, she puts her own family down. I just didn’t like her. I liked Leo, and I feel really sorry for him because he tries to end the emails multiple times but Emmi is just a bloody bitch.
This was a very fast paced read (considering the whole thing is told in email form). I don’t mind that it was all in email and I think the author did a good job in telling a story through those emails. Although I will say you don’t get as emotionally invested through the emails as you would if you were following their lives. Also, Leo and Emmi don’t share any personal information about themselves. But, having said that I was still rooting for Leo and Emmi (even though I couldn’t stand her and even though it was completely wrong).
I’m just going to talk about the ending here so if you haven’t read this book, and you’re still interested, stop reading now. So that ending was the most infuriating ending I think I’ve ever read. The whole book you have the build-up of “will they meet or won’t they” and then in the last chapter they finally decide to meet. They are literally less than an hour away from meeting an then you get an email from the next day, from Emmi saying why she pulled out at the last minute. AND THEN SHE GETS AN AUTOMATED REPLY SAYING HE DELETED HIS EMAIL ADDRESS. Like I’m happy about that but I’m also like no!!!!! Because I really wanted them to meet so she could finally realise how horrible she is being to her husband.
I don’t know. Overall I don’t regret reading this book, but at the same time it’s not one that I would read again. It was entertaining, fast paced and there were some ups and downs there that kept it interesting. I wish the ending was different, but there’s nothing I can do about that.
Would I recommend? Maybe
For fans of: Where Rainbows End (Love Rosie) by Cecelia Ahern
Overall rating: 3.5/5
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