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Digital Love: A Review of S.J. Pajonas “FaceTime” Description: “After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee’s sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.

Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can’t stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can’t live without. But Laura’s got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee’s stressful traveling schedule means they’ll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they’re both going to need actual face time to figure it out.

Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.”

About the Author

Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical.

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My Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

For Mature Readers: 18+

Face Time is a wonderful twist on the typical boy meets girl/girl meets boy type of story. It’s an interesting tale of a couple who date primarily using modern communication devices namely Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Pajonas’ story is all about the characters. She crafted a set of diverse, well-rounded characters with real flaws.

I loved Laura Merchant. At first she came across as a pure innocent woman who just had bad luck with dating. By the middle of the book, I fell in love with her. She wasn’t the perfect princess. Her goodness covered a history of deep, dark secrets. Her flaws had barbs, but she redeemed herself. In spite of her background, she became a decent human being deserving a second choice.

Who wouldn’t love Lee Park? He was so decent, so caring…too perfect. Peel back the layers and you find a character with his own issues. But, he rose above his trifling family to become the man he wanted (and Laura needed) to be.

Face Time is a love story with an encouraging message–everyone should have and cultivate a strong support system. Laura surrounded herself with a few choice friends who didn’t care about her past. They cared about her well-being. They knew when she was troubled, and they knew when she needed a good kick in the pants. They were available to her when her family wasn’t. Lee also had close-knit friends who advised him when he needed it.

Pajonas’ Face Time was a well-written story centered around strength of character. It was a delightful read and I loved how it ended.


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