Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.
*This review contains spoilers for the first book, Click: An Online Love Story. Please read at your own risk*
Double click is the sequel to Click: An Online Love Story which I read, reviewed, and loved back in late 2012. It follows the lives of Renee, her best friends Shelley, Mark, and Ashley, as well as her boyfriend Ethan. It picks up several months after where Click left off and Renee is still working hard at her job and planning a wedding. Things are going well with Ethan and her friends seem to have taken down their bickering a notch or two.
Before I get started on how much I enjoyed this book, I have to mention the cruel little trick that the author plays on the readers in the beginning. I won't give it away, but let's just say that she had me going with a certain important part of the story and I was totally blindsided when she let the secret out. Such trickery, Lisa! It's ok though, I recovered and continued reading, even if it was a bit more cautiously. Seriously Lisa, you really got me!
Moving on. After reading Click, one of my biggest questions for Double Click was if Shelley and Mark would end up together. They have a love/hate relationship and are constantly taunting each other. Of course, you know how much I love the sarcastic banter so I was all about this relationship. I was desperate for it. Then a girl named Cassidy came along and I wasn't sure who I wanted Mark to end up with anymore. Cassidy is kind of a ditz and is obsessed with cats. So much so that she is constantly emailing the group with links to cat videos and stories. I couldn't help it, I liked her. Who doesn't love cat videos? I do. So much so in fact that my husband has told me that he can tell if I'm watching a cat video just by my expression or the way I laugh. I know, I'm pathetic. Anyway, I couldn't help but like Cassidy and kind of wished she was a real person so I could giggle along with her. I also may have Googled the titles of a few of these videos when she passed them along. Again, don't judge me! Did Mark end up with Shelley after all? I can't tell you, I don't want to ruin the surprise for you. But I will tell you that I was happy with how this part of the story played out and wouldn't change it for anything.
Like I said in my review for Click, I love stories told in email form because I also met my husband online. That, and I am also a little nosy. While emails can mostly be just quick messages to friends and family, they can also be used to communicate with someone in a way you might not in person. You can say whatever you want without having to look them in the eye or worry about their expressions. You can be more honest and not feel embarrassed about things. I think this format worked really well for this story. It was a brilliant way to get to know all of the characters at once and equally.
Of course the biggest part of this story was the relationship between Renee and Ethan. With the big guffaw at the end of Click, we aren't sure if they are going to stick it out for the long haul or not. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow, even with all of the mini bumps along the way. They really seemed to have a connection and their relationship is inspiration to anyone searching online for love, even if it is a fictional one.
Overall, I'm very happy with where this story went. All of my questions were answered and I got to spend more time with characters that I loved. I can't recommend this series enough. If you love Chick Lit, dating disasters, and drama, be sure to check out Click and Double Click!
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*I received this book for free in exchange of an honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way and all views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.