In Links by Lisa Becker, Charlotte Windham has finally escaped her geeky and awkward past with the publication of her first novel. Except her past comes roaring back at her when she runs into her high school crush, Garrett Stephens. Garrett is now a famous professional golfer and a serial dater. He wants Charlotte in a bad way but she wasn’t born yesterday and insists on them just being friends. The more time they spend together as friends the more their friendship threatens to morph into something serious. Can Charlotte trust Garrett with her heart?
This was my first book by Lisa Becker but it definitely won’t be my last. At first I was a little concerned about the alternating first person POV but Becker meshes them together perfectly to give insights into each of her characters. Her snappy dialogue between Garrett and Charlotte had me smiling and laughing to myself.
I loved how Becker perfectly captured Charlotte ‘s insecurities. Despite her recent success, Charlotte is still that introverted geek that doubts her self worth. Charlotte simply can’t believe that someone like Garrett would want her and it almost sabotages their relationship.
At first I wasn’t sure if I would like Garrett. He was extremely cocky and all about chasing that next female conquest. The more time he spent with Charlotte though, the more I liked him. By the end of the book I was cheering him on in convincing Charlotte to commit to a permanent relationship.
Links by Lisa Becker is a standalone novel. Becker has spun a wonderful story about second chance romance that will have you smiling and wishing this was a series. If you enjoy contemporary romance, this would be an enjoyable book for you.
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In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase — glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett called her in high school. In short, she’s a catch now and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart! Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario. A now successful professional golfer, he’s recently suffered a major setback in the form of a possible career-ending injury. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?
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Lisa Becker is a romance writer whose previous novels include Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The books, about a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles, have been called, “a fast read that will keep you entertained,” “a fun, quick read for fans of Sex and the City,” and “hard to put down.” The first in the series was optioned for a major motion picture.
Lisa’s writings about online dating have been featured in Cupid’s Pulse, GalTime.com, Single Edition, The Perfect Soulmate, Chick Lit Central and numerous other book blogs and websites.
As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a rush.” Lisa is now happily married to a man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!
Q & A with Lisa Becker
Tell us about your newest release.
A light-hearted, second chance romance, Links explores what happens when nerdy girl Charlotte Windham reconnects with her unrequited schoolgirl crush, star athlete Garrett Stephens, 15 years after high school.
Did you have an unrequited crush in high school?
I’m not too ashamed to admit I had such a fierce crush on a boy, I willingly sat with him in the bathroom at parties while he puked up wine coolers, just so I could spend time with him. Thankfully, that soul-crushing time in my life in over, but I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I came upon that secret crush today as a confident, successful woman.
Can you tell us more about the main character(s)?
Charlotte Windham was a typical ugly duckling in high school — glasses and all. Highly intelligent and immensely talented, she’s become a breakout success with her best-selling novel, The Crossing Guard. In school, she harbored an unrequited crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob and star athlete who’s gone on to become a professional golfer suffering a possible career-ending injury. The book explores what happens when these two former classmates have a chance encounter in a Los Angeles restaurant, 15 years after high school. With the upper hand, can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and for his more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be the perfect fit for him?
Imagine Links would be turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
I would love to see someone with the emotional range and depth of Maggie Gyllenhaal to play Charlotte. I think she could make her come across as vulnerable, successful, intelligent and passionate. For Garrett, we would need someone who is classically handsome and oozes charm. Matt Bomer, who pulled that off perfectly on White Collar comes to mind. If he’s not available, let’s just say, I would love to be at the casting call for that role.
You have also published other books, can you tell us more about them?
I’m most known for the Click trilogy comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. The series follows a young woman’s search for love online in Los Angeles with the entire series unfolding in emails between our heroine, her friends and her hilarious dates. Fraught with BCC’s, FWD’s and inadvertent Reply to All’s, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to “click” with the right man.
What do you have in the works?
I’ve just wrapped up a contemporary romance called Starfish, which examines the unlikely relationship between a regular girl and a touring guitarist in a band. When it comes to romance, you just can’t pass up the idea of falling in love with a rock star.
How can readers connect with you?
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