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"This novel had everything that I was looking for. It was romantic and yet not overly done. The romance was believable as was the long distance commitment that both Laura and Lee find themselves actively involved in. I also liked how the novel is written from two, very different point of views. The novel is equally divided into chapters of Laura's views and of Lee's view in first person. The point of views is something that I am beginning to see more of in newer releases and I couldn't be more pleased! ... FACE TIME is a fun, sexy and romantic read proves that even long distance relationships can work with a little effort and help from modern technology." - Tracy & Mandy, For the Passion of Romance
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FACE TIME is a full-length novel at 100,000 words.
This novel is written in first person, present tense, from two points of view. You can view a sample first before buying by clicking on "Look Inside" above the cover image.
Disclaimer:This novel contains adult sexual situations, profanity, and one scene of mild drug use.
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I read an earlier version of the book and I have to say that the changes she's made have really given this story a lovely boost. I love this new book by S.J. Pajonas! As with her other works, her characters are very well-developed, developed to the point where you feel like you know them personally. The places she takes you are also developed so well that you can see, taste, touch and hear the activity around you. The reader is completely immersed in the worlds S.J. Pajonas creates and Face Time is no exception.
The book opens to Laura being stood up by her friends and from that moment which every reader can identify with, you're hooked into the story. I was intrigued with Laura's life, her strength, her story. I wanted to know more and the author had me turning "just one more page" so that I could quench my thirst. I admit to being shocked by her mother's actions (no spoilers here!) and feeling an immense sadness that Laura's home life was so tragic. In knowing her tragedy, though, you appreciate her strength.
Lee's story is no less intriguing and getting to know him through the Face Time chats, his work life and his conversations with his father made him such a perfect compliment to Laura. I liked that the author gave him just enough vulnerability to make him real. I was thrilled with his willingness to jump on a plane and fly halfway around the world to fight for his relationship with Laura.
This book deals with so many emotions, both family and friends, not to mention Laura and Lee's own issues -- that you have to read it for yourself to get the full effect of their story. And trust me when I say you won't be disappointed, one bit. You'll find yourself staying up late to finish...and needing a tissue or two or three throughout the book. Another job well done by S.J. Pajonas!
This is the first book (that hasn't been a childrens book) that I have finished recently. I started it on Saturday and was unable to put it down. I read into the wee hours of Sunday morning, picking it back up and finishing it on Sunday. This book captured my attention from page one. It was funny, true to life and had real ups and downs. Having digital relationships today are common so this book was very much in line with what a lot of busy singles do in order to keep in touch with their significant other. I love how they met, connected and started to communicate with each other. The family situations that they had to deal with were like situations that most of us have to deal with- parents that don't of your choices- though you plan to make them anyway. They worked through the hurdles and there were situations that were rocky- where you thought they might not make it, but together they managed to figure everything out. I highly recommend this book- very real and romantic.
I’m always looking for a book that is able to realistically portray a long-distance relationship, especially in our age of Skype, smartphones, and Face Time. My reason being that I am in an LDR, and I am constantly looking for books that satisfy my need to read about couples in my situation. This book was able to nail down some of the main characteristics of an LDR (at least for me): time zones, texting at odd hours, insecurity, sharing photos, and desperately wishing the other person was there beside you. Minus all the family drama, I could see my relationship reflected in the one between Lee and Laura. This book was sweet, painful, hit so close to home, and was a great read.
First, the characters. I like that Pajonas doesn’t go straight for the Asian stereotypes with Lee’s family. They’re Korean-American, and they have diverse personalities and ideas about culture and values. Yes, there’s that sense of filial piety but it doesn’t feel like the characters have been ripped from the many K-dramas that I watch. There’s lots of drama in this book, but the drama feels well-done. You can see the clashing of cultures and personalities in the drama, and it doesn’t feel like “drama for the sake of drama.”
As for Laura, I really liked her. At first, I liked her because she was strong, independent, and didn’t take any s*** from anyone. As her story was slowly revealed to the reader, my heart was breaking for her. She has gone through so much hardship, things that would have broken anyone, but she managed to push through all that. By the end, she had completely endeared herself to me. She’s an interesting contrast to Lee, who may not have gone through as much hardship, but had his own struggles and inner demons to face.
And OH their long-distance relationship! Their interactions were so realistic. The way they talked to each other, scheduled calls so that it would be at convenient times given their different timezones, it was like looking back at my own relationship. I felt such a connection with these two and so drawn by their relationship and dynamics.
So do I have any problems with this book? Well, there were a few bumps in the road. One was the pacing. Trust me, it’s a great story but some parts just felt a little unnecessary or long to me. Second was that I’m just not into sex scenes in books. I don’t dislike them, but I just end up skimming them and heading straight back to the story. From what I did read, they were tastefully done. Still, just not my thing.
Overall: I need to wrap this review up because it’s getting rather long, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I just felt such a connection to this couple and the dynamics of their long-distance relationship. I really adore Laura and her character, I liked how the story progressed, and I just plain enjoyed this.
If there's one thing S.J. Pajonas can do, besides yoga and knit, it's tell a love story. More impressive is she can weave a love story so romantic and sexy through an iPad screen.
Told through both Lee and Laura's point of view, Face Time is one of the most original novels I have read about letting go of the past and moving forward. It also focuses heavily on the scrutiny interracial relationships face as Lee is Korean American and Laura is Caucasian. Both Lee and Laura have dealt with difficult pasts and exhausting families. Their loves grows fast and furious, and the heat between them is enough to set your Kindle on fire.
The growth between these two characters is tremendous and beautiful. The main characters are in their thirties, established in life, and know what they want. If you've been looking for an inventive romance, be sure to check out Face Time. This is the first in her Love in the Digital Age series.