Super Sweet Romance the Modern Way
Title: Love + Texting
Author: Lexi Aidyn
Genre: Sweet Romance
Release Date: January 20, 2021
Love + Texting, the new contemporary romance by Lexi Aidyn, proves that fate and technology work in tandem sometimes...
Fair warning, this book starts off sad. Dani gets the devastating news that her big brother Colton has died. He was in the military and he was killed. As a way of coping with her loss, Dani keeps texting his old number, having one-sided conversations with him so that a part of him is still with her. When she gets a response one day, she is shocked - until she comes to the difficult conclusion that a new person has Colton's number. The guy who texted her back ends up being Drew, a marine who has only just returned stateside. Drew has three sisters, and at first he is only trying to console Dani as he would one of his sisters. Soon though, as they start chatting more often, he comes to realize that Dani is the brightest part of his day. They become really good friends and masters at flirting - all through text until soon, there comes the inevitable question - do they meet up? Will some of the magic be lost if they meet up in person? If Dani discovers that Drew is in the military, will that bring up too many painful memories? Can she put the pain of her past behind her and give in to the possibilities of love?
That's a lot to unpack there. But love can be complicated and sometimes the answers aren't easy, especially when you are dealing with loss and grief. I think this is a sweet and romantic story about finding the courage to move on and trust that sometimes the universe has your back. Both Dani and Drew are great characters and this is a fun love story for the modern day of cellphones and the anonymity of texting. It was nice to read a story where fate plays a role, which just adds to the romantic element of the book. Lexi Aidyn is a new author to me, and I look forward to seeing what other work she puts out in the future.
Thank you to the Author and to GiveMeBooksPR for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Dani is crushed and lonely after losing her big brother. Is Drew the angel she didn't know she was looking for?
She swore she would steer clear of any relationship with anyone in the military after losing her brother while he was in the Navy. He was the only family she had left, and now he's gone.
Six months after his death, she's still texting her brother, without a response of course - until one day she gets one.
After 10 years in the Marines, Drew feels it's time to settle down and spend more time stateside closer to his mother and sisters. After being back for a few weeks, he gets a new cell phone and within hours of activating the number, he receives a strange text message.
UNKNOWN NUMBER: Why do I fall for it, right? I went out on a blind date with a friend's boyfriends' friend. Does that make sense? Anyways, long story short, I got stood up. Never doing it again.
DREW: The guy’s a loser.
They never expected one text message to change their lives. As the texts continue, can Dani and Drew let their guard down long enough for love?
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56599113-love-texting
With class over, I head to my truck and pull out my cell phone, and check if I have any missed calls or text messages.
Since I've only had the phone a few days, few people have my new number. It bugs me a little that I hoped to find a text from "Girl who got stood up," the name I gave her on my phone. Whatever, I guess I can make the next move.
DREW: How's your day going?
I wait for a few minutes, watching for those three little dots that don't come. So, I try again.
DREW: You have a name?
Then I see the three dots.
GIRL WHO GOT STOOD UP: Not sure it's a good idea to exchange names since I'm sure you're busy with work.
What is she talking about? Work? She doesn't know what I do.
DREW: We can at least share first names. That way, I can change your name on my phone from 'girl who got stood up.
While I'm still wondering about her first comment, I shoot off another text.
DREW: What did you mean, I'm busy with work?
I see those three dots again…
GIRL WHO GOT STOOD UP: You're a funny guy. You said you've been busy with your career. I didn't want to bother you.
DREW: What I should have said is, I WAS busy with my career. I'm in a good place and ready to make time for other things in life.
I figure if I tell her first, she has to share her name too.
DREW: How about this? I'm Drew. Your turn.
I wait and don't see the THREE dots appear, which can only mean she's thinking about it.
GIRL WHO GOT STOOD UP: That's good. Don't want to keep you from those other things in life.
DREW: Come on, don't be like that. We've been texting for a few days now. What's the harm in you giving your first name?
GIRL WHO GOT STOOD UP: I don't know. You might be a stalker or, worse, a serial killer.
DREW: Really? That was my plan all along, in the off chance that some random woman texts me by mistake on the phone that I've had less than 24 hours. I have the perfect opportunity to stalk her, or better yet, I'll add her to my list of women I've killed over text.
GIRL WHO GOT STOOD UP: You have a point. I did text you first. I'm Dani.
Dani. I wonder what that stands for. I don't ask because I know she will not share any other information.
Writing under the pen name of Lexi Aidyn, Nydia Pastoriza fulfilled a childhood dream when she debuted her first novel, Candid, in the fall of 2017. Now she can't wait to share her new novel, Love + Texting, with sweet romance book lovers everywhere.
Nydia was born in Puerto Rico but has lived in the states since her teenage years. She grew up in South Florida, but after getting married, she's relocated and has lived in New Jersey, Mississippi, and now Charlotte, NC, where she's called home for 15 years. She has two children and has been married for 25 years.
Nydia is a graphic, web designer, and photographer by trade. She has helped other indie authors with marketing and design for several years. When she's not writing or designing, she spends her free time reading, listening to music, and making memories with her family and friends.