Book Review: Spoiler Alert

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Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade


Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood.

April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life”—but not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out to spite her internet critics, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction.

On their date, Marcus quickly realizes he wants more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. But when he discovers she’s Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to keep from her.

With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?



In the world of fix-it fanfic, finding your OTP (one true pairing) is central to the story. In Spoiler Alert, a pair of fan-fic writers cross with cosplay and crash together in the real world.

Time to turn off of the brain and go for the fluff! Like every romantic genre, certain breaks with reality are expected (in billionaire romance, that the cultural and economic differences won’t crush the couple) – for the fanfic/social media genre-based romance (which is beginning to gain traction), we continue the romance tradition of “every-woman” captures the “amazing man”. Here an overweight, but extremely smart geologist meets up with an actor of her favorite show and they fall in love. Both crush hard on being Mary Sue/Gary Stu, but each comes with two flaws to make them human, one personal and one relationship – her personal one is the previously mentioned weight and his is dyslexia – and in both cases, the toxic relationships with their families despite the love from all sides involved.

Well-written with fully realized characters, this story is a great read. The only piece I disliked was after all the issue about the work-out and buffet – for him to offer the “test the food establishments in the area where you just moved” and her jump at that – did not work at all for me, especially for the food focus. Though the caffeine results makes me understand why the author kept Darling – it’s very cute.

Lots of explicit activities. This is not a closed-door book.

Spoiler Alert is the first of a series, but works fine as a standalone. The next of the series is coming out in Summer 2021 according the back matter.

Checked out through the library (and finished the same day) because (1) dang, the kindle is overpriced at $11, and (2) the book is really fun to read.