Review: Alina Popescu – Travel and Spice (Famous on the Internet #2)


Author: Alina Popescu
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Self Published Author
Genre: Mm Contemporary

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary: Famous travel blogger returns home to have his life thrown off balance by his high school crush.

Dante Sandford is at the top of his game. He’s paid to travel the world and share his spicy stories on his blog. He’s still young, gorgeous, and confident. When Dante’s high school reunion knocks on his door, he’s reminded of everything he’s lacking. More so when his old crush, Tommy Clancy, makes a pass at him. Or when the hot romance blows in Dante’s face because of his lifestyle.

Tommy has always been the hottest man in Riverbrook. Possibly the world. He’s stunning, smart, and the kindest soul Dante has ever known. He’s also read Dante’s blog along with all his steamy encounters. No wonder Tommy doesn’t trust Dante for anything more than a casual hookup.

Dante returns to hometown Riverbrook to face his past of bullying and feeling like a misfit. He instead ends up dealing with the reality of being a travel blogger: relationships are close to impossible. That won’t stop Dante from trying to convince Tommy his short-lived flings are not by design.

Review: Alina Popescu’s usual books are too dark or heavy for me, so I was a little leery to try this one. I needn’t have worried. This is a very light, easy story of Dante, a now famous travel blogger who spends his time touring the world, hooking up and writing about it all. He was bullied in high school and actually hasn’t been back to his home town since that time. Now that the invitation for his high school reunion is staring him in the face, “…all pink and blue pastels and a touch of glittering stars to make it shine”, well, he has a chance to go back and maybe face down some bullies and show he’s done well.

Catching up with his high school crush, Tommy, is just a bonus. He spent a lot of time drooling over the hunky bisexual Tommy. Tommy was a jock and had a girlfriend the last two years of high school, so he wasn’t ever bullied or picked on. It was interesting to note that Tommy didn’t realize Dante was being bullied in high school, even though it seems everyone noticed.

There is an issue of Dante’s job making relationships impossible and this is compounded by his insecurities. He wants more but it seems he doesn’t think he should have more. He and Tommy go for a fun weekend during the reunion but things don’t go well after. Tommy also has insecurities that make him act like an idiot.

I loved Chris and Paul, Dante’s friends, and I was so happy he had them. Dante’s actions when Tommy’s mom has trouble show the type of person he really is, sweet and caring. There is a some insta-love going on here, since even though they’ve known each other since high school they were apart for the years in between. The ending is a little bit fairy tale but since Dante deserves it, I’m going to go with it.

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