I've been there and done that. Logged onto the computer and connected with a person. We spent days and weeks chatting, becoming good friends, even sharing personal details. I've also used my computer to find long lost loves and family members. In both cases, I ended up giving a lot of myself to these people...but isn't that what friends do... and isn't that the dangerous part about online connections?
In Restless in LA, Robin Finn writes about a woman who is dealing with stress at home, and a loss of her own "self". She reconnects with an old friend and things take a dangerous turn. The story is gut wrenching in a good way because it happens to so many of us. We do fall in love with the person online or with the person from our past.
This book will grip you and not let go! Funny, relevant and sexy... a must read!
It was an innocent online flirtation. Until it wasn’t…
Alexandra Hoffman thinks she has it all together. She lives with her work-obsessed husband Jason and their three challenging children in upscale Los Angeles. She never meant to “friend” her old boyfriend, Matt Daniels. She hasn’t seen him in twenty years. But as Alex’s fortieth birthday approaches, she finds herself re-connecting with Matt online—and re-reading her college journal, which details their intense connection and unresolved ending. But Alex’s hands are full with the kids, one of whom she just can’t help, no matter how hard she tries.
Lonely and alienated by the helicopter moms, and from Jason who is never around, Alex’s flirtation quickly moves from on-line to real-world. Alex realizes—too late—that she cannot trust herself. When she meets Matt for dinner, the attraction is undeniable. And when he touches her face, it’s electric. As her life spirals out of control, she clings to her free-spirited life coach, Lark, to make sense of the mess she’s made. But Lark’s advice is clear: Alex must confront her past and find the courage to face her future, even if it means risking everything.
What people are saying about Restless in L.A.
“Emotional, raw, and totally addictive. Any married mom with Internet access will relate to the heroine of Finn’s impressive debut novel.” -Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem.
“An erotic, intense, kept-me-up-all-night read." -Shannon Bradley-Colleary, author of Married Sex: Fact and Fiction
"So many women will relate!” -Ann Imig, Founder, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER
He paused and took a deep breath but kept his hands up so I wouldn’t speak. “I’m not done—just wait, okay?” He turned his head to look out the window and I could see the muscles in his neck stretched taut.
“You didn’t talk to me then and you’re not talking now. But the fact remains that three weeks ago, you met me for dinner and somehow, we ended up here, in this very hotel. And you looked so beautiful and sad, and you came back to my room—I know I didn’t imagine it—and you let me take you to bed—to my bed, Alex—after twenty years! And now you don’t want to speak to me? You want to forget it ever happened? That’s your plan? Well, that’s fucked up.”
“Matt, I, I—”
“JUST LET ME FINISH,” he practically roared, his eyes blazing. “I know you didn’t mean for this to happen and neither did I—but it happened. And now I can hardly think of anything else. I have a life—a career, a wife, two boys—but I can’t stop checking my damn phone to see if there’s anything from you. And I want to talk to you. But I can’t. Because you won’t return my messages. And I’m fucked, Alex. I am seriously fucked.”
About the author:
Robin Finn spent years advocating for a child with ADHD before she began writing about it. Drawing from her background in public health and spiritual psychology, Robin’s essays appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, ADDitude Magazine, and others, as emails from parents in similar situations flooded her inbox. Inspired by their experiences arguing with schools, contending with judgy parents and stressful marriages, and intrigued by a study linking social network sites and marital infidelity, she wrote her debut novel, Restless in LA.
Robin has master’s degrees in public health from Columbia University and in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She lives, writes, and searches for inner peace in Los Angeles (no pun intended).
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