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Discovery ID meets Bridget Jones! By day, Lynn is a boring bookkeeper. But by night, she’s “Hush,” writing naughty stories for her on-line legion of adoring fan fiction minions. Her secret life is far from private, though. Jack is an undercover agent hunting for an internet-trolling serial killer, and the trail has led to Lynn’s website. He’ll do anything to gain her trust Discovery ID meets Bridget Jones! By day, Lynn is a boring bookkeeper. But by night, she’s “Hush,” writing naughty stories for her on-line legion of adoring fan fiction minions. Her secret life is far from private, though. Jack is an undercover agent hunting for an internet-trolling serial killer, and the trail has led to Lynn’s website. He’ll do anything to gain her trust to bring the killer down. But soon the goofy writer starts staining his brain—and his heart. Keeping her safe just got more complicated, because the killer is about to come out from between the pixels…and “Hush” is his target. *This is a stand-alone novel, set in the Barrum, Ks world. ***This is a re-printed, re-release of Fantasy Girl


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Discovery ID meets Bridget Jones! By day, Lynn is a boring bookkeeper. But by night, she’s “Hush,” writing naughty stories for her on-line legion of adoring fan fiction minions. Her secret life is far from private, though. Jack is an undercover agent hunting for an internet-trolling serial killer, and the trail has led to Lynn’s website. He’ll do anything to gain her trust Discovery ID meets Bridget Jones! By day, Lynn is a boring bookkeeper. But by night, she’s “Hush,” writing naughty stories for her on-line legion of adoring fan fiction minions. Her secret life is far from private, though. Jack is an undercover agent hunting for an internet-trolling serial killer, and the trail has led to Lynn’s website. He’ll do anything to gain her trust to bring the killer down. But soon the goofy writer starts staining his brain—and his heart. Keeping her safe just got more complicated, because the killer is about to come out from between the pixels…and “Hush” is his target. *This is a stand-alone novel, set in the Barrum, Ks world. ***This is a re-printed, re-release of Fantasy Girl

30 review for Fantasy Girl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    It's actually a 4 and 1/2 stars, but only because of Lynn. I don't know how I felt about her. Sometimes I wanted to punch her, and sometimes to hug her. The story is told mainly from her POV, but there are some chapter told by the villain POV, the FBI POV, Jack's POV. So, you get all, and I mean ALL, her thoughts. The premise is that she’s a web-master of a site that does Buffy’s funfiction. She’s obsessed with everything Buffy and she’s living most of her life there. You get that she's extremely It's actually a 4 and 1/2 stars, but only because of Lynn. I don't know how I felt about her. Sometimes I wanted to punch her, and sometimes to hug her. The story is told mainly from her POV, but there are some chapter told by the villain POV, the FBI POV, Jack's POV. So, you get all, and I mean ALL, her thoughts. The premise is that she’s a web-master of a site that does Buffy’s funfiction. She’s obsessed with everything Buffy and she’s living most of her life there. You get that she's extremely shy, very insecure and has a low opinion of herself. She's a bit a split personality. She has her every-day persona with all the problems I mentioned before; then you get her “Web” persona with all the marks of a super-hero: she’s opinionated, she’s kick-ass, she’s the one who knows better… Some of her musings are fun. Sometimes she looses herself in her musing and just drifts in her own mind. It’s a strange way of writing because you get an awful lot of useless information. But at the same time it is strangely interesting too. She’s strongly attracted to Jack, but she struggles mightily against it. Even when Jack proves time and time again that he’s as strongly attracted to her as she is. It’s painful to read. She’s wants and doesn’t want at the same time. You get very little about how Jack feels, but what little you get is good. He’s conflicted because she’s his assignment and he’s strongly attracted to her. The villain POV is creepy. You get that he’s completely out of his mind. Totally crazy without redemption. The first part of the book is a little bit dragged, but things get interesting after that. The last part is just crazy. You are biting your nail waiting to read what happens next. The end is soooo romantic. Almost too much so soon after the nail-biting part. “Well, what do you want? Missing a DVD or something?” I turned myself sideways in the booth so I faced him. My legs crossed and I tucked my skirt over my skin, covering the scars. He had to speak, and I knew, deep down in my heart, that I had to hear it before I could go on living. Jack shook his head. “Not a DVD. But I am missing something.” “What?” My hands started to tremble. “You.” I quirked my brow at him. “There’s this hole in my chest,” he patted his heart. “Every time I try to work, try to move on, move forward like all the shrinks tell me I need to do, I can’t. I can’t concentrate, I can’t think, hell I can’t breathe.” “Have you seen a doctor?” “Too many. And none seem to have anything that will fill the void.” What freaked me out was the fact that she was a little bit like all of as internet-related-book-lovers, who follow sites like this and write and chat with other persons we actually don’t know nothing about. It’s actually scary to think that this story could apply to one of us. It could happen. And it’s scary as hell!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

    1.5 Totalmente auto-indulgente. Tenia curiosidad por el tema, una webmistress de un sitio dedicado a Buffy/escritora de fanfiction, se ve metida en medio de una investigación del FBI por un asesino en serie. Y ella toma todas las decisiones equivocadas. No toma en serio las advertencias(view spoiler)[Le manda fotos, y termina invitando a un desconocido a su casa. Pero lo peor es cuando durante el rapto pasa por eso de oh, él no me ama, y se pone a discutir con el agente mientras el asesino esta aun 1.5 Totalmente auto-indulgente. Tenia curiosidad por el tema, una webmistress de un sitio dedicado a Buffy/escritora de fanfiction, se ve metida en medio de una investigación del FBI por un asesino en serie. Y ella toma todas las decisiones equivocadas. No toma en serio las advertencias(view spoiler)[Le manda fotos, y termina invitando a un desconocido a su casa. Pero lo peor es cuando durante el rapto pasa por eso de oh, él no me ama, y se pone a discutir con el agente mientras el asesino esta aun en el piso de arriba y ellos todavia estan encerrados :facepalmtriple:: (hide spoiler)] Nop. Demasiado ridiculo. He andado en Internet desde 2003,y la única razón porque segui hasta el final del libro es porque fue en un foro de Buffy, del cual aun conservo 3 amistades y un puñado de conocidos. “Lynn, you have Buffy posters and toys on the wall. And if I’m not mistaken, that looks like a shrine of Buffy and Angel on the entertainment center.” “It’s not a shrine. There’s no ritualistic candle.” “Oh,” Jack said grinning. “Point taken.” Conozco a muchos parecidos a Lynn, pero sigo siendo paranoica en lo de fotos, números de telefono y mucho menos direcciones. Otra cosa que me cargó fue el uso de 'Course en toda la historia, como una muletilla. Y algunas inconsistencias como que Jack ya habia estado en su casa toda una tarde, y después es como si entrara por primera vez al baño. Y que se fue conduciendo a su casa después de tomar 3 tequilas (lo siento, pero apoyo cero alcohol al conducir), y que tanto ella como Jack jugaban a NASCAR en la carretera... perdón. Que cosa tan irresponsable, y más siendo quien es Jack. Y ni hablar de sus 'procedimientos policiales' (view spoiler)[... que no 1, sino los 2 agentes del FBI entren a la casa de un asesino en serie solos y sin respaldo?? (hide spoiler)] ¡Y quién se pone Hush en un sitio de Buffy? En fin, para nada recomendable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sherill

    FANTASY GIRL-DANGER-STEAMY PASSION & HEART MELTING CONCLUSION WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS ASTOUNDING STORY; a cast of remarkably engaging characters, camaraderie, heart-rending moments, pent-up rage, action, family love, spine-chilling suspense, horrific danger, life-threatening incident, heroic deed, office drama, powerful and picturesque vivid scene descriptions, and heart-pounding passionate romance. A serial killer that has been targeting females on the internet believes that Lynn, FANTASY GIRL-DANGER-STEAMY PASSION & HEART MELTING CONCLUSION WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS ASTOUNDING STORY; a cast of remarkably engaging characters, camaraderie, heart-rending moments, pent-up rage, action, family love, spine-chilling suspense, horrific danger, life-threatening incident, heroic deed, office drama, powerful and picturesque vivid scene descriptions, and heart-pounding passionate romance. A serial killer that has been targeting females on the internet believes that Lynn, webmistress/fan fiction writer of risque stories on her Buffy the Vampire Slayer website is his forever love. Special Agent Jack Edwards goes undercover as an accountant at Lynn’s office with the hopes of capturing the killer. Lynn has no one special in her life, the authors she is in contact with on the net have become her friends and confidants. Jack and Lynn hang out together and a romance begins to flourish. When Jack’s protective instincts become overbearing Lynn begins to question him as she believes he is hiding his true self. Unfortunately, the killer is getting closer to his target and is unconcerned that the FBI is hot on his trail! RELISHED this astonishing well-written read by a truly gifted author. The mixture of authenticity and fantasy is absolutely unbelievable. I can see this story as a movie as the characters spring to life with witty dialogue and eye-popping scenes that leave you speechless, laughing or getting teared up. The author does a wonderful job in describing internet contact and there is also a clear message in this story; beware of the information you give to unknown people on the net. I felt sincere empathy for Lynn and Jack as they struggled with their true feelings for each other, the terrifying moments they both encountered, but with the help of caring people Jack and Lynn do get there happy forever ending. This is certainly a praiseworthy story; a most gratifying read and I look forward to reading more books by this author. If you treasure fantasy romance this is definitely a must-have for your library. {I was gifted this book and this is my honest review}. In the world of fantasy romance, the possibilities are endless and always fascinating. Without reservations, I highly recommend this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia

    Fantasy Girl's synopsis had me hooked from the very start, but even if it hadn't, the part about Lynn being a total Buffy the Vampire Slayer fangirl would have because I absolutely love that show - it's one of my favorites. I just couldn't wait to read this book and I was excited about everything from the suspense to the somewhat taboo relationship all the way to the humor. Fantasy Girlturned out to be such an excellent book and I truly loved it. Oh, there are some times when Jack is just such a Fantasy Girl's synopsis had me hooked from the very start, but even if it hadn't, the part about Lynn being a total Buffy the Vampire Slayer fangirl would have because I absolutely love that show - it's one of my favorites. I just couldn't wait to read this book and I was excited about everything from the suspense to the somewhat taboo relationship all the way to the humor. Fantasy Girlturned out to be such an excellent book and I truly loved it. Oh, there are some times when Jack is just such a guy and you can't help but laugh, shake your head, and roll your eyes at him. Of course, while he does have those moments, there are so many great things about Jack too. He's kind, patient, sweet and thoughtful. The best thing about Jack, though, is how supportive of Lynn's fan fiction world. He doesn't ever to tell her to stop doing it or treat her like she's stupid for being so involved, sure he teases her every now and then, but it's a fun, playful teasing. Jack is a fantastic hero and he'll melt your heart. Although the heroes are usually my favorite, Lynn completely stole the show this time. She's funny, silly, smart, and sassy. She kind of has that self-deprecating humor that I love so much. Lynn's a warm, genuine person that you just can't help but laugh, smile and have a good time when you're around her. She's so wonderful and I wholeheartedly loved her. I liked Fantasy Girl pretty much as soon as I started reading it. I will admit that it took me a little longer before I loved it, but the more I read, the better it got. I loved the suspense and the danger, the heat and passion between Jack and Lynn both in the bedroom and out when they would banter, and especially the wit. I'm a sucker for a funny book and Ms. Gilmer definitely delivered on that. It was a fabulous read and I'm a little sad that it's over, but I'm glad it all worked out. Fantasy Girl is a standalone, it's mostly told from Lynn's point of view, but you do hear from a few more people, and Jack and Lynn do get a HEA. ~ Sonja, 4.5 Stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diana Belchase

    If you've ever wondered about how fan fiction sites -- like the one that got 50 Shades of Grey started-- work, this book not only tells you the ins and outs but has you hooked from page one. Gilmer's snarky, chick flick humor is balanced by a gripping serial killer plot and an undercover FBI agent doing a Clark Kent/Superman routine that will make you fall in love with her hero. Absolutely love this book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Conviction Book Blog

    I’m so glad I found this book! I didn’t know what to expect, and I was more thrilled the deeper I got into the story and couldn’t put it down! The world of fan fiction intrigued me, as well as the mystery and suspense! I loved the characters, awkward and funny Lynn and swoonworthy Jack, plus the endearing cast of side characters. The story was packed full of laughs, but I was also on the edge of my seat to see how events would play out! I can’t wait to read more of Candice Gilmer’s stories!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I love this book. I've read it multiple times and each time it only gets better (a difficult feat since it was great the first time too). Easily my favorite book and for an avid reader, that's saying something. Romance, humor, suspense, action, bit of mystery, Fantasy Girl has it all. More people need this book in their lives. Great job Candice Gilmer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    Love, love, love this book! I have read it probably about 4 times now (i really like to randomly re-read books) and each time it is just as good as the first. There are some wonderful supporting characters that i really hope end up with their own stories, and the mystery and the action was good! Will of course read again in the future!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This was a little different than what I usually read. The sex scenes were hot - but not obscenely so. This was more mystery and suspense built into a funny romance. It was really well written and a nice change of pace for me. I'll definitely be reading some more books by this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    PLP

    I just don't know! I liked it but I hated it! In the end I loved it. But I would never read it again. Even the HEA was not worth the chapters where the heroine was hurt be the serial killer. The whole book was just too, too much. I'm in sensory overload! And exhausted. It's 4:30 in the morning but I had to know what happened.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I liked Very intriguing and interesting for a mystery which I don't usually like but sometimes I will find one that will catch me by surprise and I can't put it down that is what this book did and I enjoyed reading it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MostlyDelores

    2.5 Had potential, but dragged in the middle, and then went unexpectedly gory.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JenRider

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Gallup-goularte

  15. 5 out of 5

    S Adrianne

  16. 5 out of 5

    Loretta Baker

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Stewart

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Siham

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nie Jane

  21. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

  23. 5 out of 5

    Asra

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candice Gilmer

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra

  26. 5 out of 5

    Veronika

  27. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paige

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cher

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marlene Ellison

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