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    Interesting concept

    An interesting concept for story. Ann has a corporate job and is struggling with a client audit. In her free time, she plays a game called Ani-min, that takes you out to places to find objects and have battles. Rachael is a flustered single mom that also plays Ani-min as a way to get some kind of time for herself. They meet in a park one day. Since I was always a big 'gamer', I thought this story sounded intriguing. A nice change of pace from all the formulaic romances that are being released. But this didn't meet my expectations. It had several issues that took me out of the story. The dialogue felt very adolescent and bland to me. We are in the head of Ann the entire time. And I couldn't help but not like her. She frustrated me a lot. It felt as if she was infatuated with getting 'a girlfriend.' Not having a relationship or falling in love. Over and over she vacillates between are we girlfriends or almost girlfriends or just friends? She brushes Rachael off a million times because of work, and then has the nerve to think that the relationship would be progressing better if Rachael cared about her more. Another thing that seemed immature was that they constantly have conversations via text message instead of talking in person. Literally anything important happens over text. You can tell the author is super excited to be writing about this game. Nets and creatures and whatever. But it didn't translate as fun to the reader. It was as if this was written for only people who already know of this game. I couldn't get into it. I definitely think the author has promise. The concept was good and the writing was OK. There is an opportunity to work on matching dialogue and actions to the age of characters. I recommend to adults that enjoy games, romance, climbing the ladder, and dogs. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
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    Good

    What drew me into this was their use of a Pokemon Go game/augmented reality game wrapped into a romance story. That and the love interest is a bisexual woman. The conversations and the real life thrown into the story is there and happens naturally. While we’re seeing Ann in her work environment — it’s often the worse part of the story in my opinion. It talks about things that she’s going to have to do..then she has a conversation about what she’s going to do. So, we’re getting double-dippings of the going ons with her in the job world. I know IRL, that’s literally how you have conversations with your co-workers, especially, if you’re not interested or close to them. Her interactions with Rachael and her son are quick glimpses before she’s pulled back into her work life. It feels like we’re supposed to be reading about the work life and the writing just remembered in spurts that there was also supposed to be romance. The writing and the interaction with the characters feel more natural and flow better when it’s focused on the relationship. Overall, it’s a short read — while the romance is slow to come to the surface and things get moving.. it’s good enough read to recommend. Almost forgot — Downloaded from Netgalley thanks to the publisher / netgalley — free eRead in exchange for a truthful review 🙂
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    Cute idea carried out with a lot of heart

    Ann, a single 20-something, is successful at her office job but suffers from the anxiety and loneliness that so many single, successful 20 somethings feel. To cope, she takes her dog - Frannie - for walks and plays Ani-Min Move, an AR mobile game. While participating in a legendary raid event, she meets Rachael, beautiful, kind, and possibly queer. Rachael's also a single mom. Between Ann's job, Rachael's kid, and both of their insecurities, can they make it work? I really enjoyed this one. The premise was cute, clever, and felt very timely (the game also wan't just a pretext; some of the best descriptions in the book were of the legendary mini-mals). I felt like the book really had its finger on the pulse of what life as a millennial in today's workforce and queer dating scene is like, and Ann as a character was well realized and very accessible. Some deep questions about love, self-worth, and responsibility were brought up and dealt with in a way that was sensitive and thoughtful, even if they could have been developed a little more in the conclusion. The banter between the two leads was great, and the chemistry really built up well, which was impressive since it's a short read, maybe four to four-and-half hours for me. All in all, I'd definitely recommend.
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    Sweet Read

    Gotta Catch Her is a sweet read about two women, Rachael and Ann, who meet each other while playing a multi-player phone game. It is all taken from Ann's perspective, which gives good insights into what she is thinking as their relationship builds. Rachael is a bisexual single mom who is overstressed with work and all of the responsibilities that go with raising a first grader. Ann has little experience with parenting and it is interesting to see her perspective as dates are cut short and schedules have to be rearranged to accommodate the single mom. Many times, she feels left out and not a part of Rachael's life, despite wanting to be and trying her best. The book also weaves in Ann's work and the pressures that are going on there and how she develops confidence that is needed by the end of the book for the relationship to grow. I found the characters to be well written and situations to be very realistic. While it was a fairly short read, the characters are developed well over the course of the story. There is a very hot scene in the book that was very well written and left me smiling afterward. If you are looking for a sweet story of two people trying to overcome the obstacles of life to get together, this will be an enjoyable read for you. I was provided with an ARC of Gotta Catch Her for free from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
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    Cute Couple, Sweet Romance

    Ann is a carefree, young adult who is segueing into next level career ambitions and the responsibilities that mark a more committed romantic relationship, all the milestones of being a genuine grownup. Told from 1st person pov, I definitely felt Ann’s awkwardness and self doubt as she tried to figure out next steps but it’s all new territory for her. When she meets Rachael and her son, Connor, at a park where they are playing an AR game, the story grows from there. What I liked best about the book was Ann’s bumps and lumps as she took two awkward steps forward then one back. At first, she didn’t know what to expect from dating a single mom but it got better as she learned to make compromises and ask for what she wanted from Rachael and for that matter, her job as well. Could have used much less job description and more relationship chapters. That would have made a stronger story, I think. Surprisingly, the AR game served as a pleasant story background and excuse for Rachael and Ann to get together. It didn’t bother me at all. Sweet story and cute couple
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