Face Time

Face Time

by S. J. Pajonas
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Face Time by S. J. Pajonas

After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive, and Laura loved Lee's sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. It was the date to end all dates. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.

Their situation, though, doesn’t mean the dates have to end while Lee is in Seoul. Picking up where they left off, Lee and Laura continue with their relationship long distance, diving deeper into their personal lives and turning up the heat… Until Laura’s past and Lee’s family throw them even farther apart. Will their differences stop the relationship before they see each other again?

Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153193267
Publisher: Onigiri Press
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 767 KB

About the Author

Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical. Find her online at http://www.spajonas.com. 

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Face Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Face Time by S.J. Pajonas is a quick, enjoyable read. The use of technology as a way to date was a cute idea. In  liu of an old fashion pen pal/love letter exchange, Laura and Lee use text messages and Face Time to get to know one another and develop a relationship. While their conversations are rather mundane, it was quite refreshing to have a romance truly require the main characters getting to know one another before having sex together. Seven thousand miles will do that to a relationship. While Laura lives in Manhattan, constantly-traveling Lee calls Seoul home base. Laura is strong, confident and direct. Lee is open and attentive. Their relationship refreshingly isn’t stymied by the usual games-people-play. The characters are well developed and complex. No one is perfect. The intense family dynamics are sure to hit home with many readers—disapproval of a parent, sibling issues, and cultural differences and biases are some of the issues that Laura and Lee confront from both of their families. My favorite quote, “The mistakes we make are lessons” is a good message for everyone. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Contemporary Romance at it’s finest… I read both an early version and the finished product of FACE TIME (A Love in the Digital Age Novel) S.J. Pajonas, and I absolutely love this book!  The way Pajonas develops her characters is so captivating, you can’t help but get sucked into their world.   FACE TIME begins with Laura, a lonely, thirty-something New Yorker, who is down on her luck with love.  Enter Lee: handsome, charming, Asian, and completely infatuated with Laura.  So, what’s the problem?  He lives in Seoul, Korea, and is only in town for a two-night business trip.  What ensues is an often heart-wrenching, long distance relationship across multiple time zones.   Pajonas makes the reader feel exactly what each member of this couple is going through by alternating between Laura and Lee’s perspective.  Many authors attempt this style of writing, but few can pull it off seamlessly.  Pajonas is a master, and one of the most charming aspects of this book is where she chooses to end one perspective and pick up with the other. The story has some surprises, and I must admit there were moments that had me both laughing and crying.  As someone who has experienced this type of relationship, I can say Pajonas captured the emotions that go along with digital dating perfectly.  FACE TIME is a delight, and I encourage anyone who wants to remember the thrill of falling in love again to read this novel. 
tats More than 1 year ago
This book should come with a disclaimer--WARNING: EXCELLENT BOOK AHEAD. YOU WILL NOT SLEEP UNTIL YOU FINISH READING. This story grabbed me right in and I could not put it down. It is modern and romantic and different. The writing was so captivating. I was immediately drawn into both Laura and Lee's worlds, rooting for the to succeed despite the odds. There is no predictability; no cliched love story here. It is real life. How we put others' need before our own. How family does not live up to expectations. How ancient culture can affect our modern world. Ms. Pajonas' writing is a breath of fresh air, unique and flavored with the spices of the Far East. It may be different than what is out there, but that is what sets it far ahead of other contemporary romances. I very rarely give books five-star ratings, and almost never to romances. However, this book deserves all five-stars. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, and all the ones thereafter. Bravo, Ms. Pajonas. Bravo.
1morepage More than 1 year ago
I read an earlier version of the book and I have to say that the changes she's made have really given this story a lovely boost. I love this new book by S.J. Pajonas! As with her other works, her characters are very well-developed, developed to the point where you feel like you know them personally. The places she takes you are also developed so well that you can see, taste, touch and hear the activity around you. The reader is completely immersed in the worlds S.J. Pajonas creates and Face Time is no exception. The book opens to Laura being stood up by her friends and from that moment which every reader can identify with, you're hooked into the story. I was intrigued with Laura's life, her strength, her story. I wanted to know more and the author had me turning "just one more page" so that I could quench my thirst. I admit to being shocked by her mother's actions (no spoilers here!) and feeling an immense sadness that Laura's home life was so tragic. In knowing her tragedy, though, you appreciate her strength. Lee's story is no less intriguing and getting to know him through the Face Time chats, his work life and his conversations with his father made him such a perfect compliment to Laura. I liked that the author gave him just enough vulnerability to make him real. I was thrilled with his willingness to jump on a plane and fly halfway around the world to fight for his relationship with Laura.  This book deals with so many emotions, both family and friends, not to mention Laura and Lee's own issues -- that you have to read it for yourself to get the full effect of their story. And trust me when I say you won't be disappointed, one bit. You'll find yourself staying up late to finish...and needing a tissue or two or three throughout the book. Another job well done by S.J. Pajonas!
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review When I heard that SJ Pajonas was writing a contemporary romance book I knew I had to read it and the blurb sounded so good and original. When I received my ARC review copy I tried to convince myself I had some other review books I had to read first, but after finishing my current read my self control flew out of the window and I had to start this. This year has been slow so far in terms of reading, but I finished this book in only 3 days. I loved it so much and I want to read anything else this author is going to write. I love her writing style, the originality of the story and the fleshed out characters. Face Time is an original story about two people who after their first date start to date through FaceTime. I have never read a book where people dated like this and it was really original and refreshing. Although I did wonder a bit how they where going to fall in love without actually seeing each other, but the author handled this really well. And beside the romance aspect there is so much more, both characters have a past, family issues and friends. I loved it all and couldn't stop reading. Face Time is told from both Lee and Laura's point of view and this really worked well for this boook. I liked seeing both their sides of the story. Almost from the start I liked both Lee and Laure, they are easy character to like and the more I read the more I fell in love with these characters and I kept hoping they would get their happy ending. The gradually more and more characters are introduced and even though there is a big cast of side characters they each felt reall and where eays to keep apart. A few side characters I liked even more than the rest where Nicole, Lee's dad, Cori and Nari, they each surprised me in good way. I wanted to know more about each character and the author has done an amazing job creating such interesting side characters. The romance is done so well, it's so real. I sometimes have an issue with romance books because they feel a bit fake, that certainly wasn't the issue with Face Time. Laura and Lee's relationship feels real and believeable. And they are so good together! Although some of the Face Time chats where a bit frustrating because I wanted them to be together and not only chat through Face Time. While the focus is on the romance, there is so much more going on. Further into the story we learn much more about both characters. There are some emotional scenes, memories from the past that get's dragged up, family problems and developments with the side characters that all play a role. There also is a lot of character developments especially concerning Laura and Lee, they both grow to be a so much better and stronger version of themselves and it was great so see them change that way and realize things about themselves they didn't knew before. To conclude: I loved this book! It's a real and believeable romance in the digital age. The story is orginal and addictive. The characters are likeable and believeable and the cast of side characters where fleshed out and interesting. Beside the romance aspect of the story there is so much more going on and I can't wait for the next book in this series. SJ Pajonas is certainly one of my favourite authors now and I can't wait to read all of the books she writes next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If there’s one thing S.J. Pajonas can do, besides yoga and knit, it’s tell a love story. More impressive is she can weave a love story so romantic and sexy through an iPad screen. Told through both Lee and Laura’s point of view, Face Time is one of the most original novels I have read about letting go of the past and moving forward. It also focuses heavily on the scrutiny interracial relationships face as Lee is Korean American and Laura is Caucasian. Both Lee and Laura have dealt with difficult pasts and exhausting families. Their loves grows fast and furious, and the heat between them is enough to set your Kindle on fire. The growth between these two characters is tremendous and beautiful. The main characters are in their thirties, established in life, and know what they want. If you’ve been looking for an inventive romance, be sure to check out Face Time when it releases April 25th (I was lucky enough to review a copy before release!) This is the first in her Love in the Digital Age series. I'll also note that I've read this book 3 times already & in 3 different drafts. I feel like I know Lee & Laura so well! (I read it in beta twice, and a copy for review.)
ktlc1113 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary ARC of FACE TIME from the author in exchange for an honest review. A chance meeting at a bar in N.Y.C. brings Laura and Lee together and sparks an instant attraction. After one wonderful date, Lee must return to his home in Seoul before traveling for work again and Laura is left behind in the New York apartment she shares with her mother. Unable to resist contacting each other, the two start a long-distance relationship. Their feelings grow and the sexual tension builds with each FaceTime date. But they both have less than perfect pasts and neither is sure how to tell the other of their shortcomings. Can their love survive the ups and downs of a cross-continental relationship? I loved how S.J. Pajonas presents a growing, dynamic love in FACE TIME. Thought the chemistry is instant between Laura and Lee, there is no hopeless in love at first site that is so common in books but is often hard to believe. At times the physical and emotional boundaries seem insurmountable, but all the while there is hope that these two will make it work. The alternating point of views weaves the story together perfectly. This is truly a love story for the modern world!