Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer – Book Review

It’s a virtual romance that begins by chance. When Leo mistakenly receives e-mails from a stranger named Emmi, he replies–and Emmi writes back.  Soon, secrets are shared, sparks fly, and erotic tension simmers. Even though Emmi is married, it seems only a matter of time till they meet. But will their feelings survive a real-life encounter?  And, if so-what then? Funny and fast-paced, Love Virtually offers plenty of twists, turns, and satisfaction.

Love Virtually by Daniel Glattaue – Book Review

I loved this book if you only read one love story for the year let this be it.

This book is written in email format, Leo mistakenly receives an email from Emmi, they begin to converse via email never intending on meeting.  For Emmi,  Leo is her emotional outlet, she can finally be herself. Their conversation is based on mutual interest. Over time the emails turn into a slow seduction of words eventually their relationship becomes an all consuming affair over the internet. Emmi is so obsessed with Leo emails, she has trouble focusing on her life.  She sits for hour waiting for his emails, staring at the computer screen.  The writer is so good you can feel the sexual chemistry between the two.   Even though Emmi is married, you want to hear her husband is mistreating her so she can finally have cataclysmic sex with Leo, because you know that is how it will be. If not your hoping they will at least have phone sex. Leo is equally as obsessed with Emmi, his desire for her starts as a slow simmer, not really wanting to meet or speak on the phone. Then he too becomes obsessed, at one point in the novel Leo is begging Emmi to come over, he tells her the lights don’t have to be on. He is not concerned with her looks.   He just wants to smell her hair, breathe her in. There is such a build up of longing and lust, I felt that if Leo was able meet Emmi and inhale her scent it would be almost as good as a physical union. What an amazing writer to evoke such feelings.

I have mixed feelings about the way the book ended. First it was a complete surprise to me, then I felt utter pain at the way it ended, by all account this ended the way that it should, but it was still difficult for me to swallow. Lastly as all great books go, I felt a sense of loss that the book ended.

Favourite quote that took my breath away, and made me say OMG, if only there where men like that out there.  “Write to me Emmi. Writing is like Kissing, but without lips. Writing is kissing with the mind.”

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