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We've all dreamed of finding that one person on Facebook from our past. It could be an old boyfriend, a childhood playmate or even a family member. Usually that reconnection is about reliving some part of the past or gaining a friendship again. However, sometimes online flirtation can be dangerous.
Restless in LA is about more than on online flirtation though. It's about one woman's quest to find herself and understand her own needs. We are so excited to bring this story to you and can't wait to hear what you think.
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
RESTLESS IN LA
Although the waiter’s interruption helped, there was a dark veil of quiet over the table.
“Alex,” Matt said, his sparkling green eyes looking squarely into my own.
I jumped at the sound of my name. “Yes?”
“Lost in thought?” The gentle lilt of his question brought back other nights, other questions.
“I guess I was. It was a long time ago.” I couldn’t help but look into his eyes. I remembered how they’d entranced me decades ago. I could see the faint lines that surrounded them now.
“Yes, it was. And life is incredibly busy,” he agreed, looking back at me. I wondered if he noticed the lines around my eyes, my forehead, my smile.
“Well, I’m glad we did this,” I said and meant it. “You look great and I’m happy things are going well. I always knew you’d be a big success.” I turned and gathered my purse and jacket. Matt seemed to be staring at me but I couldn’t think of what else to say. The solitary candle in the votive between us was nearly melted. “It was…a pleasure to reminisce.” I smiled and started to get up.
“Wait,” he said and reached for my arm. My awareness slowly shrank to a pinhole as the restaurant, the busboys, our table, all fell away and I was conscious only of the feel of his fingertips pressed against the skin of my upper forearm.
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).