By Brittani Louise Taylor
Where does a moderately popular internet star who never leaves her house look for potential suitors? Online. Tinder, Bumble, Match.com, OkCupid—I tried them all. My thirty-two-year-old self clicked and swiped her little heart out, leading to more dates than I could count, and more disappointment than I was prepared for.
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you know all too well the perils of modern dating. But let’s say, eventually, you meet someone. You think to yourself, “Wow, they’re perfect! Take me off the market, put a ring on it, knock me up, the whole enchilada, because they are ‘the one.’” Let’s also say that they “feel the same way” about you. Your life starts to make sense! All the pain, heartbreak, and frustration from past failed relationships was worth it. Slow clap.
That’s how I felt about Milos. He was from Europe, a doctor, wealthy, athletic. He had an accent and a dog. Milos was textbook marriage material.
For him it was “love at first sight,” but for me, it was “anxiety on every date.”
Something was telling me to run—but for two years, the only running I did was straight into his arms.
If only I would have listened.
This isn’t a love story.
It’s my story of survival.
I’m going to be honest that I wasn’t in love with this book when I started listening. The author wasn’t familiar to me and I found her pacing a little off. After a few chapters, the mystery of Milos pulled me in as I wondered what this guy had done to warrant a memoir from a successful Youtuber. I found this audiobook as part of a 2 for 1 sale on Audible and, as a frugal individual, I love those things. The title had stood out to me because I enjoy twists on happily ever after – especially when there’s truth to the story. Real-life is often crazier than fiction, and as I progressed through Brittani’s tale I was witness to that once again.
This story is WILD. The first few chapters are a little slower as Brittani sets the scene but when I reflect back, I’m glad that she took the time to lay everything out. While long-winded, I really got a sense of how Milos drew her in. Things really did seem like she’d found the man of her dreams and the small details truly painted that picture. She met his friends, his friend’s families, his family and heard tales of his life back in Serbia. Based on how things were described, I can’t say I wouldn’t have fallen for it too.
Once the book moved on from the more mundane details and into the series of events that would lead to Brittani surviving unhappily ever after, I was hooked. Every commute to work or visit to my parent’s place had me quickly hooking up my car’s bluetooth so I could hear more of the story.
I think this story is best consumed as an audiobook rather than a print book. The emotions and experiences described in the book have an added impact when being read by the author.
*There is no numerical rating on this piece because of the sensitive themes and personal experiences in the audio book.