My Life on Tender: Arina & Cal

A Rockstar Romance Novel

Romance - Contemporary
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/27/2024
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Author Biography

A.G. Billig is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author, motivational speaker, and founder of The Project Love. A life explorer, she delights in writing novels for the romantic in you and non-fiction books that will inspire you to fully open your heart to love.

Celebrated for her unparalleled ability in writing characters that resonate with readers and painting scenes that come alive, she delights in fashioning courageous women protagonists who will risk it all for love. While navigating through a bumpy ride of unforeseen challenges, they unveil their raw, authentic selves as the ultimate prize on their quest to a happy ending.

A.G.’s love for writing blossomed at 8, and she wrote her first novel at 15. As a child prodigy, she won several national literary awards in Romania, her country of birth. Her academic qualifications include a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and an MA in PR and Communications.

Born to a French father and Romanian mother, A.G. envisions herself as a global citizen who speaks the universal language of love. When she’s not writing, she loves taking pictures, reading books, and exploring unknown places.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

My Life On Tender by A.G. Billig is the story of Arina and Cal, whose dating lives were nothing short of a storm. Arina was a successful thirty-two-year-old publicist who had three years to find love, according to her fortuneteller, Tereza. One evening, she went on a dating site called Tender and mistakenly super-liked Cal, a man who would take her on the most challenging emotional journey yet. Cal was part of a trending music band. He was very handsome and knew the right words to say. Cal swept Arina off her feet, and she walked on sunshine until America happened. When Arina visited Cal in America, she realized he was not as wealthy. He also had a bad temper, a bias against women, and demons that plagued him. She must decide to either walk away or fight for Cal’s love.

Woah! My Life On Tender by A.G. Billig is a beautiful yet intense story. This novel sheds light on abandonment and daddy issues, narcissism, heartbreak, love, lust, and everything in between. Some people are so scared of being alone that they cling to anything for a sense of belonging but to the detriment of their well-being. Others get hurt by one person and tar everyone with the same brush while overlooking their shortcomings. My Life On Tender has depth, a unique storyline, and an authentic development that tugged at my emotions. There was also a lot of suspense, and I wanted to know what happened next. And regardless of how I viewed their tumultuous love life, I understood because they were flawed people. Many people have also been at such low points in their lives. Gina was my favorite character and the friend everyone needed. However, Cora was a nightmare. A.G. Billig is an excellent writer, and I enjoyed this novel.

Miche Arendse

My Life on Tender: Arina and Cal by A.G. Billig follows the whirlwind love story of Arina Gamma and Calloway Hudson. Arina has been searching for love; however, Tender just isn’t cutting it. After seeing a gypsy fortune teller, things start to change for Arina when she accidentally super-likes the profile of Cal. The two hit it off and decide to start seeing each other in real life. Will love blossom or will their baggage be too much and weigh them down?

I expected a standard romance novel when I started reading My Life on Tender by A.G. Billig but boy was I wrong. I feel like I was on just as much of an emotional rollercoaster as Arina and Cal. Every moment when things were up and down, every lovey-dovey scene, and every fight had me reeling. I think the reason for this is because the book was such an accurate representation of what dating is really like. It showed the true gritty emotions, human nature, and how despite our intentions things might not always go the way we want them to. Billig did a fantastic job with the characters, including every supporting character. Bob and Ming’s relationship was such a stark contrast to Arina and Cal’s and clearly showed where the issues in their relationship lay. Overall, My Life on Tender is a great and emotionally provocative novel with a solid plot and such real and relatable characters. It’s the type of romance novel you need every once in a while.

Priya Mathew

My Life on Tender: Arina & Cal by A. G. Billig is a story of love, self-discovery, and unexpected twists. Arina Gramma, a Romanian living in London, sets out to find her true love based on the prediction of a gypsy fortune teller. She has an unexpected encounter with Cal, a charismatic rock star from Southern California, on a dating app and feels drawn to him. She moves to the US to be with Cal and see where the relationship might go. Arina finds herself navigating the highs and lows of romance, which challenges her perceptions of love and self-worth. Although Arina is convinced that Cal is the one for her, will she be able to overcome the secrets from Cal’s past looming over their future happiness and discover the fate of their love?

I loved A. G. Billig's storytelling prowess in My Life on Tender: Arina & Cal. The story has a lively and engaging pace, and I felt like I was experiencing all the emotions along with Arina. The narrative moves cleverly between the past and present, creating a sense of urgency that made me eager to know more about the past events that led to the present and how it all tied together in the end. Through Arina’s relatable perspective, the author explores themes of love, perseverance, and the pursuit of happiness. Arina is a complex person who is fighting her inner demons while striving for love and self-acceptance. Reading this book felt like watching a car crash—mesmerizing but deadly at the same time. I found myself rooting for Arina, almost screaming out suggestions in my mind as if she could hear them. Despite the twists and turns, I was happy with the unconventional ending, seeing it as a testament to Arina’s growth and self-empowerment.