White Lies & Sweet Nothings is hands-down my favorite offering from Voltage Entertainment USA. It feels like a romantic comedy done right: goofy, funny, and sweet with characters your root for. The MC has her ditzy moments, but she has initiative, brains, and a good sense of humor. The secondary characters are top-notch as well. I’d buy a spin-off focused solely on Mason’s sister, Gabby.
- Sam: finally, a well-executed friendship-turned-romance; Sam is funny and kind without turning into a doormat, and the MC doesn’t feel like she’s taking advantage of him (my main problem with most of these types of stories)
- Mason: awesome; the relationship progression feels natural and you can see why they fall for each other; and the “good ending” has some of the funniest writing I’ve found in Voltage titles – I prefer it to the “epic ending”
- Dominic: probably my least favorite; he’s not bad himself, but I had figured out what the last big hurdle would be several chapters before the main character catches on; it felt like squandered time
- Darren: better than Dominic and Ethan, worse than Sam and Mason; the running gags had me laughing
- Ethan: I like him, but the MC in this route is my least favorite; she basically blackmails the guy and the reasons she initially does not click with him are personality traits I happen to really like (focus, forethought, proper grammar); still has some cute moments though
- Mason’s White Christmas Spin-Off: most of the Voltage spin-offs I’ve tried leave me bored or annoyed by the short length, but this one is fantastic; it’s basically a sequel that focuses on the unresolved family tensions
- *update* Sam Epilogue: Recommended; details found here
- *update* Mason Epilogue: Recommended; details found here
- *update* Darren Epilogue: Recommended; details found here
One character, Jack, has yet to be released, but he looks like a trip. He appears in Ethan’s story and references other routes heavily. It seems like his route will be pretty meta. Bring it on!