Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Clare Gilmore’s Love Interest dazzled me. I adore this contemporary—it has everything I want. Like:
—a rivals to lovers workplace sitch where he doesn’t realize that he got the job she applied for. Her dislike of him is further fueled by the fact that he’s the board chairman’s son & she smells nepotism.
—a spectacles-wearing hero. Need I say more?!
—a financial analyst heroine who worries about her legacy as the daughter of creative-minded parents & who wants to be scared/excited again when it comes to putting herself out there
—humor. There’s an only one bed line that really cracked me up.
—so much heart & realness. References to previous “gastrointestinal turbulence” & needing deodorant (for those who appreciate things like that) & also the sweetest moments where she has to continually extricate herself from his warm snuggles & pee in the middle of the night & he teases her & she’s like “I have a small bladder.”
These characters are so well-developed & not only the central relationship between Casey & Alex shines, so do the secondary ones. I love the portrayal of friendship & the queer rep, & basically everything about this authentic-feeling, fresh, intimate, & joyous story.
5⭐️. Out 10/10.
CWs: Sexual harassment. Grief. Emotionally negligent parent. Reference to past chlamydia.
Give me that HEA, please.
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