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Declan has commitment issues. He’s been an office temp for literally years now, and his friends delight in telling people that he left his last boyfriend at the altar.
And that’s all true. But he’s starting to think it’s time to start working on his issues. Maybe.
When Declan meets Sidney—a popular nonbinary YouTuber with an advice show—an opportunity presents itself: as part of The Love Study, Declan will go on a series of dates arranged by Sidney and report back on how the date went in the next episode.
The dates are…sort of blah. It’s not Sidney’s fault; the folks participating are (mostly) great people, but there’s no chemistry there. Maybe Declan’s just broken.
Or maybe the problem is that the only person he’s feeling chemistry with is Sidney.
I have to give a huge thanks to Carina Loves and Kris to begin with as on a personal level I felt I learned so much from this novel. I vowed to try and expand my reading into own voices recently and I felt as though this novel gave me such a great, genuine LGBQT perspective of dating.
I found the characters intriguing and all uniqe in their personalities. I loved their bond and the banter they had between them and how they had been friends for a long time. I have to say that I thought Declan may be an unlikable character – especially after leaving his fiance at the alter but then the more of Declan that was revealed, the more I was actually annoyed with his mates for the constant reminder. He grew on me quickly and I admired him. I love flawed and real-life human characters who make mistakes and have to figure things out throughout the plot. Sidney is more of a mysterious character. Quiet and unassuming but not shy they aren’t an ‘in your face’ character to begin with but as their relationship develops with Declan via The Love Study, more of them is revealed. It’s as though we are learning about them through Declan’s eyes and I enjoyed doing this.
The Love Study is an interesting way to create a romance plot and there were some tender and at times hilarious moments between Sidney and Declan. as they discover true feelings about themselves but also about relationships. It’s about self discovery as much as a romance relationship.
I enjoyed the diversity in this novel and I found the romance plot cute and really enjoyable.
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and zir pronouns are ze/zir. Kris shares a converted garage with a kid, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.
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