Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Love and Other Disasters by Anita KellyLove and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly
Published by Forever on January 18, 2022
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Something Wild and Wonderful

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Love and Other Disasters

I saw Anita Kelly talk about LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS during a new romance book showcase and I knew I had to read it. And readers, this book lived up to the hype!

Opposites attract/sunshine and grump romance set during a cooking competition. Utter bookish catnip for me!

Dahlia is recently divorced, working a soul-deadening job with a load of debt and no real plan for the future other than winning this cooking competition.

London stated their pronouns on national television and is committed to proving the haters, including family members and a fellow contestant wrong, when they win the competition. Falling for the charming, klutzy goof at the next cooking station isn’t part of their plan.

My thoughts about Love and Other Disasters

This story thoroughly charmed me. The book alternates between Dahlia and London’s POV so we get to read about all of their feelings – hopes, fears, insecurities, and desires.

Dahlia is the relatable, sunshine-even-in-the-face-of-adversity klutz. Her first big moment in the competition is tripping and sending her plate of food sailing then crashing.

London is the more reserved one, feeling the weight of being a very visible nonbinary person.

So many feels in this book! Serious ones like anger at haters but there were sweet, tender, and sexy moments too. And some laugh-out-loud funny ones – London trying to milk a cow had me gigglesnorting.

I love when authors find new ways to write about the perfect pairing of food and romance and LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS definitely did it for me!

In conclusion

For fans of The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun and Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake.

Thank you Forever Books for the ARC.

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About Anita Kelly

She’s a lover of romance of all stripes, and a writer of queer contemporary HEAs, including a forthcoming three-book series published by Forever. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wife, their kiddo, a cat who loves her a little too much sometimes, and a three-legged dog who’s a real dummy with a heart of gold. She loves tea and frequently eats too much ice cream and hates herself a little afterward.

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