The Love Con by Seressia Glass
Published by Berkley on December 14, 2021
Reading Challenges: GoodReads, NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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.
THE LOVE CON is the first book I’ve read by Seressia Glass and it definitely isn’t the last!
About The Love Con
Kenya’s a plus-size, Black woman on a reality competition, Cosplay or No Way. The final challenge is to create an iconic duo with the help of a partner. In a moment of onscreen panic, Kenya names her BFF and Thor lookalike, Cam, as her partner. Luckily, Cam is entirely on board with playing her fake BF because he’s hoping to convince her to be his actual girlfriend once the competition is over. But can they keep up the cosplay of a couple to their friends, coworkers, and Kenya’s parents? And what happens when the cameras are off?
My thoughts about The Love Con
This contemporary romance was SO good! I loved Kenya and Cam as a couple so hard!
Kenya was so relatable and authentic. As a white woman, I can’t speak about the constant microaggressions that Kenya experiences but I certainly found them believable. As a plus-size woman, I can definitely identify with her experience.
Cam was the perfect cinnamon roll – ready to defend Kenya but also understanding that she needed to be able to fight her own battles. The heat between them was steamy but believable and I loved all of the cuddling and caring they showed each other.
The cosplay parts were fascinating. I even wanted a little bit more about the fabrication process and I hope someone picks up on the idea of a cosplay competition because I need to see it!
I loved the alternating POV between Kenya and Cam. Yay for the supporting and supportive characters.
My one quibble was Kenya’s parents who seemed so harsh but then turned around so quickly that it didn’t feel authentic. But everything else – chef’s kiss! Fast-paced, quick read, steamy, diverse romance – loved it!
Thank you, Berkley Books for the ARC.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021