D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding

Carina Adores. Jan. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781335534941. pap. $14.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Higgins’s (“The Vow” series) first trade release shows different experiences within the queer community, focusing especially on intersections with other identities. Kris Zavala and D’Vaughn Miller have six weeks to convince their families that they are in love and getting married in order to win $100,000 on the hit reality show Instant I Do. They had different reasons for joining the show; D’Vaughn wants a push to come out to her religious family, and Kris is looking to make a real connection with someone outside of her substantial social media following. This story tracks how their feelings for one another develop, despite the growing pressures of lying to their families and performing for the cameras.
VERDICT In a romance featuring Black joy, plus-sized beauty, and Mexican pride, the conflicts are entirely believable, and not overly dramatic, and make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is fake dating at its best.
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