In the Case of Heartbreak

Kensington. (Fern Falls, Bk. 2). Jul. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781496738974. pap. $16.95. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
Ben Parrish has always loved Adam Reed. Afraid of ruining their friendship, he’s never confessed his feelings to Adam. When Adam rejects Ben live on national TV, it stirs up past trauma, and Ben spirals into anxiety and depression. He escapes to his grandma’s beachside home for her 80th birthday extravaganza, hoping distance will heal his heartbreak. However, she’s invited Adam to be the fill-in guitarist for her birthday band and lodged him in the same space as Ben, forcing both men to confront their feelings for each other. Adam and Ben’s chemistry has been simmering for years; when it finally consumes them, the sex is steamy, and their love blossoms. This beautifully written novel is filled with authentic characters and heartbreaking, realistic scenes, but it is not all deep feelings. Humorous scenes abound, and the dialogue is as witty as it is revealing.
VERDICT Kae (In the Event of Love) gives readers a world where queerness is open and accepted, people support each other during mental health breakdowns, and true love comes with a side order of self-awareness. Fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexandria Bellefleur will fall in love with this small-town, friends-to-lovers romance.
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