The Love Con

Berkley. Dec. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593199053. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Glass’s (“Shadowchasers”) new standalone romance features Kenya Davenport, a curvy Black woman with a passion for nerd culture. Kenya has had to deal with other people’s judgement all her life, but that hasn’t stopped her from working toward her dream job: costuming. Persuaded by her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, she auditions—and is selected—for Cosplay or No Way, a reality competition show that tests individuals’ creativity and skills in costuming. They’re down to the last challenge when there’s a huge twist: contestants must work with a partner for their finale. Of course, Kenya chooses Cam, and makes it seem like they’re more than friends just to wipe the smirk off a judge’s face. Cam, watching from home, sees this as his chance at last. “Operation: Win Kenya’s Heart” is officially underway. Can best friends find love while faking a relationship on national television? This sassy, sexy romantic comedy explores geek culture and issues in that community regarding diversity. Kenya and Cam are fully realized three-dimensional characters who are clearly meant to be together. The plot yields well-written surprises and emotional depth, and readers will find it hard to put this book down.
VERDICT Recommended for all public library collections.
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