F/Non Binary Pairing
Pub Date: January 18, 2022
Content Warnings: Parent that doesn’t respect MC’s pronouns, side character that is rude about pronouns
On page sex where genital names are used minimally.
Recommended for readers who enjoy: cooking shows, sad people finding love, sunshine/grump trope
10. Romance on a cooking show- imagine a cooking show that is part Top Chef and part Great British Bake Off. The competition was real but it also felt soft.
9. Meet Disaster- Dahlia thinks London hates her. London is just quiet about their immediate takenness with Dahlia.
8. Dahlia, one of the MCs lives in Maryland. I love MD. Let more romance characters live here
7. Queer rep
6. Both MCs have excellent siblings/friends. I want to know more about each of them.
5. Very sexy and emotional sex scenes that are descriptive without using genital names. This is probably very purposeful but also indicates immense skill on Kelly’s part.
4. Dahlia isn’t as wealthy as London. It comes up a few times in a very respectful and authentic way (IMO)
3. London struggles with being accepted by society and their family. London has a loving family but her Dad doesn’t understand what it means to be non-binary. He is rude and awful to London. London works on setting a boundary in that relationship that seems like it creates a better situation for London. They are then able to have some closure and do what they need to do.
2. Dahlia sees herself as two pieces, Maryland Dahlia and LA Dahlia. With self reflection and input from others, Dahlia realizes she can be MD & LA Dahlia. They don’t have to be two pieces. This really resonated with me.
1. Sad sunshine person (Dahlia) meets sad grump person (London) and they allow their perfectly imperfect selves to be loved.
E-galley received via Netgalley courtesy of the publisher, Forever.
Disclosure- I work for Little, Brown, imprint cousin of Forever, both under the Hachette Book Group parent company.