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Book Review: Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly (ARC)

"The first openly nonbinary contestant on America’s favorite cooking show falls for their clumsy competitor in this delicious romantic comedy debut “that is both fantastically fun and crack your heart wide open vulnerable.” (Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate)

Recently divorced and on the verge of bankruptcy, Dahlia Woodson is ready to reinvent herself on the popular reality competition show Chef’s Special. Too bad the first memorable move she makes is falling flat on her face, sending fish tacos flying—not quite the fresh start she was hoping for. Still, she's focused on winning, until she meets someone she might want a future with more than she needs the prize money.

After announcing their pronouns on national television, London Parker has enough on their mind without worrying about the klutzy competitor stationed in front of them. They’re there to prove the trolls—including a fellow contestant and their dad—wrong, and falling in love was never part of the plan.

As London and Dahlia get closer, reality starts to fall away. Goodbye, guilt about divorce, anxiety about uncertain futures, and stress from transphobia. Hello, hilarious shenanigans on set, wedding crashing, and spontaneous dips into the Pacific. But as the finale draws near, Dahlia and London’s steamy relationship starts to feel the heat both in and outside the kitchen—and they must figure out if they have the right ingredients for a happily ever after."

Pages: 384


I received Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly for free by Headline Eternal on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for my advanced copy! Love & Other Disasters will be published in the UK on the 18th January 2022.

I was so excited to read this! I’ve heard so many good things and it looks so cute! I absolutely love cooking shows, I watch Masterchef UK religiously and always enjoy the new ones that come up on Netflix so you can imagine how excited I was for a queer rom-com based around a cooking show!

I loved the LGBTQIA+ rep throughout this book! It was so cool to have a non-binary main character (London) and a queer main character (Dahlia) as the main couple. Although things got off to a rough start between the two I loved the relationship that they developed and there is definitely some serious ✨spice✨ in this book! I loved that active consent was such a big thing all throughout the book and how the characters made sure to always check in with each other.

I loved the food descriptions and all of the challenges for the competition throughout the book! They were so fun and creative and felt like a proper competition! I really enjoyed the writing, it was so joyous and such a pleasure to read!

Love & Other Disasters is a really sweet LGBTQIA+ romcom that will make you feel as good as your favourite home cooked meal! Great for fans of The Charm Offensive!

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