Love & Other Disasters
Books | Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
The first openly nonbinary contestant on America’s favorite cooking show falls for their clumsy competitor in this delicious romantic comedy debut that USA Today hailed as “an essential read.” 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. Booklist's Best Romance Debuts of the YearWomen's Health's Best Romance Novels of the YearBookpage's Best Romance Novels of the Year
Grand Central Publishing
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"i LOVED this book. i have to admit that i wasn’t sure when i read the description, but there aren’t many romance books with nonbinary characters as one of the main characters, and the premise seemed tolerable enough, so i gave it a go. BOY was i pleasantly surprised. i though that it would be boringly focused on the cooking show aspects, something that i’m not really interested in, but it was done so well that i didn’t mind it at all. dahlia and londons chemistry was so adorable i was obsessed from page one. it was so refreshing to have a female main character that wasnt cringey at all, and it was even more refreshing to have queer characters represented so well and shown in such a positive light, while also showcasing that yes, we do deal with homophobia and transphobia and it doesn’t just magically go away the second we fall in love. i read this book in one day because it was so good i couldn’t put it down, it’s definitely jumped its way into my top 5…BRAVO"
"First of all, thank you to Netgalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for the early review copy! This was such a fun read! Overall, I will admit that this book definitely felt quite rushed and I wish the love story had been drawn out a bit longer, but if you are just looking for a cute, fluffy, quick read with some great pansexual and non-binary representation, (and spicy scenes with enthusiastic consent!!!) then I would whole-heartedly recommend picking this up when it comes out! "
"Didn’t love it, but liked it"