The Love Study by Kris Ripper
Romantic Comedy, LBGTQ+
Steam Level: It’s Getting Warmer
Declan has commitment issues. He’s been an office temp for literally years now, and his friends delight in telling people that he left his last boyfriend at the altar.
And that’s all true. But he’s starting to think it’s time to start working on his issues. Maybe.
When Declan meets Sidney—a popular nonbinary YouTuber with an advice show—an opportunity presents itself: as part of The Love Study, Declan will go on a series of dates arranged by Sidney and report back on how the date went in the next episode.
The dates are…sort of blah. It’s not Sidney’s fault; the folks participating are (mostly) great people, but there’s no chemistry there. Maybe Declan’s just broken.
Or maybe the problem is that the only person he’s feeling chemistry with is Sidney.Goodreads
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The Love Study is such a refreshing rom-com. I like a traditional rom-com as much as the next person, but I didn’t know how much I wanted a non-traditional rom-com until reading this one!
I really enjoyed Declan’s openness. He agrees to participate in The Love Study, and though Declan’s issues are more with commitment than dating, seeing him get out of his comfort zone was nice. Sidney was such an amazing character. I can’t remember reading a more mature character. They are one of the major reasons that this book was so refreshing, not just because they are non-binary, but because of their whole outlook.
I loved that neither Declan nor Sidney felt the need to fall into relationship norms. They did what worked for them. I think if more couples did this it would really help with people’s happiness. The Love Study also does a great job of explaining queer dating in a way that is enjoyable to read without an information dump.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are looking for something a little different from the usual rom-com.
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