The Love Con

Seressia Glass. Berkley, $16 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-593-19905-3
Glass (the Sugar and Spice series) puts a fun, nerdy love story center stage in this adorable interracial rom-com. Black, plus-size engineer Kenya Davenport’s true passion is for cosplay—much to her parents’ dismay. When she makes it to the final round of reality show Cosplay or No Way, it’s time to prove that she has what it takes to turn her hobby into a career in costume design. There’s just one problem: for the grand finale, she must create a couple’s cosplay for herself and her partner. Put on the spot, Kenya claims her longtime best friend, white nerd Cam Lassiter, as her cosplay partner—and lover. Cam agrees to be Kenya’s fake boyfriend, hoping the ruse will provide the perfect opportunity to confess his long-hidden feelings and win Kenya’s heart. With more than 10 years of friendship behind them, their chemistry is palpable, but that doesn’t stop Kenya’s doubtful parents, the show’s manipulative producers, and Cam’s ex-girlfriend from trying to drive a wedge between them. Through it all, Glass highlights the mutual support and understanding between the friends-turned-lovers, making a convincing case for their relationship withstanding naysayers and microaggressions. This is a winning love letter to Black women in nerdom. Agent: Jenny Bent, the Bent Agency (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 09/13/2021
Release date: 12/14/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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