cover image What Is Love?

What Is Love?

Jen Comfort. Montlake, $16.99 trade paper (366p) ISBN 978-1-66251-644-3

Comfort (Midnight Duet) delivers a riveting blend of passion and intellect in this sultry enemies-to-lovers rom-com. Staid professor Teddy Ferguson and high school dropout Maxine Hart, who has ADHD, go head to head on the Jeopardy!-style quiz show Answers!—but what viewers at home don’t know is that the night before taping, the duo shared a heated kiss. Maxine wins, and Teddy becomes convinced that she only made out with him to throw him off his game. A year later, they both sign on to compete in an Answers! all-stars special—and the only way to take down the reigning champ is to work together. With bragging rights and a $2 million prize on the line, Maxine sets aside her animosity for the man who, in her view, left her hanging, teaching Teddy to embrace spontaneity (which will improve his buzzer time) and take risks (not just make safe bets). Meanwhile Teddy devises innovative teaching methods for Maxine’s unique learning style. It soon becomes clear that their contrasting personalities complement each other perfectly. Their chemistry is palpable and the sex scenes, when they inevitably arrive, are wonderfully informed by the characters’ challenging and competitive dynamic. Sensual, funny, and heartwarming, this brings the goods. Agent: Eva Scalzo, Speilburg Literary. (Feb.)