Releases: July 12th, 2022
I received a finished copy, ahead of release, for being part of the Forever Publishings influencer program.
Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, ableism, sexism, violence, classism, sexual harassment. Mention of physical/mental/emotional abuse and loss of a loved one.
Fauxmance to romance is one of my favorite tropes and I absolutely adored the way it was used in this book. Neve and Lysander’s meet-cute is hilarious and full of heated glances.
Watching these two fight their attraction and growing interest in the other had me laughing, swooning, and occasionally wanting to lock them in a room until they talked it all out.
I love that the author actually put content warnings in the front of the book and that she was inspired to write a neurodivergent hero after going through one of her child’s neurodivergent diagnoses.
Although there wasn’t an understanding of neurodivergence at that time, historically, I loved being able to see Lysander’s process through different conversations and situations. As someone who constantly misunderstands, or is misunderstood, during conversations that lead to anger from others or me…it was wonderful seeing that representation.
I also loved how we’re able to see in action, and in thought, how much Lysander cared. Too many people see neurodivergent people as uncaring or unemotional which isn’t the case, we merely process and express things differently than our neurotypical counterparts.
This was my first Amalie read and I’m so excited to start devouring her backlist as I wait for the next installment of this series to release next year!