The love con

Seressia Glass

Book - 2021

"He's cosplaying as her boyfriend but their feelings for each other are real in this romantic comedy from Seressia Glass. Sometimes Kenya Davenport believes she was switched at the hospital-how else could a lover of anime, gaming, and cosplay come from STEM parents? Still, Kenya dreams of being able to turn her creative hobby into a career. She finally has a chance to make it big when she joins the reality show competition Cosplay or No Way. There's just one catch: the challenge f...or the final round is all about iconic pairs, and the judges want the contestants' significant others to participate. Unfortunately, Kenya is as single as can be at the moment. Luckily her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, agrees to be her fake boyfriend for the show. Role-playing a couple in love will force them to explore what they're hiding under the mask of friendship. Can Kenya and Cam fake it until she makes it, or will she be real about her feelings, knowing it could cost her the best friend she's ever had?"--

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Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Jove [2021]
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
302 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780593199053
0593199057
Main Author
Seressia Glass (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Kenya Davenport makes it to the final round of the reality-TV contest show, Cosplay or No Way, for a chance to win $100,000. The final challenge is iconic couples. On live television, Kenya announces that she'll be making an iconic-couples cosplay for herself and her boyfriend, Cameron Lassiter. The catch? Cameron is not actually her boyfriend. He is, however, her best friend, roommate, and business partner, who agrees to fake their relationship and help Kenya win the competition. Glass does an excellent job of illuminating Kenya's feelings of self-doubt and pressure to succeed. As a Black woman and cosplayer, she knows that her spot in the final two not only represents herself but countless other Black nerds who want to see her win in a geekdom that is often unwelcoming to them. Pair that with Cameron and Kenya's palpable chemistry in their pretend love relationship, and this is a thoroughly enjoyable story offering a fun mix of nerdy, adorable, and sexy elements that is perfect for geeks and romance lovers alike. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Glass's ("Shadowchasers") new standalone romance features Kenya Davenport, a curvy Black woman with a passion for nerd culture. Kenya has had to deal with other people's judgement all her life, but that hasn't stopped her from working toward her dream job: costuming. Persuaded by her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, she auditions—and is selected—for Cosplay or No Way, a reality competition show that tests individuals' creativity and skills in costuming. They're down to the last challenge when there's a huge twist: contestants must work with a partner for their finale. Of course, Kenya chooses Cam, and makes it seem like they're more than friends just to wipe the smirk off a judge's face. Cam, watching from home, sees this as his chance at last. "Operation: Win Kenya's Heart" is officially underway. Can best friends find love while faking a relationship on national television? This sassy, sexy romantic comedy explores geek culture and issues in that community regarding diversity. Kenya and Cam are fully realized three-dimensional characters who are clearly meant to be together. The plot yields well-written surprises and emotional depth, and readers will find it hard to put this book down. VERDICT Recommended for all public library collections.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood P.L., AL Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Glass's ("Shadowchasers") new standalone romance features Kenya Davenport, a curvy Black woman with a passion for nerd culture. Kenya has had to deal with other people's judgement all her life, but that hasn't stopped her from working toward her dream job: costuming. Persuaded by her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, she auditions—and is selected—for Cosplay or No Way, a reality competition show that tests individuals' creativity and skills in costuming. They're down to the last challenge when there's a huge twist: contestants must work with a partner for their finale. Of course, Kenya chooses Cam, and makes it seem like they're more than friends just to wipe the smirk off a judge's face. Cam, watching from home, sees this as his chance at last. "Operation: Win Kenya's Heart" is officially underway. Can best friends find love while faking a relationship on national television? This sassy, sexy romantic comedy explores geek culture and issues in that community regarding diversity. Kenya and Cam are fully realized three-dimensional characters who are clearly meant to be together. The plot yields well-written surprises and emotional depth, and readers will find it hard to put this book down. VERDICT Recommended for all public library collections.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood P.L., AL Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Joining the reality show competition Cosplay of No Way, gamer Kenya Davenport, required to have a significant other, and asks her best friend to roleplay as a couple in love, but when real feelings get involved, it could cost her the best friend she’s ever had. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"He's cosplaying as her boyfriend but their feelings for each other are real in this romantic comedy from Seressia Glass. Sometimes Kenya Davenport believes she was switched at the hospital-how else could a lover of anime, gaming, and cosplay come from STEM parents? Still, Kenya dreams of being able to turn her creative hobby into a career. She finally has a chance to make it big when she joins the reality show competition Cosplay or No Way. There's just one catch: the challenge for the final round is all about iconic pairs, and the judges want the contestants' significant others to participate. Unfortunately, Kenya is as single as can be at the moment. Luckily her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, agrees to be her fake boyfriend for the show. Role-playing a couple in love will force them to explore what they're hiding under the mask of friendship. Can Kenya and Cam fake it until she makes it, or will she be real about her feelings, knowing it could cost her the best friend she's ever had?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A LibraryReads Pick!One of...Popsugar's Best New RomancesBustle and Bookish's Most Anticipated Books of DecemberLibrary Journal's Best Romances of 2021He’s cosplaying as her boyfriend but their feelings for each other are real in this romantic comedy from Seressia Glass. Sometimes Kenya Davenport believes she was switched at the hospital—how else could a lover of anime, gaming, and cosplay come from STEM parents? Still, Kenya dreams of being able to turn her creative hobby into a career. She finally has a chance to make it big when she joins the reality show competition Cosplay or No Way. There's just one catch: the challenge for the final round is all about iconic pairs, and the judges want the contestants' significant others to participate. Unfortunately, Kenya is as single as can be at the moment. Luckily her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, agrees to be her fake boyfriend for the show. Roleplaying a couple in love will force them to explore what they're hiding under the mask of friendship. Can Kenya and Cam fake it until she makes it, or will she be real about her feelings, knowing it could cost her the best friend she’s ever had?