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Kosoko Jackson

Book - 2022

"A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson. It's been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting up at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his undying love. . . . But no, Hudson has a favor to ask-he wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees.... The dinner doesn't go exactly as planned, and suddenly Kian is Hudson's plus one to Georgia's wedding of the season. Hudson comes from a wealthy family where reputation is everything, and he really can't afford another mistake. If Kian goes, he'll help Hudson preserve appearances and get the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in media. This could be the big career break Kian needs. But their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more than a means to an end, and it's time for both men to fact-check their feelings"--

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Subjects
Genres
Gay fiction
Romance fiction
Published
New York : Jove 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
356 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780593334447
0593334442
Main Author
Kosoko Jackson (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

The only reason unemployed journalist Kian Andrews agreed to meet his ridiculously wealthy ex-boyfriend at a local café in Boston is for answers to why they broke up. But before he knows it, Hudson Rivers convinces him to pretend they're still dating by bribing him with a job introduction, because Hudson's parents think Kian is the one good thing he has going for him. As Kian's BFF wants to rip Hudson apart and his brother says part of the problems with Hudson are definitely Kian's fault, dinner with the parents turns into an ordeal of anger at the ruse and longing to get Hudson back. Then Mrs. Rivers hands them invitations to a family wedding in Georgia and makes it a command performance. Kian is sinking deeper into the Rivers family drama and he's not sure his heart can survive another go round. Kian is a three-dimensional, fully flawed main character whose quest for love is also a quest for understanding of himself. VERDICT Jackson jumps from an outstanding YA debut with Yesterday Is History to deliver a delightfully outrageous romantic comedy full of pop culture references, strong families, and a ride-or-die BFF.—Melanie C. Duncan, Washington Memorial Lib., Macon, GA Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Jackson makes his adult debut (after the YA novel Yesterday Is History) with a multilayered queer rom-com that combines fun fake dating and second chance romance tropes while exploring timely social themes. Kian Andrews is shocked when his ex-boyfriend Hudson Rivers contacts him months after their breakup—and doubly so when Hudson says that he never told his wealthy family about their breakup and needs Kian to pretend they're still together while his parents are in town. Kian, who has lingering feelings for Hudson, but imagined a more passionate reunion, agrees in exchange for well-connected Hudson's promise to help advance his journalism career. Though their first attempt at playing lovers leads to a disastrous dinner with Hudson's parents, Kian still scores an invitation to Hudson's cousin's wedding, forcing the pair to keep up pretenses. As the men fall back into old rhythms, they must confront their real feelings and learn to communicate. Beneath the rom-com antics, Jackson uses the pair's differing economic backgrounds to explore wealth inequality in America. With his majority Black cast, he also highlights the intersections of class and race. This nuanced romance marks Jackson as a writer to watch in the adult sphere. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Feb.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson. It's been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting up at a cafâe. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his undying love. . . . But no, Hudson has a favor to ask-he wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees. The dinner doesn't go exactly as planned, and suddenly Kian is Hudson's plus one to Georgia's wedding of the season. Hudson comes from a wealthy family where reputation is everything, and he really can't afford another mistake. If Kian goes, he'll help Hudson preserve appearances and get the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in media. This could be the big career break Kian needs. But their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more than a means to an end, and it's time for both mento fact-check their feelings"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Pretending to still be his ex’s current boyfriend in front of his parents, Kian reluctantly winds up being Hudson’s plus-one at a splashy Georgia wedding and the pair find themselves in need of hashing out their true feelings. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Shine[s] with a beautiful, blooming sense of wonder.”—New York Times Book ReviewOne of...Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best LGBTQ+ Romance Novels of the Last Five Years Essence's New Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2022 Oprah Daily’s Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2022 Buzzfeed’s Highly Anticipated LGBTQ Romance Novels in 2022 Popsugar's New Romance Novels That Will Make You Fall in Love With 2022 BookRiot’s Most Anticipated New Adult Romance Reads For Spring 2022E! News and LifeSavvy’s February Books to Fall in Love WithBustle’s Most Anticipated Books of FebruaryBetches’ Books You Need to Read in 2022A chance to rewrite their ending is worth the risk in this swoony romantic comedy from Kosoko Jackson. It’s been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his undying love. . . But no, Hudson has a favor to ask—he wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees. The dinner doesn’t go exactly as planned, and suddenly Kian is Hudson’s plus one to Georgia’s wedding of the season. Hudson comes from a wealthy family where reputation is everything, and he really can’t afford another mistake. If Kian goes, he’ll help Hudson preserve appearances and get the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in media. This could be the big career break Kian needs. But their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more than a means to an end, and it’s time for both men to fact-check their feelings.