Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Q: Do you watch cooking shows?
Love & Other Disasters
by Anita Kelly
Pub Date: 1/18/22
OMG excuse me as I melt into the floor. This was the romance I needed to start my holiday. And I think I saw it on the botm January picks. Yay I hope so!

This is a fun cooking show competition book, an 8 week highly competitive show. So it has some of that drama but the two mc don’t get sucked into the production drama right away or were just too caught up in their crush.

Dahlia who is a self taught cook from YouTube tutorials is trying her hand after a devastating divorce.

London the shows first non-binary contestant who has had all the training money can buy. Their family is accepting except their father sadly.

The comments once they told their pronouns were either very uplifting or very intolerant. One of the other contestants is one of the ones that doesn’t understand and production creates a vs hashtag or the fans do. Ugh I don’t get the binary completely. I feel I’ve been conditioned to see it as the norm but it still confuses me. We are variations in everything in the human body and condition but nope only 2 options for gender identity and that’s it! Ugh 

I loved this book! It was so sweet and steamy! I loved all the blushing and just memorizing someone’s mannerisms and falling for all the imperfections. There is no right time to start a relationship if you find a good person don’t let them get away.

Thank you @readforeverpub and @netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

✨ Making cutout cookies with my girls. My little one went to hide with this bowl of choc chips and I had no idea lol.


The first openly nonbinary contestant on America’s favorite cooking show falls for their clumsy competitor in this delicious romantic comedy debut “that is both fantastically fun and crack your heart wide open vulnerable.” (Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate)

Recently divorced and on the verge of bankruptcy, Dahlia Woodson is ready to reinvent herself on the popular reality competition show Chef’s Special. Too bad the first memorable move she makes is falling flat on her face, sending fish tacos flying—not quite the fresh start she was hoping for. Still, she’s focused on winning, until she meets someone she might want a future with more than she needs the prize money.

After announcing their pronouns on national television, London Parker has enough on their mind without worrying about the klutzy competitor stationed in front of them. They’re there to prove the trolls—including a fellow contestant and their dad—wrong, and falling in love was never part of the plan.

As London and Dahlia get closer, reality starts to fall away. Goodbye, guilt about divorce, anxiety about uncertain futures, and stress from transphobia. Hello, hilarious shenanigans on set, wedding crashing, and spontaneous dips into the Pacific. But as the finale draws near, Dahlia and London’s steamy relationship starts to feel the heat both in and outside the kitchen—and they must figure out if they have the right ingredients for a happily ever after.


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