Release Date: 10/27/2015
The Synopsis: “Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She’d prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero’s Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.
Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. He’s thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own…”
The Review: *Groans* *Looks at cover of book* *sighs dramatically* *reads synopsis* *cries*. I’d like to start by saying that I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Believe me, you’re all about to get an honest review. After I read the synopsis for this one I was pumped! I mean, it’s part of an upcoming trilogy titled ‘Hot and Nerdy’. Two comic book geeks uniting for a project and finding love? Right up my alley. Unfortunately, the book that I ended up reading was something nearly entirely different than what the synopsis described. This story is almost entirely about conflicts arising from an interracial relationship, with a tad bit of comic book reference thrown in for flavor. Normally, a book where black and white characters fall in love has potential to be amazing, especially considering that it isn’t something touched upon frequently in this genre. However, the author dealt with racial conflict in an almost entirely unbelievable way. At one point, Adam literally tells Reese he can’t be with her just “Because you are white.”! He has no other reason for this belief other than one small, insignificant assumption from his past. I don’t want to give spoilers, but in my mind it was the equivalent of being stung by a bee as a child and then never going outside again for the rest of your life because of fear of being stung again. The reaction didn’t match up with the conflict at hand. It felt as if the author randomly picked a nerdy theme (comics) and a conflict (negative opinions of black and white people being involved in romantic relationships) and then plucked the first idea out of thin air as to why the two characters would be affected by it. As far as the relationship development goes, I did like how the author had the two realistically fall for each other (it wasn’t ‘insta love’), but then she threw in the most random sexual scenes that just didn’t flow well. The book was incredibly fast paced, I finished it in less than two hours, and I would say it is almost more of a novella. While the ending was sweet and had closure, it was borderline ‘cheesy’ for me. I think that the author has potential with a series titled ‘Hot and Nerdy’, but that she should revisit this plot line and give our characters a more tangible and deep reason for fearing an interracial relationship so much. A little more story and character development and this one would be much more enjoyable for me.
*Side note: The cover is horrible. The guy is clearly darker than the girl, but the entire story is based on a black and white relationship. They shouldn’t have been scared to depict an African American character. 😦
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Short novellas, simple conflict and resolution, and friendly characters.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Lack of detailed conflict development, characters without much depth, or short stories.
The Rating: A sad 1 out of 5 stars for lack of character and conflict believability. There’s potential, and this book just fell short for me. I don’t think interracial conflict is as simple as “I can’t date you just because you’re white or black.” There needs to be a reason for the person to feel that way. 😦
My Spoiler for This Book: His Work of Art Spoiler
Author’s Goodreads Page: Shannyn Schroeder Goodreads