Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love by Kim Fielding _ Book Review

Release Date : December 29th

Links: Amazon | Goodreads  

Some people search their whole lives to find love. He just wants to avoid it.

Teddy Spenser spends his days selling design ideas to higher-ups, living or dying on each new pitch. Stodgy engineer types like Romeo Blue, his nemesis—if you can call someone who barely talks to you a nemesis—are a necessary evil. A cute necessary evil.

Working together is bad enough, but when their boss puts them both on a new high-stakes project, “working together” suddenly means:

¥ sitting uncomfortably close on the same plane

¥ staying in the same hotel room—with only one bed

¥ spending every waking minute together.

Turns out Mr. Starched Shirt has some hidden depths, and it’s getting harder to ignore the spark Teddy feels with every brush of their hands, with every knowing glance. He might not have been looking for this connection with Romeo, but will he ever be ready to let him go?

[I received a digital copy for an honest review]

I was really excited for Teddy Spenser Isn’t looking for Love by Kim Fielding. Queer enemies to lovers romance with the single bed trope ! Sign me up and while it did include those things it sadly didn’t live up to my expectations.

What I loved:
-First and foremost, Romeo is precious. He’s definitely judged wrongly by Teddy and I could tell right away that he wasn’t cold just not good with socializing. Then as the story evolves, and he really opens up you can’t help but love him. I also adored his big loving warm family who can adopt me anytime they want.

-I enjoyed the main plot line of two work rivals forced to spend time together. And the bonding tasks they are assigned were entertaining and helped you get to know the characters better.

-This is my first Kim Fielding novel and I enjoyed her writing style. I can definitely see myself reading more books by her in the future.

What I did not love:
– Our main character and narrator himself, Teddy. Wow he was so judgmental when it came to Romeo it was off-putting. Thankfully he owns up to his wrong assumptions pretty quickly and even apologizes to Romeo, but I feel like the were enemies for no real reason at all. Teddy point of view was exhausting because he was SO hung up on his ex (his name is mention 41 times in the book, and he never appears in person on page) he even thinks of him to compare Romeo’s kissing to his. Anyways Teddy did have some charming traits especially his passion to help people find comfort in expressing themselves through their clothes.

-I feel like the story would have greatly benefited from a dual point of view instead of solo Teddy’s.

– The pacing of the romance was a bit rough. The first 50 percent of the book it is very slow, and then it turns insta-love in the blink of an eye. Teddy goes from not being able to stand Romeo to internally worshipping the ground he walks on. I did like Romeo and Teddy together as a couple I just wish it had progressed more steadily.

Overall, Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love was a good book. It just wasn’t as fantastic as I wanted it to be and as I think it could have been.

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