Sharon’s review ~ The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

Posted April 13, 2022 by Sharon in LGBTQIA, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

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Sharon’s review ~ The Romantic Agenda by Claire KannThe Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann
Published by Penguin on April 12, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ+ / General, Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 336
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3 Stars

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Joy is in love with Malcolm.
But Malcolm really likes Summer.
Summer is in love with love.
And Fox is Summer’s ex-boyfriend.
 
Thirty, flirty, and asexual Joy is secretly in love with her best friend Malcolm, but she’s never been brave enough to say so. When he unexpectedly announces that he's met the love of his life—and no, it's not Joy—she's heartbroken. Malcolm invites her on a weekend getaway, and Joy decides it’s her last chance to show him exactly what he’s overlooking. But maybe Joy is the one missing something…or someone…and his name is Fox.
 
Fox sees a kindred spirit in Joy—and decides to help her. He proposes they pretend to fall for each other on the weekend trip to make Malcolm jealous. But spending time with Fox shows Joy what it’s like to not be the third wheel, and there’s no mistaking the way he makes her feel. Could Fox be the romantic partner she’s always deserved?

While The Romantic Agenda had some problems, I still enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading this author again. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books

 

The synopsis sold me on reading this book for review; unfortunately it wasn’t quite the book I expected. There were parts of it I truly loved, but there were more parts I didn’t like at all.  This book was straight up women’s fiction because I don’t feel the relationship that developed was the focus of the book.

I flat out LOVED the heroine, Joy, in this book. She was a spitfire, but also funny and had a kind and loving soul.  She is also asexual and in love with her best friend Malcom who has been by her side since college. I’m just putting it out there, Malcolm was a d*ck. I couldn’t stand him and I couldn’t understand what Summer, the woman he met and is thinking will be his next girlfriend/relationship, saw in him because seriously I kept hoping he’d leave.  I hated absolutely hated the way he treated Joy for most of this story. Then there was Fox, more on him in a minute.

Malcolm decides that in order for Summer to understand his friendship with Joy, they need to go away for a weekend and spend time together. Mind you he doesn’t ask Joy if she wants to go, no he TELLS her they are going and Joy being Joy at first thinks Malcolm wants to change their relationship status and then he springs the fact that he’s planned the whole weekend for Summer and Summer’s bringing her friend Fox along because it’s his birthday weekend and he wants Joy to entertain him so he can spend time with Summer. Yes, ladies and gents, the man is completely oblivious to her feelings and then demands she spend time with the woman he wants as his romantic partner. UGH! Fox was a huge bright spot in this story; he put on a grumpy front but he had layers and depth and I adored him.

At times Joy’s character got a bit preachy and considering this was supposed to be a rom-com, it felt out of place. I did feel she did a fantastic job of explaining asexuality and helping both Summer and Fox understand that not all asexual people act or react the same way.

I loved the way Joy began to enjoy the time she spent with Fox and how much he tried to really get to know her and understand everything about her. I wanted more time with them and kept hoping that we’d get it, but unfortunately we did not.

While I have read several books with a male ace character, it was fantastic seeing a female ace character and one of color to boot. I really did adore Joy even though she was misguided in her adoration of Malcolm, but the way she lived life to the fullest, spoke her mind, and knew what she wanted out of life was perfection. Realizing the Fox was a better partner for her than Malcolm made me love her even more.

While The Romantic Agenda had some problems, I still enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading this author again.

 

3 Stars

About Claire Kann

Claire Kann is the author of LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life, she works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. Find out more by visiting her website: www.clairekann.com (and while you’re there, tell her about your cats. She loves cats. A lot.)

Posted April 13, 2022 by Sharon in LGBTQIA, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments