• Love & Other Disasters

  • By: Anita Kelly
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Dorcus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. Good-bye, 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.

©2022 Anita Kelly (P)2022 Forever
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Critic Reviews

"Sweet and sexy and wholly delicious. I'm head over heels for these two delightful disasters - three if you count Dahlia's magnificent hair as a separate character. Anita Kelly writes with tremendous warmth and care, and these pages shine with joy." (Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of The Ex Talk)

“Kelly writes wildly charming, exquisitely vibrant, and achingly tender prose and has a unique gift for making readers feel safe, loved, and understood within her pages. This story is both fantastically fun and crack your heart wide open vulnerable. I can’t wait to buy it for everyone I’ve ever met.” (Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate)

"Sweet, spicy, with characters you won’t forget! I loved Dahlia and London’s growing chemistry and witty banter in this amazing foodie romance that had me wanting to eat all the food! But the perfect ingredient in this delicious story was watching how they each carved out space in their lives for each other." (Farah Heron, author of Accidentally Engaged)

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Ode to Cooking Competitions

My review of this book may be clouded by the fact that I read it two days after reading the phenomenal Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake.

I thought the beginning was weak and hated that the book "came full circle" in such a stupid way. As for the romance itself, it wasn't developed enough. I could see the attraction, but the fact that a character was in love so quickly was a bit of a stretch.

Overall, I feel as if I just read an homage to cooking competition shows instead of a romance novel.

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This was Uber cute!!!

I love that there was a non-binary main character in this book and her pronouns were emphasized. This book was extremely entertaining and warm and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Representation Matters!

When I googled searched LBGTQIA+ books, I was pleasantly surprised when I found Love & Other Disasters! A Non-binary character?! Yes, please! I connected to this story and its characters so much. It made me so happy and I kept wanting to get back to it! Thank you so much, Anita Kelly for writing this beautiful inclusive story!

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perfect cute cooking competition romance

I absolutely loved this book, I was already excited based solely off the premise and it exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend it.

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Spicy spicy!

Love and Other Disasters was a fast paced and fun read! The plot zipped along and I was really invested in the relationship. I did struggle a bit with the conflict between the couple, but it had a lovely resolution. And hooo whee! I may never eat another nectarine without blushing.

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LOVE IT!

Do yourself a favor and read this book! the narrator nailed it too! Such an original storyline and great representation

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A sweet and kind read

This was a great story and I liked the narrator’s voice a lot. All I knew before diving into this read was that Bookstagram loved it.
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-grumpy + sunshine trope (I adore London, such a grade A grump)
-Forced Proximity
-A competition element
-a non-binary & pan sexual character
-delicious pining

This book was fun and interesting. I also loved the way the characters talked about food and how it was a calming and loving activity for them.

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good book

The story was very good since it is about cooking and food. The performance was great. But it was terrible the way she treated her father. He loved his daughter, then she tells him she is no longer his daughter. That is confusing, what she? To cut him off just because he wants his daughter is wrong. Also the use of plural words when talking about a single person was hard to follow.

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title

the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce macarons 😂






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Cute and easy read

A cute and light LGBTQIA+ love story. A fun and easy read (listen). Enjoyed the discussion of topics of pronouns and consent within a relationship.