Despite the primary premise of this book being a romance between two asexual characters, all of the really intriguing elements of this relationship revolved around what made the characters unique aside from their asexuality. Which I suppose proves the point.
Both men were a study in contrasts. Brennan is a skater dude to reads science fiction and fantasy. Zafir is a Muslim single-father who works at a porn shop. I can’t say that their chemistry was instantaneous, but I will say that their friendship was genuine. Because that was the other point of this book — its difficult to have an excellent relationship if it’s not built on the solid foundation of a true bond of friendship.
Obviously there’s not explicit sex in this book (that would sort of defeat the point, after all), but there are still plenty of sweet moments to make any reader swoon. It never devolves into sappiness, and Zafir’s son Tariq is an excellent “kid” secondary character. Not too precocious but also not written as too young for his age.
I saw the major conflict at the end coming from a mile away, but it was still appropriately heart-wrenching. I also don’t think the big surprise of the epilogue was completely needed, but at that point I was willing to roll with it (haha, skater pun).
This is an excellent book for anyone looking to learn about the basics of asexuality, especially if they’d still like a guaranteed happy ending.