As a professional medical editor for the day job, I thought it was hilarious that the sections of this book were labeled according to the sections of a journal article, down to the “Methods” and “Limitations.” Even better, the headings accurately reported what part of the plot the section covered. This conceit was cute while also bringing a creative element to the organization in a book.
And that was only the beginning of the things that I loved about this book. This story had the “idiots in love” content that I adore in spades, but at the same time, I understand why Patrick and Logan both embark on this “experiment” together. Patrick doesn’t want to be hurt again, and Logan doesn’t want anyone to hurt Patrick—even if he’s the one who might get hurt in the process. This isn’t a best friends-to-lovers story so much as it’s a journey two characters take together and happen to end up in the same place, despite a few bumps in the road.
As a developmental psychology student, Patrick is remarkably dense about things that he should be aware of. Luckily, he and Logan have an excellent cast of supporting characters, both friends and family, to help them along. I appreciate books where the point-of-view characters don’t exist in a vacuum and when the secondary characters aren’t over-the-top caricatures. Raine does an excellent job with her entire cast in this book.
This stand-alone novel features all the lovely feels a reader could ask for, and it was perfect escapism reading. I especially appreciated this wonderful trip to Australia on the most recent U.S. election day.
Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.