BOOK REVIEW: Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Love and Other Disasters by Anita Kelly

Release Date: January 18, 2022

Page Count: 384 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


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. Goodbye, 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.


I had so much fun reading this book!! I have always loved watching cooking reality shows since I was a kid and I loved that this f/nb romance took place in a set of one. It was fascinating to see how different it is when you are behind the scenes.

London and Dahlia have amazing chemistry together and I really loved them both. The side characters were fleshed out and especially loved Barbara.

I loved London being grumpy and cute while Dahlia was a ray of sunshine, always making them laugh. I adored them together. Also sexy af!

This is written in dual POV and both London and Dahlia had very distinct voices. Really enjoyed it and highly recommend it for anyone looking for sweet and hot romance with pan and queer MCs.

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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