Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: I’m So (Not) Over You
Author: Kosoko Jackson
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: m/m romance, Black Gay Love Interest, Black Gay Anxiety MC, Bi side character, Black and other POC side characters
Recommended For…: romance, LGBT+, Black MCs, Black authored, contemporary
Publication Date: February 22, 2022
Age Relevance: 18+ (language, racism, slavery mentioned, romance, homophobia, classism, HP reference, anxiety, underage alcohol consumption mentioned, slight violence, slight gore, sexual content)
Explanation of Above: There is cursing in the book. The book does well to show some of the racism that all of the Black characters still face, even the rich ones. There are also mentions of slavery and there’s some micro-aggressions shown too. There is also classism and homophobia shown in the book. The MC has anxiety and has some anxiety attacks. There is slight violence and gore in the book. There is a mention of a past incident of underage alcohol consumption. There is 1 very small HP reference in regards to houses. There is also romance and sexual content.
Publisher: Berkley Books
Synopsis: It’s been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his undying love. . . But no, Hudson has a favor to ask–he wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees.
The dinner doesn’t go exactly as planned, and suddenly Kian is Hudson’s plus one to Georgia’s wedding of the season. Hudson comes from a wealthy family where reputation is everything, and he really can’t afford another mistake. If Kian goes, he’ll help Hudson preserve appearances and get the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in media. This could be the big career break Kian needs.
But their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more than a means to an end, and it’s time for both men to fact-check their feelings.
Review: I absolutely adored this book! It was such a good read and I loved the romance in the book. I also loved how real the book was and how much I related to it. The book discussed student loans and class privilege in the book, which I really enjoyed because I don’t see that talked a lot about in other adult reads. The book did well with character development and world building. The book also did well with the smut and, even when the characters weren’t together, the author did well to do mentions and stuff to keep those reading strictly for the romance interested in the plot. The book also did a lot of pop culture references that Millennials will recognize.
However, the book is very fast paced in the beginning and it made it hard to get into the book and figure out what was going on. The book also had a small HP reference, but because of my review policy I had to knock it down a star. It is still upsetting to some in the queer community to see anything related to HP or JK Rowling mentioned in books, which makes it very hard on those in the community to see HP referenced in queer books.
Verdict: I absolutely loved this one! Highly recommend!