The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 16th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
** Received an ARC from Raincoast Books for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
All four walls of my cell are mirrors.
COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟 PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟
CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟
WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟 FEELS 🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a YA spy organization, teen drama filled, feel good book! That was a mouthful, but I have no other way to explain it. I had so much fun reading this one and I highly recommend it to you all!
Let me break down this concept to you guys without spoiling anything of course. So there is this secret organization that trains orphan children to be a Love Interest. As a Love Interest, they will be paired up with someone of importance to society. Someone like a politician, celebrity, future business head; pretty much anyone who could influence the world one way or the other. They are to get close and win their hearts so they can learn secrets and information to feed back to the secret organization who will then sell it to the highest bidder.
Still with me? Well here comes the good part. Caden is a nice love interest and he is finally sent out into the field to win over a girl named Juliet’s heart. She is on track to be a high priority inventor. But it’s not only Caden who is after her heart, so is Dylan the bad. They must compete to win her acceptance and her heart. When one of them is chosen by Juliet the loser gets killed. High stakes right? But in the game of love, everything is not as it seems.
Dietrich managed to create this unique concept and sell it with his writing and play against all the contemporary tropes. It was fun, witty, and had me invested right from the beginning!
Swoon Worthy Romance
I can’t tell you how much romance in The Love Interest worked in every way. It was fun, cute, romantic, angsty, and most importantly swoon worthy. It was everything you could want in a romance. It wasn’t love at first sight. They had to work for it. But most importantly, it felt real to me.
Dietrich pulled out all the stops with this aspect of the book. I applaud him for pulling it off so seamlessly.
Makes Fun of the Genre
I couldn’t count how many times Dietrich makes fun of the tropes of contemporary romance. There were so many good ones. He really knows the genre and used it to his advantage!
A Little Too Rushed
The last section of the The Love Interest kind of fell flat for me. When it came to the rescue mission and the sci-fi aspects of the book, I thought it could have been more fleshed out. It just felt too rushed to enjoy to it’s full potential.
I highly recommend this one if you like spy novels, cute swoon worthy romance, and fun around every corner. Let me know what you guys thought of The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop pink enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel. He can be found on Twitter at @caledietrich