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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn

Ahh, February in the Midwest.
So much fun, so much romance . . . or not.

I actually find February, despite it's brevity and it's major peppy holiday, fairly depressing here in Illinois.  More often than not the skies are grey.  The windy is biting, and the temperatures are hostile.  February is a reminder that winter is still here and kicking around.
Yadier Molina understands
the excitement of spring training

February has two bright spots.
First, pitchers and catchers report to spring training .
Second, February is followed by March which contains Spring Break.
(All educators hail Spring Break.)

So February's main appeal is its harbingers of greater, warmer, more entertaining things.  And that, the appreciation of imminent, warmer, more entertaining things is the main motivation most of us have for reading romance novels.  The first 80% of the book is February and the last 20% is Spring Break or baseball season or, less figuratively, happily ever after.

So in the spirit of February bringing you a better future, I bring you a fun, snarky nerdy romance called One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn.

One Con Glory is the story of Julie, a journalist who writes about comic conventions and other science fiction, nerd-type conventions, and her quest for a lost action figure.  In the process, she begrudgingly interviews the star of the remake of her favorite, short-lived sci-fi show. (Her missing action figure comes from the original version of that show.) He's a pretty boy who claims to be a nerd--just like his fans. Julie assumes that claim is nothing more than a publicity ploy meant to endear him to the show's fans, but when she meets him there's just something about him.  He has opinions that aren't boilerplate PR sound bites, and they're surprisingly similar to Julie's.

But Julie has focus and some serious defense mechanisms.  In order to get to her version of Spring Break or happily ever after, Julie has some soul-searching to do.  And, perhaps, a few public displays of emotion which are SO not Julie's thing.

Glory Gilmore,
said missing action figure
One Con Glory is, in a phrase, a nerdy beach read. I loved it, and if you're looking for something contemporary and sweet (but not cloying), I recommend One Con Glory.  As someone who loves Doctor Who and reads quite a bit of sci-fi and urban fantasy, it was great to see the story set in that world.  If you're not overly aware of the world of comic conventions, I'm pretty sure the details that go over your head won't detract from the story.  On the other hand, if you like your romances heavy on the feeling and light on the adult language and heavy on the "we don't do that before we're married", this might be a bit too casual, snarky and f-bomby for you.

The book is $2.99 on Kindle and nook right now.

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