This was such a heartwarming, sweet and romantic story about finding yourself and finding love in the process. The characters were so fleshed out, adorable and easy to root for. The geek/jock romance and nerd makeover tropes were so well done and so sweet it melted my heart.
Andy Carter is the supersmart physics geek, who struggles with anxiety and stage fright, and who thinks he needs to change a thing or two about himself to make his best friend and longtime crush Falcon really see him and reciprocate his feelings. Hence, ‘Project Hero’ is born, where Andy will no longer be the sidekick in his own life, but the actual hero going after what he wants.
Enter Law Anderson, the assistant hockey team coach, who needs someone to tutor his team in physics and persuades Andy to take on the job. Along the way, Law also ends up helping Andy with his Project Hero, and becomes his friend. Or maybe even more, since the idea of Andy succeeding with his mission suddenly doesn’t feel like anything near success at all…
The story is told from both Andy’s and Law’s POVs, which really helped in getting to know the characters and feel for them. There was so much more to both characters than first might be expected. Andy was so adorable and so funny! I loved the way he analyzed everything, and his sarcasm and humor, and the way he dealt with his problems. And Law was such a sweetheart! Not at all the stereotype jock, but kind, caring and sweet. I loved the way their feelings evolved; how Law still wanted to help Andy get the other guy, because he thought that what was Andy wanted, and how clueless Andy was to the idea of Law actually having feelings for him.
Another thing I really appreciated about this story was that both Andy and Law, and Falcon for that matter, were so clear about their gay identities and had already come out years ago and been accepted for who they were by their families and friends. So this was not a story about coming out as gay and dealing with people’s reaction or trying to get accepted, but just as in any other romance novel, it was all about the feelings, the butterflies in your stomach, the wonder of falling in love and having someone love you back. This approach was really refreshing and hopeful, and excellently conveyed. I especially loved Andy’s big, loving, chaotic family and how they immediately took Law to their hearts.
All in all, this was a wonderful and sweet romance, with adorable characters and the great message that the right person will love you for who you are without the need for any makeovers. And that epilogue made me so happy!
Thank you to the author Briar Prescott for providing me with an ebook copy! All opinions are my own and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
4.5 stars rounding up to 5
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