DIVERSE READ: Interracial couple, Black MC, Asperger’s rep.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Synopsis: Successful PR executive Chelsea Grant is one assignment away from making partner at her firm and nothing will stand in her way. Her big break? Turn a reclusive computer genius into a media darling in time for his new product launch. He may have been dubbed the “sexiest geek alive” but he has no patience for the press—and it shows. Piece of cake, right? Only problem is… his company doesn’t want him to know they hired her.
After a disastrous product launch two years ago, tech CEO Adam Bennett knows the success of his new device depends on the media’s support. When a twist of fate brings the beautiful PR specialist to his door, Adam hires Chelsea to help turn his image around. Their attraction is undeniable and the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep things professional.
But when Adam discovers Chelsea’s deception, will she risk everything for her career or is love the real thing on her mind?
My thoughts: Love on my Mind is now one of my new favorite romance novels, hands down. It has everything I need to give a book five stars: a great plot, two distinct main characters, a steamy and slow-burning romance, and great writing that had me hooked from the very start.
This book’s biggest strengths is how different and distinct the two main character’s voices are. We get to see both their POVs in the novel which really helps tell the story in a way that shows you all sides. I loved getting into the heads of both characters because they are so unique, especially Adam’s POV which is literal, analytical, and straight to the point because he has Asperger’s.
While I can’t talk about the Asperger’s rep. itself, I thought the way it was handled in the story was positive and insightful because I did not know a lot about the syndrome beforehand, but this novel told me a lot about it in a way that wasn’t making fun of it. While the novel isn’t centered around Adem having Asperger’s, it still plays a large role in the story and brings him and Chelsea closer together as they fall in love.
Chelsea is also another character that instantly became a favorite of mine because she was a strong willed girl who wanted to get to the top of her agency that she worked for and will do everything she can to succeed. Her positive and driven mindset was so refreshing to read about and I rooted for her the entire time because she was such a sweet main character that was relatable as well.
Slow burn romances are my favorite things ever because it is so entrapping to read about two characters sharing special moments together, and that’s exactly what this book had. The two love interests kept finding themselves bonding together as they worked towards this important presentation that Adem had to present to the world, and I just loved watching them interact. Their dialogue felt so natural, and I loved how Chelsea learned and adapted to talk to Adam in a way that wouldn’t confuse him since he took everything literally.
If you’re looking for a lovely contemporary novel, I’d highly recommend Love on my Mind because it is a great diverse romance novel that combines serious topics and a heartwarming love story to create the perfect novel. I had such a fun time reading this story, and I just want everyone to read it!