Teddy Spenser Isn't Looking for Love by Kim Fielding


Blurb: Teddy Spenser spends his days selling design ideas to higher-ups, living or dying on each new pitch. Stodgy engineer types like Romeo Blue, his nemesis—if you can call someone who barely talks to you a nemesis—are a necessary evil. A cute necessary evil.


Working together is bad enough, but when their boss puts them both on a new high-stakes project, “working together” suddenly means: sitting uncomfortably close on the same plane, staying in the same hotel room—with only one bed, and spending every waking minute together.


Turns out Mr. Starched Shirt has some hidden depths, and it’s getting harder to ignore the spark Teddy feels with every brush of their hands, with every knowing glance. He might not have been looking for this connection with Romeo, but will he ever be ready to let him go?


Review: The cover is what first drew me to this romance novel (look how gorgeous it is!) and the plot second. I am enamored with enemies to lovers romances and I've got a thing for MM romances, too. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall sent me down a dangerous spiral. Is it tacky to recommend another book in a review? Whatever. It's good.


Teddy Spenser was a really likable main character. He was quirky without being too much and adorable and lovable and just the kind of guy you want to be your best friend. Romeo Blue--whose name is the coolest thing ever--was equally enjoyable. He gave me some Joshua Templeman (from The Hating Game) vibes with his fancy dress, high intelligence, and somewhat cold demeanor. None of my issues with this book were character related. I liked them both.


Labeling this book enemies to lovers isn't entirely accurate, I suppose. It sort of seemed more like distance coworkers to lovers because you just never get that true <i>hate</i> vibe from them. It's more like Teddy is jealous of Romeo and thinks that's what hate is. Their relationship thought is super cute and moves along at a delicious pace with nary a boring moment, though I'll say that the ending jarred me a little bit. No spoilers, of course, so I'll just say that things go like 30 miles per hour for most of the books and then 1,000 miles per hour in the last two chapters. It's not...bad. It's just went a little too hard.


Some of the reviews mentioned the unbelievable plot of being sent on missions by an eccentric richy-rich or she won't invest in their product. Honestly, I'm willing to suspend some disbelief when it comes to my romance novels, so quirky, somewhat ridiculous situation don't bother me whatsoever. I actually liked the fun adventures they were sent on and thought it was a refreshing addition to what has been a very popular trope lately.


So, if you don't mind pushing aside reality for a few hours (both in plot and in relationship) you'll probably have fun with this one.

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