Let’s Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.
If Alice had any doubts she felt some kind of way about Takumi, her REM cycle decided to do the honor of setting the record straight.
The dream began normal enough. One of her usual that occurred when she’d eaten her body weight in ramen while in between pay- checks. She sat at an enormous dining room table, the kind found in a mansion in a historical movie. Dish after delicious dish of sweet and/or savory food appeared by magic, steaming hot and ready to be devoured. She was more than up for the challenge. Best of all, the table came equipped with a button that made it rotate. She could sit in one spot while she stuffed her belly to her heart’s content.
Midway through a plate of prime rib (cooked medium rare) and mashed potatoes (buttered, salted, peppered), the doorbell rang. She looked around the empty room to see if someone else would open the door (BECAUSE FOOOOOD) and reluctantly got up when it rang for the third time.
(But not before cutting a huge chunk of steak and shoving it in her mouth.)
A giant ballroom, straight out of a Disney classic, packed full of costumed attendees, greeted her on the other side.
“Well, if this ain’t some bullshit,” she muttered to no one, still chewing. She stepped inside, glancing at at the partygoers twirling around the dance floor in a choreographed waltz.
The door slammed shut behind her. She leapt into the air before whirling around. The knob wouldn’t turn and she banged on the door until her hands began to hurt.
“Stop abusing the door,” a voice teased.
Moving proved to be a problem. Her pajama pants with the worn- out elastic waistband morphed into a giant hoop skirt and several layers of fabric. The deep emerald-green-and-black fabric adorned with frills and lace seemed to sparkle under the chandelier lights.
“Oh no,” Alice whined, looking down. Bodice tight.
Lungs constricted. Cleavage plentiful. “You’re so cute,” he said.
Takumi smirked at her from behind the black-and-gold-feathered mask covering the top half of his face. Alice’s almost fainting spell could have been caused by the lack of oxygen reaching her brain due to the corset. Or by Takumi, dressed as Mr. Darcy in a dark gothic fantasy version of Pride and Prejudice.
(P&P2: The Fall of the House of Alice.) “This isn’t happening,” she whispered.
“Dance with me?” he asked, bowing slightly. “Do I have a choice?”
Takumi paused. “Doesn’t seem like it.” He held out his hand.
Claire Kann hails from the glorious Bay Area where the weather is regrettably not nearly as temperate as it used to be. She has a BA in English/Creative Writing from Sonoma State University, works for a nonprofit that you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE is her debut novel.