"This is a delight." —Publishers Weekly on The Hate Project
A secret crush leads to a not-so-secret romance in this delightful romantic comedy from Kris Ripper
There are three things you need to know about Preston "PK" Harrington the third: He’s a writer, toiling in obscurity as an editorial assistant at a New York City publishing house. He is not a cliché. No, really. He’s been secretly in love with his best friend, Art, since they once drunkenly kissed in college.When Art moves in with PK following a bad breakup, PK hopes this will be the moment when Art finally sees him as more than a friend. But Art seems to laugh off the very idea of them in a relationship, so PK returns to his writing roots—in fiction, he can say all the things he can’t say out loud.
In his book, PK can be the perfect boyfriend.
Before long, it seems like the whole world has a crush on the fictionalized version of him, including Art, who has no idea that the hot new book everyone's talking about is PK’s story. But when his brilliant plan to win Art over backfires, PK might lose not just his fantasy book boyfriend, but his best friend.
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Also from Kris Ripper:
The Love Study
Book 1: The Love Study
Book 2: The Hate Project
Book 3: The Life Revamp
This queer friends-to-lovers romance from Ripper (the Love Study series) tackles the thorny realities of grand romantic gestures. Preston "PK" Kingsley can't finish any of his writing projects. He also can't figure out how to tell his best friend, Art, that he's been in love with them since one drunken kiss in college five years ago. When Art is left heartbroken and homeless after a breakup, PK offers them his spare room. Living together redoubles PK's frustration with his bottled feelings, but cures his writer's block as he pens his idealized version of their love story. He publishes the novel under a pen name and it blows up, but any hope PK has that Art will see it for the love confession it is backfires when he reveals himself as the author and Art as his muse at his first reading. Art is anything but thrilled. To win them back, PK will have to try something he's so far avoided: straightforward communication. Ripper subtly unpacks romance tropes, homing in on the importance of consent on both sides of a crush. Though PK's pining behavior grows frustrating, the witty, eccentric supporting cast serves as the story's moral compass. This insightful new angle on the dos and don'ts of love confessions shines. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.