"[A] warmly appealing romance." —BookPage on The Love Study
All Mason wants to do is fall in love, get married and live happily ever after.
The hunt is beginning to wear him down…until he meets (slightly) famous fashion designer Diego. Everything sparks between them—the banter, the sex, the fiery eye contact across a crowded room.
There's just one thing: Diego is already married and living his happily-ever-after, which luckily (or not) for Mason includes outside courtships.
But not quite in the way he'd always imagined.
Mason thought he knew what would make him happy, but it turns out the traditional life he'd expected has some surprises in store.
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The Love Study
Book 1: The Love Study
Book 2: The Hate Project
Book 3: The Life Revamp
Also by Kris Ripper:
Ripper's smart, sexy, and banter-filled final Love Study romance (after The Hate Project) gets the loving polyamorous V' dynamic just right. Mason Ertz-Scott balks when his uninspiring relationship threatens to get serious and instead takes his colleague Claris up on an introduction to her fashion designer husband, Diego Flores, with whom she has an open relationship. Diego and Mason immediately hit it off, and after Mason's friends encourage him and Diego reassures Mason that he's interested in a real relationship they move the giggly fun and undeniable chemistry they have together to the bedroom. Claris's support of the men's romance extends both to setting up a thoughtful morning coffee tray after their first overnight and inviting Mason to run social media for Diego's upcoming show, but Mason still has trouble believing he won't get burnt by falling in love with a married man. To make things work, he'll have to adjust his understanding of what love and relationships can be. Healthy, jealousy-free interpersonal dynamics and social support across the board provide a low-conflict feel to the playful love story, and characterization that makes it clear that neither Claris nor Diego are angling for a threesome keeps the story within a classic romance structure despite the unconventional setup. Readers will find themselves grinning from cover to cover. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.