There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich is a gay YA thriller that is non-stop action from start to finish.
In this subversive take on the quintessential YA love triangle, two guys the clean-cut boy next door and the brooding bad boy compete for a girl's affections. But nothing is as it seems: the guys are actually secret agents, trained to follow a script and fulfill specific romantic roles, and whoever doesn't win his target's love will be killed by his ruthless employer. Narrator Caden is a "Nice," Dylan is a "Bad," and Juliet is a genius with a bright future ahead of her. Caden has everything planned out until he and Dylan fall for each other. As they explore this unexpected desire, they attempt to complete their mission, knowing one of them will die when Juliet makes her choice. Dietrich's debut is impressive, provocative, and a clever take on well-worn romantic tropes. The emotional connections among Caden, Dylan, and Juliet balance out the artificial nature of the relationships forming, while the thriller elements add tension and numerous surprises. The only downside: the ending and epilogue leave too many dangling threads and unanswered questions about what happens in between. Ages 13 up.
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The Love Interest
It is really good. Even the sample makes you want to keep reading it!
Not interested in lgbt
Not for me. I didn’t know what kind of book this was.
My friend recommended this to me so I didn't realize this was a gay romance when I started and just expected a cliched love triangle, instead I got a LGBT thriller!!!! Must read!!!!