Book Review – The Love Interest

Book: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Release Date: May 16th 2017
Tags: Young Adult / Romance / Dystopian / LGBTQ+ / Queer Baiting / Twisted Love Triangle
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars




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.


Oh boy. The Love Interest is one of those books I would not normally have picked up had it not been for the twisted love triangle that was promised to me. It got me so excited. And it was there. But the whole execution of it all severely lacked.

See the thing is, I wasn’t expecting a dystopian type of set up with the spy organization. Honestly I was expecting strapping young lads just turned pro-spy to try and get this girl to fork over her families secrets and then they have to compete for her affections with another spy because they had the same idea. Yeah, it didn’t go like that.

Both our spies, or rather better known as love interests, were from the same organization. An organization that created love interests so they could send them out in the world to gain valuable information for them to sell. They were taken or orphans from a young age and grew up in a cell from around the age of 12 or so. In the facility they would be trained how to best get a girl and in pop culture and the like. They had NO CONTACT with the outside world or with girls AT ALL. How bloody unbelievable is that. I cannot deal with that. I can’t believe that they could woo this girl when they’ve been stuck in a cell for years. Like I am sorry but I can’t. And then that ending. If only it truly was that simple guys.

“I guess I thought I was straight just because everyone treated me like I was, and no one ever gave me a chance to think otherwise.”

But I could have overlooked that had the rest of the book been amazing. Unfortunately I think the book lacked a spark. I enjoyed both Caden and Dylan, and I was totally rooting for them. But it never did gain the total depth I wanted. Both of them just needed to be deepened out more. As did the side characters like Juliet and Nathalie. I love that we get this play on the love triangle but I wish everything else was just done better.  Ugh at the queer baiting plot as well. That was just so much ugh with how it was resolved. They barely even properly talked about it.

The writing in itself was fine. I read through this book incredibly fast. It was addicting in that regard. I wanted to know where it would go. Unfortunately where it went disappointed me.

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