Rating: 3.75 stars
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Fox Kincade has a plan. He also has spreadsheets, a standing Saturday night dinner reservation, and a driving need to find the perfect woman. Q*Pid dating service is a good match for him as they base matches on compatibility percentages and that speaks to Fox. However, when Archer, the AI at Q*Pid, makes some unauthorized matches, Fox is paired with Drew Larsen, a Ph.D. student also looking for the perfect one.
Drew and Fox had never entertained the idea of dating a man and this new match is completely unexpected. But when they decide to meet for drinks, they develop an immediate friendship. Could it be more? Both Drew and Fox have to look deep into themselves as they have to overcome who they thought they were and what they thought they wanted. Because true love may not come at all in the package they expected.
Q*Pid was an overall interesting read. The first part was incredibly slow for me and I really didn’t think I was going to like this book. But, in the end, when it all came together, it was a journey of two men finding love regardless of gender.
Fox was difficult to like at first and while he grew on me somewhat, he remained at a distance. When we first meet him, he is all about the spreadsheets and the calculations of finding the perfect wife. He analyzes and computes, he has the same table reserved at the same restaurant every Saturday night, he has the same interactions with the staff, he has every last detail planned out, and has cultivated a dating persona. Yet, he remains single. As the story goes along, we do learn more of why Fox is the way he is, but as a personal preference, he was a little too rigid and textbook about dating.
If you like a slow burn, this book should work for you then as it takes a long time to get these two together romantically. They say they are friends and plan activities together, yet Fox cannot get on board with the fact they are most likely dating. Drew comes around faster in acknowledging his true feelings for Fox, but Fox has to do a lot of internal rearranging to admit that he wants more with Drew as it’s not at all part of his plan. The men don’t discuss their sexuality much and aren’t interested in labeling themselves, which could read as a missing component for some readers.
The book is rounded out with scenes at the Q*Pid offices and scenes with Archer, the AI. The secondary characters shine through with Chad, as Fox’s best friend, and Mrs. Schwartmann, Drew’s elderly neighbor and confidant, and these secondary characters added to the story.
It did take some time for me to become invested in this one and while both Drew and Fox are in their 20s, they both read as much older throughout the entire book, which also didn’t help me engage with them.
Q*Pid is as much about internal reflection as it is about finding true love. It could be worth a try for a slow burn with two men realizing that love doesn’t come wrapped in the package they anticipated.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.