Review: Quinn Anderson – All of the Above

Author: Quinn Anderson
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Mm

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary: Brendon isn’t in a rut, per se—he just always seems to be in-between things. Jobs. Degrees. Boyfriends. He never finishes what he starts. The perfect path is out there somewhere, and if he can just figure out what it is, he’s certain everything else will fall into place.

The last thing he expects is to meet his soul mate in the pages of a magazine quiz. “Who Is Your Perfect Man?” by Matthew Kingston seems like a road map to his future husband: the author himself. Brendon may not have his life figured out, but if Matt is as romantic as his quiz, Brendon can check “true love” off his to-do list.

When Brendon fakes a meet-cute between them, Matt proves to be as wonderful as he hoped. The more Brendon gets to know him, the harder he falls. But Brendon has a confession to make: how can he explain to Matt that he arranged their “fated” meeting? Brendon can’t tell if he’s found his soul mate, heartache, or all of the above.

Review: Brendon is in cosmetology school and working a hair care kiosk at the mall, just sort of waiting for the next thing, when he runs across a quiz in Extra magazine. “Who Is Your Perfect Man?” could have been written with Brendon in mind, the answers are so spot on to what he would say. So of course his great idea is to meet Matthew Kingston, the genius behind the quiz. It starts with some internet searching and ends up with a plan for a fake meet-cute.

After some speed bumps initially, the meeting happens. Of course Brendon acts too weird and is basically acting like a Stepford husband in trying to get Matthew to like him. Backfires a little and then eventually backfires a ton. I felt like Brendon didn’t have a ton of role models on how to get a guy, because his parents “…had moved to Florida after he’d turned eighteen and hadn’t taken him with them. He was pretty sure they’d send a birthday card back in May. Too bad he’d been born in April.”

You know the fake meet-cute is going to come back to bite Brendon in the rump and it does. But it also ends up coming back at Matthew, who doesn’t respond in the best of ways and I loved that Brendon calls him out on it.

We have some interesting side characters in Sasha and Areesh, Brendon’s best friends (married to each other). They brought some needed insight into Brendon’s life and also some comic relief. As Muslims, they aren’t supposed to drink so when Areesh gets drunk, Sasha’s punishment was awesome. I liked how they were there for Brendon but didn’t feed him what he wanted to hear. They are real friends.

I have to say, weird behavior and near stalking or not, this book so worked for me. This is my first time reading this author and I can for sure say I will be looking for her other books. The writing here was smooth and the characters believable. Brendon himself was amazing, air headed a bit and actually funny. “He didn’t want to die per se. Just get maimed enough so he could leave work and go home.” Oh, Brendon. Been there! He’s a kind person, as well. He never lies to his customers but always finds something that sets them apart that he can compliment. This tied in really to his Achille’s heel – secondhand embarrassment. I’ve also been there and it’s the worst!

We have to mention the date book, because that was the cutest thing ever!

 

 

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