All of the Above by Quinn Anderson
Published: November 20, 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
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.
Bored to death at his mall job, Brendon passes the time with a silly relationship quiz in the local magazine, Extra. But he’s shocked to discover unique answers, insightful ideas, and a surprising number of things that sound perfect to him. Believing he’s found his dream guy, Brendon does some online sleuthing to discover that the writer, Matthew Kingston, is not only perfect for him but also hot. Determine to meet his future husband, Brendon starts hanging out in all the places mentioned in the quiz, which luckily are some of his favorites. But when he actually meets Matt he’s so determined to make sure Matt likes him that he pretends it’s all happenstance and that he’s never heard of Matt.
I can’t lie, Brendon’s pursuit of Matt was a bit crazy but he redeems himself through his enthusiasm and his open and frank recognition that he made a mistake. He’s just so earnest! At first, I thought Brendon was one of those characters who is in love with love but I quickly saw through that because Brendon is pretty honest with himself. Since All of the Above is told completely from Brendon’s POV we really get into his head and understand why he does what he does. Part of what made this book so good for me was the acknowledge of flaws that both Matt and Brendon go through. People aren’t perfect and we clearly see that with these two; they have flaws and they admit to them.
Brendon was my favorite but I also liked Matt and his super romantic side. He has trust issues due to an ex so he’s truly hurt by Brendon’s secrets but he’s also willing to give him a chance. I absolutely adored Matt’s date book and it was just the sweetest and most romantic idea. Quinn Anderson is a master at cute and easy reads and I breezed through this one with Brendon’s entertaining and goofy narration.
4 stars – it was enjoyable