Rockets and Romance States of Love Wendy Qualls LGBT, Gay Romance, Novella Dreamspinner Press, LLC August 2, 2019 97
Love isn’t rocket science… or is it?
Julian Barlow has finally landed his dream job working for NASA. The catch? He has to move to Huntsville, Alabama—a daunting prospect for a gay pescetarian from Los Angeles who’s never been south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Fellow engineer Cody Ewing is an Alabama boy through and through, and Julian’s casual assumptions about the South in general and Southern homophobia in particular makes it dislike at first sight. Then NASA throws them together on a months-long project, and they have to make it work.
Forced to rely on each other, the two men develop a tentative friendship that becomes something more as Cody shows Julian Alabama’s good side. Julian’s insistence on secrecy and Cody’s hot-and-cold act could scuttle their chances before they ever get off the ground, though.
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
I loved that the fish out of water concept in this book was so well done. I especially liked the fact that it was a California boy figuring out life in Alabama, rather than the other way around. Then Qualls added in two adorable, smart, rocket scientists and my romance and nerd halves were both so satisfied! Julian and Cody’s path to their happily ever after was easy to get invested in. My favorite part was watching Julian figure out that he was not only interested in Cody, but that his new home was growing in his affections as well. This is the perfect quick read for the beach!