Title: The Love Interest
Author/s: Cale Dietrich
Publication Date: May 16th 2017
Publisher: by Feiwel & Friends
Number of Pages: 384
Purchase at: Amazon
“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.“
Thank you Macmillan International for providing an ARC of The Love Interest. Being provided a review copy doesn’t affect nor influence my thoughts about the book.
Welcome to Love Interest Compound wherein young men and women are trained in the art of seduction. Two LI’s will be picked. One is a Bad, while one will be the Nice, their mission it to make the high-profiled Chosen fall for them, the winner will have a chance to experience real life in exchange of continuing his/her service by being a spy providing information to the secret compound.
Both Dylan and Caden act so damn good even I -as a reader who’s supposed to know the thoughts of the MC, was always left conflicted. The unpredictability of the characters were amazing. I loved how they slowly realized things, not just between the two of them. But the things about themselves, finding out what they truly want, what they honestly desire, and deciding to fight for it.
And Juliet, how I loved her character. We aren’t blinded by the fact that girls are known for being greatly sensitive, impulsive and emotional when it comes to a lot of things. So I was truly impressed when I knew her character. She isn’t like most girls. Juliet’s personality is far from those. She didn’t even dare to have revenge, to resent them, but instead, she decided to show forgiveness and understanding. She even offered help to the ones who did her wrong.
Though I mentioned a lot of times that I liked and loved the characters of this novel, I didn’t feel any connection to anyone. Not to single character, so I felt detached.
Caden’s first meeting with Juliet happened so fast. I disliked yet I liked (I know I know, I’m confusing) how SCRIPTED some parts were, how behind all their actions are persons who direct them. Yes, they have coaches and almost everything they do is all in their SCRIPT. They are like dolls! They undergo plastic surgeries (yes, they are unnaturally beautiful.) so that it’s certain that their Chosen will not dare to look at others. They even have a category, a Nice and a Bad. No need for me to explain for the explanation is already the word itself.
The novel started pretty interesting, then got more intriguing along the way, I’ve been trying to figure out what’s true and what’s not. Who’s being fake and who isn’t. The storyline’s doing good, it’s satisfying. Well not until the story reached its culminating point and the pace became fast. It seemed rushed up until 1/4 of the book’s part III.
So foolish of me to think that the romance will be another annoying love triangle. I should’ve guessed it when I first read the blurb. To my surprise and relief, it wasn’t. Funny how I started thinking that Juliet was used as a tool to Dylan and Caden’s romance. Oh god, I never swooned this much. The problem is, I never felt a deep connection between the two, nothing more but the sensual tension.
The ending, sadly, seemed like it wasn’t carefully handled. The sudden revelation made me think about the LIC system and how much secret they’re still hiding. Regarding the Stalkers (killing machines), and the implants (trackers?) on the love interests, the Science Fiction part of the book took place, and for the first time, I liked it.
For a debut novel, Cale Dietrich made an impressive masterpiece. Hats off, Mr. Dietrich.
Overall, I highly recommend this sexually diverse, fast-paced, and action-packed novel to every YA Contemporary and Sci-Fi fans out there.