Title: Conventionally Yours
Authors: Annabeth Albert
Genre: Romance, YA, LGBTQIA+, Nerdlove
Summary: When two “big name fans” go head-to-head at a convention, love isn’t the only thing at stake.
Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.
Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.
When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way―even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.
The plot is full of tropes and trust me when I say I am not complaining. Road trips. Enemies to lovers. THERE WAS ONE BED! It was a sweet read, let me tell you. The plot was also driven by the locations the characters passed through, the people they met along the way and the drive of what they both thought they needed.
The only thing I love more than nerds is nerds who may fall in love. Conrad and Alden are extremely different characters, caught in extremely similar circumstances. They are also both great at figuring out when they might be wrong (and they are, about each other.)
Conrad is more outgoing, but under that sarcastic, loud, braggart nature are secrets. He has so much he doesn’t share.
Alden is more closed-off, and awkward, wishing that everyone would just stop wanting him to appear “normal”.
This book is adorable, and I’m quite interested in the next book, it’s on my TBR list for sure. Check it out if you want something quick to read, with a bit of angst that becomes a real learning journey.