The Rom Con pokes fun at love and modern dating in a refreshing way

The Rom Con by Devon Daniels. Image Courtesy of Berkley.
The Rom Con by Devon Daniels. Image Courtesy of Berkley. /

Dating isn’t easy and finding someone to share your life with is even harder. The Rom Con by Devon Daniels takes that idea to the extreme.

When it comes to finding love, everyone is always looking for a new way to find someone. Whether you’re using an app, meeting them at a club, or just seeing them in passing, you want to find that special someone.

Of course, sometimes things aren’t working and you have to try out an entirely different strategy. That’s exactly the concept for The Rom Con and honestly, it ended up surprising me in more ways than one.

I’d like to thank Berkley for sending me a digital ARC of this one so I could share my thoughts and feelings with you.

The Rom Con is a unique twist on modern dating and romance.

Hearing the concept for The Rom Con, I was immediately intrigued by it. Cassidy is tasked by her 90-year-old grandmother to use some of her dating tips from the 1950s to help her find a partner. While she thinks she’s too “evolved” for it, she decides to use it to make her grandmother happy.

From there, it snowballs after she tells her boss and it ends up being her next article for the publication she writes for Siren. She decides to try them out at a big event and meets Jack who seems charming but owns Brawler which is her site’s main rival. It all comes to a head when she decides to use the tips to get some “revenge” on Jack for his site’s content.

Of course, since this is a romance, these two end up developing real feelings for each other. As you might imagine, things don’t go exactly as planned for either Cassidy or Jack. He doesn’t match the idea Cassidy has of him in her mind and Cassidy starts to realize that grandmother might be right about some of her tips but not all of them.

While the third-act conflict can make them closer, I do feel like the one in The Rom Con went on entirely too long. I feel like it could have been shortened or at least, reworked so it didn’t seem so all-consuming. Either way, the book was a lot of fun and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

In a way, it felt like a mix of the old and new without disparaging the other. It did seem that way at first, but Cassidy and Jack were able to find a balance. Plus this book has an adorable cover so if you like the cover, I think you’ll enjoy the insides even more.

The Rom Con by Devon Daniels is out now where your favorite books are sold.

What do you think of The Rom Con? Would you take your grandmother’s advice for love?

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