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The Love Interest

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The Love Interest

THE LOVE INTEREST is a book about falling in love, but not exactly. In this world, a secret organization uses teenage agents, called “Love Interests” to keep tabs on those who they deem monumental and influential. The agents must gain the trust and companionship of the one they are assigned to.  A Love Interest has to make their “assignment” fall in love with them so they will spend the rest of their lives together and the agent can feed his partner’s secrets to the agency.

From a young age, the agents are trained to be the perfect man --- intelligent, charming, endearing and attractive. As they grow up, the agents will fall into one of two categories--- the Nice and the Bad. When the agency has a new person they need to monitor, one Nice agent and one Bad agent are assigned to the case. In the end, the agent the person chooses will survive and the unchosen will die.

"THE LOVE INTEREST is a well-developed story incorporating the archetypes of the good and bad boys of literature, but with a new spin. It is a gripping novel that is easily read in one sitting."

Caden has been training to be in peak physical and mental condition in anticipation of the day he will be paired with the girl he will compete for. When the Love Interest agency decides Juliet, an intelligent teenage scientist and inventor, is ready for a partner to be introduced to her, they begin the process of assigning the two Love Interests to her. Caden is in the final running as the Nice that will be assigned to her, despite not believing his disposition is that of a Nice. Fortunately for Caden, he is chosen as the Nice for the case and is released from the compound to live in town near Juliet.

Throughout the book, Caden, the gentle, agreeable, boy-next-door, must compete with the Bad assigned to Juliet's case. The Bad is Dylan, who is brooding and tragically misunderstood. His storyline involves the terrible death of his mother and emotional scarring due to it. By day, the boys work hard to ensure their facade is perfect for Juliet. They live up to their roles and stage events to show off to Juliet. Both Caden and Dylan fall into Juliet’s group of friends and get close to Juliet. But at night, away from the pressure of their roles, the boys spend their time together. Dylan and Caden confide in each other on these nights, glad to have at least one person they can be their true selves with.

As Juliet begins to fall in love with Caden and the two agents begin to fall for someone unexpected, Caden must decide what he will do to prevent the fast-approaching death of Dylan. Caden explains to Juliet who he is and where he came from and together, along with their collective friends, they decide to put an end to the system of Love Interests.

THE LOVE INTEREST is a well-developed story incorporating the archetypes of the good and bad boys of literature, but with a new spin. It is a gripping novel that is easily read in one sitting. When the plot of the story takes a sudden turn, readers are caught off-guard and are shocked by the outcome. This book is great for those who love classic romance novels, but are looking for a modern update.

Reviewed by Mikenzie R., Teen Board Member on June 14, 2017

The Love Interest
by Cale Dietrich