Release Day Reviews: Rockets and Romance by Wendy Qualls (Giveaway)

Title: Rockets and Romance
Author: Wendy Qualls
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Category: Contemporary, States of Love
Pages: 90

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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.

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4 Stars

This was a sweet story. I’m not a huge fan of enemies to lovers, but thankfully, the transition from one to the other doesn’t take all that long.
Cody and Julian were both likable guys and they were sweet together, well, once Julian got over his little temper tantrum that is. I liked watching Cody and Julian work together to figure out the mess Kevin, Julian’s predecessors, left behind. I also enjoyed taking a small tour of Huntsville, Alabama with them. I’ve been to, and have family that lives in the Mobile area, but I’ve never been to Huntsville, so seeing some of what the area has to offer was interesting.
The story was well-written and enjoyable. Cody and Julian had great chemistry and they fit together well. My only complaints are, and they are just my personal opinion, I wish there had been a more solid ending. It’s a much more HFN ending, but I prefer my ending to be more of a HEA. Maybe it’s silly, but I wish I love you had been used because that always makes me feel more secure. Still, this was a quick and easy read that’s definitely recommendable!
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

4 stars

This was a cute office style romance. Julian and Cody’s initial meeting was fun in that it was full of sassiness. I was excited to see how they pulled themselves out of not liking each other after that. We got to see them working together a little bit but really got to see them get to know one another outside of their work. 

They were both easy to like MCs but I wish we would have gotten to know them individually a little bit more. We got Julian’s story with him moving across the country and him speaking to his ex-boyfriend (who I very much want to get his HEA because he seemed lovely) and I would have liked getting more personal details on Cody as well. The epilogue was short but matched perfectly to the story and it was a nice end to the book. Overall this was a sweet enjoyable story! 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. *** 


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7 thoughts on “Release Day Reviews: Rockets and Romance by Wendy Qualls (Giveaway)

  1. Love age-gaps that tend to be May-September and if there’s some kink and possessiveness then where do I sign up?


  2. In MM romance, I don’t really stick to one genre. Some of my favorite tropes are friends to lovers, GFY and forced proximity.


  3. Thank you for the reviews! I really love friend to lover stories especially the ones where they’re childhood friends or knew each other growing up.


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