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Joy is in love with Malcolm. But Malcolm really likes Summer. Summer is in love with love. And Fox is Summer’s ex-boyfriend.
Thirty, flirty, and asexual Joy is secretly in love with her best friend Malcolm, but she’s never been brave enough to say so. When he unexpectedly announces that he's met the love of his life—and no, it's not Joy—she's heartbroken. Malcolm invites her on a weekend getaway, and Joy decides it’s her last chance to show him exactly what he’s overlooking. But maybe Joy is the one missing something…or someone…and his name is Fox.
Fox sees a kindred spirit in Joy—and decides to help her. He proposes they pretend to fall for each other on the weekend trip to make Malcolm jealous. But spending time with Fox shows Joy what it’s like to not be the third wheel, and there’s no mistaking the way he makes her feel. Could Fox be the romantic partner she’s always deserved?
About the Author
Claire Kann is the author of several novels and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life she works for a non-profit you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. She loves cats and is obsessed with horror media (which makes the whole being known for writing contemporary love stories a little weird, tbh). Find more stories and random anecdotes on her website.
"It’s a testament to Kann’s storytelling that readers root for Joy’s relationship with Fox – even if it does begin as a ruse to make Malcolm jealous."—USA Today
"Fake dating, friends-to-maybe-lovers, and an asexual #OwnVoices novel? This rom-com truly has it all."—Betches
"The Romantic Agenda offers something to look forward to."—Bustle
“Explores the nuances of friendship and the ace spectrum in a romance novel unlike any other, with characters that feel so real and lines that sound like poetry."—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author
"Sparkling with emotion and humor, The Romantic Agenda reminds readers that the best parts about life can often be found in the unexpected. A story about letting go and celebrating who you are, Kann's adult debut is a must-read for anyone who's ever loved, lost, and embraced love yet again."—Ashley Herring-Blake, author of Delilah Green Doesn’t Care
"Joy is a character who personifies her namesake to a T, and I'm here for it! The definition of a comfort read, The Romantic Agenda puts front and center underrepresented voices, and an engaging plot that belongs on every romance reader's shelf. Claire is a powerhouse author to watch."—Kosoko Jackson, author of I'm So (Not) Over You
"The heroine is, well, a joy, and Kann admirably portrays a distinctively asexual experience of attraction, dating, and romance on a deep level. This is a love story of a different and important type."—Publishers Weekly