Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking For Love
by Kim Fielding
Published December 29, 2020 by Carina Adores
my rating: 2/5 stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Some people search their whole lives to find love. He just wants to avoid it.
Teddy Spenser spends his days selling design ideas to higher-ups, living or dying on each new pitch. Stodgy engineer types like Romeo Blue, his nemesis—if you can call someone who barely talks to you a nemesis—are a necessary evil. A cute necessary evil.
Working together is bad enough, but when their boss puts them both on a new high-stakes project, “working together” suddenly means:
¥ sitting uncomfortably close on the same plane
¥ staying in the same hotel room—with only one bed
¥ spending every waking minute together.
Turns out Mr. Starched Shirt has some hidden depths, and it’s getting harder to ignore the spark Teddy feels with every brush of their hands, with every knowing glance. He might not have been looking for this connection with Romeo, but will he ever be ready to let him go?
Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking For Love was a book that I had and unhauled before actually reading and was actually kicking myself this morning for, when I woke up really wanting to read and it realized I no longer had it. I was able to thankfully grab an audiobook copy via scribd and listened to it over the course of a few hours. I am going to keep this review as short and sweet and to the point as possible starting with; this was a no from me!
This had a lot of potential. It has this adorable bright yellow animated cover. The premise of the book sounds fun and is marketed as a romantic comedy. I was all for it! I started reading and thought, wow this is cute! It felt like it was on its way to becoming another book I wouldn’t be able to shut up about! Then, I kept reading and paying more attention to certain things and very quickly this book became a train wreck disaster that I couldn’t stop watching!
The main characters are Teddy and Romeo who are two guys who work together in Chicago. It is marketed as enemies to lovers but really what it really is, is Teddy being a jerk to Romeo before really getting the chance to know him and justifying his being a jerk to him off of assumptions. Oh, did I mention that Romeo is black? Insert eye roll here, because speaking for myself as a woman of color, I have dealt with jerks who justified their being a jerk based off assumptions before. Anyway though.. this is an “enemies to lovers work place romance.” BAM!
The problems that I have with this book are the characters themselves. Now, first and foremost: I am a straight, married woman and would never want to offend anyone so if anything in this review is offensive please let me know but I couldn’t stand the way KIM FIELDING, wrote Teddy and Romeo. It broke my heart how freaking stereotyped these two characters were. I know this is fiction but Teddy never once felt like a real person; the entire book he felt like a caricature of what in KIM FIELDING’S mind, she believes is how gay men are, how they present themselves, how they interact with people. Teddy embodied the gay man stereotype and the more and more I read from him, the more and more I cringed. And honey, I listened to it on audio so I think that made it an even tougher blow!
Romeo was the stereotyped black man. He mentions more than one time that he grew up poor. He tells us that neither one of his parents graduated high school but that they worked their butts off to make sure all of their children went to school. He tells us how for the first few decades of his life that he shopped at Goodwill, because again, TWO POOR BLACK PARENTS! There is a scene where they are discussing food to cook. Of course, Teddy doesnt know his way around the kitchen but voila! Romeo does however, they are cooking for a rich white lady and all Romeo knows is the meals his Mother cooked which IS ONLY SOUL FOOD because she’s originally from the south! When I tell you, I almost threw my headphones and iPhone!
After all that, I honestly lost focus with this story. The focus became more about watching the audacity of this writer with these two characters. I did love the moments with Romeo’s family which I think is the one thing the author got right but other than that, I lost so much interest in this book. I am really disappointed. I’m not saying there weren’t sensitivity readers but if they were, they should be ashamed for letting this get a pass. We should have grabbed strangers from the street, book bloggers, Dairy Queen workers, the author’s teacher from 3rd grade..a couple of extra SOMEONES to read this prior to publication and tell the author, that this isn’t it!