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The C Word, or Love During a Pandemic

The C WordThe C Word by Mindy Klasky

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not usually a reader of romance novels, but when I heard of the concept of Mindy Klasy's novel "The C Word" I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did - it made a masked-because-of-COVID-airline flight go quickly and painlessly.

Katie McIntyre is a sportswriter, and Jason Price is a star baseball pitcher. They have a passionate hookup which was supposed to be a one-and-done thing. Alas, it's mid-March 2020 and COVID has other ideas. (Also, it's a romance novel, not a short story!) For a variety of plausible reasons, the two end up in a long-distance but fake relationship. They also tell each other a lie about themselves, which of course ends up biting both in the butt.

The hows and whys of their story are interesting reading, and a reminder of what everybody just went through. About 50 pages before the end, I thought I knew how the author was going to conclude the book. I was wrong - she did something different and really very good. Overall, I highly recommend the book.

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