Series: The Suffra-Jettes #1
Release Date: May 4th, 2022
CW: mentions of adoption, death of a parent, stalking and online bullying
When she was a young child, she buried herself in comic books. As a teenager, she created stories of her own. Now she has her dream job, as a series writer for Suffra-Jette — her very own comic.
Atticus Cohen has perfected the art of pretending to be someone he’s not.
The rising Hollywood actor lands the role of a lifetime – a lead in the latest big budget superhero movie: Suffra-Jette. The rigorous workouts, grueling schedule, and relentless press are all things he expects when he takes the job.
What he doesn’t expect is comic creator, Birdie Yamamoto, to have an opinion about everything he says or does.
When word spreads about the trouble on set, fans of the beloved comic begin to worry about the outcome of the movie.
Birdie and Atticus may not always be on the same page, but they both want the movie to succeed. So when Birdie’s best friend suggests they pretend to date to save the movie, they agree.
After all, it’s just a publicity stunt to spin the bad press.
…Until it isn’t anymore.
“Tell me something I should know.”
I love it when a book is unexpectedly wonderful that it makes you sit down for three hours after you wake up and read it in one go. That’s exactly what happened with The Comic Con by Dee Lagasse. I loved the premise of this book and applied for an ARC. I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It was soft, wholesome and basically filled with everything a nerd like me could enjoy. And you can tell just how much Dee loves comic books and the world of superheroes, because she’s poured all of that into this story.
Birdie and Atticus were great leads. I loved the fact that they were total opposites, but still had so much in common. I loved how driven and passionate Birdie was about Suffra-Jette and the fact that her book babies were being brought to life on the big screen. There was just so much about her world and her excitement that I felt as well. And let’s not forget that she’s a plus-sized woman who sometimes feels insecure about her body, even when everyone else continues to remind her that she’s stunning and wonderful. Atticus is swoony. He had all the makings of a typical Hollywood playboy heartthrob, but I loved that he was anything but. He was wholesome and kindhearted and put himself out there to be so much more than just a handsome face. Atticus is all heart under those muscles and good looks and he loves with all of it.
There’s a bit of a miscommunication in the beginning that upsets the balance of the friendship being formed between Birdie and Atticus, and I definitely appreciated the way it was handled when everything was being sorted out between the two of them. While I’m not entirely sure I was sold on the reason for the fake relationship, I’m a sucker for this trope, so I was all in from the moment they agreed. Birdie goes from having a crush on Atticus to becoming his friend and falling for him and Atticus goes from wanting to take a bite out of Birdie’s perfect butt to wanting so much more than he thought possible—and it was glorious. I’m all about character claiming each other in public during a fake relationship display, because you know that that’s when everything is about to change!
With the way their relationship was going and all of tension and chemistry, I did expect an open door romance. However…it doesn’t take away from the story and the romance at all. Their connection is pretty strong and it’s implied that the sex is great, so obviouly all those pieces together really add more to the relationship. My favourite thing about their relationship, though, is their love for all things Spider-Man. Gimme more books where the leads talk about their favourite superheroes with the unbridled passion that Birdie and Atticus have for Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. I am here for it! It’s made me want to watch “Into the Spiderverse” for the millionth time!
There are a lot of supporting characters—I’m guessing we’re getting books of all the women involved in the creation of Suffra-Jette—and at times it was a little difficult to keep track of everyone and their relationships with other supporting characters. I got confused more than once. But I am excited to see who else gets to tell a story, because these women are so fantastic.
The Comic Con is a perfect read for nerds and comic book fans alike. It’s got a little something for everyone and it’s all kinds of fun too!
Thanks to Wildfire Marketing Solutions for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.