Manifest by Alden Lila Reedy
Genres: QLTBG, Contemporary Romance
The very last thing Chris expects when he's forced to
take sewing lessons is to enjoy them. Or for sewing to
lead him into the world of cosplay, and a friend with whom he begins to cosplay in earnest—and who convinces him to try dressing up as female characters.
He certainly doesn't anticipate the realizations that cosplaying stirs—realization that could cost Christ not just his best friend, but his family as well.
This story is part of an anthology from Less Than Three Press called Geek Out. It's a collection of trans and genderqueer romances.
I enjoyed Manifest. The beginning was rocky for me. It read more like an essay than a novel. But once I pushed past the first part, the author definitely changed it up and really pulled me in. This author is promising with some practice and attention to detail.
The romance in this book isn't the highlight of it. It's there, but the real focus is Chris' journey. I enjoyed that a lot. I became really invested in Chris and his struggles. I wish that the author would have written it more as a story, though. I feel like I would have enjoyed it so much more!
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.