REVIEW: Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer

The Official Description: I hate Sam Shelby. So why do I want to kiss him?

Sam never expected to move back to Cleveland.
Donovan never expected to be attracted to a man.
Well, shit happens.

After high school, Sam Shelby moved to New York. Eight years later, he returns to Cleveland and lands a job at the best ad firm in town. It would be the perfect gig, if his boss weren’t such an ass.

After his wife leaves, Donovan Cooper questions everything. The arrival of a young, arrogant, gifted graphic designer at Donovan’s firm is the last straw.

Tempers flare over office gossip, and following a nasty argument and scathing kiss, Donovan flails away from heterosexuality while Sam struggles to keep his “no relationship” rule intact.

Despite ugly socks, fiery fights, and their best intentions to not fall in love, these bullheaded coworkers can’t deny their chemistry. Donovan seeks happiness while Sam seeks success, but is there room for more?

ABSTRACT LOVE is a 71,000 word enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy with an age gap.

Just the facts: M/M romance, gay for you, coming out, self-discovery

 Donovan Cooper’s life is turned upside down when his wife files for divorce. Then his life is turned inside out when he meets new employee Sam Shelby – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit: Things are changing for Donovan Cooper. His wife has filed for divorce and new graphic designer Sam Shelby is slowly driving him insane. He also really wants to kiss him, which, considering he has always thought of himself as straight is mildly confusing and makes the entire situation even more irritating.

Donovan and Sam are opposites in many ways. Donovan has worked his way up in the advertising firm. He’s gruff, has a reputation for being grumpy and short with people. Sam is younger, fresh-faced and creative, and a bit of free spirit when it comes to fashion choices… socks in particular.

For as much as they irritate each other, there’s definitely an attraction there. It takes a while for either man to act upon it…but once they do it unleashes an entirely new set of problems.

This book is about much about massive life changes as it is about romance. Everything that Donovan believes about himself is a bit shaken by his attraction to Sam. Sam is the catalyst for Donovan looking at his own life. Is he happy with the choices he has made? Could his life have been different?

I really liked the two characters. They are both well-developed and completely unique voices within the novel. Each of them is facing different challenges but they really bond over their one main love… art. As a graphic artist, Sam is talented and cocky. He’s overconfident but has the goods to live up to it. Donovan was an artist in the past… but he’s lost himself a bit as he has grown older.

This book is a well-written, character-driven novel. The romance is fun, hot, and intense. I really loved the dialogue and Sam amused me to no end! I would highly recommend this novel.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) descriptions of depression, suicidal ideation, enemies to lovers, age gap, toxic masculinity

Links: Goodreads // The Author //


I received an ARC of Abstract Love by Sara Dobie Bauer via Gay Book Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.

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