Love Interest: A Novel (Paperback)
Love Interest is Clare Gilmore's sparkling debut, a co-worker enemies-to-lovers rom-com that proves falling in love is the risk and the reward.
Casey Maitland has always preferred the reliability of numbers. Now a twenty-four-year-old finance expert working in Manhattan, she wonders if the open project manager position at her company—magazine powerhouse LC Publications—is a sign from the universe to pursue a career with a little more sparkle. That is, until she’s passed over for the job in favor of the board chairman’s son.
Alex Harrison is handsome, Harvard-educated, and enigmatic. Everybody loves him—except for Casey. But when the two are thrown on the same project, what they discover about their company might change everything—including the dreams each of them is chasing and their mutual love interest.
“Love Interest is Nora Ephron for Gen Z.” —ASHLEY WINSTEAD, author of The Boyfriend Candidate
One of the Best Romance Novels of 2023 –– BuzzFeed
"Love Interest is a sparkling debut novel that fans of The Hating Game and Book Lovers will absolutely adore. The chemistry is sizzling...This is such an exceptional debut novel."
"Gilmore’s confident debut rom-com...adds some welcome realism to this workplace romance. This should earn the author many fans."
–– Publishers Weekly
"In this engaging enemies-to-lovers romance… The couple are likable, fully developed characters with believable, interesting backstories. Their steamy chemistry and witty banter will have readers cheering for their eventual happy ending.”
–– Library Journal
"Casey's snarky internalized narrative voice will win over readers; she is both analytical and competitive, yet sensitive and vulnerable, at her core. This, along with a diverse cast, lots of romantic chemistry, authentic corporate angst, and spot-on details about the appeal of living and working in New York City, will have rom-com readers falling headlong for this swoon-worthy, feel-good first novel."
–– Shelf Awareness
"You might think that mentions of spreadsheets and the SEC can't be sexy but I'm here to tell you that you are very wrong! Clare Gilmore's Love Interest delivers such a flirty, fun workplace rivals-to-lovers story featuring all that and more. By the end, I was rooting for Casey and Alex to solve all their problems -- in both work and love -- and figure out that the missing variable in their lives was each other."
–– Alicia Thompson, author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers
“I can’t gush enough about Love Interest, an enemies-to-lovers gem that has quickly taken its place among my favorite romances. Clare Gilmore has managed to write a love story that feels both utterly of the moment—laugh-out-loud funny and irreverently edgy—and like an instant classic, delivering the heart and depth that make some romances stand the test of time. And have I mentioned how sexy it is? Love Interest is Nora Ephron for Gen Z, complete with the swoony NYC setting. Prepare to add Gilmore to your auto-buy list.”
–– Ashley Winstead, author of The Boyfriend Candidate
"Clare Gilmore strikes the perfect balance between intense/angsty and lighthearted fun in her debut contemporary romance Love Interest. With sexy vibes, sharp dialogue, and astute observations of life and love in New York City, the author brings an authentic and seemingly effortless understanding of how early twenty-somethings navigate independence, work, and romance. This was an absolute delight to read."
–– Meredith Schorr, author of As Seen On Tv
"Love Interest perfectly captures the thrill of those first few post-college years; the excitement and fear of casting off what’s expected of you in favor of what you actually want, and the exhilaration of falling head-over-heels for the last person you’d expect. This book charmed and delighted me from beginning to end!"
–– Ava Wilder, author of How to Fake it in Hollywood
"Smart, sexy, and full of laughs, Love Interest will have readers swooning. With sparkling banter and lovable characters who jump off the page, Clare Gilmore is a sharp new voice in romance perfect for fans of stories with big, messy but endearing hearts."
–– Holly James, author of Nothing But the Truth