Rockets and Romance (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Rockets and Romance (States of Love)
Author: Wendy Qualls
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 97
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5


Love isn’t rocket science… or is it?

Julian Barlow has finally landed his dream job working for NASA. The catch? He has to move to Huntsville, Alabama—a daunting prospect for a gay pescetarian from Los Angeles who’s never been south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Fellow engineer Cody Ewing is an Alabama boy through and through, and Julian’s casual assumptions about the South in general and Southern homophobia in particular makes it dislike at first sight. Then NASA throws them together on a months-long project, and they have to make it work.

Forced to rely on each other, the two men develop a tentative friendship that becomes something more as Cody shows Julian Alabama’s good side. Julian’s insistence on secrecy and Cody’s hot-and-cold act could scuttle their chances before they ever get off the ground, though.

Set in Alabama, this had all of the local colloquialisms down, including fried Oreos and grilled cheese and okra sandwiches with a dash of romance on the side.

NASA is well known and well respected, so when Julian was asked to transfer from LA to Alabama for a job, he left his life and boyfriend behind to start on a new adventure.

His first day on the job didn’t go exactly as planned. He’d managed to piss off Cody, the other gay man in the engineering group, as well as the person who would train him for the next month.

In an effort to apologize, they ended up spending quite a fun filled, easy, effortless day together, including a very happy ending. But, with Julian being new, getting into an office romance with someone right away doesn’t seem like the greatest ideas. And then things start to get complicated, messy and down right cold.

I loved how smart both MC’s were, yet there was no petty one-upmanship at all. They were genuine and sweet and funny together.

This book was like having a chat with a best friend. It was warm and nice, funny and sweet and something about it just felt familiar. It was definitely worth the read.

States of Love series

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Galley copy of Rockets and Romance provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday