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Cold Fusion by Harper Fox
★★★★★

Harper Fox is an auto-buy author for me, so you can assume that I typically like her work, but I think this book is even better than usual.

I'm really loving the trend toward realistically drawn autistic characters in fiction, and particularly in romance fiction. Harper Fox does a lovely job of showing Vivian's quirks without dehumanizing him or making him a caricature; his characterization rings very true to me. Kier Mallory feels very real, as well, with his survivor's guilt and his self-doubt, and I love that he accepts Vivian for who he is, even if there are some missteps along the way. Neither Vivian nor Mallory is perfect, but they both learn and grow and become greater together than they were apart.

The science is probably impossible — it's even acknowledged as such within the story, while somehow still working — but the science isn't really the point; this is old-school speculative fiction that asks "what if?" and spins off from there, turning into a suspenseful tale of betrayal, conspiracy, and murder...and of love found in the most unlikely of places.
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