Jen Comfort with Jo Segura — 'What Is Love?'

Head and heart collide in a story of polar-opposite rivals that’s anything but trivial in this game show romance from Midnight Duet author Jen Comfort.


Third Place Books is delighted to welcome Portland romance author Jen Comfort to our Seward Park store! Comfort will be celebrating and discussing her Jeopardy!–themed romance, What Is Love?with local romance author Jo Segura. This event is free and open to the public.

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About What Is Love?. . .

Answer: From the Latin word for crossroads, this is knowledge so common as to be obscure, the pursuit of which engages millions daily. Question: What is trivia?

Trivia is the magic in the mundane, the connection in the commonplace, and Maxine Hart’s second-favorite pastime. A self-proclaimed Brooklyn street rat and a high school dropout, Maxine has never been a fan of formal education, but thanks to her ADHD “superpowers,” she’s a glutton for knowledge—and a good fight. And when Maxine enters the trivia game show Answers!, her brilliance, coupled with her penchant for big bets, devastates her competition. Even record-holding, 76-time-winner Teddy Ferguson.

Or was it their kiss the night before they faced off that threw the buttoned-up professor off his game?

Now, Maxine and Teddy cross paths again in a high-stakes tournament against all-time Answers! winners, including undefeated champion Hercules McKnight. With nothing in common but an insatiable appetite for knowledge and a desire to win, Maxine offers Teddy a deal: combine their strengths to shore up their weaknesses. She’ll push his tolerance for risk and improve his buzzer speed, if he’ll find creative ways to fill in the gaps in her education.

Except neither one of them foresaw just how scintillating learning could be…

 

Praise for What Is Love?. . .

“Comfort goes ‘to the Max’ with her plot choices, bold and hilarious banter, and full-on smoldering sexual tension, featuring two completely opposite yet perfect for each other trivia nerds. Patrons will want to buzz in early to get their hands on this wonderfully campy rom-com.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“The most voicy, delicious, clever, delightful, irreverent, romantic, witty, and playful book to hit shelves this year. An absolute smash! 200/10 stars. I am obsessed with Jen Comfort and am going to drag everyone I ever meet along with me.”
—Christina Lauren, author of The Unhoneymooners

“Jen Comfort is one of my favorite romance writers of all time. Funny, sexy, irreverent, cleverly crafted, and nerdy as hell—What is Love? is a straight shot of serotonin in book form. Jen delivers on all her hallmarks as a writer: an unapologetic heroine with a tough exterior and gooey center, a cinnamon roll hero who falls to his knees for her, an unforgettable supporting cast, and a plot that only she could make unputdownable.”
—Rosie Danan, author of The Roommate


Jen Comfort is originally from Portland, Oregon, and dabbled in astrophysics before spending a decade working in restaurants in New York City and Portland. Now she writes romantic comedies about hot nerds with very cool jobs. She spends her free time growing plants destined to die before their time, playing video games, and encouraging her cat and malamute-husky dog to become internet famous, with zero success.

Jo Segura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two doggos who vie for her attention with their sweet puppy dog eyes whenever she’s trying to write (her dogs, that is... though sometimes her husband, too). Her stories feature strong, passionate heroines and draw upon aspects of her life, such as her love of good food, her Mexican heritage, and her fascination with archaeology. When she’s not writing you can find her practicing law, shaking up a mean cocktail, or sitting out on the patio doing Buzzfeed quizzes (though she doesn’t care what the chicken nugget quiz said—her favorite fruit is not banana).


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