Sweet summer romance

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Zackary (correct spelling) finds himself doing community service when he confesses to a prank he did not commit. He HORRIFYINGLY nearly gets assigned to working at the public library for a few hours when he stumbles upon a cute guy who works at the aquatic center and decides to weasel his way into a volunteer job there instead.

The aquatic center setting was nice. Gift shop, dolphin, mild conservation talk. There was also some soccer action, but mostly just team chats. A lot of the team chat dialogue was very self-aware and un-teen-like. Maybe teenagers are evolving, idk.

I loved the romance and found the relationship very sweet. The cooking stuff was nice.

I loved that these boys live in a world where no one, including their parents and the jocks, questions their relationship or gives them a hard time for it.

I didn't have a problem with Zack taking credit for the prank, as some readers did. I did struggle with the flimsy conflict, when Zack decided to ditch the big game for his boyfriend AND THEN when his boyfriend got mad that he didn't ditch the big game for him.

A cute romance with some flaws. 3.5 stars

Thank you to the publisher, author, and Bookish First for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.