The Love Interest

The Love Interest

By Author / Illustrator

Helen Comerford


Romance & Relationships

Age range(s)



Bloomsbury YA




Paperback / softback




A swoony, speculative and entirely electric YA debut with a humorous and satirical take on the conventions of the superhero-verse, for fans of Michelle Quach's Not Here To Be Liked and the Marvel Universe.  

17-year-old Jenna Ray has just been saved by the world's newest superhero, Blaze. And, in the eyes of the public, that means one thing: Jenna Ray has been cast as the Love Interest. 

No. Not happening. Not if Jenna has anything to say about it (even if Blaze is actually quite sweet and cute).  But her plans to defy the HPA (the Heroics and Power Authority) and turn down this new role are thwarted when the Villains begin to take an interest in her and offer a life-changing proposition; become Blaze's Love Interest, while avoiding catching feelings for him, to uncover the HPA's secret plans and find her missing mum.

To make matters even more complicated, just as Jenna starts to embrace her new-found career, she discovers she might be more on the side of the superheroes than she ever imagined ... Find out more in ReadingZone's feature with author Helen Comerford, and read a chapter from The Love Interest.



Helen Comerford's debut novel The Love Interest is set in 2024 and provides us with a unique take on the superhero genre. I found myself hooked from the very first page. The dystopian world where some people have superpowers and there are some mutant EV creatures is very well crafted to give a realistic feel. There is enough action to move the plot along at a fast pace and it is full of twists and turns!

I loved the main character, Jenna Ray, a strong, likeable female lead character who suffers with anxiety in the form of panic attacks. It is refreshing to see this portrayed as part of her character and yet not get in the way of her becoming more than just a love interest. She is extremely capable and a force to be reckoned with. Blaze (he almost named himself Ember) is a bit unsure of himself but nevertheless leaps into action to save the day when called to.

When he saves Jenna, it is expected that he will make his first rescued damsel in distress his love interest but Jenna isn't sure she wants to fit into that role. Nevertheless, there are some really tender moments.

The reader is never quite sure who the Heroes and the Villains are in this story as it keeps you guessing till the end. The Love Interest is a fun read, packed with lots of humour, action and romance. A perfect choice for those who enjoy Marvel movies, romance and action/adventure. I'm hoping that there will be a sequel!

416 pages / Reviewed by Clair Bossons, school librarian

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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