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Gwen & Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher

Young adult

Gwen & Art Are Not in Love

by Lex Croucher

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Come hang out, we’re queering Camelot. Sword fighting, found family, and first love—all the medieval hijinks are here!

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  • Illustrated icon, Romance

    Romance

  • Illustrated icon, 400

    400+ pages

  • Illustrated icon, LGBTQ_themes

    LGBTQ+ themes

  • Illustrated icon, Based_on_a_Classic

    Based on a classic

Synopsis

It’s been hundreds of years since King Arthur’s reign. His descendant, Arthur, a future Lord and general gadabout, has been betrothed to Gwendoline, the quick-witted, short-tempered princess of England, since birth. The only thing they can agree on is that they despise each other.

They’re forced to spend the summer together at Camelot in the run up to their nuptials, and within 24 hours, Gwen has discovered Arthur kissing a boy and Arthur has gone digging for Gwen’s childhood diary and found confessions about her crush on the kingdom’s only lady knight, Bridget Leclair.

Realizing they might make better allies than enemies, they make a reluctant pact to cover for each other, and as things heat up at the annual royal tournament, Gwen is swept off her feet by her knight and Arthur takes an interest in Gwen’s royal brother.

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When Gwen woke up, she knew she’d had the dream again—and that she’d been loud. She knew she’d had the dream because she was feeling exhilarated, loose-limbed, and a little flushed in the face; she knew she’d been vocal about it because Agnes, the dark-haired lady-in-waiting who slept in the adjoining chamber, kept biting her lip to keep from laughing and wouldn’t look her in the eye.

“Agnes,” Gwen said, sitting up in bed and fixing her with a well-practiced and rather imperious look. “Don’t you have water to fetch, or something?”

“Yes, Your Highness,” said Agnes, giving a little curtsy and then rushing from the room. Gwen sighed as she stared up at the bed hangings, lush velvet heavy with embroidery. It was probably a mistake to send her away so soon—she was young and flighty, and would likely be off gossiping with anybody she encountered. At least Gwen’s nocturnal exploits wouldn’t stay top billing for long. Today was no ordinary day; tournament season was finally upon them. Any mortifying morsels Agnes slipped the other ladies-in-waiting would be forgotten in all the excitement by noon.

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Why I love it

Gwen and Art are not in love, but I am. With this book. And you will be, too. Loosely inspired by Arthurian legend, Lex Croucher has made a hug of a book, featuring a lovable cast of characters that will have you laughing, crying, and feeling everything in between.

Our two leads, princess Gwendoline and nobleman Arthur, have been betrothed since birth—and have hated each other almost as long. Upon reuniting for the royal tournament at Camelot, they find their mutually antagonistic situation unchanged. That is, until Gwen spots Arthur kissing a boy and Art discovers Gwen is smitten with a girl. Realizing they are in the same position—both promised to someone they have no interest in while longing for another—they decide to form a mutually-beneficial alliance.

The pair pretends to accept their betrothal, covering for each other while they pursue other people and presenting the reader with hilarious and heartwarming mayhem in the process. As Gwen gets to know Bridget Leclair, the only female knight participating in the tournament, Art grows infatuated with Gwen’s brother, and king-to-be, Gabriel. Thus unravels a comical and emotional tale between four characters seeking to choose their own paths in a realm where their lives have been predetermined.

Perfectly marrying heart and humor, Gwen & Art Are Not in Love is a charming story and an utterly delightful read. Don’t miss out!

Member ratings (1,234)

  • Em K.

    East Lansing, MI

    Oh my gods! I don’t have enough characters to write out how much I loved this book. Particularly Arthur— my goodness it’s been a long time since a character made me actually laugh out loud like him!

  • Taneisha B.

    Garner, NC

    Incredibly humorous and instantly became one of my favorites! The characters have great chemistry and bounce really well off of one another. Lex Croucher is amazing, I hope she writes more 💖💖💖💖

  • Andrew C.

    Wilmington, NC

    There are always different ways to look at things. “Some variety of magic turns up in every kingdom in the world. It goes by different names, but is always there.” Loved this story of magic and love.

  • Camila S.

    West Henrietta, NY

    If you grew up on Gail Carson Levine’s fairytale retellings, a Knights Tale (2001) is your favorite movie, and your favorite Shakespeare play is “Much Ado About Nothing” - you will love this!!!

  • Kathy A.

    Cobb, CA

    This quirky and tender retelling of King Arthur was just what I needed! I laughed and cried as I followed the young characters through their Camelot antics-jousts, love affairs and intrigue! Wonderful

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Ruthless Vows
What the River Knows
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow
Dragonfruit
The Reappearance of Rachel Price
Gwen & Art Are Not in Love
Check & Mate
Divine Rivals
Legendborn
Foul Lady Fortune
Anna K Away
I Must Betray You
A Wilderness of Stars
Warrior Girl Unearthed
Bloodmarked
Instructions for Dancing
These Violent Delights
The Boy in the Red Dress
Color Me In
Not So Pure and Simple
Throw Like a Girl
Frankly in Love
The Queen of Nothing
Wayward Son
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Anna K
Patron Saints of Nothing
The Kingdom of Back
Yes No Maybe So
Looking for Alaska
Permanent Record
Full Disclosure
Oasis
Where the World Ends
I Have No Secrets
Song of the Crimson Flower
When the Stars Lead to You
All the Bright Places
Saving Zoë
Hello Girls
Symptoms of a Heartbreak
All of Us with Wings
The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World
Past Perfect Life
There's Something About Sweetie
Again, But Better
Sky Without Stars
How (Not) to Ask a Boy to Prom
Night Music
Shout
The Deceivers
The Astonishing Color of After
Top Ten
Turtles All the Way Down
Little & Lion
A Million Junes
And We're Off
The Sun Is Also a Star
Salt to the Sea