So I’m going to start with this disclaimer. I freaking love Malec on the show! I love the actors, I love Alec’s heart eyes and the way he just freaking lights up every time Magnus is in the same proximity. Seriously, the whole reason I got into this fandom (despite my obvious utter hatred of Cassandra Clare) was for Magnus/Alec. I mean how often do you see a bisexual person of color in a canon same-sex relationship? The answer is almost never, folks.
A lot of people in the original book fandom have been complaining that on the tv show Magnus and Alec instantly fell in love, and was badly done compared to the books. I can say with some certainty now, that those people have no idea what the fuck they are talking about! Look at Magnus and Alec’s interaction so far in this book.
We have them meeting, their indication subtle or otherwise that Alec and Magnus find each other attractive. Alec and Magnus exchange maybe one or two sentences of dialog, that didn’t have the additional body language to indicate that they were even a lit bit attracted to each other. Then out of nowhere, Magnus gives Alec a really corny pickup line, and then we get this shit here.
I personally have seen couples in Harlequin romance novels have more than chemistry than the couples in this book. It’s not the couples fault, it all comes back to Cassandra Clare and her shitty writing.