TITLE: It’s All Geek to Me
REVIEW: This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in years! It begins with Jez visiting his friend, Tel, in hospital after Tel’s unfortunate close encounter with a BMW. Strung up in traction, Tel is mourning the loss of his treasured issue number three of The Amazing Translucio, Uncanny Secrets variant, which was a casualty of the accident. What’s a best mate to do, but trudge to a nearby comic shop in search of a replacement copy? There he encounters Rhys, the gorgeous guy behind the counter who is, like, the poster boy for Getting Geeks Laid. It’s lust at first gawk, and Jez immediately returns to Tel’s bedside, begging for a lesson in Geek speak.
Told entirely from Jez’s POV, this story delivers on several levels. It’s funny, at times sweet, with charming characters who could easily be pulled from the comic shops and sci-fi conventions I’ve attended. Despite an instant and clearly mutual attraction, Jez and Rhys share nothing hotter than a peck in the cheek the first few times they get together, which I found a nice change of pace. Of course we expect sex in our erotica, but there has to be a great story, too. That’s where this book stands out from the crowd. The author takes the time to establish a realistic and believable relationship between these two guys. When they finally do end up in bed together, though, the sparks fly and there’s nothing sweet about what goes on between the sheets.
I won’t spoil your fun by giving away any more of the story here. The author is proficient in characterization, dialogue, pacing and plot development, and setting the scene. Oh, and she’s a wicked funny, did I mention?
A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.