Saturday, October 12, 2013

ARC Review: Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper

Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of GeekFrom the blurb:

Former soldier Octavio “Tavio” Reyes works as a barista, a favorite with the customers—especially Tommy O’Shaughnessy. An avowed geek, Tommy comes in daily to flirt, usually under the guise of Trekkie talk. Tavio hesitates; now that he's out of the army, he’s not sure how out he should be, or whether to take his chances on a geek devoted to sci-fi and comic books. But when Tommy compares him to an unemotional Vulcan, Tavio finally considers dating an out-and-proud nerd. Then Tommy surprises him again and introduces him to his daughter, whom Tommy loves even more than Star Trek or Tavio. Now Tavio has a whole new decision to make: Is he ready to romance a family man?

Sandra's rating:

**3.5 stars, rounded up**

Well...color me surprised. When I went into this short story, I expected a bit of fluffy banter between the barista (Tavio) and his customer (Tommy) and then some hot smexing once they got together.

Not so.

What I got instead (and what was actually better than anticipated) is one fast-talking geek who's head over heels for the silent but deadly barista, and a silent but deadly barista who's seen too much crap to last him a lifetime during his military stint, and who's not quite sure that fast-talking geek is really into him.

And no smexing, dammit, only a hint at a wonderfully amazing night.

Still, this was adorable. I loved how the author explored the dynamics in the relationship, with Tommy being all talky-talky all the time, but lacking the cojones to make a move. There was depth to him that doesn't immediately come across, and he hides his true feelings behind a facade of happy go lucky rapid mouth syndrome. He's so very earnest in his pursuit of Tavio, but so very hilarious in how he goes about it.

Tavio, on the other hand, doesn't say much at all, but instead lets his action speak for himself. I thought it very clever that the various coffee drinks he makes for Tommy actually convey his mood and his exasperation (to an extent) with Tommy's antics. His glares, his frowns, the subtle changes he makes once he opens himself up to the possibility that Tommy might be into him (slow on the uptake, this one) - it all was very quietly done, without having to say much at all.

And, to be honest, this book didn't need a sex scene or two to make it stand out. The first kiss was immensely more satisfying to this reader than any full frontal could have been.

So lovely. So swoony. So worth your time.

I received a free ARC from the publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. 


Anna's rating:

**3.5 stars, rounded up**

Ha, this was just beautiful.

Several things I liked:

One of the 2 MCs was not the normal white MC. Yeah, I know. I love it. One did not have a way with words at all. The other one was a perfect, gushing geek-speaker. Truly sweet.

Both were quite inept at trying to get together, one not finding his courage and the other one not believing it could be.

All things I truly love.

It misses a last half star (3.5 instead of full 4) for setting up a beautiful love moment and then summarily skipping over it. The kiss, though.

Yeah, the kiss. That was to die for.

As were his coffee drinks. Sweet and short read. Recommended for crawling up in a comfy place and just indulging in some talk of slash. Of the original version.

I received a free ARC from the publisher. A positive review was not promised in return.

Buy this book: Dreamspinner Press

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