Monday, August 17, 2015

ARC Review: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet

Julian “Quinn” Quinetro, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he’s looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover—difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn’s life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it’s chaos at first sight. Quinn’s in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he’s just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground—and maybe more.

Dani's rating:

Low on the steam, HIGH on the cuteness, Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts is a charming, humorous story about one grumpy-as-fuck Miami SWAT officer and his geeky but adorable neighbor.

Spencer has been noticing the beefy, serious Quinn for a solid year. Too bad Quinn doesn't know Spencer exists.

Quinn is really into his work, until a shooting leaves him helpless and convalescing in his flat.

Enter Spencer, bearing brownies. But that's AFTER. First, it's enter Quinn to the vision of Spencer baking said brownies and dancing while wearing nothing but his super hero tighty whities. And an apron.

There's a lot to like about this story, including the sharp writing, a big, boisterous Cuban family with a mama bear who thinks everyone is too skinny, and a pissed off Quinn standing up for his ... almost boyfriend.

However, I was a bit confused regarding the stripping thing. Why didn't Quinn tell Spencer about the party, and how did he not recognize Spencer?

Quinn's friend Javier (instigator of the infamous stripping incident) pissed me off something fierce. Thank god Quinn kicked his ass.

I enjoyed this opposites-attract story. It made me laugh out loud. I just wanted more steam and a stronger ending.

Sequel, please?

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