Sunday, August 23, 2015

ARC Review: Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet

Beware of Geeks Bearing GiftsBlurb:
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.

Todd's rating:

Graphic designer Spencer has lusted after his Miami SWAT team neighbor, Quinn, since moving into the building a year ago.

The naturally terse Quinn is home-bound after being shot in the line of duty, trying his best to get friends and family to leave him alone to convalesce in peace.

But Spencer feels bad for Quinn and wants to help him during his recovery, even if spending time with the man only ends up with them being friends.

Spencer worming his way into Quinn's life with good food and an easy companionship was very entertaining to watch.

Up until the first two-thirds of this short read, I found every aspect of the story to be spot on.

It had the right amount of slow burn, the pacing kept me on the edge of my seat, the guys got to know one another over pleasant dinners and movie nights. And Quinn didn't let his walls down too soon, so it wasn't an insta-love situation.

However, in the last portion of the book, namely from the moment when they finally kiss, the remainder of the story felt extremely rushed to me.

After the interrupted kiss, the book only mentions in passing that they'd made out a few more times. *sigh*

Then we find out it's been two full weeks since the first kiss and we get zero details regarding romance, talks, feelings. Nada.

And then Quinn's grating asshole friend, Javier, pulls a complete dick move on Spencer at Quinn's birthday party, which causes Spencer to flee from embarrassment and an aching heart.

Then the make up and forgiveness scene, which turns into the first and only sex scene of the book, felt very abrupt and the story is over.

If the last parts of the book had been like the first, this would have easily been a 5-star rating.

But sadly, this short novella finished out at around 3.25 *Magic-Mike-with-your-Mama* stars for me.

"Miércoles!" (You have to read the book to figure out what that means, other than "Wednesday" in Spanish.)

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.

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