A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: Just an incredibly well written love story that is teeming with fun!
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?
Review: We all know one or two…some of us were lucky enough to marry one. We call them geeks, nerds, take your pick but inside that quirky little exterior lay the heart of a lion, and the soul of some of the sweetest people on this earth. Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper boldly pairs a sweet geek with a shy introvert and the result is absolute magic!
Tavio has recently been discharged from the army and finds himself slightly adrift. It has always been difficult for him to master the art of conversation and the idea of flirting is like greek to him and since coming home he has been even more reclusive. Working as a barista in a local coffee shop, Tavio doesn’t have a great deal of interaction with customers, he simply has to make their coffee. But little glimpses of his whimsy come out in the way he prepares a beverage, from the designs he makes in the foam to the sweet syrups he chooses or does NOT choose to use when making a drink. Life is simple, his job, safe and a bit mindless so nothing had prepared Tavio for the whirlwind that is Tommy O’Shaughnessy.
Tommy is one of those people with no filter. He talks nearly non-stop and with seemingly no care as to what he is revealing about himself or pointing out rather bluntly about others. He comes every day that Tavio works and stands by the counter talking “at” Tavio. For a solid year, these two men “meet” most mornings with Tavio rarely saying a word. His coffees on the other hand speak volumes! So when Tommy suddenly shows up one day with a daughter in tow, Tavio is completely thrown, particularly since just a few days before Tommy had been heavily flirting with him.
Just as author R. Cooper seems to steer us toward the realization that this could be a deal breaker–this idea that lodges in Tavio’s mind that Tommy may in fact have been lying–the plot twists again and all is revealed. Now Tavio must decide to either break free from his self-imposed silence and go after what he wants, or fade back into the shadows and into a life of utter loneliness.
You know, I could give you endless platitudes about this little story. I could gush on and on about how “feel good” it was and how “sweet and sexy” these characters were, Tavio in particular. But, in the end, the real reason I liked this story was because I have seen these guys before. I realized I have felt just a bit like them, acted just as they did and that’s why they were so familiar. Who hasn’t felt that slightly awkward and breathless moment when you have to let go of the limb you’ve been clinging to and actually put yourself into the vulnerable position of telling someone you like them. Who hasn’t been there?
Then I recalled how I too had, on occasion, babbled on incessantly in front of someone I really wanted to impress. Just like Tommy, I seemed to lose my filter and my ability to shut my mouth for that one brief second where I could swear my heart was pumping louder than humanly possible because I was talking to the boy I liked.
You see, the stunning magic of this novella was that the brilliant R. Cooper took these characters and put a little of each of us inside them. She made them hugely likeable and ever so sweet. She roped me in and I thoroughly enjoyed being caught up in this tale of hers. Here was a funny, clever, emotional love story that had me sighing and smiling. So well written. So impeccably done.
I highly recommend Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper to you. It is guaranteed to make you smile…and maybe even sigh with delight.