Why I Love Geeks (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Why I Love Geeks (Why I Love … Book #1)
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Murder/Mystery
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

2nd Edition. New York City Homicide Detective Chuck Davidson is a guy’s guy. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars—fancy gadgets, not so much. When yet another high-tech phone goes on the fritz, he knows he needs help, and he meets a man who loves technology as much as he hates it—cute but awkward biochemist Herbert Pommerset.

Herb’s never been with a man—not even on a date. He hides behind his research, daydreaming about what it might be like to find someone special. A malfunctioning phone causes his path to cross with a sexy older detective, and Herb wishes he’d spent less time studying science and more learning how to flirt, because he can think of some experiments he’d like to conduct with Chuck. None of his considerable intelligence is helping him express his desires to the other man.

Just when it seems they might overcome their differences, Herb’s research puts him in danger. He’s made a discovery that could cost him his life, and Chuck must use his very different talents to rescue the geek he’s coming to love.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2011.

The blurb for “Why I Love Geeks” piqued my interest and I like how the book starts with a meet-cute between third-generation NYC detective Chuck and geeky super scientist Herb. Chuck is the oldest of a large loud family while Herb grew up in boarding schools with no friends. Herb charmingly has no filter, basically saying whatever comes to mind, and Chuck and Herb fall into insta-love as fast as Herb can ask:

God, can we be naked… like now? I want to feel you against my skin. I bet you’ll be hot and rough just like a guy should. I don’t have a lot of hair, but I bet you do. I want to feel it. I want to suck your cock. I want to swallow your come to see what it tastes like. Will it be salty or bitter or both?

Fast on the heels of their meeting and a pretty steamy sexual attraction, there is a murder and the plot quickly incorporates spies, secret formulas, Russian mobsters, abductions, Chinese gangsters and the KGB. Herb’s no-filter rambling quickly becomes less and less charming as almost everything out of his mouth is related to sex. (Herb is supposedly 27, but reads like a horny 14-year-old.) And while the story gives us Herb and Chuck’s POV, there is little character development.

“Why I Love Geeks” is the first book in T.A. Chase’s “Why I Love …” series and the last two chapters of the book felt like they were added solely to set up the 2nd book in the series. Also the introduction of Burke and McKinley (MCs in the 3rd book) seemed forced and slowed the story down. For me, there was not enough depth in this book to offset the convoluted murder plot and the lightly fleshed out characters.

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Galley copy of Why I Love Geeks provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader