Title: A Little Side of Geek (Geek Life #1)
Author: Marguerite Labbe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Page Count: 306
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
When opposite worlds collide, it’s anyone’s game.
Proud geek and comic book artist Morris Proctor wants nothing more than to live in semiseclusion with his devil cat and gamer friends. Despite what his well-meaning family thinks, he’s perfectly content with his status quo. The last thing he needs is to date another nongeek hell-bent on changing him.
Then he meets his adorkable new neighbor, Theo Boarman, who doesn’t know Star Trek from Star Wars, but who tempts him like no other.
Theo has spent the last year recovering from the loss of his parents and trying to play both roles for his teenage brother, while working to keep the family restaurant afloat. Dating is the last thing on the menu, especially with a man who thinks the height of dining is shoving a packaged meal into the microwave.
But if Morris gives him one more shy smile or flaunts that kilt he wears so well, Theo will be forced to convince him that a hot summer fling is just the recipe to let off a little steam.
When that fling gets serious fast, Morris has to decide if he’s willing to give his heart to Theo on the chance that they’re a perfect mix.
I picked this one because I was familiar with the author and expected a cute, warm read to snuggle up with.
I had fun with the setup: a comic book artist happily ensconced in a world of comic books, comic cons and cos players. It was interesting and amusing.
Morris is a comic book artist and Theo is a chef. One is self professed geek while other has no idea about the world. Their interest in each other is unexpected. I liked how they introduce their respective interests to each other while exploring the possibility of being in a relationship. Both of them have baggage and are reluctant to commit to serious relationship. They move at slow pace but that was half the fun. Neither of them is completely focused on the other. They both have their own lives but they are willing to make space for the other.
Including POVs of other characters, however, spoiled the story for me. It didn’t seem relevant to Morris and Theo’s story, more like it was hinting at books for other two pairs (and two of the guys are foster brothers, which is definite NO for me).
I was less fond of the second part of the book. It simply didn’t work for me.
It is still a nice comforting read documenting relationship between two relatively different men. They chose to rejoice in their differences and still found happiness with each other. I liked references to comic cons and enjoyed reading that part.