Friday, January 3, 2014

Medium, Sweet, and Extra Shot of Geek by R. Cooper

Title: Medium, Sweet, Extra Shot of Geek
Author: R. Cooper
My Rating: B 

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Tavio and Tommy
Release DateOctober 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: g-rated

Story Overview:
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?
My Review:
This is a sweet little book about the complete build-up to the beginning of a relationship. Tavio knows Tommy from the coffee shop he works in. Tommy has come in every day for a year, flirting with Tavio. 

Tommy is that know, nerdy and geeky, completely exuberant about life to the point that he tends to be annoying to those around him. He's loud. He talks to anyone in the vicinity. He loves Star Trek and most the time Tavio simply doesn't know what to do with him or take him. 

Tavio is the complete opposite of Tommy. He's quiet and withdrawn. He observes the world, doesn't take part in it. He has some issues from his years in the military. And over time, he's become intrigued by Tommy. 

The book is such a non-romance in the traditional sense. It's told entirely from Tavio's POV and you can see Tommy slowly building up to asking him out for a date...something that obviously terrifies this guy who doesn't balk at anything. That in itself makes Tommy such an endearing guy. You can see how much both these guys want this, but they just aren't sure how to approach things. From the way it read, I don't think Tavio has much experience and Tommy has built this up in his mind so huge over this year that now he's scared. It means too much. 

It's simply one of those books that you walk away from with a smile on your face. Sweet. That one word describes this was just really sweet.

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