Reviewed by Heather C
Title: It’s All Geek to Me
Author: JL Merrow
Heroes: Jez and Rhys
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, Comedy
Length: 13,600 words
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing
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Blurb: Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London—the temple of geekdom itself—Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.
Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress him, so he bluffs his way through comic book jargon . . . and then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.
Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception, and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with a Fake Geek Guy?
A JL Merrow short story is always a guaranteed fun time…and I had a lot of fun with this one.
Jez is trying to cheer up his best friend Tel by replacing Tel’s comic book that was ruined in an accident that has him temporarily confined to a hospital bed. Tel knows all things from comic geekdom. And Jez? Well he’s only interested if it has been made into a movie. So when Jez enters the Hidden Asteroid book store and encounters the hunky Rhys working behind the counter, Jez pretends to know all about the world of comic books in hopes to impress Rhys with his shared obsession. Now he needs Tel’s help! What would Rhys do if he found out that he and Jez really don’t have anything in common? And what if Rhys has a few secrets of his own?
I swear, I laughed my fucking “arse” off reading this book! I loved Jez’s voice and snark. He was a bit insecure and considered himself plain and “cuddly”…how could I not adore him?! I mean, he was so opposite of cool he was “antifreeze”. (His words, not mine) And he never had any malicious intent with his deception…it was kinda cute to be honest. Rhys was a great character too, although I didn’t really get a chance to know him very well as the story is told only from Jez’s pov.
I did find that I didn’t “get” most of the comic references. Wasn’t sure if they were fictional, or too British, or my level of “geek” was just too low. The romance was a bit instant and we really didn’t get to see much of them getting to know each other. Hard to get all that in such a short story, but of course the short length makes it the perfect “in between book” since it will take only about an hour or so to read all the way through.
Recommended for when your in the mood for something quick and funny.
Overall Impression: I Liked It!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*