I needed a light funny read and this author always delivers for me, plus the title gave me a clue I’d laugh!
Author: J.L. Merrow
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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?
I wanted a humorous read and that is what I got! As this is a short book I won’t go over the synopsis, which is in the blurb. This is a very English book, as was the last I reviewed, am I seeing a pattern? I loved that I recognised the locations in London, the correct tube lines to Harrow and Wembley and the shuffling out of a Saracens rugby match, where no one minds if two men hug. The humour around Jez’s deception, regarding his knowledge of the comic book world, is so funny as are his lessons with his hospitalised pal Tel. Even the shortening of their names was so like London, it made me smile. When I found out that Rhys’s sister was called ‘Angharad’ I nearly spat out my coffee (a common happenstance since I joined this blog site) though this joke would need some explaining to a lot of people. Don’t worry it is explained further on in the story. I loved Jez’s thoughts that he’s never quite sure if he’s kept in his head,
Or, Mangoes, as we experts like to call ’em. Shit. Manga. Thank God I hadn’t said that out loud.
Rhys is the cool dude.
Even his boot were cool, all straps and studs. Figured. My scuffed-up trainers tried to shuffle off unnoticed to hide in a corner.
This quote reveals the only serious point in this story, the terrible self image and self esteem problem that Jez carries. His best friend, the rascally, straight Tel, tries to tell Jez that his cheating boyfriend had given him a warped self image but it takes the lovable Rhys to start a real change. This is a short, sweet, humorous read.
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.
She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through is a 2013 EPIC ebook Award finalist. She is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.
I would like to thank Riptide Publishing for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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