Title: It’s All Geek to Me
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Characters: Jez, Rhys
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
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’ve read several of JL Merrow’s books and I’ve loved them all. Ms. Merrow has a way of writing humor mixed in with a lot of romance and it keeps me coming back for more every time!
The blurb does a great job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about why I liked this book and why I’d recommend it.
All of the characters in this book bring something interesting to the story. Not only are they likeable people, they seem to live and breathe off of the written page. Also, the attraction between Jez and Rhys was a very strong one. I liked how Jez really tried to like and understand the lure of comic books to impress Rhys. I also appreciated that even though he does try to enjoy them, he just doesn’t get it and decides he need to come clean with Rhys, so their budding relationship can move forward positively.
Since the book is told through Jez’s eyes, he’s an easy character to love. He seems to be a real stand-up guy when it comes to being there for his friends. I liked the chemistry between him and his best friend, Tel, and loved how, even though he felt awkward and a little out of his league with Rhys, he was determined to get to know him. Jez doesn’t always take himself seriously and because of it, he doesn’t realize what an attractive and good person he really is.
Ms. Merrow has a wicked sense of humor that really shows in her work. Her stories are very British, but also very funny. As an American, I really enjoy the different slang and the English culture that really resonates off of the pages. Because of this, there were some moments when I found myself laughing out loud at some of the actions Jez either say or goes through. All in all this is a very sweet, sexy and lighthearted story that is very easy to recommend.
Reviewed By: Gabbi