Julian "Quinn" Quintero, a gruff, tough Miami SWAT officer, has been injured on the job, and all he's looking for is a little peace and quiet to recover - difficult to achieve with his large Cuban family. An adventure in picking up his prescriptions puts him in the path of his geeky, brownie-baking neighbor, Spencer Morgan. Spencer sweeps into Quinn's life like a tropical storm of sunshine and rainbows. Not surprisingly, it's chaos at first sight. Quinn's in need of a little tender loving care, and Spencer decides he's just the man for the job. Their very different lives might clash, but they might also find some common ground - and maybe more.
©2015 Charlie Cochet (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
I enjoyed this sweet geek meets big cop novella. It was fairly predictable and a little angsty, but I'm a sucker for nervous geeks who get their dream man and Spencer fit the bill. I also loved Quinn's big supportive family and the mom is a hoot. Since it is a novella, the characters are pretty two dimensional, but they were fleshed out enough for me to enjoy. The conflict with a member of Julian's team was a little contrived, but again, it is a novella. The narrator does a good job. All in all a good listen.
Spencer is a socially awkward, comic-book-loving, computer nerd who works from home. He’s been secretly crushing on his super-hot SWAT team neighbor for the last year and now that the guy’s injured he figures it’s his chance to be “friendly”.
Quinn is a no-nonsense, kinda grumpy guy who isn’t really looking for a relationship. He’s never even noticed Spencer before and now the guy is showing up all over the place.
After a disastrous “first” meeting, they quickly become friends. When Quinn’s loving but meddlesome family butts in AND his sometimes dickish friends get involved things move from friends to “more”, but can it last and is it real or just a game to Quinn while he’s laid up?
First I have to say that I love, love, love, LOVE Charlie Cochet. I’m a huge fan. So I was psyched to see a contemporary short of hers coming out and devoured it right away.
I love the humor, the characters, and the set-up. Geek meets God. God’s a grumpy-ass and Geek is too-cute-for-words.
What I think was missing in this story is length. I know, I know. People always say they want more, more, more. But really, in this case I did think it was necessary.
I wanted the conversion from pesky neighbor to friend to be slower. As it stands, one big meal and Quinn is spilling all his feelings and Spencer is telling his life story. I wanted Quinn to be reticent for a longer period of time, forcing Spencer to really make the effort.
Second, there was so much wonderful detail that kind of got squished in the middle and left alone. Quinn’s family is hysterical! I love them! I wanted more time with the mother plotting to get Quinn and Spencer together. More inappropriate blurts from the father. More matchmaking from the brother-in-law.
Third, I was sort-of confused by the direction the sexual nature of the relationship went. Once there was kissing there was off page “making out” for days? Weeks? Then the final scene – definitely HOT – but the only time we see them in that way. It felt kinda disjointed and strange to not see the physical side of their relationship develop more organically.
Fourth, the climactic final scene. Ugh! I wanted to punch Javier square in his… well face is fine but really?!? What an a-hole! I was glad Quinn got him a good one, but I didn’t understand his motivation at all! I also didn’t think Spencer would have gone for the whole stripping thing to begin with and once he saw a room full of people – he’d have been out of there! But he stayed then there was the Misunderstanding (capital M) and a quick make up scene.
If we’re going to have a Big Misunderstanding, give it time to fester and have the boy do some real groveling. But since the whole stripper thing kind of felt like left field I’m not sure how that would have even worked out.
So… on the one hand I loved so much of the story and thought it was terribly cute and sweet but knowing how well Charlie can create full and well drawn out stories I was a bit let down. Maybe if I’d never read anything else by her I would have been satisfied, but even her Christmasy short stories seemed more well-rounded than this did.
I still liked it and would recommend it.
Michael Stellman did a nice enough job with this. He has a lovely reading voice, good cadence, and nice pacing. But… there was so much potential if there’d been a narrator who could do the many Cuban accents. Michael’s Spanish isn’t good and he makes no attempt at an accent. That was disappointing. (I love me a hot Spanish accent!)
As a way to enjoy this, it’s good but not fantastic. I enjoyed listening to it but wished for more…
3.5 of 5 stars
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
Michael Stellman delivers a sweet performance of this cute novella.
When Miami SWAT officer Julian “Quinn” Quintero is shot in the line of duty during a raid he's laid up out of work until he heals up. When his brother in law tries to drop off a prescription but can't get Quinn to open his door, he ends up leaving the medicine with Quinn's next door neighbor, Spencer Morgan.
Spencer has noticed the hot officer and his 8-pack for over a year, but, unfortunately Quinn's never noticed him. Until now. When hot officer and computer geek meet it's a humorously epic disaster. When Spencer returns to Quinn to apologize, and help out, the two begin spending time together and getting to know one another.
For those looking for some hot sexy times, there's nothing spicy happening until the end, but it's really fluid the way it happens. I liked that their relationship grew and developed naturally. The only complaints I have is I wish the last third of the story didn't feel so rushed, and I didn't buy that Spencer would have been so naïve with the stunt Javier pulls at the end.
That aside, I enjoyed this - it was cute and sweet with a little heat at the end. I just would have enjoyed a little more heat, if you know what I'm sayin'.
As for the narration Stellman does a good job, but not stellar in the accent area. I may be biased having been raised in Miami, but his Cuban accent needs a lot of work.
It's fluffy and low angst and I would definitely recommend it for a quick listen on a commute.
Sweet romance between two nice guys. I didn't find Julian "gruff" -- just a bit reserved at the beginning. But Spencer was adorable and vulnerable from the start. Loved it when they got together. Heartwarming! :-)
This was a nice story and easy to get involved with the characters lives. Author packed a lot in a short story, but well worth it. Narration was very nice and appropriate to what story was conveying.
Initially the story starts out strong. This is a cute light read about a cop injured on the job and his neighbor who has a crush on him and decides to lend a hand in an effort to get Quinn (the injured cop) to notice him. The 2nd half of the book is where the two have finally given into their attraction BUT it’s a whirlwind of friends, family and summarized events. Unfortunately once we reach the point I’d been waiting for (the two being more than friends) the book rushes through it.
There's a lot to like about this story, including the sharp writing, a big, boisterous Cuban family with a mama bear who thinks everyone is too skinny, and a pissed off Quinn standing up for his ... almost boyfriend.
However, I was a bit confused regarding the stripping thing. Why didn't Quinn tell Spencer about the party, and how did he not recognize Spencer? It is rushed and happens quite a sudden. It was too short and I wanted more.
This is a sweet story, light and fun. And Michael really brings the story to life in his reading of it.
Quinn and Spencer are fun characters, and their progression from friends to lovers happens in a light-hearted and natural way. This book is focused much more on relationship building than on sex. So the sex scenes are well done and hot, but infrequent.
I highly recommend this to someone looking for a cute, low-angst romance.
*I received a free copy of this audiobook from Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts was a sweet, if not terribly dramatic, romance. It was well-written and had interesting guys I wish I knew in real life.
I loved the twink/alpha male pairing and enjoyed the unusual way in which they fell in love.
Michael Stellman did a great job with this novella. Quinn and Spencer have different personalities as well as distinct voices and the narrator nailed them both as well as Quinn’s hilarious Cuban family.
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