Book: Why I Love Geeks 2nd Edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: November 18, 2016
Length: 185 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
New York City Homicide Detective Chuck Davidson is a guy’s guy. He likes sports, beer, and classic cars—fancy gadgets, not so much. When yet another high-tech phone goes on the fritz, he knows he needs help, and he meets a man who loves technology as much as he hates it—cute but awkward biochemist Herbert Pommerset.
Herb’s never been with a man—not even on a date. He hides behind his research, daydreaming about what it might be like to find someone special. A malfunctioning phone causes his path to cross with a sexy older detective, and Herb wishes he’d spent less time studying science and more learning how to flirt, because he can think of some experiments he’d like to conduct with Chuck. None of his considerable intelligence is helping him express his desires to the other man.
Just when it seems they might overcome their differences, Herb’s research puts him in danger. He’s made a discovery that could cost him his life, and Chuck must use his very different talents to rescue the geek he’s coming to love.
Why I love Geeks is a cute, funny story. We open to Chuck getting ready to toss his cellphone into traffic because he can’t figure out how to work it and Herb being the technical hero that stops the murder lol.
Herb. He was by far the best character in this book. He’s a rambler, babbler, no filtered, geeky genius. This virginal biochemist steals the entire story. He’s was so fabulous that anytime he wasn’t on page I felt his absence. Not to say that Chuck wasn’t great but he wasn’t Herb… No one is Herb!
Chuck being a cop and Herb being a biochemist you’d think these two would collide on a professional level but of course that wasn’t the case. When a scientist that works with Herb is murdered everything goes to Hell. It was a little bit of suspense in this cute love story.
There were a few things that I wasn’t in love with. I don’t mind endearments but I felt like Chuck said “honey” way too much in this story. It was way overused. I loved how he loved Herb and that he and his family gave him a love he never had. HUGE love for that.
The other issue I had was the believability of this serum. I don’t want to give anything away because it’s a part of the story that’s important. But what started as a romcom with the possibility of keeping Herb safe from a killer, turned into a story about spies, KGB, Chinese, and the FBI. On its own it would have been an awesome action story but the two sides of this story just didn’t connect for me and because of that I had moments of detachment.
Herb is the main reason I really enjoyed this story and I could read him all day. The plot was just disjointed to me and I felt perhaps the author didn’t know if she wanted to write a suspenseful mystery with mad science or a love story. Not that you can’t have both but it has to mesh and balance and this just didn’t for me.
It is a fun read though so if you like that then give it a go.
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