Friday, November 18, 2016

Release Day Review: Why I love Geeks by T.A. Chase

Release Day Review: Why I love Geeks by T.A. Chase

Title: Why I Love Geeks
Series: Why I Love...
Author: T.A. Chase
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 200
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.
First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2011.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Why I Love Geeks is Book 1 in the Why I Love series by T.A. Chase.  Chuck Davidson is a homicide detective, who hates technology, loves sports, beer and classic cars and comes from a crazy, meddling family.  His career makes relationships difficult and he hasn’t found anyone that he’s willing to subject to his crazy family or who’s willing to put up with his work hours.  In a moment of frustration with his new phone, Chuck decides he’s just going to “accidentally” drop it under a bus going by when a stranger grabs it out of his hand.  Herbert Pommerest, is cute, tech-savvy and geeky looking and shows Chuck how to check his messages and prevents the death of another phone at the hands of Chuck.  Herbert has no filter and rambles on as he shows Chuck how to use his phone and Chuck finds him funny and cute.  As Chuck leaves Herbert, he brushes a kiss over Herbert's lips shocking Herbert who’s never been kissed before.  Both men are distracted by thoughts of the other as they continue with their day. 

Both men get their chance when it turns out that Chuck's sister works for Herbert.  She has a habit of inviting men to family dinner for Chuck to meet, and he's really surprised to turn up at dinner and find Herbert there.  Chuck wastes no time in showing Herbert that he's interested and everyone in the family sees the same thing at the dinner.  And Herbert gets to find out there is life outside of a lab. 

I absolutely enjoyed these two MC’s and their story.  Was Herbert annoying with his filterless speech?  Maybe, but honestly, wouldn’t it be refreshing to know someone who would always tell it like it is?  Many (aka most) moments with Herbert were awkward and a little funny, but I think his backstory shows the reason he’s so clueless about interactions with others.  Chuck kind of seemed like a perfect guy.  He seemed to be a good detective, even in a convoluted murder case; he was a good partner; a good son; a good brother; and he enjoyed Herbert’s lack of a filter.  Chuck and Herbert together were hot.

This was an enjoyable, light-hearted read even with it involving a murder case.  I read it quickly and it kept me entertained the entire time and I look forward to reading the other books in the series. 

Rating:  5 stars

Just as Chuck is about to murder his phone by tossing it into the street he is approached by a stranger who offers to help him figure it out. Herb is a bit geeky and a whole lot awkward. Luckily awkward seems to work for Chuck who happens to think Herb's inability to not ramble is kind of cute. Going their separate ways neither man has a clue that Chuck's baby sister who also happens to be Herbs colleague will attempt to set them up.

The potential was really there for this story but somewhere along the line it just fell short. I'm not quite sure if I was just missing the humor and it was going over my head or if it just wasn't funny. There were so many scenes that as I read them I kept thinking I'm supposed to be laughing but I couldn't.

I wasn't a huge fan of the characters. Herb was beyond awkward and fell into the annoying category for me as opposed to cute. His constant rambling quickly got on my nerves as did his blurting because he seemed to lack a filter. I just didn't care for it. I also thought Chuck finding this all so endearing was a little weird.

I think I had extreme high expectations for this story and it just wasn't able to live up to them. It's not a horrible book by any means, it is just not what I'd hoped.

3 Stars!

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

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