Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet – Romance>Contemporary
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.
This was adorkable, and a lovely light read for a sunny afternoon. Both guys were great. I loved how Quinn reassessed his priorities and how he’d been acting, once he started developing feelings for Spencer. And while Spencer’s klutziness was cute at first, I’m glad they didn’t go over the top and continue with it.
Quinn’s big Cuban family was amazing and funny and sweet, and their one big scene with a few phone calls in between was the perfect amount of presence so they didn’t take over the story. Although I was reeeeeally hoping for an Epilogue from that Quinciniera or a family BBQ or something.
My one complaint was the asshole friend. I’m fine with creating a little tension, and I’m glad the tension was from outside the relationship as opposed to Quinn having second thoughts or saying something stupid. But it was so awkward and obvious that I skimmed that part because it was hard to read, besides being over-the-top, even for an asshole friend.
So much emphasis was put on Javier, I’m actually wondering if he doesn’t finally have a come-to-Jesus moment and realize he’s gay, probably with the flaming cousin that was mentioned, Miguel. If so, I would totally read that, but they coulda toned him down a tad.
Sweet, funny, and the perfect length. Recommended.