Review: JM Snyder – Dad’s Nerdy New Boyfriend

31569833Author: JM Snyder
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary: When website designer Rick Pruitt takes his eight-year-old son Micah to see the latest Pokémon movie, he expects to be bored out of his mind. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the guy ahead of them in line.

Self-confessed nerd and Harry Potter look-a-like, Marty Owens runs a comic shop downtown. Marty needs a new website to help grow his business and Rick needs a guy he can eat cozy meals with, snuggle up to, and … But no matter how many of Rick’s boxes Marty checks, there’s still Micah to consider. Fortunately Micah and Marty hit it off, connecting over a love of video games and all things Pokémon.

Rick starts coming by the comic shop after hours to work on Marty’s website. Can they build something long-lasting and meaningful offline, too?
Review: Rick is the father of an eight-year-old who loves Pokemon and games. He isn’t really very polite about the fact that he doesn’t even think Micah (his son) is young enough for them – when Micah is upset because a bully at school tells him Pokeman is for “…babies and nerds” Rick wants to agree. Worse, when Micah is seriously upset by this bullying, “Taking a deep breath, Rick stifled the urge to snicker…” In the same conversation, Micah is telling his dad about the bully and Rick again has to try not to laugh. Come on, Rick, this is your kid!
When they finally get in line and end up meeting a self-confessed nerd, Marty, who is sweet, kind and respectful to Micah, Rick is pretty judgmental about him as well. He is condescending about Marty’s love of Pokeman and his interests. I know I sound hard on Rick but he really was sort of a jerk for part of the book. The saving graces are Marty and Micah. Marty, I adored. He owns his nerdiness, loves what he does and enjoys his hobbies. Good for him! Micah is an eight-year-old who actually talks and acts like an eight-year-old. No little adult here – he pouts, acts like a brat and sometimes is rude as only a kid can be, sweet as only a kid can be and interesting.
Luckily, Rick gets his act together somewhat as the two (well, three really) navigate their way into a relationship. I found it interesting that as Micah is telling Rick about mom’s new boyfriend, who always “… pulls out his phone and starts checking his email and ignores me” I was thinking, “wow, that’s what Rick does!” Rick isn’t a bad dad, he just isn’t the most sensitive one. He has to grow into being a more understanding person and luckily, he does.
I ended up liking this and pulling for these guys to make a family.

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