When it comes to romance I have a few favorite themes and one of them is the shy nerdy boy with the hot jock, or flashy stud, or serious party boy. I love it when a cocky man falls hard for someone unexpected – there is just nothing like seeing his comeuppance at the hands of a geek. So, when I saw the story The Party Boys Guide to Dating a Geek I hoped it would be one for me, and I was right.
By Piper Vaughn and Xara X. Xanakas
Published by Less Than Three Press http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=348
Released on October 11, 2012. Available in eBook & Print.
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Description from the Publisher:
Ashley Byrne only wants one thing in life: to finish his tattoo apprenticeship and fulfill his dream of owning his own shop. In the meantime, he spends his nights partying, flirting, and having sex. After all, what else is there for him to worry about? Aside from his hair and his clothes, not much. He’s hot, and rest assured no one knows it better than him. He’s also used to getting what he wants—until he meets Felipe Navarro.
Fee Navarro has everything he needs: a great IT job, a nice apartment, and all the high-tech toys his geeky heart could ever want. He doesn’t do casual, and he knows guys like Ash are nothing but. Ash may burn hot for Fee, but Fee isn’t willing to take a chance on a vain, little party boy with too many tats and an oversized ego. He wants someone to share his life with, and he won’t settle for anything less. Too bad Ash has never been the type to give up easily. He has a plan, and he’s not stopping until he proves he’s more than just a pretty face—he’s someone worthy of winning Fee’s heart.
This one is a slow burn and it should be that way. Any true shy nerdy boy would be slow to give it up to a party guy. The story is written from Ash’s perspective and I found there to be enough dialogue to get to know Fee too. Sometimes stories really suffer from not getting the perspective of both characters and I was happy that wasn’t the case here. Since it is really Ash’s story, and his comeuppance, I enjoyed taking the journey with his heart. I will say for a slick party boy he is rather insecure, and that makes me very appreciative of him winning Fee’s heart.
I think that one of the most striking aspects of this book is the cover. They took a risk here. It’s not your typical naked torso or geek in glasses, it truly does look like a guide book or some sort of manual. I can tell you it reads nothing like a manual – it’s funny and sweet and very sexy too. So glad I looked beyond the cover and found this very fun and romantic story!