Book Reviews

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts by Charlie Cochet

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-April-2020

Book Blurb

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.

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2015.

Book Review

“Gruff & tough” meets “fun-loving & geeky” in this hilarious story about two neighbors who couldn’t be more different if they tried. Spencer has a crush on Quinn from their first encounter in the elevator, Quinn is not sure he has ever met Spencer before. Spencer has a “tiny yellow Fiat gleaming in the sunshine”, Quinn calls it a Skittle. Then Quinn and Spencer literally crash into each other when Quinn comes to pick up his prescription that a friend left with Spencer, and the real fun begins. Misunderstandings, disasters, and mishaps aside, this love story is as entertaining as it is sweet, and I loved every minute of following Spencer and Quinn’s adventure.

Quinn, who is a Miami SWAT officer of Cuban descent, had my sympathies when he selflessly saved a little boy from being shot by taking the bullets himself and ending up in the hospital and rehab. Not a place a macho man of his manly caliber wants to be seen near, so he is grumpy to start with. When Spencer accidentally falls on him, then douses him with cold water (which he was trying to offer as a refreshment), Quinn beats a hasty retreat. But he soon learns that Spencer is not one to give up easily.

Spencer, a web designer with pale skin that tends to burn when exposed to sunlight, had me at the description of the brownies he bakes for Quinn: “Nutella caramel brownies with nuts, made from scratch. These are orgasm-in-your-mouth brownies.” Yum! Spencer is one of those guys who start out clumsy , and become a downright menace when they get excited or nervous. But he is determined to get Quinn to notice him, maybe more, so he pulls out all the stops to get closer. It’s a good thing Spencer is stubborn, because Quinn proves to be a very hard nut to crack.

If you like stories about polar opposites figuring out that they belong together, if you want to find out more about two men who are looking for love, yet can’t believe whom they find, and if you’re looking for a read that is as funny and entertaining as it is sweet and wonderful, then you will probably like this novella as much as I did. I won’t forget Spencer and Quinn anytime soon and might just pull out this book when I need cheering up!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 96 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-April-2020
Price $2.99 ebook
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