Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Release Day Review: A Little Side of Geek (The Geek Life, Book #1) by Marguerite Labbe (Giveaway)

Title: A Little Side of Geek
Series: Geek Life
Author: Marguerite Labbe
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 300

Dreamspinner Press

When opposite worlds collide, it’s anyone’s game.
Proud geek and comic book artist Morris Proctor wants nothing more than to live in semiseclusion with his devil cat and gamer friends. Despite what his well-meaning family thinks, he’s perfectly content with his status quo. The last thing he needs is to date another nongeek hell-bent on changing him.
Then he meets his adorkable new neighbor, Theo Boarman, who doesn’t know Star Trek from Star Wars, but who tempts him like no other.
Theo has spent the last year recovering from the loss of his parents and trying to play both roles for his teenage brother, while working to keep the family restaurant afloat. Dating is the last thing on the menu, especially with a man who thinks the height of dining is shoving a packaged meal into the microwave.
But if Morris gives him one more shy smile or flaunts that kilt he wears so well, Theo will be forced to convince him that a hot summer fling is just the recipe to let off a little steam.
When that fling gets serious fast, Morris has to decide if he’s willing to give his heart to Theo on the chance that they’re a perfect mix.

**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.**

A Little Side of Geek is the first book in Marguerite Labbe’s Geek Life series. This is a new-to-me author that I’ll definitely read again in the future!

I really loved this story and its characters. Morris was a proud geek, comic book artist, kilt wearer with great friends and family. He enjoyed going to comic conventions, hanging out with his friends and playing games. He was happy with his life just the way it is. Theo’s life revolved around running and cooking at his family restaurant and raising his younger brother. Life had thrown him some curves and he had no time for anything outside of his family and restaurant. He was overworked, overstressed and too busy to mourn the loss of his parents and half his family. Both lives were changed when Theo met his neighbor and his legs. Turns out Theo really liked Morris in a kilt.

I loved the building of the relationship between Morris and Theo and their family’s. This story truly showed the entire build-up from the first meet to deciding their future. It’s rare to see the dating aspects in books; seeing two people with busy lives trying to make room and time to let someone else in but this author does a great job of showing the work involved in having a relationship.

A couple of issues kept this from being a 5-star review for me. There are random sections from POV’s not of the main characters of this story. I realize the author is setting up for the rest of the series, but I was not a fan especially because they just randomly appeared. And, I know this book has a lot to do with gaming, cosplay and all of this type of thing, but sometimes it was just too much detail and explanation which just made my attention wan. As I know very little about these things, I really just grew bored with all the information regarding it. At first, I enjoyed getting to know more about this life but it just became too much.

But, those were not enough to change my love of the story. I’d definitely recommend you read this book! This was not an easy HEA but it had two men who worked for it despite the obstacles. It had two MC’s that really grew throughout the story and you really saw them building a family. The author’s writing is fantastic, she certainly knows how to weave a story! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Rating: 4 stars!

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  1. first the cover then I read the blurb

  2. Author/blurb are most important to me when choosing a book. I have many favorite authors that I will read almost any of their books. If I'm not familiar with the author, the blurb matters most and reviews.

  3. Firstly if its an author I always buy, then the blurb and lastly the cover.

  4. The cover might grab my attention but mostly it would depend on the blurb whether the book would really draw to to want to read them.

  5. For me it is the author first, then the blurb and the cover last.

  6. Congrats, Marguerite, and thanks for the review, Heather. I'm a visual person, so first the cover attracts my attention, - Purple Reader, TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com