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As writer of the popular “Ask Eros” advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team. Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he’s met Mr. Right?
Simon is crushing on a one-night-stand/sometimes-hook-up named Andrew (who is a total douche!) when he meets Benji. Benji immediately feels right, looks right, makes him laugh and seems to really like Simon… so of course Simon screws it up and almost ruins the relationship before it can begin.
But… when Simon’s sweet dog gets sick, Benji is there to lend support and the two manage to start over – this time on the right foot.
From this point forward the relationship moves fairly quickly and steadily forward, using Simon’s articles on keeping the spice in your love life as a guide to explore one another and deepen their relationship.
There are some small obstacles and a couple big ones along the way, but in the end the couple has a very, very HEA and we are left with a huge smile on our face.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and as we speak I am planning on reading the other book she has listed in GoodReads! I adored this book on so many levels!
First, I love that it is a story about a relationship. Not anything else. Just two boys falling in love and all that that entails.
Second, I absolutely adored both MCs. Benji is perfection. Nerdy, sweet, hot, funny, loyal… Simon is a little awkward, well-intentioned, a little vain, also hot, snarky but not mean, and just insecure enough to be endearing. The secondary characters are well-developed and add to the story without stealing the limelight.
Third, there’s a dog and a cat and as everyone knows, anyone who loves pets is good people.
Fourth, the sex is plentiful but does not overrun the story and is really purposeful in moving the relationship forward.
Fifth, the pop references, the snark, and they dialog are all very witty and fun.
Sixth, the emotions are sweet, real, imperfect but fantastic.
I had to read this all in one sitting because I was utterly captivated from page one. If you are in the mood for angst – this book is not for you. If you’re in the mood for a sweet love story involving real people and tender emotion – this is your book.
(Be forewarned, it’s written in third person narrative real time and this can be a little disconcerting at times – but it’s very well done and I honestly didn’t mind it a bit.)
5 of 5 hearts