It’s All Geek to Me by J. L. Merrow (4 Stars)

Enjoyable, sweet romance with the focus on how long a person can carry on in a relationship that started based on a false premise.  I’m not a fan of stories with trust issues, but this was such a light-hearted one, with Jez lying about his love of comics, that it didn’t feel like a big deal to me. It was hard listening to Jez put himself down so often, but Rhys did a great job trying to build up his self-esteem.

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Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London—the temple of geekdom itself—Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.

Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress him, so he bluffs his way through comic book jargon . . . and then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.

Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception, and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with a Fake Geek Guy?

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