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Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts

Narrated by: Michael Stellman
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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Summary

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.

©2015 Charlie Cochet (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Great book

I love this book and I have to say that the narration did it justice.

It was as sweet and wonderful read to me as the book itself

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  • Riva
  • 29-12-15

Love the geeks

I enjoyed this sweet geek meets big cop novella. It was fairly predictable and a little angsty, but I'm a sucker for nervous geeks who get their dream man and Spencer fit the bill. I also loved Quinn's big supportive family and the mom is a hoot. Since it is a novella, the characters are pretty two dimensional, but they were fleshed out enough for me to enjoy. The conflict with a member of Julian's team was a little contrived, but again, it is a novella. The narrator does a good job. All in all a good listen.

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  • Belen
  • 05-12-15

Sweet performance

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Michael Stellman delivers a sweet performance of this cute novella.

When Miami SWAT officer Julian “Quinn” Quintero is shot in the line of duty during a raid he's laid up out of work until he heals up. When his brother in law tries to drop off a prescription but can't get Quinn to open his door, he ends up leaving the medicine with Quinn's next door neighbor, Spencer Morgan.

Spencer has noticed the hot officer and his 8-pack for over a year, but, unfortunately Quinn's never noticed him. Until now. When hot officer and computer geek meet it's a humorously epic disaster. When Spencer returns to Quinn to apologize, and help out, the two begin spending time together and getting to know one another.

For those looking for some hot sexy times, there's nothing spicy happening until the end, but it's really fluid the way it happens. I liked that their relationship grew and developed naturally. The only complaints I have is I wish the last third of the story didn't feel so rushed, and I didn't buy that Spencer would have been so naïve with the stunt Javier pulls at the end.

That aside, I enjoyed this - it was cute and sweet with a little heat at the end. I just would have enjoyed a little more heat, if you know what I'm sayin'.

As for the narration Stellman does a good job, but not stellar in the accent area. I may be biased having been raised in Miami, but his Cuban accent needs a lot of work.

It's fluffy and low angst and I would definitely recommend it for a quick listen on a commute.

Recommended.

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  • Arianna Nyte
  • 10-02-20

Narrator ruined this for me.

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💩No Distinct Voice for Each Character
🔇Voice does not match emotion of story
💢Monotone Voice - Just drones on and on.

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Even though this is a short story, I couldn't finish this book. This is a classic case of a narrator killing a book.

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  • <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews
  • 25-08-17

One of My Favorites

I love this book. both Reading and Audio of it. Its Cute and Funny and I love Spencer! I wish it was a little longer but still. this is my Go-To story when I need a pick me up or a laugh.
the Narrator is good for this one too. My first time listening to him and he did a good job.

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  • Amanda Janes
  • 03-04-16

Cute and fun romance

This is a sweet story, light and fun. And Michael really brings the story to life in his reading of it.

Quinn and Spencer are fun characters, and their progression from friends to lovers happens in a light-hearted and natural way. This book is focused much more on relationship building than on sex. So the sex scenes are well done and hot, but infrequent.

I highly recommend this to someone looking for a cute, low-angst romance.

*I received a free copy of this audiobook from Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 26-12-15

Fun story okay narration

Spencer is a socially awkward, comic-book-loving, computer nerd who works from home. He’s been secretly crushing on his super-hot SWAT team neighbor for the last year and now that the guy’s injured he figures it’s his chance to be “friendly”.

Quinn is a no-nonsense, kinda grumpy guy who isn’t really looking for a relationship. He’s never even noticed Spencer before and now the guy is showing up all over the place.

After a disastrous “first” meeting, they quickly become friends. When Quinn’s loving but meddlesome family butts in AND his sometimes dickish friends get involved things move from friends to “more”, but can it last and is it real or just a game to Quinn while he’s laid up?

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First I have to say that I love, love, love, LOVE Charlie Cochet. I’m a huge fan. So I was psyched to see a contemporary short of hers coming out and devoured it right away.

I love the humor, the characters, and the set-up. Geek meets God. God’s a grumpy-ass and Geek is too-cute-for-words.

What I think was missing in this story is length. I know, I know. People always say they want more, more, more. But really, in this case I did think it was necessary.

I wanted the conversion from pesky neighbor to friend to be slower. As it stands, one big meal and Quinn is spilling all his feelings and Spencer is telling his life story. I wanted Quinn to be reticent for a longer period of time, forcing Spencer to really make the effort.

Second, there was so much wonderful detail that kind of got squished in the middle and left alone. Quinn’s family is hysterical! I love them! I wanted more time with the mother plotting to get Quinn and Spencer together. More inappropriate blurts from the father. More matchmaking from the brother-in-law.

Third, I was sort-of confused by the direction the sexual nature of the relationship went. Once there was kissing there was off page “making out” for days? Weeks? Then the final scene – definitely HOT – but the only time we see them in that way. It felt kinda disjointed and strange to not see the physical side of their relationship develop more organically.

Fourth, the climactic final scene. Ugh! I wanted to punch Javier square in his… well face is fine but really?!? What an a-hole! I was glad Quinn got him a good one, but I didn’t understand his motivation at all! I also didn’t think Spencer would have gone for the whole stripping thing to begin with and once he saw a room full of people – he’d have been out of there! But he stayed then there was the Misunderstanding (capital M) and a quick make up scene.

If we’re going to have a Big Misunderstanding, give it time to fester and have the boy do some real groveling. But since the whole stripper thing kind of felt like left field I’m not sure how that would have even worked out.

So… on the one hand I loved so much of the story and thought it was terribly cute and sweet but knowing how well Charlie can create full and well drawn out stories I was a bit let down. Maybe if I’d never read anything else by her I would have been satisfied, but even her Christmasy short stories seemed more well-rounded than this did.

I still liked it and would recommend it.

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Michael Stellman did a nice enough job with this. He has a lovely reading voice, good cadence, and nice pacing. But… there was so much potential if there’d been a narrator who could do the many Cuban accents. Michael’s Spanish isn’t good and he makes no attempt at an accent. That was disappointing. (I love me a hot Spanish accent!)

As a way to enjoy this, it’s good but not fantastic. I enjoyed listening to it but wished for more…

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  • Chocalicious
  • 03-12-15

Nice!

Sweet romance between two nice guys. I didn't find Julian "gruff" -- just a bit reserved at the beginning. But Spencer was adorable and vulnerable from the start. Loved it when they got together. Heartwarming! :-)

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  • Waleed
  • 02-12-15

Sweet Story of neighbors

I like the way the book was near rated it was sweet and soft it's a nice story between two neighbors I recommended to anyone who's into romantic stories

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  • Blanchard
  • 30-11-15

Great story and narration

This was a nice story and easy to get involved with the characters lives. Author packed a lot in a short story, but well worth it. Narration was very nice and appropriate to what story was conveying.

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  • Annika
  • 09-01-20

Really cute!

Beware of Geeks Bearing Gift was just as cute as the title suggests.

Spencer Morgan has been crushing on his neighbour for a while, but it seems that Quin doesn’t know he exists. And their first real meeting doesn’t quite go of as planned; Spencer is a bit of a menace – an accidental one. You know the type where they turn around and accidentally knocks something over, which in turn knocks something else over causing this domino effect that quickly renders a room in chaos in just a few seconds. That’s Spencer for you. And on this occasion the injured Quinn is the victim of said klutziness.

Quinn is recovering from injuries he got from his last mission with the Miami SWAT team. Some scheming from his family gets him into Spencer’s orbit and from then on he has a hard time to leave the man baking brownies in only his underwear and a superhero apron.

Spencer and Quinn were cute together. They clicked from the beginning – baring that one incident. Their romance was uncomplicated and drama free and left me with this feel good feeling. For being such a short story the characters and plot were well rounded and captivating. It was a great start of my day.

Michael Stellman did a great job with this book. He has different voices for the characters which enable the listener to always know who’s speaking. He also captured the hearts of both Spencer and Quinn. You could really see Spencer’s melon debacle in front of you, and feel his interest in Quinn before they met. For Quinn he really captured his gruffness and fascination with Spencer. And the dancing scene was just brilliant and had me smiling wide for a long time.

If you only have a few moments for your next read and are looking for something short but sweet, you should definitely give this book a try.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.