Monday, January 07, 2013

M/M Monday Review: The Party Boy's Guide to Dating a Geek

The Party Boy's Guide to Dating a Geek by Xara X. Xanakas and Piper Vaughn

Published by Less Than Three Press in October 2012
Ashley Byrne only wants one thing in life: to finish his tattoo apprenticeship and fulfill his dream of owning his own shop. In the meantime, he spends his nights partying, flirting, and having sex. After all, what else is there for him to worry about? Aside from his hair and his clothes, not much. He’s hot, and rest assured no one knows it better than him. He’s also used to getting what he wants—until he meets Felipe Navarro.

Fee Navarro has everything he needs: a great IT job, a nice apartment, and all the high-tech toys his geeky heart could ever want. He doesn’t do casual, and he knows guys like Ash are nothing but. Ash may burn hot for Fee, but Fee isn’t willing to take a chance on a vain, little party boy with too many tats and an oversized ego. He wants someone to share his life with, and he won’t settle for anything less. Too bad Ash has never been the type to give up easily. He has a plan, and he’s not stopping until he proves he’s more than just a pretty face—he’s someone worthy of winning Fee’s heart.
Genre:  Contemporary M/M Romance
Series:  Clumsy Cupid Guidebooks #1

Having read One Small Thing and now this book, Piper Vaughn is quickly becoming a favourite author who's backlist I must glom.  Also, this e-book introduced me to Xara X. Xanakas and I'll be looking for more from her as well.

I was drawn to this book because of the cute title and cover.  I love nerdy heroes, especially in my m/m and that blurb hooked me in big time.  And this book definitely delivers on its promise.

Ashley is a tattoo artist working on his apprenticeship with the hopes of opening up his own shop with a friend soon.  He's a fun loving guy who likes to go out to clubs and hook up with guys.  And that bites him on the ass when he meets Felipe (Fee) at his brother's apartment.  Fee is a yummy  nerdy guy, good looking, incredibly smart and not into casual hook ups.  So he rebuffs Ash's blatant come-ons, which drives Ash crazy.  And even after their initial meeting, he can't get Fee out of his mind and he comes up with a very stalkerish plan to get into Fee's pants.  This of course leads to him getting to know Fee and them becoming friends.  And when Ash finally gets Fee to give him a chance, his past comes back to haunt him - can the king of the casual hook up get serious?

*sigh*  I thought this book was so cute.  I liked Ash and Fee's characters.  Also the secondary characters were good too, like Ash's brother and circle of friends as well as Fee's friend (who is a rival for Fee's affections).  Ok, at first I thought Ash was a bit of a stalker, the way he went about trying to learn more about Fee and his interests and insinuate himself into Fee's life.  But after a few humiliations, I just had to laugh at Ash.  He was trying to force something that just wasn't going to work out because of the kind of guy Fee is.  But through his bumbling attempts, Fee and Ash do become friends and Ash falls for Fee.  If Fee had fallen for Ash's quick pick up at the beginning, you know Ash would have taken it as a notch on the good ol'bedpost and called it a day.  But by Fee rebuffing him, he makes him slow down and get to know Fee and what he discovers is more meaningful and changes his life, for the better.  This kind of story just gets me everytime.  And Fee was so yummy as a character.  Also, I love dancing/club scenes and there's a doozy in this one.  Who can't appreciate when two guys are getting all sweaty on the dance floor?  *drool*

My only beef with the story was that it was told exclusively from Ash's POV.  I would have appreciated some insight from Fee's pov but it's a minor quibble.  Ash is such a fun character that being in his head wasn't a hardship.

And the 'guidebook' beginning to each chapter was lots of fun too.

I highly recommend this one.  B+



  1. I looked at this one but wasn't sure about it. I guess I have to make that a YES after reading your review. :)

    1. Yay!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I really like Piper's writing.