Beauty and the Geek (Gone Geek, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beauty and the Geek by Sidney Bristol

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Professor Steven Kipper is used to the stares, the muttered insults. Monster. Disgusting. Gross. It’s all he’s ever known. Relationships suck when his date won’t even go out in public with him, which is why he hasn’t bothered. That is until her. The woman on the internet who gets his every quirk. He’s hooked on a person he’s never met. The way she gets his jokes, the uninhibited sexuality and…just talking to her. She’s everything he’s ever wanted, only she’s a stranger. Unless he can convince her they should unplug and take their virtual relationship off-line. 

Tamara Roh has heard all the insults from slut to whore and they bore her. She refuses to let other people define her. Life’s tough in the gaming industry, and if she can’t handle a few insults the haters will chew her up and spit her out. Her only haven is with her friends and in one very explicit chat room. On-line she can be anyone she wants to, even the normal girl-next-door who just happens to get off on dirty talk, erotic gifs and video chats from the neck down. She might not be able to trust guys in real life to see past the Hot Asian Girlfriend stereotype, but with her internet beau anonymity is her safety net. The only problem is…she’s falling for a man who thinks she’s someone else.

BLURB: Beauty and the Geek

Sexy and Sweet Love Story

I really enjoyed this romance. I wouldn’t exactly call it a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast, because the only similarity between the two books are the riff on the name and the fact that the woman is beautiful while the man has an appearance that people stare at. He is not a recluse by any means. I sometimes hate in books when one of the main characters has anything like a deformity, scars, or something that forces him or her to hide away or even to hate his/her own appearance.

However I truly liked this book because there was never anything said about Stephen hating his appearance or wanting to hide away. He actually wanted to be with someone who accepted him and wasn’t afraid to be seen with him. I genuinely felt for him when people stared or talked about him, but there was a scene when Tamara explains things to him in a great way.

“Say there’s a hundred people in here, right now.” She leaned a little closer, speaking only for him. “Of those one hundred people, chances are there’s really only ten who aren’t so wrapped up in what’s going on with them to even notice you. And of those ten? Five want to be you. They like what you’re wearing, they find you attractive, something. And then the other five? You’ll never make them happy. They’ll hate you, think terrible things about you, whatever. Why live your life for those five miserable people? Are they more important than your happiness? No, they aren’t. So tonight—those five people who want to stare at you or me—why do they matter more than the person sitting across the table? And if they do, why are you here with the wrong person?”

Tamara is a beautiful Korean girl who works in a largely male industry, video gaming. She works as a beta tester, but also had a job on a YouTube channel hosting a show about gaming. She has had experiences where the men that want to date her, want a hot Asian girlfriend and don’t even bother to know who she is as a person. She also has had bad experiences where she was put in the limelight and vilified. That is why she started to date Stephen online without showing her face.

I liked the fact that they have similar issues with people staring at them all the time, but for completely different reasons. I also like the fact that they are both insecure in their own ways. Stephen is also very cute in that he has OCD and writes a lot in a notebook before he speaks because he is afraid of saying the wrong thing. I don’t know why it is but guys with anxiety and/or OCD are so cute in books. I like confidence in guys but if written well, when they don’t have confidence it can be very hot.

The romance was off the charts steamy in this book, from the start, even when they were just online, it was great. The fact that Tamara thought he was handsome from the first time she googled him, was awesome. It was a sweet romance, but also a hot and heavy one. There was the perfect balance of each. The book also had some very funny moments, so I thought overall it was great.

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