The Geek and His Artist

Hope Ryan
The Geek and His Artist
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Harmony Ink Press
Release Date
June 2015
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Young Adult Romance

Simon Williams spends his lunch periods drawing his geek and trying not to think about the terrors waiting for him at home. He needs to get away from his abusive father before he suffers the same grisly fate as his mother. Because he's learned the hard way running away doesn't work, he's counting the days until his eighteenth birthday.

Jimmy Bennet should be spending his lunch studying so his senior GPA is good enough to get him into college, but he can't seem to focus thanks to his distracting artist. When he's given the opportunity to tutor Simon in Trig and discovers Simon's home-life nightmare, he wants nothing more than to get Simon out of danger. This need becomes more urgent when Simon comes to school the Monday after their first date with bruises, but it takes a broken leg before Jimmy can convince his boyfriend the Bennets really want him.

But the danger Simon thought was past shows up at the most unexpected time, and he must stand up to the fears he's held so long to protect not only himself, but the man he wants to spend his life with.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Jul 15, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
160 people found the following review helpful
Sweet, sweet, sweet. With an extra side of sweet.

I love me some cute YA love, with a dash of angst, and this totally delivered.

Simon and Jimmy had been eyeing each other at school. Both wanting to talk to the other, but neither wanted to make the first move. But once they finally met... they had hearts in their eyes and it was LUV.

Simon and Jimmy were adorbs. They were each other's first for everything. Expect lots of tentative touches, light kisses and blushing. Just cute. Their romance rang so true to their age. Like everything for a teenager, their emotions run on 100% all the time. They met, fell in love and were convinced they'd be together for all of eternity. Their devotion and dedication to each other was infectious.

Simon's life was not an easy one. He lived with his very abusive father and Jimmy was struggling to help him out. I'm not kidding about the abuse; it's horrible, major trigger warnings here. But through the love and support of Jimmy's awesome family, Simon got the love he deserved, all topped with a perfect epilogue. And not just the love of Jimmy, but the love of a family.

We were well on our way to fives-ville, but these cute boys were a bit too lovey-dovey, with lots of 'babys' thrown around. I loved it, but it was too much. Also, this could have been about 100 pages shorter. I was loving it, but around the 3/4 mark, things started to drag.

All around, I loved THE GEEK AND HIS ARTIST and couldn't put it down.
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