Title: Love on the Web
Series: Love on…, #3
Author: Neil Plakcy
Length: Novel (228 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (June 23rd, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Larry Leavis is too smart and geeky for his family, too gangly and awkward among other gay guys. He’s never felt like he fits anywhere until he meets handsome entrepreneur Julian Argento and agrees to help him build a website for his fledgling web translation company.
Julian isn’t the only guy with his eye on Larry, though. Sexy client Victor Kunin has plans for Larry that go way beyond developing an app for his modelling agency. All this attention has Larry confused. Is Julian using him for his awesome coding skills, or is there something more between them – something that could be destroyed if Julian finds out about some very kinky trysts at Victor’s place?
Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/love-on-the-web.html
Review: I have a soft spot for a geeky romance. And let me clarify, this is geeky in the fact that the main character is works developing apps and writing code. I only know enough of Linux to get what I need done, so any talk of computer languages and coding is enough for me to think that this is a geeky character who knows his thing.
This is a fun story and more of a journey of self discovery, leading to romance, for program coder Larry.
Larry is damn good at what he does, so much so he attracts the attention of one of his clients as well as someone he met at a coffee shop who was also interested in his expertise. Larry is extremely tall and so feels unattractive, unsexy and generally like a bean-pole that no man will ever want in bed. His character is really well written and easily identified with. I would think that many people would relate to him on some level or another. After all, we all feel at one time invisible to the objects of our desire.
Larry has two “suitors”, Julian, the guy from the coffee shop, and Victor, the rich client who has a very attractive, if sleazy, personality. It seems pretty clear is the best guy for Larry is, ultimately Julian. However, in the end it is up to Neil Plakcy’s creation, Larry, to work out what’s going on.
I also enjoyed the numerous other secondary characters, most of which are Larry’s work colleagues. Of all the characters introduced, I would say that Victor is the least fleshed out. Sometimes he left me rather confused. I suppose that was partially the purpose of his character so in the end he works well with the story.
However, this isn’t just a story about a couple of nerds, even if one or more are stinking rich. This is just really a story about a guy who is trying to balance his sudden romantic life with his professional and personal lives.
In the end, that is what makes these guys, especially Larry, so real. He’s just a guy trying to live his life, afraid he is going to screw up somewhere, which is undoubtedly going to happen regardless (or because of) of his caution.
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