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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  448 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Ben Hammond is a nerdy computer programmer with a yen for anime, comic books, and the handsome stranger he keeps seeing at the coffee shop. As he's working up the nerve to ask the guy out, he has no idea that getting his man is only half the story.
ebook, 29 pages
Published January 26th 2012 by Harper Books
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Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
A very entertaining and delightful romance! I loved it both Ben and Tom are absolutely adorable, but the standout is Rupert the big fat furball a true sweetheart with hidden depths. The clever dialogue had me cracking up with laughter and the one liners are unforgettably brilliant! Everything about this story clicked for me it was fantastic can't recommend it enough.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This short (and FREE!!!) story is totally enjoyable. I just read Lou Harper's Hanging Loose and I think this author has a penchant for writing day-to-day /ordinary activities as engaging and well, not boring. From Ben working on his computer program, talking to Rupert -- his fat orange tabby cat, which is named after Rupert Grint --, to having conversation and arranging date with Tom, a cute guy he's been crushing over for a few weeks. It feels natural and like you read a story of a friend.

Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very fun (and often very funny) short story that has the extra bonus of being free to download.

I won’t spoil the story, but I really enjoyed the twists in this short about Ben, a nerdy and overworked programmer making mobile games (for a company that sounds very similar to Disney.) Ben starts to find some strange changes around his place--things being moved, milk cartons that seem lighter--but he can’t figure out what’s going on, and he starts to wonder if he’s going crazy. Then he runs into a
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free, cute-sweet
Another case of don't judge a book by his cover.
It's sweet, funny, free! and I would love to read more about this guys Meow
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deeze by: Vio
Absolutely purrrrfect lol.

This sweet simple story left me smiling and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside lol.

Thanks Vio for the rec. Your really getting to know my tastes lol.
Smith Barney
This was f'ing cute..and what a f'ing fertile-fabulous imagination. Surprisingly cohesively-entertaining for such a super short story.

All this little gem was missing was some additional feral adjectives of a sexual provocation..and it would have been a f'ing knockout.
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mandy*reads obsessively* by: Vio
Light, funny, fuzzy cute story.
When Ben an overworked computer programmer finally gets a date with Tom, a guy he's been lusting after he thinks things are working out well for him.
But he's in for a suprise!
Lou Harper
Jan 15, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a self-published free 9000 word short story, written for the one year anniversary of the blog Coffee and Porn in the Morning. It is available for free pdf download at the site.

It now can be downloaded here as pdf, and on Smashwords and ARe as Mobi, Epub, and Pdf. All free.

It's now also available on Amazon for free.

Serena Yates
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
This is such a fun story! Not quite sure what was going on at first, I read on because the way Ben talks about what happens to him is just so funny. He believes he’s going insane, but the way he thinks about everything and gives perfectly sane reasons for why he thinks he’s losing it is hilarious.

I can’t really say much more without spoiling the surprise. It’s an unusual paranormal story, and a very nice balance between humor and romance. If you’re looking for a fun read with some very sweet mom
This is my first story by this author. It was cute, PG-13 fun. It was free so I though why not? I was pleasantly surprised. It is a story about Ben, a nerdy guy who works, works, works with no time for love. This is where Tom, his secret crush steps in. The blurb is pretty accurate.If you're in need for a novella to read in between reading books, Tomfoolery is for you.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Simsala by: Vio
" [image error] ...have some tea!"

Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Such a cute read! Although - yes - the plot was rather obvious from the beginning, nevertheless it was fun to read. Especially Ben's humor was too funny. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun and free short story. I enjoyed it.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, feline-shifters
This review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.

This is an absolutely delightful little read, and I’m not entirely sure how I can review it without giving away spoilers. I will try because the twists are truly what makes the story so fun. Part of this story for me was the appeal of Ben’s job. He works for a computer gaming company and is in a total frenzy trying to get a game ready to coincide with a movie release, however the powers-that-be have no clue how gaming works and are making ever
Y. Correa
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying… What a cute story! I really enjoyed it! From the get go the humor trapped me.

Ben, a self-proclaimed nerd who works as a code designer for a gaming company is all alone and submerged in work that never seems to end. His only companion is his cat. Rupert. Rupert is a fun, sweet, mega friendly fat orange cat. The best kind.

Day after day Ben goes on with his mundane life, working then going home to Rupert. But, something is amiss. Ben feels like he’s losing his mind. Whenever
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
2 stars - plus one because it was free.
The beginning was kind of cute, but then it developed into a strange housecat-shifter-story, which didn't make any sense. Also it was so short the hinted characterization of both MCs remained very shallow. And I can't overcome this strange house-cat-shifter-thing.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 - 3.5

Movies and anime mentioned were totally effin' awesome! I totally love Lou Harper for mentioning these pop culture references because they flesh out the characters better and make them more...contemporary. I would've loved it even more if the story's a bit longer so that the chara dynamics and the romance have been developed much better though.
A fun, lightweight -- dare I say "fluffy"? -- short story that doesn't take itself too seriously. If you enjoyed it and are in the mood for something similar, try Kelly Jensen's novella Best in Show. ...more
I'll never be able to look at my cat the same way again.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Sweet and very predictable but entertaining nevertheless. This was an enjoyable short story that I could easily imagine rewritten as much longer novella to give the story the time needed to really develop Tom’s and Ben’s characters.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable Book that left me smiling. A cute m/m romance and I loved the twist to the story. Well worth reading and it's free!
Apr 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m, urban-fantasy
This was a novella that could just as easily have been a short story. Several pages and a lot of time was spent on the main character, Ben's, horrid work conditions, but in the end both they, and his decision to leave the place, were irrelevant to the main romance and leading story arc. As someone whose family works in a similar position, I understand that all of the workplace details are accurate, but that doesn't mean that the details are relevant to the story at hand. And when writing a novel ...more
Queen Spades
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of nontraditional romance, short comedic reads, paranormal activity without excessive intensity
Shelves: royally-favored
Extended review can be found on The Review Board.

Ben Hammond is a man who is used to having things in order. It throws him off that certain items have been moved around and normally clean clothes are in the hamper. Is he being haunted by a ghost? It does seem to start out that way.

Tomfoolery has plenty of different scenes that trigger a variety of emotions. I found myself relating to Ben’s situation at the workplace. The head management isn't listening to the hands-on people, and as a result, th
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice little short, if occasionally a bit out of nowhere. Wish there was some more info from Tom on the whole six months before they meet, but good for what it is.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessewave, paranormal
In this time of economic woes in the U.S., it is always nice to find something for free. However, as some of you might know, free reads aren’t always the best quality writing and editing-wise; but I am happy to say that Tomfoolery bucks that stereotype. With a quirky protagonist, a cute cat, and a sexy love interest, this short story was a delight.

Ben designs gaming software for a rather large company (think Disney) and between work and the stray cat, Rupert he feeds, he doesn’t seem to have tim
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While those reviewers pointing out that:
-the first part is perhaps a little overlong with many details that find no use in the story's development;
-Ms Harper's writing could use some polishing;
may be right, I still find this little M/M supernatural romance delightful.

The plot is simple and unoriginal but the author has a happy lightness of touch that more than makes up for the faults and adds considerable charm to it.
I Ben were Italian I would probably deem his considering himself an uncool nerd
Shelby P
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, paranormal
I should have stayed away from the reviews because I got a glimpse of someone's shelf that listed this as paranormal. I wonder how I'd have reacted if I hadn't known about the paranormal element. Hmmmm? Anyway, I decided to read this since I recently read Hanging Loose and really enjoyed it.

I liked this short. There were a few corny lines that were actually funny. "Who am I going to tell? That my boyfriend's a pussy?" Or something to that effect. What more can you ask for?
Mel Auslan Osborne
This story introduces us to Ben a computer programmer and self-proclaimed nerd......... he comes home one day to find a fat orange tabby in his house which he names Rupert (after Rupert Grint) he notices weird things happening in his house and thinks he's going crazy..... he sees a cute man at the coffee shop near his work, he can never seem to pluck up the courage to talk to him until one day when they bump into each other..... and the story goes.....

a well written book (I give 3 1/2 stars) a c
Jon O
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, short
Not really a fan of shape-shifter story, but this one short story does not really mess the fun of reading a gay romance. I like the style of writing but I also wonder if the author is capable of holding readers' attention if the challenge is there to produce a long version. There needs to be some kind of excitement to pull it off. This is more of a guy-meets-guy scenario, without much thrown in to bend the story a bit, other than the shape-shifter stuff.
Elaine White
Another excellent helping from Lou Harper.

I will admit that I knew what the big reveal was going to be, but that didn't dim the story any for me, at all. It was fun, light and sexy as always. I loved the story and the characters.

Lou Harper has a gift of taking you right into a character's brain and making you love them in less time than it takes to say 'Tomfoolery'. Another new favourite of mine.
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