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Hotel Pens

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Travel writer Joe Jordan hasn’t been home to New York since his boyfriend broke up with him. Instead he’s hopped from hotel to hotel, collecting pens like a child in a fairytale might leave a trail of breadcrumbs hoping to find his way back.

But now he has an assignment, an article titled “5 Ways to Rediscover New York.” Being back on his home turf is daunting—until he mee
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Published October 17th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 16th 2012)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I feel like such a cold-hearted bastard for not loving this book.

Hotel Pens is a whirlwind romance that involves a wild goose chase around NYC. The story goes: Joe meets Claude, Joe likes Claude, Joe follows Claude all around the city from a series of clues that Claude writes on Joe's body. As Joe, our MC, rediscovers the city, he also reconnects with himself.

Now, while the concept is strong and the writing is good, I couldn't help but think, "This is too freaking weird for me." What would have
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fr, romance-contemp
Touring the Big Apple--differently.

Fun, flirtatious, and flipping adorable. Uber romantic in a fingertip nibbling, chocolate gorging and hanky waving way. The premise is clever, and made Joe and Claude's adventure seem less hackneyed and more like a reimagining.

It was easy to slide into this story. It felt comfortable and made me sigh more than a couple times. It's a wake up call so you don't ignore all the wonderful around you that you never noticed because you think you've seen it all before.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary
What a beautifully written story. I wasn't quite sure what to think of this one going in but it turned out to be a really unexpected treat.

Joe is a travel writer from New York who has been avoiding coming back to the city since he broke up with his boyfriend. Claude translates gay romance into French. They meet at the hotel they're both staying at when they both steal a hotel pen.

Claude writes on Joe and Joe follows the clues. So begins a cute journey through NYC.

This is a fun story but it als
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In a word: charming.

This story is sweet and whimsical and completely romantic--everything I want in a m/m novella.
Emma Sea
Sep 24, 2012 marked it as maybe-read
“. . . he winked, leaned in close across the bar, and whispered to me that he knew the original recipe of the Zombie, a cocktail first invented in Hollywood in the 1930s.

The secret never left his lips, but later that night my cock entered them.”

Not sure if brilliant or terrible.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cindi by: Kazza
This was chosen for me in a Pick-it-for-me challenge in a group I participate in on here. It was chosen by Kazza K, my friend and blog partner. She obviously knows me well because this book was absolutely perfect. :)

Joe is a travel writer who has returned to New York to write an article titled 5 Ways to Rediscover New York. He's a native so how hard can it be? Pretty difficult apparently. Joe has an addiction... an obsession... with hotel pens. He collects them from all over the world.

He meets
Pete W
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the most beautifully written story I have ever read.

Everything was precise and to the point without excess. Written in first person POV narrated by Joe who still have lingering regret for being dump because he was practically never home. He regret his action, sure, but he never rectify it even when things came to blow. Then he met a handsome Frenchman at the hotel he stayed in who lead him to a merry chase through New York to rediscover life once again.

(view spoiler)
pretty sweet, very hot and a little bit sad.
some things bugged me though:
- i kinda hate the mc for having sex with claude even though he suspected he already had a boyfriend;
- they know nothing - nothing! - about each other. so the "deep connection" was just stupid, imo;
- the sex was too drawn out for such a short novella;
- guys, seriously. joe goes to sleep in his room bc claude and henri have too much to catch up on? this is a (view spoiler) we're talking about here. i love
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-it
What a beautiful, sweet, meaningful, yet subtle little ebook this is. I bought if strictly off the title, nothing else. Wonderful writing, wonderful reading.

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Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. It's romantic and felt somewhat old fashioned! If this book had a message, to me it would have been to stop and look around you to see and feel what you really have. This story is a must read.It was my first Geoffrey Knight book. I'll have to go find some more now.
Cole Riann
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

3.75 stars

This refreshing short romance is from an author that I've liked for years now, but deviates from a certain style I've grown to associate with his work. In the past, the books I've read by Geoff Knight have always had a tendency for campy flair, and while I enjoy that style, this appealed to me as well. It is somewhat more serious in tone overall, yet vacillates between light and poignant, all conveyed by how the characters choose to view the world.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-read, z-2012
This story was gorgeous and sweet and funny. I was hooked from the first page and really didn't want it to end. I loved the thought that taking the time to really look and appreciate the places and things that are all around can make a difference to our happiness. I really enjoyed taking this journey with Joe and Claude.
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Barb ~rede-2-read~ by: Melissa
Sweet story, perfect length for a beach read or a cold winter day in front of a fireplace.

Joe is a travel writer who has returned to New York to write a story about 5 ways to rediscover NY. He left six months ago after breaking up with the man who he thought he'd spend his life with. When he returns, since he's sold his apartment, he checks into a hotel-- another in a long line of hotels in his life and he meets a gorgeous and sexy Frenchman, Claude, in the lobby. When he notices Claude pocketi
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Geoffrey Knight is a wonderful writer and this story is great.
I was hoping for something short, easy, upbeat and angst-free. I found it -- and was reminded in the process to be careful what I wish for.

If you like pure romance (with a bit of porn at the end as a reward), don't be put off by my cranky reaction to this one. I am not a romantic person, and regardless of what I might think I would enjoy (dessert! as sugary as possible!), apparently I need something with more roughage in it.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good m/m short about travel writer, Joe Jordan, who broke up with his lover some time ago and has been lonely ever since. Because of his job, he's always in hotels and he's a keen collector of their pens. While in New York for work, he meets Claude, a French ex-pat who is living at the Beacon Hotel and translating m/m romance books into French. Claude courts Joe and teaches him a thing or two about love, himself and New York by writing various messages in pen on Joe's body in a kind of scav ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Shannon by: Curtis
If this one wasn't so insta-love I would have given it 4 stars. Super sweet, touching story about a guy who's lost his way and the Frenchman who helps him find it again. Loved the New York tour.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
A delightful tease of a short story, but a tease nonetheless... I truly wanted a bit more in terms of romance development.
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
This looks great, I gotta get it.
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! Story set-up, writing style, all together a pleasure to read.
Amy Dufera
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

In the beginning, Hotel Pens had me questioning what exactly I was reading. This definitely isn't what I'm used to from Geoffrey Knight. But, in the end, I loved it. Claude's background left me gutted, and depressed. Hotel Pens is a quick tale of moving on, second chances at love, and well, hotel pens. 😜 Ultimately, it's a story of hope and the author delivers it in a sweet and tender way. And, of course, Geoffrey Knight really knows how to write a good sex scene, so enjoy!
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the idea was brilliant, but would have been so much better executed if it had been something that developed much slower. Like, a lover leaving notes on your body as the intimacy grows between you, but because this story took place over 24 hours I just couldn't get into it.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
short sexy and fun read. i enjoyed it
k reads
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018, quiltbag
Sweet without being too treacly.
A nice diversion
Love Bytes Reviews
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star review by Vicki

Joe Jordan lives a lonely life. He’s a travel writer and doesn’t appear to have a home. He did, and a man, but he lost both due to neglect. He had dreams of a home, a man, and a dog, but also a career and that is all he ended up with. He’s 35 and alone, admitting that the longest conversation he has had recently was with someone working the reception desk in a hotel. He’s from New York but hasn’t spent time there since the end of his relationship. But he heads home to wri

Geoffrey Knight is a new author for me. I’m always excited to read authors that are new to me, so when I was given the chance to read and review this book, I immediately took it. One thing I really loved about Mr. Knight’s writing was his ability to get into the heart and soul of his characters. Both heroes lived and breathed off of the written page. These men were not one-dimensional characters, but men who were both trying to survive the pain of losing so
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book title grabbed my interest right from the beginning. I used to “collect” pens once upon a time. The use of that “habit” in this story was fascinating as both an analogy, and as a way to introduce the characters. Not only did it move the story along in an interesting way, it gave me something to think about.

A most interesting experience. The first few chapters I was a bit lost. In Chapter Four the author helped me out. “So I don’t confuse things too much, this is a flashback.” Whew! I th
T.M. Smith
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars...

Joe Jordan has been miserably single for a while, travelling the world, calling random hotels home. He loves his job, even if the constant travelling did cost him his boyfriend. After losing those roots, the home and the life he shared with Shawn, he hasn’t planted new ones, he hasn’t wanted to. Until now.

Joe first sees Claude in the lobby of his hotel and is drawn to his French accent. It’s almost endearing when Joe notices that Claude has the same obsession that Joe himself has
Joyfully Jay
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Hotel Pens. A short story that hits hard for a whole variety of reasons. It’s the immediate connection to the main character Joe, it’s the ability to read a well crafted story in a small number of pages, and it’s the many lines that stand out to be quoted.

The story begins, we go back a bit, and then catch up right back in the same place, with a bit of a seamless overlap. Claude gives Joe clues and Joe wants to know why Claude is doing this. Why indeed? New York C
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

3.5 stars

So this was a fun little read about a guy who has lost his joy in life. Joe isn’t unhappy, but he has some regrets. He travels for work so he’s able to hop from city to city essentially escaping any real possibilities at moving on from his ex. Joe is back in New York where he lived with his ex boyfriend, so it’s the perfect place to get some resolution. With a little nudge from the hot stranger from the lobby of his hotel.

Joe can’t believe th
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From palace-hopping across the Rajasthan Desert to sleeping in train stations in Bulgaria, from spinning prayer-wheels in Kathmandu to exploring the skull-gated graveyards of the indigenous Balinese tribes, Geoffrey Knight has been a traveller ever since he could scrape together enough money to buy a plane ticket. Born in Melbourne but raised and educated in countless cities and towns across Austr ...more
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