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Puzzle Me This

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,838 ratings  ·  331 reviews
Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching.

The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into
ebook, 1st edition, 88 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press (first published October 1st 2013)
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The Story
Perfect blurb – I’m not going to paraphrase it.

The Romance
Slowly and smartly built.

Cute nerds.
There was absolutely no doubt the message was for him. Who was doing this?
A slow grin spread over his face, and his gamer mind rubbed its hands together with villainous glee. Oh, this? This was excellent. He ripped off a piece of notepaper and started making a plan.

Writing Style

Playful and fun.
Luke yanked them down. What sprung up would have made a porn star wee
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing


1 across: One's self ...... —

2 down : In actual fact, as opposed to what is said or imagined to be true or possible: ...... — — — L L —

3 across: Past tense of a word meaning a deep euphoric affection ......
— — V — D

5 across : The singular proximal demonstrative ......
— H — S

6 down: Having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar or honey; not salty, sour, or bitter ...... S — — — —

8 across: A form of love that is often regarded a
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary

Ridiculously fucking adorable and romantic and sweet, etc. etc.! All hopeless M/M romantics need to read this one! That is all.
Woohoo, another winner!! I've even started an 'Eli Easton' shelf...she must be good!! I loved this one, and again there were happy tears...what am I on?? 4 stars and a big from me.

Luke Schumaker is a computer games designer, working from home. All of a sudden, newspapers keep being left on his doorstep and when he looks inside, he finds that the crossword in the paper has questions and answers which relate to him. Puzzled and slightly creeped out by this, he decides to ask around and do a litt
Eli Easton
Sep 03, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is now out! On my website you can view my 'desktop' post--images I used for inspiration while creating this story:

This is the first m/m story I ever wrote, it just got a little behind in the production side of things. It's a sweet little novella, 20K words, which you may enjoy if you like any of the following:
* stories with a disabled MC
* nerds
* puzzles and games

You can read an excerpt here:
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 Cross Stars

Cute and fun, this book follows the author's style and gives you a nice, fluffy story that is very light on drama. I liked this but I think I would have liked a little more pages to get to know the characters better.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happy. Yep, that’s me. As I finished this story I was overcome with a surge of pure joy. I read a great deal of angst these days but I still crave a lighthearted story in between to lighten my spirits. Puzzle Me This was exactly what I needed. I enjoyed both Luke and Alex immensely and quickly cruised through their book smiling (nearly) the entire time. It’s not only delightful though…it’s also tender, silly and sexy. The blurb presents a solid foundation of what to expect and with the EE initia ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Ever since I read Superhero by Eli Easton she has been on my auto- jump-on-it-like-its-trying-to-get-away-and-I'm-not-gonna-let-it-list.
So when I saw the blurb for this short I knew I had to read it and add to that the cover really fits the story to a T.

Luke has moved back to Pennsylvania after years in California and he is loving it.
He and Trevor, his trusty pup, hike every morning before he starts his work (from home) as a computer game designer.

I love how clever and creative Alex is, his way
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: re-reading as Eli has republished it.


Well this is still just a wonderfully sweet and touching novella that hits all the right notes and has one of the most original meet/cutes I've ever read in a book.

I still love Alex and Luke and the disability element of the narrative is still handled with ultimate sensitivity and respect.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review


Original Review

Arghhh too short! What a delightfully sweet novella with
This story started with clever and intriguing premise as Luke received crossword puzzles with hints specially made for him. Who could this person who sent the puzzles be? Because of that, I was expecting that the puzzles would play big part in the story, act as smart and witty clues and help bringing the characters together.

Unfortunately, as the story moved along, it ended up at the “just okay” spectrum of my rating. I thought the story lost it sparks and it fizzled with rather banal conflict a
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

My only complaint about this was that it was too short and not fleshed out enough.

Luke is instantly intrigued and hopeful that his secret admirer could potentially be someone special. When he finds out it’s Alex, he’s far from being intimidated by his disability. These two hit it off immediately and it is hot and sweet. Each have their reservations, not wanting to hurt or be hurt.

As always, Easton excels in the UST and vulnerability. Quite the sexy number but again, I wish this story w
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Review of new edition:

I loved this revised, expanded version, especially the epilogue. Well worth a reread. Solid four stars.

Original review:


Clever, sweet; comfort, disability; tender steamy scenes; and some very funny dialogue.

The crossword puzzle setup was clever, and I liked both MCs, even if I wanted to slap some sense into Luke at the end. My heart broke for Alex, but I was glad he was able to separate himself from a painful situation.

I wish more of the story had been filtered from A
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eli-easton, m-m, short
YES! She did it again!
That's it!!! Eli Easton IS one of my "automatic buy" authors!

As I said before, I love disabled characters! They sim to sort of compensate their disability with their heart and emotions, and well... I'm sucker for emo (most times) when it's done well, and WELL it was done!!

I loved both MC's. Luke was great, and I loved the fact that he didn't REALLY thought Alex's disability was a big disadvantage to HIM. He had fears, but only just ones, and ones he needed to just think abo
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it

I am a Crossword Queen. Well in my head I am anyway. The New York Times crossword is my bitch! Haha…Nah, more like my addiction and nemesis. One I cherish every day. So Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton fits into a couple of my happy reading pockets.

What do you get when a crossword creator romances a computer game designer?

HOT nerd loving! :D

With charm, heat, and adorable dorky banter, Luke and Alex made me smile and cheer. A quick read filled with romance, stalking, fun, and games. A story that r
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I have a huge confession to make, I didn't finish Superhero and when I pre ordered this book I didn't know that this was the same author, I'm not sure if I would have bought it if I was aware of that.
Well now that my tough confession is out of the way, I must tell you that I loved this story, it felt a little bit rush because I want to keep reading more and more about this great characters, never the less it was wonderful.
Kaje Harper
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light, m-m, comfort-reread
For a book where one MC has a major physical handicap, this is a surprisingly sweet, light and easy ride. Perhaps because we only get Luke's POV, we aren't privy to the anxiety and pain Alex must have dealt with. The result is a great comfort-read type of book, with a few moments of emotion, and two very likable MCs.
3.5 Stars

When Luke Schumaker relocates from California back to his home state of Pennsylvania he quickly gets into a pleasant routine, one that includes working from home designing video games and walking his dog every morning in the woods behind his apartment building.

Shortly after settling in to the quieter life, Luke finds himself the subject of his morning crossword puzzles. Clearly, Luke is being watched – he hopes in a sweet, romantic way, and not a creepy stalker way – and, soon enough,
❧Gwendolyn❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧

Alex & Luke


Then they go hiking...


When Alex & Luke go hiking, and on the way back, it gets hot! Man oOoh man...Alex and Luke are PERFECT! OMG, A FREAK'IN DORABLE! And it's natural for them to fall in love, I am a hopeless romantic, and this book is PERFECT!


There are books that make me look at the percent and wish it was coming to an end, and books that I simply just coast through, and there are some books that lend me to wonder if it will ever pick up or shoul
Arch Bala
I was really digging this until the Halloween party scene. I was a bit bothered by Luke’s attitude towards the end. It’s not like he didn’t know what he’s going into. Okay, say we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt – thinking about it, it’s still not cool for him to act like a douche

Rating: 2.5 stars
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance
This was cute. But it was never more than that for me. I never cried with these two, never really felt they had a real issue. And it was a big one (view spoiler); but then, Luke just had one big epiphany in the end and that was it.
But still. The puzzles in the beginning were cute (if a bit stalker-y), and the story was just a really nice, light story.
Kade Boehme
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Idk why I put this off so long. I also don't kno how in such short little novellas that if written by anyone else would be *too* sweet, Eli Easton can pull me in and make me just cheer for a couple. Great little story.
I have determined that when I’m in the need for a literary hug I should look no further than an Eli Easton story. In this one we have Luke and Alex who live in the same apartment complex and the way they meet, through Alex’s secret notes in the local papers crossword puzzle is both sweet and unique. It made sense that Luke would figure it out, being a video game designer and puzzle geek himself. Their courtship is both thoughtful and steamy and I really liked reading about them together.

Alex is
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
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Puzzle Me This was such a touching story. I'm not typically a fan of novellas and avoid reading stories under 80 pages but I'm so glad I decided to read this. In 60+ pages, Eli Easton managed to to deliver a full story. She delivered the building of a relationship and character development.

This story was:
*(as I mentioned earlier) touching

This was a slam dunk for me. From the writing to the characters- everything worked for me. 5 stars! ♥
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 3.5
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3.5

Loved the puzzle idea, and even the game aspect. I think that was something else and I really had fun with the idea of Alex trying to catch Luke's attention in an unusual way.

This book had a heap of potential should it have been allowed to give the idea more room for growth but unfortunately for me, it simply was to short and it didn't ring realistic in the end.

I'll give it 3.5 simply because I liked the characters well enough and their app
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, romance-contemp
Sweet and charming.

A book to make you smile. I wanted to kick Luke and pat him on the back as he dealt with his own feelings about Alex and their relationship. It's not always easy facing what you don't know and realizing that you weren't making the right decisions. Smart guy, but some dumb moves.

Alex, absolutely sweet and adorable. Add in his intelligence and skills, ahem...and he's a gem.

My main grievance, the story is too short. There's the complicated issue of disability being addressed and
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars from me :)

I know I’ve said it before, but I *love* reading about anyone overcoming a disability and finding true love. Being a hopeless romantic, it totally warms my heart.

Luke is a game designer who works from home. He returns home from walking his dog to find an issue of the Philadelphia Examiner on his doorstep, even though he does not subscribe to the paper. After determining that it does not belong to any of his neighbors, he takes it inside to read over breakfast. He’s doing th
Just beautiful! M/M Perfection!!

Books like this make me realise why I read m/m books.

It is my first story by this author and I will definitely be reading more by Eli Easton. She has a brilliant sense of humour which she injects into her characters with ease. I love the characters Luke and Alex and the way their relationship developed is natural and not without its difficulties.

The whole premise of the book with how Luke and Alex meet is brilliant and so much fun!

I did wonder if the disability
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, romance

Puzzle Me This was entertaining, romantic, sweet and adorable, I liked it a lot. It has a bit drama but not too much. Reading about a guy with a major physical handicap finding the love of his life and fighting for it made me smile and cheer. Wonderful novella! :)
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the sweetest book from the beginning to the end. So romantic and they were perfect for each other. Nothing like a couple of nerds getting together. I love me some nerds ;-) I have to say I love Eli Easton's books. Great read.
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
An all around feel good story. Even the drama, or Luke being stupid, wasn't too much or over the top.
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