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Coffee Boy

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,681 ratings  ·  468 reviews
After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers—only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign. But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watches his every move.

Soon, the only upside to the job is that Seth h
ebook, 61 pages
Published October 31st 2016 by NineStar Press
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Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
When I read the synopsis of “Coffee Boy” I already knew that I had to read this book!
I mean a trans boy named Kieran who’s crushing on the campaign strategist of his internship? And this aforementioned campaign strategist is actually secretly crushing on their boss? *lol*

It had drama written all over it and if you know me, you also know that I can’t resist a decent drama! Well and now comes the funny part! There actually wasn’t all too much drama going on, but I still ended up loving this
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coffee Boy follows the synopsis pretty closely; there aren't any surprises going into it, which I loved. Sometimes all I need to cheer me up is a cute romance novella with a beautiful cover.

After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers—only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign. But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watch
K.J. Charles
I glommed this in a sitting when I was supposed to be working. What a hot bath and fluffy towel of a book. Seth is a prickly, lonely bi guy, Kieran is younger, trans, a bit adrift, and they are just so lovely and good for each other and nnngh this is why I read romance because this is just the way the world ought to work out for people. Absolutely charming.
Xan West
Content Warnings: (view spoiler)

Content Warnings for review: discussion of trans antagonism, misgendering and sex

I recently finished my third read of this book, and it is absolutely my go-to reread when I need a dependable trans romance comfort reread that
Tanu Gill
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Despite being short, this was a cute story. I loved the adorable Kieran and prim and proper Seth. There wasn’t much background set up, but whatever we got, it was enough to give you a good enough story to give you an entertaining while. I came to know about a few new things, too. Good one, overall.
Jay Northcote
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is perfect. It contained everything I love. Great characters and dialogue, pining and unashamedly sweet romance without being over the top. So good. A definite favourite that I will re-read. Highly recommended!
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Wow, this was so so good. It was so... heartwarming? gorgeous? cute? Maybe all of the above.

- Kieran was such a fantastic protagonist with such a fresh narrative voice. I loved his unapologetic anger, his sarcasm (look, I don't like sarcastic characters but Kieran is one done right), and how he was confident in some places but vulnerable in others.
- The book touches on trans issues, as Kieran is a trans man, which balances well with the overarching story and Kieran's character development.
- The
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gallic cheesy elf, you are awesome! Thank you sooo much!


~ 4.5 stars ~

The only negative thing I have to say about this book: it was too short! I wanted more and more and more!

I liked both MCs from the beginning!

Kieran comes across as angry, frustrated and snarky and he has every right to be. Since this story is told from Kieran's POV we get a glimpse into the life of a trans guy and his fight for acceptance, his hurt for being misgendered as a girl. There
Suki Fleet
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2016, supercute
Superbly written, sweet, quick read!
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Loved the dynamic between these two. Also really enjoyed seeing things from Kieran's perspective.
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

This was a quick and charming read.

The evolution of Kieran and Seth's relationship felt natural. Seeing how their feelings for each other changed over the course of the book is what I live for as a reader.

Kieran's bluntness gave Seth freedom to voice insecurities that he's kept to himself for years. If Kieran had a question, he asked it...he didn't skirt around issues with Seth. And that was exactly what Seth needed. He needed to be pulled out of the shell that he created for hi
Chris, the Dalek King
Unpaid internships to become the office coffee boy are not exactly the holy grail. Even if it does mean that Kieran will get an opportunity to work with his first political campaign. It’s not that he isn’t grateful for the “job” being offered to him by his former professor, but having to spend his days around people who will probably constantly misgender him is not his idea of fun. And he gets enough of that during his real job at a fast-food joint. If he backs out now, though, his best friend w ...more
3.75 stars rounded up

I must say that at first, Kieran was way too prickly for me. It took a little time to get myself comfortable with his attitude, especially when he confronts Seth. I imagine I will probably take a step back if I ever encounter someone like Kieran in real life. Which was why the relationship progress from supervisor/intern to colleagues to something more between Seth and Kieran felt believable because they were not on good terms in the beginning.

Kieran is grumpy, Seth is upti
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Coffee Boy is a new adult romance novella following Kieran, a young trans intern who gets a crush on his supervisor Seth, who has himself a crush on their boss.

I don't have a lot to say about this one, because it's very short, but I can say that the romance was adorable (novellas are the best length for romance, it's the truth), and that it's so refreshing to read a contemporary romance with trans representation in which there is no outing anywhere in the book. There is some misgendering, becaus
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This had good characterization and a strong narrative voice. I think it would have been better with a chapter or two more, after (view spoiler). It felt a little drab and low on action, especially compared to the technicolor adventure dreamscape of "Peter Darling". Part of that's personal taste -- I would always take Neverland over the real world -- but ...more
Clem (the villain's quest)
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

So damn cute.
Chelsea slytherink
review also posted on Wordpress! spoiler-free review!

I was so happy when I was finally able to buy Coffee Boy. It's currently on sale on smashwords, so definitely check it out!

All I knew about Coffee Boy before reading it, was that the main character is a trans man. And that was enough for me! Because of the title and cover, I had expected him to be a barista in a coffee shop, but that was definitely not the case! Still, this novella was very enjoyable.

I'm a cisgender woman, so my review really
Shira Glassman
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trans, men-with-men
Austin Chant's prose is just so easy to read. Sometimes I feel like his stories are downloading themselves directly into my brain.

Chant, who is also trans, has his trans MC Kieran point out how hard can be getting people to treat him like a person instead of a Very Special Episode: “Marcus thinks I’m brave for getting out of bed in the morning. He doesn’t take me seriously. He takes my problems seriously.” Kieran is volunteering for a political campaign while slowly falling for his cranky boss S
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, 2018-reads
. : ☾⋆ — 4 ★

this was so cute!!!! so pure!!!!!! austin chant is such a blessing and we don’t deserve him!!!!!

if you liked the hating game but want it BETTER and GAYER then this is 100% for you. it’s incredible how austin chant can make characters feel real and endearing and make you absolutely fall in love with them in less than 70 pages. speaking of which, this should’ve been 300 pages longer??? i didn’t want it to end!!!! i want a sequel!!!!!!

i also think it’s super important to point out that
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kieran is an out trans man who keeps his hair long and knows he has a high, feminine voice. He wears a pronoun pin and still people confuse it. He has a job that pays the rent, flipping burgers, but suddenly he’s been offered a political internship with a former professor, Marcus. His first day doesn’t start off well, as “Trust Marcus to promise him a trans-friendly workplace and not even bother to find out if anyone around him is trans-friendly.” He has to escape the confusion and this means ba ...more
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
This is a short story following a transgender boy, Kieran starting an internship in politics that he was recommended for by a professor of his, Marcus. Coffee Boy explores Kieran's sexuality and how he is perceived by others and it does not sugar coat the struggles those who are transgender deal with on a daily basis such as being misgendered. Coffee Boy ALSO includes a bisexual character and talk of bisexuality in general. I would've rated this 5 stars, however I had to skim the last few pages ...more
Mónica BQ
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up
Amazingly cool little story
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is pretty much what it says on the tin - the story is given away in its entirety in the synopsis. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it’s an observation!

This was a good all-round read which discussed some topics which are often absent from LGBTQIAP+ literature. The discussion of pronouns in the workplace was something I particularly appreciated. Seeing pronouns actually be monitored and the boss ensuring that everyone was respectful was a really enlightening aspect. I also really liked how K
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading Peter Darling, I was very excited to read more of Austin Chant's books. And I really enjoyed this novella as well, except that it felt quite rushed and I would have seen more of a well-paced introduction into the romance. The novella is well-written, and I did like the romance, but I felt like the pacing was off, which made it difficult to stay invested. I guess I just wish this would have been a full-length novel!

What I did love, is that this book has the kind of rep that can only
Adrian Fridge
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, contemporary
Sweet little story with low angst and a nice slow burn. The sort of trans romance you can pick up if you're looking for a pre-testosterone trans man making his way in the world and finding love in a cis guy who accepts him unconditionally. There be microaggressions from the rest of the cast, but it's mild and just adds realism to what trans people deal with on the daily.

The sex scene is done well too, with no language to suggest anything about Kieran is "unexpected" or difficult for Seth to work
‘Coffee Boy’ is a sweet and surprisingly witty new adult contemporary M/M age-gap romance featuring a transgender main character and a bisexual love interest. I wanted a little more from the romantic relationship and character development to be able to really fall in love with this story, especially because there’s not much of a plot otherwise, however this novella is well worth the read for anyone who enjoys cute romances with a happily ever after vibe or readers looking for a story with authen ...more
3.5/5 - It was a nice (very)short read that I recommend if you're looking for positive FtM trans characters where the plot isn't focused on the fact that they are trans.

It was fun and lighthearted, and the characters were very likeable.
I liked how we got a small insight on what it can be like for trans people in a new work environment.
I just didn't believe in the romance that much... I found Kieran extremely(too?) confident for a young coffee boy on his first few days in a big company - especia
Shelby Eileen
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This just made me so fricken happy. The ending put tears of joy in my eyes wtf. IT'S SO GOOD AND PURE AND CUTE. It's a short novella but there is somehow so much goodness packed up in there and nothing feels underdeveloped and unexplored??? If you're interested in reading about a pessimistic, smartass trans guy and a cranky, sensitive bisexual man then HERE IT IS. I just can't believe how much I relate to Seth. I, too, am bi, a bit of a frigid bitch, super fucking soft on the inside, love docume ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: gay trans male mc, bi li

im crying this is so good!! the only issue i had was its way too short i need more
Feb 28, 2017 marked it as definitely-not

No way am I going to read an entire novel written in present tense.
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Austin Chant is a bitter millennial, a decent chef, and a queer, trans writer of romance and speculative fiction. He co-hosts the Hopeless Romantic, a podcast dedicated to exploring LGBTQIA+ love stories and the art of writing romance. He currently lives in a household of creative freelancers who all spend too much time playing video games.

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