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A Little Side of Geek

(Geek Life #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  42 reviews
When opposite worlds collide, it’s anyone’s game.

Proud geek and comic book artist Morris Proctor wants nothing more than to live in semiseclusion with his devil cat and gamer friends. Despite what his well-meaning family thinks, he’s perfectly content with his status quo. The last thing he needs is to date another nongeek hell-bent on changing him.

Then he meets his adorkab
ebook, 306 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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4.25 stars!

While I know Marguerite Labbe has been writing in this genre but this is her first solo work that I read -- beforehand, I read her collaborations with other authors. And I LOVED it!!

I might not understand most of the geeks talk (like the computer games, and such) that came out from Morris' mouth -- I am as clueless as Theo, although I know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek and can honestly claim I don't care for both (wait for rotten tomatoes to be thrown at me) -- but i
Very nice, chill, 'smooth' geeky romance.

I think... I think this might have been too long, when taking into account that not a lot happened.
I liked the progression and development of the relationship, and I liked that we got to follow along, but it was just a very... 'Chill' story.

My biggest issue was Morris's attitude towards Theo, when they were fighting:
He couldn’t skive off work because Theo was having a temper tantrum, and he didn’t see how talking about it any more would change the situa
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
2.75 stars rounded up.

This is a case of "I liked this, but..."

This never really gelled for me. The start of Morris and Theo's relationship was supposed to be a fling, because they were both attracted to each other but didn't have time for a relationship. As a result, I never really cared about their first couple of encounters because I didn't feel any chemistry between the characters or have any sense of why they liked each other beyond their looks, which were just barely described. They do quic
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Little Side of Geek by Marguerite Labbe was such a pleasure to read! I don’t take enough opportunity to read simple, sweet, fun books like this so it was a welcome distraction.

The two main characters both have family issues, so I’m not belittling their drama, but they’re both mild and easy to work through. Morris has a lovely, supportive family and he has to learn to let their criticisms roll off his back. He’s also a bit of a commitment phobe, but that’s another easy one to overcome, being ha
Barb ~rede-2-read~
It amazes me how some authors can take a handful of words, craft them in a certain way, and produce a novel that can bring characters to life, evoke emotions, and leave a reader thinking about them for days afterward.

In this tale, geeky comic book artist Morris Proctor is perfectly happy living with his cat and his art. Give him some easily heated convenience food or pizza delivery and he’ll rarely need to leave his house. Except, of course, for the cons he attends—not as a gamer or cosplayer—bu
Joyfully Jay
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

Morris Proctor may be a proud geek and a self-employed comic book artist, but he’s a little lonely, and more than a little tired of his overbearing family. Meeting his new neighbors by chance, Morris is surprised how boy-next-door Theo is—and how affable, too. Theo has moved himself and his younger brother, Lincoln, into the apartment to give their sister and her husband an empty home to start their family. See, Theo’s parents both died within a week of one anoth
Morris Proctor is a self-proclaimed geek and comic book artist, really tall and lanky, and African-American. Somewhat lonely living by himself, but no interested in his family's attempts at match-making, he spends time with his niece, who's in a wheelchair since an accident, but who features prominently as the heroine in one of his comic series. A somewhat recent relationship with a non-geek who tried to change him has left Morris a bit wary of finding love with someone who's not into the same t ...more
I received A Little Side of Geek through the Don’t Buy My Love program for an honest and unbiased review. This story stars geeky artist, Morris Proctor, and chef, Theo Boarman. The book is told in third person from Morris and Theo’s pov, and two side characters.

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Theo doesn’t know a whole lot about geek culture, but he knows he likes the way Morris looks in a kilt. Morris doesn’t know a lot about food that doesn’t come pre-packaged, but he has to admit that he finds Theo irresistible. Neither one of them has the time for a relationship, but a casual fling might just be the thing to keep them sane. It’s not their fault that they can’t seem to keep emotions out of it. Or real life. Or Morris’ cat and Theo’s brother. Or either of their families.

It’s totally
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the geeky parts and the cooking parts and the little hints about what is coming up for future books, and I liked these two together. I thought there was a little too much of the family stuff, since they were getting it from both sides, but I suppose that's real life. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think I’ve found my next series love with this book. Interesting and engaging characters. Clean and tidy writing style. Focused emotional damage that is pinpointed at the start and not added to later for drama points. Low angst, and adult reactions. Loved it.

Theo is all in with this fling he’s having with his neighbour, and is trying to finagle his way under Morris’ defences to get a forever man out of the deal. He’s using his charm and culinary expertise to win over Morris, even though Morri
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dbml, lgbtq
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program.

I loved this little bit of geek, or rather, lot of geek! Neighbors Morris and Theo couldn’t be more different. Morris is a geeky, kilt-wearing comic book author and artist. Theo is a chef and restaurant owner dedicated to his family and business. Both are totally committed to their time-consuming careers, leaving little time for dating much less a relationship, but there’s someth
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
It wasn't until I was in the middle of this book that it occurred to me the author was one half of the duo who once inflicted the race fail "romance" better known as Lotus in the Wild. To say I absolutely HATED that book is the understatement of the millennium.

So imagine my surprise when this book actually turned out to be GOOD. When the Black gay hero isn't written like a bunch of stereotypes cobbled together. When Morris, the title geek, has a fully fleshed life with a loving family who may n
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gaybook-reviews
I picked this one because I was familiar with the author and expected a cute, warm read to snuggle up with.

I had fun with the setup: a comic book artist happily ensconced in a world of comic books, comic cons and cos players. It was interesting and amusing.

Morris is a comic book artist and Theo is a chef. One is self professed geek while other has no idea about the world. Their interest in each other is unexpected. I liked how they introduce their respective interests to each other while explori
May 26, 2018 added it
Shelves: paused-or-dnf-d
Paused at 10%. Not feeling it right now.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. I’m talking read it twice, and probably going to read it a third time after this review, because writing this is making me remember how good this book is. Part of the reason is how much I identified with Morris, as a crafter attending cons, and a geek. So, I was predisposed to love it, and the author backed it up with deep characters, steady pacing and a beautiful romance.

To be honest, I’ve had to rewrite this review countless times as most of the sentences I’ve started have
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Although this book started out VERY slowly, I ended up enjoying it a lot. Personally, I love romances that spend a lot of time developing characters and families (born or chosen). Family is really important to me and I appreciate seeing that reflected in fiction. A lot of the main storylines in this book involved family members, which was so lovely. I thought Linc, in particular, was very well written - he was ve
Heather Martin
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by DreamSpinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

A Little Side of Geek is the first book in Marguerite Labbe’s Geek Life series. This is a new-to-me author that I’ll definitely read again in the future!

I really loved this story and its characters. Morris was a proud geek, comic book artist, kilt wearer with great friends and family. He enjoyed going to comic conventions, hanging out with his frien
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Serena Yates
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018, gay
Opposite worlds colliding usually produces sparks, and that is exactly what happens when Morris and Theo become neighbors and start talking to each other. On the surface they have very little in common, but once they get to know each other, it becomes clear they share more than being workaholics and being gay. Both are artists: Morris with drawing and Theo when cooking. Both are lonely and have no idea how to make a relationship work or if they even want one. And both enjoy their jobs – maybe a ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is the story of the unlikely romance between a comic book writer and self-professed ‘geek’ and a chef running his family business.

Morris and Theo are both very likeable characters and I enjoyed learning about their lives and their jobs. But this is a much heavier book than the cover or the blurb suggest. Theo is the oldest of four siblings who have just lost their parents. When he meets Morris, he is already struggling to
I honestly am torn at not only my rating but also what I want to say in my review. I think that I have to break it down to explain my rating because there were parts I loved, parts I liked, parts that I think do not belong in this book at all and a few parts that I found offensive.

First off the things that I loved.... Geeks and all things Comic and card and geek related! I loved the cons! Ms. Labbe's real life experience shines through with all of her descriptions of cons and the many people tha
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program

In A Little Side of Geek, we are treated to a slow-burn, opposites-attract romance. Morris is a comic book artist with a penchant for kilts. Though he absolutely loves what he does, he's struggled to find acceptance from his family and from former partners about his work. They've criticized the time he spends making art at home and selling it at cons, as well as the seeming frivol
Anwen Ross
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program.

Morris is a tall, African-American comic book artist who’s into gaming and comic cons. Theo is a short, white chef and restaurant owner who’s into his business and raising his teenage brother. They have nothing in common and no time for love. But they’re neighbours, so they meet, and there's an immediate attraction.

For me this was a little slow, although if you like a long soap
Debbie Bookers
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read for me. It was nice reading how two people attracted to each other, but they live very busy lives, actually have to figure out how to spend time together. It always seems that love stories go so smoothly and no one really has to work. It was refreshing for me. This author really pulled me into the geek world. I had to look up a couple of things to understand, but it was fun learning these new terms for me. The only thing I had trouble with was a chapter that didn’t really see ...more
Mary Mary
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, dbml
* this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program *

* 3.5 stars *
It was my first book by this author but definitely not the last one. This is a love story between two hard working (I'd say workaholics but what do I know?) guys that lead different lives and barely have time to see each other . This is not insta-love type of a story but Morris and Theo are attracted to each other almost from the first meeting. Something that
Sharon Cox
I was given a copy of ‘Little side of geek’ by Marguerite Labbe in return for an honest review.
This was not the book that I was expecting to read but it is still a book that I really enjoyed.
I thought that because the word geek was in the title the book would be light, funny and a quick and easy read after my last heavier story. It was reasonably light but this book is a true romance.
Morris is a kilt-wearing geek and comic book artist and the owner of a devil-cat – which I would have loved to se
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program.

This one didn't move me. It was a very laidback book. I like the side characters who might get a full book but not enough I would be interested in continuing this series. It was just to dry for me. I did something I rarely do and stop reading for a few days. The beginning just starts off slow and took a while for me to find my groove. I will say that I appreciate reading a story
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a lot to like about this, Morris and Theo are a great couple. But I felt it was very lacking in terms of plot. A lot of time was spent on Morris's friends, but their lives were kind of boring and ultimately inconsequential to the main story. Morris and Theo needed more scenes together. The main conflict being their inability to make time for each other made for a frustrating read. Everything went so fast when they finally committed.

About 3.5 stars for me, rounding down because of how
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This took FOREVER. This is a story that is more about the MCs fixing the relationship with their own families than building their own. Not a fan. Especially not a Theo fan since he was calling the shots unilaterally and just dropping bombs on Morris: "here, meet my boyfriend, athough we just said we had a fling", "when we move in together..., oh, you didn't know?" and "we're getting married, not tomorrow but soon". Ugh.
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Marguerite has been accused of being eccentric and a shade neurotic, both of which she freely admits to, but her muse has OCD tendencies, so who can blame her? Her husband and son do an excellent job keeping her toeing the line, though. Together with her co-author Fae Sutherland, Marguerite has found a shared passion for beautiful men with smart mouths.

When she's not working hard on writing new m

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