Title: Organic Chemistry
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press April 2013
Blurb: Brendon Marcus lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early twenties, he doesn’t know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn’t sure what to make of him.
Josh has his own problems. His successful parents aren’t particularly happy with his career path, and some of the players don’t like having a gay assistant coach. He begins to have doubts, but Brendon makes the world look a little brighter.
But when Brendon’s department head starts to make trouble, Josh and Brendon discover that standing up for each other is the first step to standing up for themselves.
Review: Andrew Grey is on my auto buy list. He has yet to write something I didn’t like, and this book didn’t disappoint. It’s a short read at 134 pages and because of Andrew Grey’s writing style it was done before I blinked. If you like sweet romances with both kind and quirky men, Mr. Grey is your guy.
We meet Brendon first in this novella. A genius with a complete lack of social skills but brains for days. He is knocked flat while walking around with his head busy computing and calculating. Josh the new football coach is smitten from the moment he picks up Brendon’s notebook.
I loved Josh’s pursuit of Brendon. He looked at the man and said “Yep. I’ll have that with a side of fries.” Josh has to convince Brendon that he is real and that somehow he understands the focus Brendon has when it comes to his work.
Brendon is confused, and busy with a hundred things going on at work including a vindictive boss. If Josh had been less adamant or had thrown up his hands at Brendon’s inability to show him any attention this romance would have come to a close just like all the others in Brendon’s life.
I enjoyed the interaction with Josh and his team and would have liked to have seen more of that. The influence of a coach to make a man and not just a player on the field was awesome.
I think Josh was my hero in this story. He pursued, he did everything in his ability to understand Brendon. Even when he screwed up it was Josh who made everything better. But in the end Brendon realized that Josh was worth his focus.
Once again my folder of Andrew Grey books grows with this one and cements his auto-buy status.
Reviewed by Beans
Posted on April 30, 2013, in Beans, Contest and tagged B List, Beans, College, Contemporary, DSP, Football, Genius, Jocks, M/M, Novella, Professor, romance, Scientist. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.