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- Print Length: 233 pages
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- Publisher: Inked Press (September 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 6, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I49J9H8
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Tamara Roh just wants someone to see her for her and not as the asian gaming girl she often gets profiled as. So when she meets a man too perfect to be true through a naughty online chat room, she can't believe her luck. Professor of Robotics, Steven Kipper is tired of all the people staring at the port-wine stain on his face, so he gives internet dating a shot. But when a case of mistaken identity leads to an embarrassing text message, Tamara knows it time to meet Steven in person and see if their connection is real or not.
What I Liked
I love nerdy beta heroes, so I really enjoyed Steven even when he was self conscious about his birthmark. I married a nerd so I love books that embrace that type of character and Sidney Bristol really committed to the theme and you can tell she's a gamer herself. I liked how relevant the culture was in this book, from cosplay, to Youtube shows, to Reddit, it was very relevant to the current internet landscape. The female friendship between the 4 girls is also really nice because it's real and honest and makes you want to call up your closest friends and just talk. I also really appreciated how therapy and having a therapist is portrayed in this book. It's not something to be ashamed of and not something that needs to be kept secret. Tamara and her friend, Piper, both see a therapist regularly and it's discussed with their friends like its no big deal. Which is really nice because lots of people get therapy for a variety of reasons and that's perfectly normal.
What Needed Work
Most of Tamara and Steven’s relationship is developed prior to the start of the book. I would have preferred to have seen more of this so that as the reader we can better understand why their feelings for each other are so strong. They do most of the discovery part of a relationship online and the reader doesn't get to experience any of this.
What I Didn’t Like
This is were the "barely 3 stars" comes in; I had a hard time waffling between 2 and 3 stars but because the actual writing was good and the pacing was great I went with 3. So here's the problem I had with this one: Though Bristol’s writing doesn't come across as preachy it still feels like she had a checklist of feminist/social injustices women face and she was attempting to put all of them in her book. I have nothing against having a feminist theme in a book but this one just had too many. We have a heroine that's been raped at a Con and is then villainized online for reporting it, a female friend that's been stalked, a female friend that's had intimate photos and videos put online after a breakup. Our heroine is fired from a job when she turns down the advances of her male coworker, she's hit on aggressively at the beach, she's harassed by her ex-coworker, she gets her butt grabbed while taking a selfie at a Con, she's sexualized because she's an Asian woman in gaming and has a larger than average cup size, and she gets in a “don't tell me how to feel/how to demand self-respect/to man-up” fight with Stephen. I understand that all of these things happen to women, and sometimes frequently, but having them all experienced in a book that was less than 180 pages was a bit ridiculous. Bristol could have focused on 2 or 3 and really explored those issues and given them the page time they deserved instead of glancing over a dozen or more.
Right off the bat, Sidney starts kinky, wow. (wish my hubby was a robotics genius) Steven and Tamara start a virtual relationship doing everything but reveal who they are and anything about what they do. But being internet savvy Tamara finds out who he is and isn't scared off by his appearance. Steven has dubbed the woman he has fallen in love with as Pam and as much as he respects her privacy he really wants to start a real-life relationship, he thinks he knows who she is. But one Facebook message to the wrong woman spurs Tamara into an in-person meeting with Steven. The first met went as expected they were both a little hesitant and nervous but the sexual chemistry between the two soon overpowers any nervousness and they quickly change their online-only to a real-life relationship.
They each have their own problems, Tamara was fired from her last job because she wouldn't sleep with her co-star and in the past she shook up the gaming community by going to to cops after being raped at a con. Steven has had bad experiences with girlfriends in the past he's unsure if Tamara is going to be like them or if she is sincere about her actions.
Overall this book was great, I really enjoyed it. I love all the characters and it made me cry and laugh it really was a great story.
I was attracted to this book because of the title. I thought oh a beauty and the beast story. It is however so much more.
Steven and Tamara meet though an adult chat room. They carry on a "relationship" for many months online and are hesitant to meet in person until and Steven thinks he figured out who Tamara was in real life. Unfortunately he is wrong because she lied about who she was.
This leads to them meeting in real life. (They both are geeks btw) Steven a Professor and Tamara a Beta Gamer. Steven has a portwine birthmark on his face (why he is the "beast") and Tamara is the pink elephant of every male geeks dreams (a big boobed asian).
With Tamera trying to live her life and determined to not cause waves within the male dominated gamer community and Steven trying to be the "man" in the relationship things happen that make you want to shake them both.
The sex is steamy and contains graphic language which some might not like (trigger words ect). Tamara's girlfriends are a pretty kick ass group of ladies.
Overall a good read which gives you a pretty accurate look at women in the geek (cosplay/gamer) community and what they deal with. As a proud Geek lady myself I enjoyed that aspect of the book.