- File Size: 3598 KB
- Print Length: 89 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (October 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MF701J0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,552 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Coffee Boy Kindle Edition
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Kieran is pretty cynical for a 23-year-old. And my gosh is he sassy. He works a fast food job to pay the rent but has started work for a political campaign because he was offered an internship by a former professor. When he arrives at the campaign office, he meets a few people that are interesting, but the most interesting to Kieran is campaign strategist Seth. Seth is so straight-laced he's nearly brittle. I loved all the things Keiran would say and do that would rattle Seth's cage.
The first part of this book was largely educational regarding certain aspects of life for transgender people. The relationships were gently developing, but a lot of what happened in the office revolved around Kieran and his gender identity. He refers to others (in his head and to their face) as cis, heterosexual, queer, etc. So yeah, it's a big part of the story AT FIRST, but it's well written, it's educational, and the author doesn't bash you over the head with any of it. Some of it will make you laugh out loud!
There were LOTS of parts of this book tht were delightfully clever, or hilarious or both. Sharing some of them would include spoilers, but one of my favorites that did make me burst out laughing:
Seth says, "This tastes sweeter than usual. Are you sure this is the right order?
Kieran replies, "I think so. Might've ordered a hundred shots of syrup in that one instead of ninety-nine."
I'd love it if there was a sequel to this book. There is a lot of room for Kieran and Seth going forward. I'd buy the sequel in a heartbeat. Even if it costs $4. ;)
I already know I am going to reread this again. It captures a trans experience that I know deeply, and it is the first book I've read that does so. It stirred up all these feels, because of that. This book really holds the reality of what it's like to be a non-passing trans guy at the workplace. A reality I know well. (I am non-binary, but was read as a non-passing trans guy on the job for the last 13 years. So, while my situation is not identical to Kierans, it has substantial overlap.) The inexorable experience of being misgendered all day, every day, including by people that are well-meaning and kind in other ways, grappling with imagining a future of work being like this, being glad that other people correct folks about pronouns and also just wanting both your transness and the way it's a problem for other people not put you at the center all the time. This aspect of the story feels so critically important and so deeply needed in representation that I was pretty thoroughly distracted by it.
But yes, there is a romance at the center of this book, and it has a sweetness to it that I really enjoyed. The dislike turning to crush is lovely as it unfolds, the way they seek intimacy with each other and step back is a dance that I enjoyed quite a bit. The dancing scene is perfect. The sex is hot and real.
I liked how careful Seth was to establish actual consent, that I didn't doubt that he had it and cared about that. I usually avoid boss/employee romances because I'm worried this will be mishandled. I felt ok with it, personally.
What I would want, if anything, is more story. A companion novella, showing them at the next stage of their relationship. Or for this to be a full length novel. I was just really getting on board with them as a couple when the book ended. It may be that I am especially hungry for more because I so identified with Kieran and so need more queer trans stories. Those things are absolutely true. I am hoping there might be a sequel, that this could be a trilogy of novellas, or at least a duology. I would love that.
Trigger Warnings: supervisor/intern romance, including sex, which I thought took great pains to establish consent. lots of misgendering on the job, a power dynamic that includes pity around trans identity (not with love interest).
Coffee Boy was a delightful romance. Chant managed to pack quite the story with emotional punch into this novella. Highly recommend!
I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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Woah, I loved this! Though I’m a trans demiguy (I’m nonbinary), not a trans guy, I found that I could relate to many of Kieran’s experiences.Read more
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