As writer of the popular "Ask Eros" advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive-until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company's IT support team. Simon may be charmed by Benji's sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he's met Mr. Right?
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FiveStars Simon and Benji This is a wonderful book! It is the very simple story of the beginning of a relationship. It is the story of Simon, an advice columnist at a women’s magazine in New York. It is also the story of Benji, an IT technician at the magazine. At the start of the story, Simon is slowly extricating himself from an unhealthy relationship. His friends are marrying and settling down and he feels lonely. Benji is the consumate geek. He references science fiction films, wears character t-shirts and has collections. This book is so well observed. As the central characters developed, I moved from thinking that I’d known people exactly like them to wondering uncomfortably if Suzanne was actually writing about me and my relationships. The relationship between the two characters was real. It was possibly the third character (though Walt the pit bull might have something to say about that). This wasn’t an urgent, passionate rush for bed followed by declarations of undying love. Instead, and unfortunately unusually, it records the slow, sometimes awkward getting to know a new lover. It observes the equally awkward and sometimes frustrating meshing of lives and homes that follows. Above all, it manages to capture very accurately the silly moments, the unfailing support offered by true partners, and the playful interludes that make everything else in life worth doing. So often, romance is serious and passionate involving exaggerated misunderstandings and artificial barriers. This is just real. The story is funny and sweet and almost painfully well observed. I loved it. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah ThreeStar This book started out great. It was fun and funny, and there was great boy-meets-boy tension. I loved the humor and the Simon's awkward insecurity. I was drawn in right away. Unfortunately, all of that wrapped up in the first third of the book. The rest was just a lot of sex. I'm not against erotica, but there was absolutely nothing else happening, and this was a fairly lengthy novel. Every time I thought an element of plot twist or tension was being introduced, it was resolved far too easily and typically within a chapter. Even the characters' bedroom play was comparatively vanilla. That's fine, but this story really needed something more in some way. This would have been cute as a serial, but it really didn't work for me as a full-length novel. I suspect some readers would love the hot sex and not be bothered at all by the lack of plot, but I prefer more of a complete story with some tension in among the fluff. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. ~Amy