Title: The Guy in the Coffee Shop
Author: Candi Kay
Genre: Erotica, MM, romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Connie Cliff
Working behind the counter of a specialty coffee shop, Tristan fantasizes about a businessman who rushes in and out each morning after ordering plain, black coffee. Who orders black coffee in a shop that sells every blend known to man? After awhile, it becomes apparent that the man is seeking Tristan out. But why? It would be fine for Tristan if the other guy wasn’t giving him such odd looks. Convinced he’s a homophobe who doesn’t like his flamboyant look, Tristan makes a point of avoiding the counter. But when Tristan is forced by his boss to do his job, an awkward moment arises between him and the hot man in the business suit. Only when he sees him again does he realize things weren’t exactly as he suspected.
This was a first for me: a sweet romantic story that I actually loved. I normally can’t stomach romantic stories, but this one was different. Somehow, I got through it without requiring any insulin. Not just that, I loved this story. I think it helped that it was so short. I’m a fan of short stories.
In this book, we meet a cute boy named Tristan, who works at the titular Coffee Shop. He sees this hot-looking business guy every day, who orders a plain black coffee. He’s always aloof, and poor Tristan mistakes his attitude for disdain. He is so intimidated and annoyed by this guy that he actively avoids him. Until this hottie cannot be avoided anymore, because one day Tristan finds this guy, whose name is Ryan, at the door to his apartment.
What happens next is very sweet indeed: the guys fall in love, and you can actually feel the butterflies fluttering about as Tristan and Ryan get to know each other and feel shy at first. There is a very sweet bedroom scene, which Candi describes so well that you actually feel like you’re a voyeur in Tristan’s bedroom. A cute and sweet relationship follows. I don’t want to retell the story since Candi does a superb job of it in the book. The prologue was a very nice touch, given that this was a short story that doesn’t normally call for a prologue. It literally almost made me cry, and I swear, I’m not the kind of person that cries in movies or when reading books.
I was completely taken by this story, and I am sure that everyone who reads it will be as well. What a great take on short story erotic romance. Loved it.
Candi Kay is a southern girl. She’s also a lover, mother, sister, friend and reader. By day, she is a blogger, but at night she transforms into a writer of various genres, with an emphasis on the kinky and erotic. After writing for years and doing nothing with it, she finally decided to take the plunge and put her words out there. She hopes you’ll take the plunge with her.