Monday, August 10, 2015

Love on the Web by Neil Plakcy

Larry Leavis is too smart and geeky for his family, too gangly and awkward among other gay guys. He’s never felt like he fits anywhere until he meets handsome entrepreneur Julian Argento and agrees to help him build a website for his fledgling web translation company.

Julian isn’t the only guy with his eye on Larry, though. Sexy client Victor Kunin has plans for Larry that go way beyond developing an app for his modeling agency. All this attention has Larry confused. Is Julian using him for his awesome coding skills, or is there something more between them – something that could be destroyed if Julian finds out about some very kinky trysts at Victor’s place?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Love on the Web was an easy, fast-paced read. I read it from page one until the end in one sitting. I was highly entertained and enjoyed being inside Larry's head. A fresh graduate who was 6 and a half feet tall, insecure over his looks, the youngest son but the middle child of 5, and trying to find his way through life.

Larry writes code for apps, where we meet a large array of his fellow employees and a gruff yet sweet employer. Between his roommates – his frat brothers – his family, his clients, and dealing with the man he wants and the man he can't get rid of, I was exhausted for poor Larry. Just reading about him run ragged was making me tired and queasy.

The book takes us on a journey as Larry deals with a man using him at work because his naiveté made him an easy target. Meanwhile, he's partnered up with a man he's slowly falling for but unsure if it's requited. We experience the ins and outs of getting a startup off the ground, while being torn this way and that by a day job and needy and zany family members.

I do need to mention, the excess of coding was mind-bending. After a few scenes of reading this, I began skimming anything pertaining to the instruction of how the website was being coded. I know the author couldn't just say, "I was working on the coding," as it wouldn't be authentic enough. But Love on the Web was inundated with steps on how to code like an instruction manual. I just zoned out when I came upon it, and feel slightly guilty over that, since the author clearly had a lot of knowledge in this area.

There were funny moments, sweet moments, awkward and painful moments, plenty of hot yet confusing moments, and then innocent yet romantic moments. I enjoyed the read, and look forward to reading more by this author.

I have read a lot of MM although quite often they are written by a woman – so it was interesting to read one clearly written by a man.

It was entertaining and I loved the geekiness imparted by the detailed information on coding and creating a website. The issues with safety and what could and could not be contracted out – even the issues of patents was fascinating – but then I am a closet geek myself, so I loved it! It did make it a lot clearer why he would behave the way he did – because really he wasn't entirely immersed in the same world as the rest of us – and for that he was completely adorable. His family were a great foil, although his patience was very impressive. The relationship that was building gave me hope for his future!

It was a quick, mostly light, and fun read which was entertaining and memorable.

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Neil Plakcy is the author of the “Love on” M/M romance series set on South Beach, and the Have Body, Will Guard adventure romance series, both published by Loose Id.

He is an assistant professor of English at Broward College in South Florida, and has been a construction manager, a computer game producer, and a web developer – all experiences he uses in his fiction. His research includes a great deal of time spent on South Beach talking to good-looking younger men.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Love on the Web (Love on… #3) by Neil Plakcy to read and review.

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