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Coffee Boy 4.25 starsLoved the dynamic between these two Also really enjoyed seeing things from Kieran s perspective. Content Warnings view spoiler supervisor intern romance, including sex on the page, 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 hide spoiler Content Warnings for review discussion of trans antagonism, misgendering and sexI recently finished my third read of this book, and it is absolutely my go to reread when I need a dependable trans romance comfort reread that Content Warnings view spoiler supervisor intern romance, including sex on the page, 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 hide spoiler Content Warnings for review discussion of trans antagonism, misgendering and sexI recently finished my third read of this book, and it is absolutely my go to reread when I need a dependable trans romance comfort reread that I know I will love.This read, I was particularly struck by not just the workplace aspect, which I discussed in my original review which I include below , but the way Kieran is grappling with imagining a future I feel like this aspect of trans experience is something that I rarely see even discussed, much less depicted in books One of the reasons I often recommend books like S Bear Bergman s Blood, Marriage, Wine, Glitter to young trans readers is that it can be so difficult to imagine a future, where you might have a large chosen and blood family, and raise children Kieran struggles to imagine life beyond his current awful job that pays the bills, to imagine that this internship might be a step toward a future career That struggle, which is rooted in his transness and experience of trans antagonism, felt so resonant for me as a trans reader It is hard to dream a future career when all that feels real is the terrible misgendering alienating experience on the job every day I really liked that Kieran got to be in those feelings, and share them, and have his love interest hold those feelings with him.Original review So, I would give this 4.5 stars, I m rounding up 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, isstory 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 forbecause I so identified with Kieran and so needqueer 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 Also posted on my blog After Graduation, Kieran Expected To Go Straight Into A Career Of Flipping Burgers Only To Be Offered The Internship Of His Dreams At A Political Campaign But The Pressure Of Being An Out Trans Man In The Workplace Quickly Sucks The Joy Out Of Things, As Does Seth, The Humorless Campaign Strategist Who Watches His Every MoveSoon, The Only Upside To The Job Is That Seth Has A Painful Crush On Their Painfully Straight Boss, And Kieran Has A Front Row Seat To The Drama But When Seth Proves To Be As Respectful And Supportive As He Is Prickly, Kieran Develops An Awkward Crush Of His Own One Which Seth Is Far Too Prim And Proper To Ever Reciprocate 3.5 starsDespite being short, this was a cute story I loved the adorable Kieran and prim and proper Seth There wasn t much background set up, but whatever we got, it was enough to give you a good enough story to give you an entertaining while I came to know about a few new things, too Good one, overall. Wow, this was so so good It was so heartwarming gorgeous cute Maybe all of the above Kieran was such a fantastic protagonist with such a fresh narrative voice I loved his unapologetic anger, his sarcasm look, I don t like sarcastic characters but Kieran is one done right , and how he was confident in some places but vulnerable in others The book touches on trans issues, as Kieran is a trans man, which balances well with the overarching story and Kieran s character development The Wow, this was so so good It was so heartwarming gorgeous cute Maybe all of the above Kieran was such a fantastic protagonist with such a fresh narrative voice I loved his unapologetic anger, his sarcasm look, I don t like sarcastic characters but Kieran is one done right , and how he was confident in some places but vulnerable in others The book touches on trans issues, as Kieran is a trans man, which balances well with the overarching story and Kieran s character development The romance was such a pleasant surprise I read this book without knowing anything about it, and I thought it was fantastic The love interest was complex, and I loved his character It was a great short read, and I thought it was the perfect length Full review to come This story is perfect It contained everything I love Great characters and dialogue, pining and unashamedly sweet romance without being over the top So good A definite favourite that I will re read Highly recommended Gallic cheesy elf, you are awesome Thank you sooo much 4.5 stars The only negative thing I have to say about this book it was too short I wantedandandI liked both MCs from the beginning Kieran comes across as angry, frustrated and snarky and he has every right to be Since this story is told from Kieran s POV we get a glimpse into the life of a trans guy and his fight for acceptance, his hurt for being misgendered as a girl There Gallic cheesy elf, you are awesome Thank you sooo much 4.5 stars The only negative thing I have to say about this book it was too short I wantedandandI liked both MCs from the beginning Kieran comes across as angry, frustrated and snarky and he has every right to be Since this story is told from Kieran s POV we get a glimpse into the life of a trans guy and his fight for acceptance, his hurt for being misgendered as a girl There s much to learn about the daily struggles trans people face without appearing to bee too educational Obviously, I don t have any personal experience here but I could understand and relate to all of Kieran s feeling and reactions.Seth appears to be cold and standoffish but from day one he s the only one who stands up for Keiran, corrects people when they use the wrong pronouns, and tries to find ways to raiseawareness about transgender people Despite all his scowling and sneering, he s the one who wants Keiran to be comfortable and happy at work I just thought him to be the sweetest guy ever After a while, they form some sort of connection and while learningabout each other on a personal level, they realize there isthan just friendship between them I really loved how understanding, careful, and considerate Seth was It s obvious that he cares and this being a boss employee relationship with an age gap of 12 years, he s making sure that Keiran doesn t feel pressured in any way and everything that happens is consensual.This is a sweet, cute, well written short story that left me with a bunch of happy feelings But dear author, please give meI need to know how their story continues Superbly written, sweet, quick read Coffee Boy follows the synopsis pretty closely there aren t any surprises going into it, which I loved Sometimes all I need to cheer me up is a cute romance novella with a beautiful cover.After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watch Coffee Boy follows the synopsis pretty closely there aren t any surprises going into it, which I loved Sometimes all I need to cheer me up is a cute romance novella with a beautiful cover.After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watches his every move.Soon, the only upside to the job is that Seth has a painful crush on their painfully straight boss, and Kieran has a front row seat to the drama But when Seth proves to be as respectful and supportive as he is prickly, Kieran develops an awkward crush of his own one which Seth is far too prim and proper to ever reciprocate.I knew going into this that I was going to get a great romance, but what I wasn t expecting was the healthy amount of humor thrown in I love the fact that the author took the time to include some banter in here I always appreciate it when a new read manages to make me laugh out loud multiple times.Just to give you a couple of examplesCrazy thing, though I m pretty sure Mister Senior Campaign Strategist has a thing for Marcus Nice, Jillian says See, I m not the only one Kieran pokes the side of her ramen bowl with his toe not enough to make it slosh, just enough to make her shriek and slap his foot away Is that not weird to you Why Are you saying mean, bitter people can t be queer Jillian pats his foot Look in the mirror Also, Kieran shading his supervisorWait, so I was assigned female at birth, and that s okay to talk about, but your crush on our boss isn t appropriate But real talk the fact that Seth was pining for his married with children boss kind of made me dislike him a bit Reading about someone thinking about a married person like that is just something that doesn t sit well with me personally And then taking the fact that he s a decade and something older than Kieran I don t usually enjoy reading about significant age gaps in romances And I still don t So I had to make myself forget that the romantic interest is significantly older than our main characterThose were the only negative aspects for me, but still, don t get me wrong, Seth is an amazing romantic partner for Kieran He s kind, supportive, respectful and genuinely takes the time to get to know him It s really only because of my personal issues on the married thing and age gaps that lowered my attachment a bit Other than that, this novella is fucking great for its LGBTQIA representation Ownvoices Witty banter scattered throughout This next one is kind of random, but bear with me When Kieran and Seth go out and order fries, I ended up googling 34 best french fries recipes and ideas it was midnight, so don t judge me And now thanks to Coffee Boy I know what I m having for lunch Also kind of unrelated, but this book managed to perfectly describe this one minor character in my favorite showThe customer is probably like nineteen, or a precocious high school senior, but he clearly thinks he s hot shit To his credit, he s cute, in a wannabe frat boy way He s got long eyelashes and a cocky smile, and for a second Kieran genuinely grins back at him That paragraph literally put down in words what I think of Christoffer Schistad from Skam Ok Now back to the actual storyline Coffee Boy is one of the most important LGBTQIA romances I ve read in awhile And I ll appreciate it eternally for taking the time to discuss so many important topics, such as the usage of the word queer among many otherI m afraid I don t have your ability to be so open I don t like to discuss certain personal matters at work Kieran could gracefully accept his apology Or he could open his fucking mouth, and guess which one he does Neither do I, he says, and even to his own ears he sounds sullen For some reason it always seems to come up, though Seth blinks at him for a moment before it dawns on him Ah Yeah, sorry I do get it You d rather not have to be queer at work Seth winces I m not overly fond of the word queer , either Oh It s not that I don t identify with the general idea, it sthat I can t help thinking of it as Seth s face closes a little As the kind of thing boys call each other when they can t think of anything worse We needbooks like this Overall, I mthan glad I picked this one up and stayed up late to finish it I definitely recommend Coffee Boy if you re looking for a quick but lasting readNote I m anAffiliate If you re interested in buying Coffee Boy, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionSupport creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with I glommed this in a sitting when I was supposed to be working What a hot bath and fluffy towel of a book Seth is a prickly, lonely bi guy, Kieran is younger, trans, a bit adrift, and they are just so lovely and good for each other and nnngh this is why I read romance because this is just the way the world ought to work out for people Absolutely charming.

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