- Generic but attractive
- Read all at once (normal)
- Vincent may be geeky and not the most buff guy around, but he doesn't take crap from anyone - and the author set the tone for this story nicely*
- Vincent seems to get along well with his co-workers and is friends with some of them outside of work; it's bad enough they're overworked, but at least the author didn't try to create drama there
- Vincent's life goal is very cool - he wants to become a botanist/genetic engineer to create a hybrid species of wheat and oat that would grow quickly so he can feed the world**
- His best friend Matt's parents are awesome and so accepting of him; they took him in when his parents disowned him for being gay***
- Hip deep
Mood Upon Completion
- Happy (sort of)
- Very few/no typos
- Plasma hot
- Decently sweet
- The post-sex talk seems like a lot of realizations to have been made so quickly
- The ending moved REALLY fast and in an unrealistic way - I find it unlikely that most of Cress's family would be as accepting as they were, and asking Vincent (who they just met minutes ago) to move with Cress back to Maine to be with him seemed like a lot****
- Weakly emotional
- Violence (main, one, past)
- Cheating (minor, one, present)
*Vincent is at work and a ‘refrigerator wth a head’ from his college is trying to cut in line to get some slides mounted for a presentation, and Vincent keeps talking to the woman in front of him as the guy become increasingly irate. The guy slams a flash drive on the counter, still talking to Vincent who takes the flash drive and tosses it at the trash can while still chatting with the woman and ignoring him. It was awesome!
Why did there have to be drama when there was such a simple solution? I hated people who bitched just to hear the sound of their own voices. Go do something about it, don’t stand around and whine.
Amen – people like that get on my very last nerve; you’re wasting time while you’re complaining, and it’s especially bad that we now enable this under the heading of ‘venting’ – well, go vent somewhere else, and come to me when you actually want help solving the problem.
**He’s considering Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and feels that if the world is fed, everyone can better focus on more intellectual pursuits and figuring out world peace. People want us all to get along now, but that’s not possible when people are starving and homeless. Dunno if the hybrid is possible, but it’s a very clever idea.
***Matt’s mom tells Vincent:
“Mr. Cooksey told me to tell you, if the subject ever came up about him caring if you were gay or not, to remind you that he does not like show tunes and would prefer they were not played in his house.”
I opened my mouth to say something.
“And no, that is not an appropriate response to your questions, but is in fact the one I was directed to give you.
And we both know that Mr. Cooksey is not a politically correct individual, so neither of us should be surprised.”
I could only stare at her.
“And he is a confusing man because he does watch Glee with his daughter, and that program is about a show choir, so I’m not quite sure where he’s drawing the line on show tunes themselves, but I expect if it’s a musical, that means it’s out.”
****Vincent, smart cookie he is, wants a guarantee from Cress that he won’t up and change his mind, leaving Vince stranded in Maine, which gives Cress the perfect outlet to propose marriage. REALLY?! The fact that he’s hopped up to the gills on pain meds notwithstanding, I get that Cress has wanted to be with Vincent for well over a year, but this is totally new to Vince and just…no.
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