Title: The IT Guy
Author: Andi Burns
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 7, 2020
5 wonderfully witty CROWNS
I love discovering new authors and I have to say, if this is the quality of writing we get from Ms Burns as a brand new author, then she surely has a great career ahead of her and we as readers are in for a treat.
This author’s clever humor and smooth writing style grabbed me from the beginning and I enjoyed both enormously. Wonderfully witty banter and double entendres had me in stitches. In fact I was laughing so hard at one point I got a scathing look from my husband and a judgy comment about the kind of book I was reading!
The IT Guy has a great balance of fun and angst but it’s not without it’s poignant moments too. I really felt for Elaine when feelings of self doubt crept in. I could empathise with Simon’s frustration but quite frankly given half the chance I would’ve shaken Elaine’s mother until her teeth rattled for making her so insecure in the first place. I loved Simon’s tenacity, his view of the world, not to mention his confidence and his dedication to making his Lainie happy. You’ve got to admire a guy who doesn’t let Star Wars bedding get in the way of a good seduction.
Sweet and considerate, he’s no doormat however, and I applauded his spirit and his sense of self esteem when things took a bit of a wrong turn. Despite their age gap, it was clear that Elaine and Simon were made for each other. Their personalities complemented one another perfectly and not once did I doubt that they should be together. I just hoped Elaine would see it as well, before it was too late. There’s also a wonderful cast of colourful, well developed, supporting characters and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they pester this author to write their stories too. Quite frankly, we all need a no nonsense best friend like Molly, providing both the voice of reason and a shoulder to cry on.
I can’t believe this is a debut novel. A gorgeous romance, charming and sexy, with lots of steam and humour, a little angst and a lovely epilogue, makes this a real winner for me. I can’t wait to see what Ms Burns has in store for us next.
4 Wonderboy Crowns
This was a wonderful debut Novel by Andi, I got swept away with the delightful quirkiness of the characters and the easy flow of the storyline. Andi has a delightful writing style that keeps you engrossed in the plot and entertained throughout. I loved the lightness to this story, but also with the character development regarding the underlying issues. I feel this is not just a romance but a story of self-discovery and acceptance of who you are.
“Too soon to offer pregnancy? I get that. We haven’t even ordered appetizers yet.”
I adored Simon, he is 100% okay with who he is and he doesn’t try to change to suit those around him. He owns the person that he has become and makes no apologies for it. He is the definition of Nerd with his ridiculously high IQ and love of all things Star Wars. Simon is overall just the sweetest most understanding guy and that is guaranteed to make you swoon. The way that he is with Elaine will seriously have you melting into a puddle. He doesn’t push her or force her hand in any way he’s supportive and does his damndest to make her see how wonderful she is. And he is so funny, his sense of humor and sarcasm is freaking fantastic. Their banter is one of my favorite things about this book. Gahhh this man is All. The. Things!!!!
“You are ridiculous.” “You say that to me a lot, I’ve decided to take it as a compliment. Now, let’s get back to more sex than you’ve had in the past three years combined.
I loved Elaine, did she do some stupid things, absolutely. But I think that’s what made her so much more real for me. What she goes through and her growth through this story is one that I think many can relate to. I felt for this woman down to my soul. Elaine has a lot of baggage that she has to work through, but honestly who doesn’t. And her baggage is one that you can see why it’s there, I mean with what she endures who wouldn’t. I loved how real Andi wrote Elaine, I felt like her and I could be friends with her wonderfully quirky personality and her overall sweet/caring side.
He sighs, and I know it kills him that he can’t fight this battle for me. It probably kills him that I have to fight this battle at all.
I absolutely loved this story’s overall message of truly loving and accepting who you are. It’s hard to love yourself when society’s message of perfection is the norm that we have to see daily. That expectation is not an achievable goal and as women I think it’s hard to see what they deem perfect and looking in the mirror and not measuring up. I respected the development of Elaine’s character and I felt her struggle down to my marrow. The only thing that I wanted more of was the ending, honestly it felt like it happened abruptly, I think there could have been a little more to it. But that just shows how much I like this story that I wanted more. This book was a great debut for Andi and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.
5 STAR WARS CROWNS
Charming and delightful, The IT Guy brings us the best of the romcom world.
Andi Burns has created an enigma with Simon. As a reader I tend to lean more towards the dark and broody hero, but there is something utterly addictive about Simon and his Star Wars, tech loving ways. Maybe it is the way he loves a Elaine or maybe it is just how completely adorable he is, but I couldn’t resist him.
Elian is a tougher not to crack. She has baggage, not a lot but enough from people who are meant to support to cause some major hang ups for her and Simon. While I didn’t always love Elaine’s choice, I loved her authenticity, and how Andi showcased her evolution.
The IT Guy’s plot line is fast paced and filled with perfect chemistry. It has the banter and the intellectual and physical connection I crave in a story, and the writing that is entertaining and enchanting. And that ending! While it could have a been a bit longer, I loved the attention the author paid to the details and how she wove the most important parts of their character into the resolution.
Andi Burns knocked her debut novel out of the park. Her writing is fresh, her humor is witty and smart, and her characters are delightful. Definitely a must read for the romcom world.
I love my job, I love my house, and I love my cat. What else do I need out of life? Hmmm…maybe the hot new IT guy from work. Those dimples…And don’t get me started on his forearms.
But he’s way too young. Plus, office romance is never a good idea. Besides, my relationship track record is pitiful and the last thing I need is to get my heart broken again. So Simon Walker can take his charm, his Star Wars sheets, and his genius IQ and sweet talk some sweet young thing.
Elaine Madigan is easily the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. Hilarious. Sexy. Smart. And unfortunately, she’s also convinced herself that I’m way too young for, so she’s friend-zoned me.
Somehow I need to show her how grown up I really am. I need her to see that I’m ready to settle down–with her. It’s no easy task, but that doesn’t scare me. After all, I’m a techie, and cracking codes is what I do. No matter what it takes, I’ll hack the code to her heart.
The IT Guy by Andi Burns is a dual POV standalone work romance with a younger hero, office hijinks, lots of laughs, and plenty of steam.
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We’ve been at this scavenger hunt for a good half hour, and we’re tied at 5. We’ve got a list of outlandish costumes and the goal is to spot as many, in real time, as we can. People watching is fun, but let’s face it: I’ve mostly been watching Elaine–the way she smiles softly, the way she toys with the ends of her hair or the bracelets on her wrist. I thought I was crushing before, but spending time with her one-on-one, (and no, the occasional carpool does not count) has me completely enchanted.
She scans the bar again, but the look on her face tells me she’s come up empty. I take a quick glance around and smile.
“Sexy nun for the win.”
“No freaking way.”
“Yes freaking way. Sexy nun right at your back. Wait.okay, look now.” I watch her turn to spot a co-ed in little more than a crop-top and a habit. Seriously, her skirt’s the size of a business envelope, which could be an issue in the eyes of the Lord. “Holy crap, that girl will catch pneumonia.”
“Maybe the sexy doctors at the bar should lend a hand?”
She laughs, and my heart expands. “Well, sure. It’s the medically responsible thing to do.”
I shake my head at the visual. “Sounds like a bad porno.”
“Is there such a thing as a good porno?” The sincerity in her voice makes me choke on my beer.
“Oh, God! I’m sorry! Are you okay? Here, put your arms up. Maybe you need the sexy doctors?”
I cough loudly and draw a few stares. I smile in reassurance. “I’m good,” I promise, as I clear my throat a final time. “I don’t need the sexy doctors. Thoroughly enjoying my evening with a sexy copy-editor, though.”
Elaine blushes at my compliment as I flag down the scarecrow. Hell, even I’m impressed with the level of smooth I’ve been able to maintain. Being with Elaine is so easy that all–well, okay, a solid 50%–of my awkwardness seems to have dissipated.
The scarecrow returns and nods when I ask for a refill. She turns to Elaine, “Another for you, too?”
“Yes, thanks, but I’ll switch to a Shirley Temple Black.” Scarecrow nods again and disappears into the crowd.
“Did you seriously just order a Shirley Temple? That’s awesome. I don’t think I’ve had one of those since I was ten.”
She opens her mouth, and I’d bet my Wookie collection she’s about to knock on my age.
Emboldened by the fact that I’m making her laugh and this date is going well, despite my inability to wear matching shoes, I reach across the table and press my finger to her lips. “Don’t say it.”
She widens her eyes with innocence, but I’m not fooled. Gifted program, remember? “Don’t. Whatever crack you were going to say about my age or yours, don’t.” Scarecrow returns with our drinks, and I accept mine, even if it means pulling my hand away from Elaine’s lips.
“I wasn’t going to say anything.” She can’t keep a straight face as she lifts her drink.
“Bullshit. You were two seconds away from saying something like, ‘When you were ten? What was that? Three years ago?’” I’m sure I impress her with my exaggerated falsetto.
“Yes, well.” She looks appropriately and adorably sheepish. “I was merely going to clarify that a Shirley Temple Black is an improvement on the old standard because it contains a shot of vodka. And the Black comes in because that was her married name.”
“Who knew? And it’s good, this grown up version?”
“It’s delicious.” She sips her drink through her straw, and my cock, which has been half hard since this date began, presses painfully against my fly. Christ. If she starts talking about porn again, I’ll go out of my damn mind.
She reaches across the table this time and puts her hand in mine, lacing our fingers together. Her thumb rubs over my pulse point; it’s barely a touch, but it’s enough to drive me crazy.
Her hand moves down to my forearm, and her fingers caress the skin there. It feels good, sure, but when I look up at her and see the flush on her cheeks and I know she’s getting turned on by my forearms, I nearly lose it.
She pulls away quickly, and I’m about to protest or cry like a baby, but she’s toying with the little plastic sword, and I’m a little mesmerized as she peels a cherry off the length of the sword, rolls it on the tips of her fingers, and then points it in my direction. “Want my cherry?”
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Andi Burns writes contemporary romance infused with humor, sass, and steam. She loves a happily-ever-after as much as her characters do, and she always reads the last page of a book first, just to make sure it all turns out okay.
Andi lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, folding laundry, or daydreaming about her next hero and heroine.