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Review by Suze
Kieran's flipping burgers to pay the rent, but he also managed to find himself a great internship. After college one of his former professors offers him a place at a political campaign team. Kieran can't believe his luck. Work proves more difficult than he thought though. Being trans in an office where people are often insensitive can lead to uncomfortable situations. Plus Kieran's boss Seth, the campaign strategist, is incredibly strict.
Seth might seem sour and stringent, but Kieran discovers something that's troubling him. Seth has a crush on the professor, who is straight and oblivious to anything but his wife and family. Seth might be uptight, but he does stand up for Kieran whenever their colleagues misunderstand him. Kieran gets to see a different side of him and he likes that very much. He wants to get to know his boss a lot better, but will Seth let him come any closer?
Coffee Boy is a wonderful love story. I immediately liked Kieran. He's brave and impulsive and he speaks before he thinks. This leads to fabulous, sometimes uncomfortable, funny, situations. Kieran is a kind and perceptive guy. I immediately liked his attitude and his adorable blush. Seth has a lot of worries and he works twice as hard as everyone else in the office. He might be tense, but he also has a warm and sweet side that slowly comes to the surface. His personality is intriguing and I couldn't wait to find out more about him. Seth and Kieran have amazing chemistry, they're meant to be, which is something I loved.
Austin Chant's writing has an easy flow and he writes about complex topics in a smooth and charming way that seems effortless. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of his characters' personalities the most. His honest writing makes it possible for the reader to really get to know them. I loved that through Kieran's thought process and behavior he shares a lot of information about being trans, making it a natural part of the story. I loved reading about Kieran and Seth, they're endearing and put a big smile on my face. Coffee Boy is sparkling, sweet and romantic. I highly recommend this fantastic novella.