Book Reviews

Nerdy Dirty Valentine by Skylar M. Cates

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Firefighters / Students/Teachers/Professors / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Barb on 10-May-2024

Book Blurb

A nerdy virgin professor wants a little dirty talk… but am I the right person to give it to him?

James assumed I was his bully in high school. In my drunken haze, I thought he was mine. We were both wrong. Starting over as tentative friends, I offer to help James with his dating techniques up until Valentine’s Day. I figure it can’t hurt. I’m sober and a proud firefighter, too busy to worry about romance. And James claims he only needs my help until he finds a real relationship. I don’t want to make a mistake or hurt him.

As February approaches, I find my long-buried crush on James resurfacing again. Only this time, I’m determined to do something about it. Will I have to let James go by Valentine’s Day or follow the feelings in my heart?


Book Review

A cute “nerdy” Valentine’s Day story, this features Phin, a recovering alcoholic and firefighter who has returned to his home town, and James, a nerdy, tall, thin college professor with a cute basset hound named Ginsberg. Each man recalls the other as being a bully to them in high school and both need to clear the air about what really happened in the past.


Once they do, they decide they will try to be friends and date—but only until James figures out how to meet the man of his dreams. James is worried because he’s still backward when it comes to meeting men and he’s even still a virgin. Phin offers to help him gain confidence by “practice” dating as he has had his share of experiences with men, many of them during blackouts as his drinking spiraled out of control in high school and his addiction finally led him to get help.


Sober for a few years now, he’s happy to assist James. So the pact is set for them to date and hang out, and Phin will coach James until Valentine’s Day—a nice play on the fake boyfriend trope. But what happens when two men enjoy each other’s company so much? Feelings get involved, and Phin realizes he’s reluctant to pass James off to his “forever partner” when he wants to be that man himself.


The story is a sweet romance, with not a lot of depth or angst, but light-hearted and fun, especially for the most romantic day of the year.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 175 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-February-2024
Price $3.99 ebook
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