Tech Support by Jet Mykles

Jet Mykles’s Tech Support

Blurb:


Aaron is a whiz with computers but horrible with people. Painfully shy, it’s sometimes all he can do to communicate when he’s face to face with anyone. The fact that he has unusually red hair and gorgeous green eyes only makes it worse because people don’t want him to hide.

But then he’s called upon to troubleshoot a problem with the laptop of Yoshiki Fukui, a big shot executive with his company. Ki is brash, outgoing and painfully handsome and just being in his presence makes Aaron all jittery.

When Ki asks Aaron to help him set up a state-of-the-art entertainment system in his new house, Aaron can’t resist the lure. Little does he suspect that Ki’s got more than just technical help in mind.



Review:

Living under my comfy rock I’ve only just recently begun reading Jet Mykles and her backlist. I’ll skip the het romance most likely but her m/m romance has a definite winning formula. The m/m romances that I’ve read all tend to be along the same lines – very yaoi with classic young, beautiful characters. A hint of angst, scorching sex scenes, and fast moving dialogue keeps these rather short stories as lightening fast reads but highly enjoyable; surprisingly so considering the writing tends to be simplistic, but it works well with clean prose and the absence of overly complicated or dense descriptions. For Mykles’ fans, her ability to keep old themes fresh and her characters interesting and delighting with a healthy dose of hot sex makes these somewhat formulaic books sure winners each time. Helping this fact is that she mixes up her writing with several styles and genres so she doesn’t turn into a monster author churning out the exact same thing repeatedly with a different title.   

Now that said, Tech Support is a lot of fun to read. It’s incredibly quick with easy and fluid text with great, classic characters. The sex scenes were liberally scattered throughout this short story and the plot had just a little bit of angst, a little bit of romance and a relatable shy hero that most romance readers will simply fall in love with. I wouldn’t be surprised if many readers had this listed as a favorite story from Mykles.

Aaron is a bit of character gold. He’s a shy, introverted computer geek that works in an IT department as his way of interacting with others. Not only will a number of readers relate to Aaron but his classic uke antics are sure to please. His hesitant and bashful crush on Ki is easily charming as is his excitement over the complicated set up of electronic equipment. Aaron’s tendency to run away and give up when he’s nervous or out of his element is understandable, if a sign of his immaturity. Although he’s twenty five, Aaron is a virgin in more ways than just sexual. He’s never dated, never had sex, never had a relationship and has very few friends – most of whom are of the online variety. It’s easier for him to hide than face his fears of other people and actually interact. Truthfully it’s Ki’s insistence on the relationship that gives them a HEA.

Yoshiki is also a classic character that works even with the stereotype. His confidence and sexual dominance allow Aaron to follow without letting his fears and nerves get in the way. Ki is the one that pursues Aaron and their relationship time and time again as the stronger personality yet his obvious adoration of Aaron makes him charming and an easy character to like, even with his actions at the height of the plot drama. Ki’s actions after Aaron broke things off may not be the most popular, but it fits well with his character and motivations. If there is any problem it’s with the lack of condoms and safe sex measures. While I tend not to want to harp on this and generally let this detail go in reviews, given Ki’s casual commentary on his sex life, this should have been insisted upon. 

Together Ki and Aaron are a great couple with sizzling chemistry and a clear HEA ending. The likeable characters combined with the fluid writing style should allow new fans and old to breeze through this book and then want to read it again, perhaps even coming close to the comfort book title as this fills all the basics for a satisfying romance.  Just go read it.

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3 thoughts on “Tech Support by Jet Mykles

  1. Great review! I’m glad you noted the safe sex detail. This is important and it can knock the characters down a few notches in terms of our estimation of their intelligence and / or sense of responsibility.
    It does sound like a fun read. I like the shy-hero-who-doesn’t-know-how-gorgeous-he-is theme, and I like the interracial romance.
    But what’s with the cover art? The redheaded guy with the laptop has to be Aaron but the other guy doesn’t really look like anybody’s reasonable expectation of what a character named Yoshiki Fukui would look like.

    • Hi Val! I try not to harp on safe sex measures, though believe me I always notice. In this case the absence of it was a big red light saying “DISEASE!!”. If your man is really casual about sex.. it’s a bit harder to suspend disbelief even for a romance novel.
      I guess I need to work on my review if it still leaves questions, of which you were right to ask. The cover art (by the fabulous PL Nunn) depicts the geek Aaron – who is exactly that, a shy geek but oh so adorable. And the other is Ki. He’s 1/4 Japanese and 3/4 American and mostly raised American. So he definitely doesn’t fit the Japanese stereotype. I wouldn’t call this interracial so much as rich man/poor man and to use an Elisa term – “cinderfella” type story.

      • Ohhhh, thanks for the explanation. Because that looked like a P.L. Nunn cover and I couldn’t imagine her getting it wrong on one of the protagonists and giving a guy with a Japanese name a Caucasian look complete with blond hair! But what you said explains everything. I do love her covers.

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