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Germ is a charming, flirtatious genius behind a computer screen, but when he has to converse face-to-face, he’s an awkward mess.
Jeremy Russell has always compensated for his weirdness by making jokes, usually at inappropriate times. All his friends call him Germ, after all. Give him a computer and he’s happy most days. Then he meets Reggie Mize and discovers an attraction he just can’t ignore.
Reggie has gone his entire life without really knowing love. His sister, Victoria, certainly doesn’t love him, considering she tried to sell him to the highest bidder. When Jeremy starts paying attention to him, he’s not sure how to get over his shyness long enough to hold a conversation, not to mention ask the man on a date. Can both men get over their awkwardness long enough to make it work?
Germ cleared his throat, letting Reggie know he was entering the room so he wouldn’t startle him.
Reggie looked at him through his lashes, giving Germ a shy smile. “Hello, Jeremy.”
Germ grinned. He loved it when Reggie called him by his given name. Germ waved at Reggie, even though he was about a foot from the little chef. He was such an idiot. Put your hand down, moron.
He put his hands in his pockets and rocked on the balls of his feet. “Hey. Did you get to rest at all?” That was the best conversation starter he could find? Really?
Reggie waved away the question. “I’m fine.”
Germ frowned. “You don’t have to make food for us. You should relax.”
The smile fell from Reggie’s face, and he placed the spatula he was using on the counter beside the stove. He wouldn’t look at Germ.
“I didn’t mean for you to stop.” Shit, Germ’s conversation skills were at an all-time low apparently. “I just meant that you should only do it if you want to.”
He took his hand out of his pocket and reached out to touch Reggie but snapped it back quickly. He should ask, right? Yeah, he should probably ask to touch him.