Every time Lola walks into the instrument repair shop, Emerson freezes. He can’t talk without stuttering, can barely make eye contact, and wishes he could get away from her — even though he wants nothing more than to be near her. But he’s not that kind of guy. He’s not cool or witty or flirty or even confident. And he thinks she’s perfect.
Lola has no idea what’s wrong with the guy in the instrument shop, but she’d do anything to avoid him. He acts like he hates her, even though she can’t figure out what she’s ever done to deserve his rudeness. If only her father would choose a repair shop closer to his own house, she wouldn’t have to come here and deal with this guy’s attitude. But then a cat named Sam shows up.
Thrown out of his previous home, Sam discovers a drunk Emerson outside. Sensing Emerson is a good guy who could use some comforting, Sam allows himself to be taken home with him. Realizing Emerson needs more help than he initially thought, Sam begins making “suggestions,” telepathically planting little ideas and words into Emerson’s head, especially when he sees how jittery Emerson is around Lola.
Lola can’t figure Emerson out. The same guy who for years has acted like he hated her is now being uncharacteristically nice, nice enough that she really, really likes him. But without Sam around, Emerson is still the socially inept geek who never seems to say the right thing. What follows is a cute romance based on hand delivered love notes and a custom made violin.
This book was a lot more lighthearted than its predecessor, and it dialed up readers’ view of the romance as well. Instead of angst, widowhood, and secrets, Geek with the Cat Tattoo is a really sweet, simple story of two awkward music geeks finding their way to each other with the subtle help of an insightful cat. Emerson is adorably shy, and Lola is tattoo chic with a hint of the same self-consciousness. Their romance is the very definition of cute as Lola tries to figure out the conflicting personalities of a man she can’t seem to get out of her head. If you’re looking for a short read with little to no angst, this is the book for you.