Teddy Bears is an appropriate title to Brandon Witt’s new Christmas story, although Beauty and the Nerd would have worked as well. The tale opens with loner and full-time geek Brian working at a popular bathhouse in Denver and just existing. During his off-hours, he is either gaming or recreating Buffy the Vampire Slayer scenes with his hamsters to post on Youtube.
A few weeks before Christmas, a big, muscle bear comes into the bathhouse. Brian can hardly breathe, much less complete the checking-in transaction because he is so taken with the huge daddy James. Brian is even more surprised when James asks him out on a date.
Although Brian is ecstatic, his own insecurities begin to gnaw at him. Where James is masculine, attractive and sexy to everyone, Brian is not.
I typically avoid reading stories like this since I can totally relate to Brian but, in actuality, nerds don’t ever get the good-looking bears, especially the muscular ones. However, I still enjoyed reading how the geek gets the hunk. The story remains light-hearted, doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a satisfying romance.