The Guy in the Coffee Shop, Candi Kay

The guy in the Coffee ShopRating: 4 Stars

Publisher: Self Published

Genre: Gay Romance

Tags: Contemporary, Novella, Flamboyant Character and Businessman, Sweet ‘n’ Sexy Romance

Length: 22 Pages

Reviewer: Kazza K

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Working behind the counter of a specialty coffee shop, Tristan fantasizes about a businessman who rushes in and out each morning after ordering plain, black coffee. Who orders black coffee in a shop that sells every blend known to man? After awhile, it becomes apparent that the man is seeking Tristan out. But why? It would be fine for Tristan if the other guy wasn’t giving him such odd looks. Convinced he’s a homophobe who doesn’t like his flamboyant look, Tristan makes a point of avoiding the counter. But when Tristan is forced by his boss to do his job, an awkward moment arises between him and the hot man in the business suit. Only when he sees him again does he realize things weren’t exactly as he suspected.


Twenty four year old Tristan works in a coffee shop in the heart of the local business district. Every day a sexy businessman has been coming in and Tristan (Mr Bean)ordering boring black coffee, who ever heard of plain black coffee in a fancy coffee shop? Apart from the fact that Tristan likes the look of Mr. Businessman, he is giving Tristan looks which Tristan feels could only be one of two things 1) he is a homophobe and doesn’t like Tristan’s more androgynous look, or 2) he’s in the closet and eyeing him off, maybe even married. No matter which one of these choices, Tristan isn’t interested in either of them. Of course there is a third option –  long blonde hair and a pretty face are hot, but Tristan isn’t thinking about that one. Someone as gorgeous and straight-laced as Mr. Businessman wouldn’t be into out-there him. Right? So Tristan decides to not serve Mr. Businessman when he comes into the coffee shop for a couple of weeks until his boss, Ellie, tells him to snap out of it and serve the guy. He does as told but puts a bit of sass into it

Putting on my fakest smile, I looked up at Mr. Businessman and asked if he would like his usual bland, boring coffee. I know I shouldn’t have used those words, but they slipped out. Sue me.

For the first time ever, I saw a smile on the man’s face and it completely changed his appearance.

Shyly, he said, “Yes, thank you. You know, for the usual bland, boring coffee.”

Okay, guys, going in the right direction. Thank goodness Tristan and Ryan  iron out some of the misconceptions. I always like to see, um, happy resolutions 🙂  

“I looked at you funny because, oh my God, you’re beautiful. I couldn’t stop staring from the first time I saw you.”

I can’t go into a lot of detail abut The Guy in the Coffee Shop as it’s only Sexy guy in suit no facetwenty one pages, but it’s cute, sweet, has a sex scene with heart, and it just felt nice and light to read. I make no bones about the fact that Candi Kay is a go-to author of mine for (currently) shorter stories and novellas – erotica, humorous kink, and now romance as well. She mixes it up – Willy The Kinky Elf and His Badass Reindeer was a funny gay Christmas short and I fell in lust with Rick Preston in the bi erotica “Lance” series last year. Don’t even get me started on that crazy ex hooker, Karen, in Being Karen.



If you want a quick bite that is a little sexy, a lot sweet, then The Guy in the Coffee Shop is a terrific short with uncomplicated characters, no angst or drama, and a nice ending. 4 Orange Mocha Frappuccino Stars! Tumblr available for a little bit more. 18+ NSFW



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I love the blond. I love your review too, but c’mon! The blond. 😉 Mr. Businessman looks kinda hot too.

Great review. I cracked up over your GIF at the bottom.

Candi Kay

Thank you so much for the awesome review! I’m so glad you enjoyed Tristan and Ryan’s story. 😀


I loved Willy the Kinky Elf and his bad-assed Reindeer too, so I’m going to get this book read today. Cindi, I cracked up at the GIF too.
Who doesn’t love a quicky?


Yeah, it was Kazza. I do like to fit in a quicky, and would love to find more short stories. Sometimes you just want a little escape, enough to get read on the train today, Ya know?