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Monday, March 3, 2014

Mini reviews: Geeks in love…

It seems that being a nerd/geek/socially awkward is the hot thing right now when it comes to romance. The first book of this type I read was an erotica - The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden.

There’s something about a nerdy character that makes them instantly relatable and likable. Of course in booklandia they are also incredibly gorgeous (even if they don’t see it in themselves) and the sex is scorching hot (even if they can barely interact with another human) but whatever – this trope tends to have a lot of humor and awkward encounters – something I love in my romances.

So here are a few mini reviews for romances with geeks in love…


A life of crime is easy…until love goes all ninja on your ass.

18079274Asprey Charles has always assumed he would one day take his place in the family art appraisal and insurance firm. “His place” meaning he plans to continue to enjoy his playboy lifestyle, lavish money on his Cessna, and shirk every responsibility that dares come his way.

But when a life of crime is thrust upon him, he is just as happy to slip on a mask and cape and play a highwayman rogue. After all, life is one big game—and he excels at playing.

Poppy Donovan vows that her recent release from jail will be her last—no more crime, no more cons. But when she learns that her grandmother lost her savings to a low-life financial advisor, she’s forced to do just one more job.

It’s all going smoothly until the necklace she intends to pawn to fund her con is stolen by a handsome, mocking, white-collar thief. A thief who, it turns out, could take a whole lot more than money. If she’s not careful, this blue blood with no business on her side of the tracks could run off with the last thing she can afford to lose. Her heart. ~ Goodreads

My thoughts: I guess strictly speaking, Asprey isn’t quite a nerd. He’s a thief, underappreciated by his wealthy family, who thinks he just plays around spending their money. But he has a zest for life and says the geekiest things like –

“Spork! I cry spork!”

“You cry spork?”

“It’s my safe word,” he managed. “You know – functional yet innovative? I hate to brag, but I’ve been told I’m  little of both.”

Witty & wacky story about cons, double crosses, a  hot ninja chick, family squabbling. Lots of laughs – a bit of a rushed ending but Morgan has said there will be a book #2 – so yay!

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17673307There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse. ~ Goodreads

My thoughts: Janie is a truly unique heroine. She is whip smart and all her knowledge comes spilling out whenever she’s in a socially awkward situation. Which is basically every time she’s within range of the gorgeous but cold as ice Quinn Sullivan.

He leaves her off balance and unable to put everything in neat little boxes with labels like everything else in her life.

“I like labels. I like maps with labels. I like figures with labels, and I like footnotes. I don’t do well not knowing someone’s intentions or how to calibrate my expectations accordingly.”

I think some of miscommunications go on a little too long and every one who loves Janie has an infuriatingly strong need to protect her. I do think she has an odd approach to life but I also think she can order her own dinner and pick who she loves. Her lack of self confidence was kind of sad but I got it and it made her more relatable.

Still – a super cute story and I liked the authors writing style. Despite a few flaws, I’ll be picking up the other books from this series.

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19193583How to Land the Hot Guy 1.0

A multimillionaire by the age of 27, app developer Evie James is clueless when it comes to hooking up. So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson.

Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward. A master of one-night stands, he's more than happy to show her what she's been missing in the bedroom. But he quickly discovers that one night with a woman like Evie will never be enough for him…. ~ Goodreads

My thoughts: I enjoyed Yates novella, A Royal World Apart, it was a little cliché but very romantic. Crazy, Stupid Sex was also cliche , but in all the ways that aggravate me.

I loved Evie, who is the master of her domain at work as an app developer but clueless when it comes to picking up a member of the opposite sex. She decides to be the test subject of her new app for landing a guy. She strikes out until she meets sexy playboy Caleb Anderson. Bored with all his random hookups, Evie presents a challenge to him. She’s innocent but willing to explore her sexual side.

Caleb is a playboy (which he mentions about a 100 times) and says to Evie that he’s her man, because of his extensive sexual experience he’s up for anything but then he seems almost as inexperienced with sex as Evie. He says that he’s slept with a different woman almost every single night for 10 years - yet he hasn’t dabbled in light bondage? I’m talking light…tie your hands up and a little ordering around. That just seemed strange to me.

While I think he was good to and for Evie in bed – he was a complete ass-hat outside of it. He had reasons – there are always reason aren’t there? But he was just not my kind of guy.

Once Evie let her inner sex kitten out to play there wasn’t much about her geek side or intelligence which depressed me. It was all about the sex at that point. They don’t go out on dates, they maybe have two deep conversations, but after a few weeks of hot sex this is the real thing.

Personally, I couldn’t get on board with Caleb. He's lazy, shallow and mean but it you are a fan of the hot playboy with a tragic past that explains his behavior then this might be the book for you. As a Cosmo Red Hot Read, it is scorching hot, just not my cup of tea as they say.

19 comments:

  1. If you want to read about geeks in love, you really need to read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (sp?). It was hilarious and really well written.

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    1. Thanks. I wrote it down for the TBR pile.

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  2. I have had my eye on the second one :)

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  3. I do enjoy a good geeks-in-lost story. I think I'd get frustrated with Caleb, though.

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    1. I think you like a more alpha guy than I do so you might like it more. He had his reasons but I was too frustrated and angry with him after awhile.

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  4. A ninja chick, a semi nerd and wittiness sounds amazing

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  5. Hm... it looks like the first one might be the one I would enjoy. I had to laugh at spork! :)

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  6. A Smart Romance sounds cute. I do like books with geeky characters. Easy to relate too.

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  7. Fun post! I'm definitely interested in Morgan's books. NMH sounds kind of fun too. I don't think I would enjoy CSS either. What a letdown.
    Thanks for the reviews!

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    1. I really think you would love Morgan's books.

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  8. A Smart Romance looks adorable! But I do get annoyed by characters who can't/won't do anything for themselves or who let themselves be walked over!

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    1. On the plus side - she COULD do things for herself and wanted to. it was more how others around her looked at her. It was annoying because I felt she was odd but quite cabable.

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  9. heheeh made me giggle, spork as a safe word hehe

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  10. LOVE the mini-review trend. Sometimes you don't have all that much to say. And yeah, I'd say spork is about as good a safe word as it gets...

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    1. It's not really used int he expected context but it was very funny.

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  11. Glad you enjoy two out of three. I love these mini-reviews too, but to me they're not so mini, lol.

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    1. That last one really wasn't mini lol

      I don't know why but if it's not a long detailed review I must define it as mini. Bloggers can be so weird lol

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  12. I LOVE geeks! You should definitely try L.M. Augustine's books, one is YA and the other is NA. I promise you'll love it, he does geek so well!

    As for these, I'll bookmark Neanderthal woman, that sounds like a fun read.

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