Romancing the Weekends: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm
PJV Quickie: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl was a quick, charming read. While a bit predictable at times, it was still fun to read along as the main character tries to acclimate herself to the 19th century.
Author: Gina Lamm
Type: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 5, 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Jamie Marten is a professional songwriter who loves online gaming. Her friend is bribing her into helping clear out an antique storage unit by bribing her with Comic-Con tickets. While working, she accidentally uncovers a tall bureau, and as she admires it she rubs her hand across it…and her thumb goes into the mirror!! She can’t pull her thumb out, and the mirror is pulling her further in – when she comes out on the other side she’s in a luxurious bedroom, unable to get back through the mirror.
The bedroom belongs to Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington. Micah is shocked to find a scandalously-dressed woman in his bedroom and is ready to call the authorities. He is having a difficult time breaking it off with a particularly persistent paramour and doesn’t need the headache of an overly-enthusiastic new one taking her place. After some discussion, he agrees to let Jamie stay until she can get things sorted out and on her way back home. Of course, Jamie has no clue how to do that…
I feel like every time I try to sit and write out my thoughts, the word “cute” keeps coming up. And it’s true – The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl is just that – cute. The characters are fun and Jamie seems like a nice enough person whose heart has recently been broken. Her geekiness is kind of vague – she likes to play online video games and Fruit Ninjas – honestly, I was more interested in her career as a songwriter and I wish the author would have played that up a bit more in the story. I liked how she kept her 21st century mannerisms and yearned for modern conveniences like toilets and showers.
Micah, or “Mike”, as Jamie calls him, is having romantic troubles of his own: his first paramour died under mysterious circumstances and his second “lady friend” can’t accept the fact that their relationship is over. He’s pursuing a young lady that I read as cold and boring, so of course the reader has high hopes of Micah and Jamie getting together.
The cast of additional characters are entertaining: Micah’s housekeeper, Mrs. Knightsbridge, is thrilled Jamie is there and plots continually to get them together. While I enjoyed Mrs. Knightsbridge through most of the story, I found near the end I that her actions didn’t fit her character as we had come to know her and found that frustrating. Also, I’m not going to sugar-coat it, the villain in the story is quite obvious, but even with that, it was a fun read.
I think The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl would appeal to both fans of contemporary and historical romance, even though most of it takes place in the past – Jamie keeps enough of her 21st Century mannerisms that it feels like both. This would be a fun book to read while getting your summer tan on or sitting at the park while the kids play.
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