Thursday, January 31, 2013

ARC Review The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm

The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
Author: Gina Lamm
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Comedy/Historical Romance with a touch of magic
Length: Novel (352pgs)
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Reviewed by: CaroleDee


An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber—200 years in the past!—she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed, and isn’t looking to fill it with another—least of all this sassy, nearly naked girl who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…

Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. She’s wi-fi. He’s horse-drawn. But soon the pair will do anything to avoid a Game Over


As an avid gamer and lover of historical romances I went crazy when I saw the blurb on this one. Thankfully, it lived up to most of my expectations. 

Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl is filled with snarky humor and pop culture references. I loved Micah. He is your typical angsty regency romance  Earl. Trailed by gossip he needs to settle down fast and start producing a few little Lords to hush the wagging tongues.  Unfortunately, he's got a meddling witch out to find him a true live match instead of the typical arranged aristocratic marriage;  Enter Jamie. She's a technology based modern woman that, after a bad break up, lives her life through her computer. With a mouth like a sailor and her modern values she's a fish out of water in regency London. Can Micah find love with a 21st century woman that pushes every button he's got? Can Jamie survive without her beloved PC and showers? You'll have to read to find out ;)

So, after gushing about how great the characters were you're probably asking, 'why the 4 stars'? Well, I loved the story. It was fun read that hit the spot when I just came off a very serious and depressing book. BUT the story was just a tad too predictable. Not to mention Jamie grated on my nerves a bit. She was just soooo clueless about the time period. Maybe a lot of Victorian rules aren't well known to the modern women, and my view is skewed because I read so many historicals, but some things should just be common sense. If a guy is flustered by seeing your bare feet, I'm pretty sure roaming the house in your nightgown isn't up to society standards. Right? *That's just one of many 'DUH' moments throughout the book*

So, when it comes down to it, if you're looking for a fun, pick me up, comedic read I can recommend this one to you. I'm hoping that Ms. Lamm decides to make this into a series. I'd love to see some more hapless (NOT clueless.) heroines fall through time to find their heroes.  Maybe even poke fun at us historical romance readers a bit. I can just imagine if I got thrown back in time. What I think I know and what was true are probably two completely different things :)

*Note 3/16/13 - 
*Okay, so I want to point out that since I wrote this review a book 2 (Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes) popped up on goodreads with the summary describing our new wayward-lady time traveler as a lover of historical romance novels! I think Gina Lamm and I must be kindred spirits! Too funny. I can't wait for it's release and see what someone like myself would be getting up to.

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