Author: Gina Lamm

Review: Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes by Gina Lamm

Posted September 4, 2013 by Ginny in Historical Romance, Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes by Gina Lamm
Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes by Gina Lamm
Series: Geek Girls #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 3, 2013
Format: ARC
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley

Also in this series: Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
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Book Description:

Book Description:
Leah Ramsey has always loved historical romance novels and dressing in period costumes. So when she has a chance to time travel and experience the history for herself, she jumps at it—figuring it can't be too hard to catch the eye of a duke. After all, it happens all the time in her novels.

Avery Russell, valet and prize pugilist, reluctantly helps Leah gain a position in the Duke of Granville's household . . . as a maid.

Domestic servitude wasn't exactly what she had in mind, but she's determined to win her happily ever after. Even if the hero isn't exactly who she's expecting


Ginny’s Review:

Alright, any book that has the main hero using the words, “As you wish” automatically wins my approval.  Easy to point out the source as The Princess Bride. But seriously, I read that and my heart melted and I was immediately transported back to Wesley/The Dread Pirate Roberts.

Avery reminds me of him in so many ways — poor, working class, but a pure soul that has been hit one too many times — and a body that has as well. He’s a good egg and Leah soon realizes this, even if she does think that her true love is the Duke, because her friend’s was as well.

I read the first book in this series, Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl and loved it! I loved this book just as much.  Gina Lamm has a great series on her hands here, full of romance, humor, heart-wrenching and REALLY steamy scenes — including a particular favorite of mine that happens in the stables. Because, let’s admit it, we all want that moment!

The book immediately grabbed my attention as it opens up at a Renaissance Faire with Leah dressed up as a lady-in-waiting. Seeing as I had recently gone to one near where I live, I loved the coincidence. I also loved the following sentiment, which I fully share:

“Why did people insist on doing that? It was a Renaissance Faire, not a nearly nude fairy-for-all. It really burned her when people took one of her favorite events and turned it into another excuse to wear booty shorts, bikini tops, and clearance Halloween wire-and-sparkly-mesh wings.”    — Yep. Proud to say that I thought that several times when I was at our Faire nearby.

While I’m not usually one for time travel as I don’t see how it could possibly work out well in the end for anyone, but Ms Lamm makes it possible and makes you fall in love with all of the characters… even the ones who are completely terrible, because they get what’s coming to them (and you’ll know them, or more specifically, her, when you meet her.)

I don’t know what else there is to say here other than — read it! Read it and love it! Enjoy the geekiness and the humor and the sex because it’s really well done and everyone should enjoy it as much as I did. I want an Avery of my own. I’m a sucker for shoulders and arms anyways.


Humorous Quote:

“What, are you stalking me now? Because that’s not sexy at all, even if you were a sparkly vampire.”
He shook his head in confusion.
She rolled her eyes. “Never mind. But seriously…”

Review: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gia Lamm

Posted March 28, 2013 by Ginny in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gia Lamm
Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm
Series: Geek Girls #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 5, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

Also in this series: Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
THE STAKES HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER…

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.


Ginny’s Review:
When I first read about Jamie, I immediately thought of Felicia Day — the ultimate Geek Girl of our time. Playing World of Warcraft, fighting to show that girls can be geeks too… and being cute and outspoken and loveable.  If anyone out there watches “Supernatural”, her two guest spots on the show have been awesome and made me love her even more.

And then Gina Lamm gives you exactly who to picture with Micah — as Jamie calls him, “Colin Firth’s twin”. -shiver- So good times there, clearly.  When picturing the perfect English romantic hero, Colin Firth, via his Mr. Darcy years, just… yeah.

Anyways, back to the actual review! I loved this book!! I really did! Jamie, when forced to leave her computer and escapism from a bad break-up to do some actual work, is cataloguing items from an estate sale, when she sees something tall and covered with a sheet.

Amusing Quote:

“Reaching up, she stood on tiptoes to toss back the corner of the dust cover for a quick peek.  But she tugged just a little too hard, and the white fabric billowed as it floated down on top of her, dust and cobwebs coating her sweat-slicked skin.  Arms flailing, she fought free of the cover, stomping it in a fit of frustration when it lay on the concrete at her flip-flopped feet.

‘What the hell is your problem?’ Jamie yelled at the innocent looking mound of fabric. It said nothing, just laid there looking smug.”

When I read that, I literally laughed out loud and had to re-read it because it is completely something that I would do (and have done).

Jamie unveils the bureau and is in awe of it.  When she tentatively reaches out to touch the mirror, her fingers go through the glass — but don’t come out.  And using the time honored method of “through the looking-glass”, she is transported to 1816, straight into Micah’s bed chamber.  As soon as she’s through, she wonders outloud what the hell just happened and is then jumped upon by a very enthusiastic greyhound, and knocked unconscious.

Micah, getting over scandal and wanting to just settle down with a sweet, bidable woman, finds Jamie in his room and his whole world is turned upside down.  She’s mad, obviously, delusional and half-dressed…. he only begins to believe her claims of coming from the future when she shows him a wonderful game on a small device where cross birds are launched at pigs.

From here on out, it’s a clash of personalities, beliefs and Mrs. Knightsbridge, the house keeper and sister to the witch who spelled the bureau, trying to teach Jamie how to become a lady.  But the mistress mentioned in the description is not a very forgiving woman and wants no one else to have her man.  She causes quite a few problems of her own.

The book is full of laughs, cringes, and skewed romance, a wonderful dog named Baron and a trial run of making pizza back in 1816 with a glowering cook.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves to game, knows a gamer, or just wants a laugh along with a great story.

Five flowers! And upon realizing that this is the first in a series, I can’t wait for more.