Series: Geek Girls #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 3, 2013
Also in this series: Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
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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
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.
“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…”