Monday, September 2, 2013

ARC Book Review: Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes

Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes (Geek Girls, #2)Author: Gina Lamm
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Series: Geek Girls # 2

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.

A devil with an angel’s face is sent to torment me.

This isn’t going to be easy, but then again, thought Leah as she exited the massive bedchamber, nothing worth doing usually is.

Besides, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to visit Regency England? Not this girl.

Historical fiction and time travel all wrapped in one. I was so shocked and pleasantly surprised when I read the synopsis for this book, and it is honestly unlike anything I have ever read before. A modern day geek named Leah jumps into a magical mirror that transports her to her one true love! I was so anxious to see this all play out because just like Leah, I too am obsessed with Regency England.

This is the second book in what I hope will be a somewhat long series. I have not read the first book, but I really didn’t think it made much of a difference when it came to my understanding. This book seems to have picked off where the first one left off. This time Leah gets to travel through the mirror, where as in the first book her best friend, Jamie, got to go back to Regency England to find her Prince Charming. Leah was such a spunky character, and I loved the way she often described herself. She owned her nerdy side, and it was very refreshing. She didn’t make excuses for who she was; she was just a girl trying to find someone to love her for her and not something she was pretending to be!

Avery is just as charming and real as Leah. He knows that he is not the Duke that Leah is hoping to find, and that is background doesn’t make him any better. However, he has such a love and fire developing for Leah right from the start. He will stop at nothing to have her, and he hopes to make her see that he can be good enough for her and he can be everything she needs, even if he is not the illustrious Duke that she was hoping for. Characters like Avery make me want to reach out and give him a big, fat hug! He was everything you expected of a Regency gentleman!

I really hope Gina Lamm plans on continuing this series, and giving us a few more of these Geek Girl stories! They are light, refreshing, and sure to satisfy!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for my honest review***

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