Review: Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm

Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher:   Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 352
Source:   NetGalley

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 woman 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. He’s horse-drawn. She’s Wi-Fi. But in the game of love, these two will risk everything to win.

 

Review: I’m all for time travel romances, and I’d never read a book by Gina Lamm so I was thrilled to pick this one up and give it a try! I mean, earls? Geeks? Romance? A guy who looks like Colin Firth? Where do I sign up?!

I liked Jamie from the start. She’s smart, sassy, and a nerd. Whats not to like? She’s a total gamer, and when she wakes up in the past nearly sets the whole of England on it’s ear with her forward ways. Running through a park? Talking to a courtesan? I think not! The only thing I had issues with, was how she wasn’t aware of how her actions would affect Micah or anyone else she met during that time period. In my mind geeks are smart right? And she constantly referred to herself as one. So why did she act so stupid?

Jamie agrees to stay in that time period for a certain amount of time, in order to appease the “witch” that brought her there. After all, Micah could very well be her soul mate. So what does she have to lose? But in all that time she never once thinks about how her actions affect him, as I said previously….anyone would know that things were different in that time, women had no rights, so when he’s trying to protect her, she thinks of it as him being a man and controlling. Really, Micah had her best interests at heart the entire time, but her responses a lot of the time were really selfish.

Micah on the other hand was just getting ready to propose to a very acceptable woman when Jamie comes bursting onto the scene. He falls for her even though he doesn’t want to. The banter between them is hilarious (Angry birds anyone)? But it’s also quite strange how quickly he accepts everything. I applaud the author for bringing the whole cell phone thing into the picture becuase it made it easier for Micah to grasp that she was from a different time.

As their relationship grows, they both realize they have feelings for one another but it seems that Micah is the one making all the sacrifices whereas Jamie, even though she’s being herself, is somewhat disrespectful. She gets herself into trouble a lot, but I guess any girl from our era would!

Once their relationship moves into uncharted territory, Micah suddenly freaks out that he’s going to lose Jamie, so in all his fear he sends her back to her time, but luckily that isn’t the end of the story.

All in all I liked this book. It wasn’t my favorite, but I think it had more to do with Jamie’s character than the actual plot. The plot was very solid and Miss Lamm did a great job as a storyteller. I think anytime you mix contemporary with historicals there are bound to be a lot of feathers ruffled so that’s just the way of it.

I would have liked Jamie to be more understanding of Micah and the position she was putting him in by staying at his home and by walking around London talking to courtesans. 😉

Micah was by far my favorite character. I loved how in the end he was willing to sacrifice himself for her safety. Swoon.

There was minor swearing and a few heated scenes but nothing explicit.