Sometimes, when I pick up a book, all I want is to be entertained. I don’t want to have to think; I just want to laugh and watch two people fall in love. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm gave me exactly that. It was really utterly adorable, hilarious and sexy – everything I wanted to escape from reality for a few hours.
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.
I adored Jamie – she kept a sense of humor throughout her entire ordeal, instead of freaking out or falling apart. I mean, she did freak out a little bit (who wouldn’t, when they travel back 200 years in time?) but she kept her sense of humor and constantly made jokes about it. She even tried to teach Micah about her time, with the help of her phone and Angry Birds.
My biggest problem with The Geek Girl And the Scandalous Earl was that I wish there had been more with Jamie’s gaming. Obviously, she couldn’t play video games in the past. But I had hoped that maybe they would go on a magical quest. Or maybe Jamie had to pick up a sword and fight off goblins in real life, just like she did in her video games. That would have been awesome. But no goblins ever attacked. And there was no quest. Other than trying to steal Micah’s heart.
Micah had a stick stuck up his butt for most of the story, which was a little annoying at times. But then, no man is ever perfect. However, Lamm did a wonderful job of slowly/realistically changing his personality. Micah had previously been involved in a scandal and felt that he had to be completely, absolutely respectable from then on (so no one would ever gossip about him again). Jamie, with her lack of knowledge about the mannerisms from the time period, was nothing but a scandal, as he repeatedly pointed out. Though Micah wasn’t my favorite hero ever, he was quite dapper.
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl was utterly adorable, sexy and laugh-out-loud funny. If you’re looking for a light, fun love story, I absolutely recommend it. I, for one, will be putting Gina Lamm on my To Be Read pile.