I adored Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm and jumped all over it’s sequel, Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes. Surprisingly enough, I liked it much better than the first. Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes had more humor, heart and heat — and, dang it, I want my own Avery!
All Leah wanted was a little gallantry. But in this day and age, chivalry was most definitely dead. If only there were a way to travel back in time and snag her very own duke… Avery Russell was polishing some boots when a woman fell through the bedchamber mirror into his arms. All he could make out from her breathless babbling was some nonsense about “my one true love, Your Grace.” Clearly the chit was mad if she couldn’t tell a valet from a duke! As much as Avery wanted to give in and give her a good tumble, he knew it wouldn’t be proper. No, he’d take as long as necessary to convince Leah that sometimes a duke just won’t do.
I love the fact that Avery wasn’t a duke. Hardworking men are (usually) a lot sexier than upper-class men. Handymen belt anyone? Okay, so maybe they didn’t have belts back then, but you get what I mean. Plus, it was nice to see what it was like to be a servant of the household, though their lives were anything but nice and easy. It gave a new perspective to what normal, daily life was like back then.
Leah, though, wasn’t convinced that she should lead the life of a servant. Or that she should strike up a relationship with anyone other than a duke. That was a little annoying, because the duke was this old, not really nice man, and obviously oblivious to Leah. She had it in her head that because Jamie married an Earl, she had to have a Duke and nothing else would do. The only upside to her stubbornness was that the sexual tension between Leah and Avery had a nice, long build-up before exploding.
Unlike in the first book, Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, Leah was actually able to let her nerdiness shine. She wasn’t a gamer like Jamie, she was more into cosplay (dressing up like people from the 1800s). Her knowledge of the era helped her blend in and explore London. Through a series of hilarious antics, Leah was able to go from the life of a servant to the life of a lady. Living both roles helped Leah discover that a person should not be judged on their job/status in life.
Gina Lamm is now officially on my auto-read list. Her wonderfully funny and heartfelt books will having me laughing, sighing dreamily and urging the hero/heroine to finally get it on! Also, can someone please push me through a magical mirror so I can get my own Avery? Thanks so much.