The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl

Gina Lamm
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
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Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date
March 2013
Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Time Travel

Avid gamer Jamie Marten falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber...200 years in the past. Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, isn't in the market for a new mistress, but he's fascinated with the nearly naked woman who backs up her absurd story by showing him a tiny screen that flings upset birds at pigs.

Jamie's odd name, sailor's mouth, and tendency to thoroughly muck things up frustrate Micah at every turn. But a meddling, magic-wielding housekeeper insists that Jamie is his lordship's perfect match. When her catch of the century is a world apart, can a fiercely independent modern woman truly be happy?

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Feb 04, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
121 people found the following review helpful
Gina Lamm took this time traveling romance in a very unique direction that had me from the first page. Her talented writing skills and clever dialogue kept this humorous story interesting. The suspenseful storyline kept me on the edge of my seat as the heroine fought the odds to capture the heart of her hero.

Online junkie Jamie Marten is swept two hundred years back in time via a magic mirror to Regency London. The 21st century woman is in for a serious shock when she falls through the mirror into the bedroom of a very irate Earl.

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just gotten out of a very nasty relationship with his mistress. The last thing the very proper Earl needs is to get involved in another romantic liaison now that he is about to get himself engaged to a proper young lady. He doesn't know what to think about the half-naked woman he finds unconscious in his bedroom. At first he mistakes Jamie for a courtesan. Then he thinks she's an escapee from Bedlam when she babbles on about coming from the future. Micah comes around soon enough when Jamie shows him a strange device she's brought with her. He becomes addicted to the angry little birds on the device almost as fast as he does Jamie herself.

Micah and Jamie were the perfect couple. Just as the matchmaking witch who brought Jamie back in time had predicted. But first there were some hurt feelings and snarky one liners before these two realized how much they meant to each other.

One of my favorite scenes in the story was a fiery confrontation between Micah and Jamie:

Micah: You look, well, almost like a lady. I did not expect that. After your appearance yesterday, I thought I would find you looking fit for Newgate prison again.

Jamie: Oh, really? Well, thank you. You look, well, just as snotty and conceited as you did yesterday. Is that a new stick up your ass, or do you use the same one everyday? You stuck-up, arrogant son of a bitch!

Micah: I assure you my mother was a saint."

Jamie: She'd have to be, to put up with a hell-spawn like you.

Micah and Jamie were as different as daylight and dark. He's an arrogant Lord used to getting his own way. She's a modern independent woman used to making her own decisions. Needless to say that they had themselves some skirmishes before they both realized that they needed to be together. But a person from Micah's past wants to keep them apart and is willing to kill to do it.

I loved every minute of this book. It was different from anything I've read. The story kept me flipping those pages well into the night. I had some bloodshot eyes the next morning but the Happy Ever After was well worth the lost sleep. Bottom line is: I likey...I likey a lot! So check this unique story out. I guarantee you'll love it too.
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Book Review by JCCeleste (reviewer)
Feb 08, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL deserves a 5 star rating as it was hard to put down and I anticipate re-reading it in the future. Gina Lamm's joy shone through and she swept me away into her exciting daydream.

Jamie Marten is a tomboy in the twenty-first century, taking out goblins online until her present existence hurts just a little less, after her ex walked out. She falls through a mirror into the distant past, instead, and finds herself a fish out of water as her smartass nature goes against everything that's expected of a lady. She wants to go home, but she can't because a meddling, lost-to-Gosh-knows-where, witch of a woman has trapped her so Jamie can fulfill her ridiculous destiny (courtesy of a scrying bowl).

His Lordship Micah Alexander Axelby is finally shedding the shadows of his last scandal; though he was not technically at fault, the guilt lays heavily on him. He is relieved to be returning to civil life—until he walks in his bedroom to find a practically naked "courtesan" sprawled unconscious on his floor. This does not bode well for him, and the more he attempts to get back to a place where everything is normal again, the more his world goes off-kilter.

THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL is fun because it pits two distinct points of view, settings, cultures, etc. against each other and sparks fly all over the place. Usually I'm against crude language in my literature, but the sprinkling of it fit the mood. Occasionally I cringed because it felt like Jamie could be making more of an effort to be polite, but then if I had been kidnapped via a mirror into 1816 and forced to wear several layers of clothing that cut off my ability to breathe, I'd probably be cross, too.

One of my favorite characters is Baron, the greyhound who "adopts" Jamie and who provides a little piece of normalcy in a topsy-turvy situation. Dogs are dogs no matter where, or when, a person is.

The romance scenes were occasionally in the Holy Cow My Ears Are Turning Red range. (Or, Ms. Lamm made kissing erotic and didn't pull any punches in the behind-closed-door exploration, and in some cases, in-danger-of-being-seen-in-public exploration). But it fit the characters and their unique experience of combining Jamie's 2012 sensibilities and Micah's 1816 options. So I just let it be what it was and went with it. (Any fans of the Harlequin KISS line will ADORE this book.)

I enjoyed my escape into Ms. Lamm's world, watching Jamie and Micah pull and push against each other, sculpting one another slowly. As their tension builds, a new problem emerges (in conflict with "can Jamie ever get home?"): will they throw caution to the winds and indulge their desire or will they keep to the proper path to save Micah from certain ruin?
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