Title: Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes
Series: Geek Girls, #2
Author: Gina Lamm
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Source: Purchased (eBook)
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.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for sending me an eARC of this book for review!
When you love romance, and you love time travel, you would think that you’d love any kind of offering of the two mashed together that comes up. And sometimes that’s true, and I have to say that I did really love the first book in this series, but this one was just okay for me.
I did really like Avery, but I felt like Leah was kind of a goof at times — and not in a good way. I kind of wanted her to be a little more of an adult — geek girl or not — but she seemed really immature at times. Like I said, Avery was cool — and I’m not only saying that because I’ve recently grown an addiction to Downton Abbey and pictured him kind of like a Thomas character. He was sweet and kind and proper, in an old English kind of way. Just like what you would expect back in that time. I guess the two just didn’t really feel like they would connect in my eyes.
I do love the idea of traveling back in time in these stories, but I think that the idea fell short in this book. I would’ve loved to see more of the present with these two and maybe a book in the future would be the opposite of what Lamm has written so far — maybe someone from history traveling to the present? It’d be a lot of fun to see that happen.
I think another reason why this fell short for me is because of Downton. There are certain things that I’d read thinking that it just wouldn’t happen that way, or Avery wouldn’t act that way, or the Duke wouldn’t be so forgiving. Who knows — perhaps I would have liked it more if I hadn’t become such a Downton addict. I guess we’ll never know! At any rate, I’m not sure if I’ll read the third one or not. Maybe if Lamm went in the direction I’d like I’d pick it up, but we’ll see.
I guess if you’re looking for something light and fun you could like this one, but I’d really recommend the first book in the series. The characters in that one just gelled better for me.