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Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes


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.


This was not what I expected, both good and bad.  Partially I was put off by the fact that Leah had no concept of appropriate behavior for the time period.  I was surprised honestly since she got all huffy about folks at the Renn Faire she worked at, so I expected her to try..harder I think.

Avery was surprisingly easy to fall in love with for me.  He was a bit more emo then I normally like my gents, but I found the fact he wasn't a peer of the realm (nor was he one in hiding, or even aspired to be one really) immensely attractive.  Plus he had a checkered past that didn't involve being a rake, that right there won him brownie points.

I found the two of them together lacked chemistry at first.  Avery is such a fussy man and Leah is just kind of like 'So...my best friend got a Duke how about me?' that I enjoyed their verbal sparring far more then the romantic tension brewing.  As Leah began to care more about what was going on with Avery she began to see him in a different light and that changed a lot for me.  I understood her better; what young lady who reads historical romances doesn't want a Duke--a charming, attractive and caring Duke--to whisk her off her feet?

Much like the companion book (The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl, which features Jamie, Leah's best friend) the resolution is more handwave because true love wins the day then anything logical.  However by the end I wanted that happy moment for Avery (even though it came bitterly tinged) and I wanted Leah to find her grounded man.  After all what Geek Girl doesn't deserve the love of a strong manly man?