Book Review: The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm


Jamie Marten is a modern day woman trying to make ends meet. She hails from a world where electricity and indoor plumbing are things commonly taken for granted, so when she ends up not at her home but in Micah Axelby’s bedroom… in the year 1816… she’s certainly not happy. The sentiment is shared by Micah who wants to know why exactly there’s a stranger who’s scandalously dressed in his bedroom. Trying to get on with his life, the last thing the Earl of Dunnington needs is a woman from the future messing with his head, or so he believes.

The two main characters definitely held up most of the show and for good reason. Jamie Marten is a modern woman in so many ways. I love that she was a strong female with strong ideals, but she still had her faults… she was human. Yin to Jamie’s yang is Micah Axelby, he’s a powerful, titled male with all the answers and responsibilities that never end. He takes control of everything around him simply because that’s who he is. If I’m honest, I loved the dynamic of Jamie and Micah’s relationship, they both challenged each other, they both made mistakes, and despite the drastic differences they do end up making it work.

That being said, the secondary characters in this book were well developed and well written. They certainly added a bit of pop to this story and it was awesome to follow their stories a little bit as well.

While I did enjoy this book, there were still a couple of things that bothered me about the story. As I was reading, I almost felt like Jamie adjusted too quickly to living in the year 1816. There is a HUGE difference between now and then and it really was kind of shocking how fast she picked up on things and got over the lack of a shower or toilets. Just sayin’. In addition, and this might be a bit spoilerish, I waited and waited for Micah to get his butt to present day, I hoped so hard that we would see a bit of his adjustment to life in 2012, but we get none of that. It’s like his adjusting to 2012 from 1816 was a non-topic which really disappointed me. Other than that though, I really did enjoy the book.

The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl was a quick fun read that was overall quite good. As with most books it had its ups and downs but nothing that took away too majorly. I went into this expecting a quirky and quick read and that’s what I got. 4/5 stars.

Geek Girls series:

1. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
2. Geek Girl’s Don’t Date Dukes
3. The Geek Girl and the Reluctant Rake (To be released Aug. 2014)


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