The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl
by Gina Lamm
“THE STAKES HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER…
An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber—200 years in the past!—she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.
Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed, and isn’t looking to fill it with another—least of all this sassy, nearly naked girl who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing…
Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He’s a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. She’s wi-fi. He’s horse-drawn. But soon the pair will do anything to avoid a Game Over.“ -Goodreads
As I am an unashamed reader of many historical romances, mostly based in the regency period, and an unashamed reader of young adult novels that occasionally feature ‘geeky’ women, I figured this book would be the perfect read for me. I never realized a novel like this existed until another blog I follow, Cupcakes and Popcorn, posted a review. I am glad I stumbled across this one, despite the average rating I granted it.
I love the idea of this book, while I don’t consider myself a geek, as I’m much more nerd-like, I couldn’t help but imagine myself in this situation. I’ve read time-travel books before (Outlander) but the culture shock just didn’t seem as great as someone from our digital age trapezing back into the 1800s. While I believe Lamm does a decent job at describing the culture changes, I feel she could have deepened it, especially since our protagonist, Jaime, is an avid gamer going back into a time with candle light. The biggest shock for Jaime is the lack of indoor plumbing, which I agree would shock me, but not as much as being without the numerous electronics we now take for granted.
The culture changes led to some fantastically hilarious dialogue. Specifically when it came to words we commonly use, but didn’t exist back then. My sister kept giving me weird looks when I would laugh at some of the dialogue. The character Jaime swears quite often in a time where swearing was only something men did and then they only did it out of earshot of the women.
Overall I felt the book was a bit underdeveloped. It seemed to focus more on Jaime’s boredom and sex scenes than anything. I honestly felt that there were too many sex scenes in this book. The passion between the protagonists could have been better developed without all the sex because after the first two times, I was getting bored. I rated this book at 3.5 stars because of this. Despite that I recommend the story to those who like trashy historical romance novels.