Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes
Author: Gina Lamm
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: September 3, 2013
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…
I adored the first book in this series, Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl. Absolutely. Loved. It. So, I had very high expectations going into getting this book from NetGalley. For the most part, this book didn’t disappoint.
Once again, we have a 21st century woman going back in time. The difference is Leah wants to go back in time and Mrs. Knightbridge knowingly sends her back, rather than sending out a random spell that brought Jamie back in time, who decidedly didn’t go willingly (side note – read the first chapter of Scandalous Earl – the description of going through the mirror is HILARIOUS!). Leah even packed for the trip with what she wouldn’t want to do without in the past.
She’s convinced she’d going to fall in love with a duke, so doesn’t quite realize what she’s gotten offered when she runs into Avery. He helps her, even if he’s half afraid she’s a bit cracked in the head with her story about coming from the future. He’s got enough problems of his own to worry with.
Leah certainly gets every opportunity to make her dream of marrying a duke come true, but of course she’s more and more drawn to the quiet, surprisingly bulked up Avery (who fights on the side to earn money to care for a sick relative. This fighting career leads to an interesting secondary plot.)
A third person comes through the mirror when a tragedy happens in the 21st century with Leah’s grandfather, and I couldn’t help but wonder if somehow, some way, the two time-crossed lovers might just not end up together. Of course, being a romance, I was pretty sure they would, but sheesh, Ms. Lamm! You make it so hard!!!
Leah is a great character as she discovers that role-playing and dressing in period costumes is far easier than actually living in the time period. Avery is a man haunted by mistakes, and his worries for his elderly aunt. I fell in love with him for that very fact, and got a bit sniffly toward the end, I will admit.
Totally enjoyed this read from Ms. Lamm and am begging her and Sourcebooks to do more. I love the time travel twist, especially with how both books end. It’s completely refreshing for me how the heroines end up with their man as opposed to what happens all too often in romance novels (sorry, can’t say more without spoiling the end). 5-star rating all the way. YAY!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.