Geek Girls Don't Date Dukesby Gina Lamm
She's after a duke, but it's the valet who gives her the royal treatment
All Leah wanted was a little gallantry. But in this day and age, chivalry was most definitely dead. If only there were a way to travel back in time and snag her very own duke.
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She's after a duke, but it's the valet who gives her the royal treatment
All Leah wanted was a little gallantry. But in this day and age, chivalry was most definitely dead. If only there were a way to travel back in time and snag her very own duke.
Avery Russell was polishing some boots when a woman fell through the bedchamber mirror into his arms. All he could make out from her breathless babbling was some nonsense about "my one true love, Your Grace." Clearly the chit was mad if she couldn't tell a valet from a duke!
As much as Avery wanted to give in and give her a good tumble, he knew it wouldn't be proper. No, he'd take as long as necessary to convince Leah that sometimes a duke just won't do.
Geek Girls series:
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl (Book 1)
Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes (Book 2)
Kiss the Earl (Book 3)
Praise for Gina Lamm:
"Irreverent and sexy romp."-Publishers Weekly
"Snappy writing and characters who share a surprising, spicy chemistry."-RT Book Reviews
"Gina Lamm writes excellent [time travel romance] with humor and great storytelling."-Books Like Breathing
"Readers looking for a diverting read will enjoy this sexy fish-out-of-water story." - Booklist
"I loved this story. I was lucky enough to read books one in this amazingly funny series, and book two is just a wonderful. " - Harlequin Junkies
"I hope that Ms. Lamm has several more Geek Girls books in the works for us so that we can continue to enjoy them." - Cocktails and Books
"The author keeps you on your toes, wondering if she's going to be able to find and live with her true love." - Chill Reviews
"It's an appealing and well written summer read and an enjoyable way to pass the time." - Long and Short Reviews
"I am a complete sucker for time travel romances. I am one of the few that love them. And Gina Lamm writes excellent ones with humor and great storytelling." - Books Like Breathing
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"Excuse me, you're stepping all over my farthingale." Leah tugged her hoop underskirt free of the clueless knight's boots. Having the most spectacular garb at the Renaissance Faire was becoming more of a burden than a bragging right.
He staggered away from her and blundered into a tree, his homemade metallic armor clanking. Leah smothered her laugh at the sight. "Somebody should pop the lid off that tin can with legs, and if he doesn't watch out, I'll do it for him."
Ella, Leah's good friend and Ren-Faire buddy, snickered behind her hand. "Go easy on the guy. He didn't make the eye slits in his helm big enough."
Irritation wrinkled Leah's forehead as she watched him apologize to the tree and turn to walk the other way. "Made his codpiece too big if you want my opinion," Leah muttered as she brushed the dirt from the gold brocade hem of her handmade Anjou gown. "If he was packing that much, he'd never be able to sit on a horse."
Ella's snort brought a smile to Leah's face. She was kind of glad she hadn't called in sick like she'd planned. This outing was just what she needed to get her mind off her best friend's upcoming wedding. Jamie's joy only reinforced Leah's own shit-tastic love life. Ella had encouraged her to stop moping and get back to having fun, and Leah was determined to give it a shot.
As Ella and Leah made their way through the Faire, Leah dipped her head and mumbled "Good morrow" to a passing fairy. Why did people insist on doing that? It was a Renaissance Faire, not a nearly nude fairy-for-all. It really burned her when people took one of her favorite events and turned it into another excuse to wear booty shorts, bikini tops, and clearance Halloween wire-and-sparkly-mesh wings.
"Ooh, a henna artist." Ella pointed to a silk tent strung beneath a large oak. "And bonus, no line! Want to get inked?"
Leah smiled. "I really need to get going, or I'll be late for the coronation. Why don't you go ahead? I'll catch up with you after, I promise."
"Okay," Ella said, tilting her head. "If you're sure."
Leah nodded. With a parting wave, she wound her way through the crowd as gracefully as her hooped skirt would allow.
Once alone, Leah's mood turned south. She slumped against a tree by a palm reader's cart, cradling her head in her hands. What was wrong with her? Jamie's wedding was in just a few days, and if Leah couldn't get herself together enough to be there for her best friend, she'd always regret it. Her own loneliness could shove it until Jamie's happy day was done. Besides, she wasn't really losing her best friend, so she needed to buck the hell up.
The cheerful chatter of the Faire goers surrounded her-normally a wonderful, happy sound. Today, instead of scanning her fellow attendees' garb for historical accuracy and nifty ideas, all Leah could do was feel sorry for herself. Ella was right. She had to stop acting like she was losing her best friend. Shoving herself upright, Leah glared at the green canopy of leaves above her.
"Screw this," she said, adjusting her skirts and straightening her French hood. "I've got a coronation to attend." Leah strode toward the parade ground, nearly mowing someone down in the process.
"I do beg your pardon," Leah said as she bowed her head and bobbed a curtsy to the man. "I didst not see..." She trailed off as she got a look at his face. "Kevin? What are you doing here?" Seriously? She gripped the sides of her skirt so hard the fabric rasped in protest.
"Leah. I hoped you'd be here." Kevin's self-conscious smile didn't reach his eyes. He smoothed his clearly expensive jeans over his too-lean hips. "I need to ask you something."
"Sorry, I don't have time to talk. Her Majesty is expecting me to help with the coronation." Leah resumed walking, hoping like hell he'd get the hint and not follow. Their particular personal history wasn't one she wanted to relive.
No such luck. He trotted to keep up with her, weaving through the crowd. "You've got half an hour before that starts. I checked the schedule. Listen, Leah, I've been thinking."
"About Teresa, hopefully. She is the one you're going to marry." Leah fought the angry blush climbing her neckline. How could she have been stupid enough to believe that Kevin loved her? She quickened her step, wishing she could leave him, and the past he reminded her of, behind.
"You know I didn't mean for that to happen the way it did. I still care about you, Leah. I always wanted to stay friends with you, and Teresa wants that too. She actually wanted me to ask you to possibly, I don't know-beabridesmaidorsomething."
The rushed words sent a white-hot knife of hurt and anger through her chest. She stopped so fast that Kevin nearly knocked her down. Whirling, she gaped at him.
"You have got to be kidding me. A bridesmaid? She called me a slut the first time she met me! And she met me on the night that I'd thought..." The words swelled in her throat, and she fought to get them free. "I'd thought..."
"You thought I was going to propose to you." Kevin scuffed the toe of his leather loafer in the dirt. "I know. I didn't want to hurt you. It was just...I don't know."
"Hard to tell me you've been in love with Teresa for five years? Hard to tell me you'd been engaged the whole time you were stringing me along?" She dashed the angry tears away, hating that he could see how much she still hurt over the whole sorry situation, six months later. "Sorry, Kevin. I can't help you."
"Come on, Leah, it wasn't like that. You know how my parents are. Teresa is an attorney-she's great at what she does. Her family has known mine forever. They're from DC too, and they all move in the same circles. I like you, you know that."
"But an elementary school drama teacher who just happens to enjoy fantasy more than fund-raising events was more than your ancient and revered family name could take. It's fine, Kevin. I get it." Her voice was ragged and her chest tight, but she stood her ground. She wasn't going to apologize. She'd tried to be the kind of girl he wanted, but that particular mask hadn't fit. It was just as well. His mother had hated her with a passion, and no matter how hard Leah tried, she could never live up to that impossible standard. It had been much easier to cling to Jamie than to try to fight for Kevin anymore. Of course, now she didn't have her best friend either.
He took her hand, gently rubbing a tiny circle over her knuckles. "I still care about you. A lot. And I know it's shitty of me to ask this. But listen, Teresa's cousin Wendy had to back out of the wedding. Her doctor put her on bed rest until the baby comes. You can wear Wendy's dress for the ceremony and be in the pictures. And you don't have to worry about anything because the photographer said he can Photoshop Wendy's face in afterward."
She'd have laughed if it wasn't so pathetically painful. Jerking her hand away, she stared at him-his fancy clothes, hair perfectly gelled into that tousled look, his complete discomfort at standing on a dirt path in the middle of the woods-all of it. Even though she'd wanted him desperately at the time, she could see now that she'd been a total idiot to think he could have made her happy. Didn't stop it from hurting like hell, though.
"There is no way that I'll be in your wedding. You and that attorney bitch really deserve each other."
She walked away without looking back, her aching heart turning to lead in her chest. What a stinking mess her life had become, and it was nobody's fault but her own. She'd been so busy chasing the dream of a happily-ever-after that she'd completely lost sight of who and what she wanted.
The coronation, normally one of Leah's favorite events, seemed to drag on forever today. She performed her bit perfectly-like a trained monkey in a circus, she thought, her dark thoughts belying the bright smile on her face. She didn't miss a step, and her solo performance got the largest applause. Once the final song was completed and the parade through the fairgrounds done, Leah yanked off her hood and went straight to the gates. Her sanctuary was only a few miles away. She had to go see the one man in the world who could make her feel better about everything.
"Leah, there you are," Ella called to her from a pottery vendor's stall. She grinned as she approached. "You were beautiful in the coronation ceremony."
Leah gave as sincere a smile as she was capable of, considering the roiling mass of snarled emotions inside her. "Thanks." She scuffed the toe of her slipper in the dirt.
"Hey," Ella said, her voice soft and knowing. "What's up?"
Leah shook her head. "Don't worry about me. I'm fine." Leah turned away abruptly and cleared her throat. Between the pain of Kevin's request and Ella's gentle probing, she couldn't take much more today. Cursing herself inwardly for the lie, she said it anyway. "I wish I could stay longer, but Pawpaw needs some help at the shop this afternoon."
Ella crossed her arms over her middle, framing her green-corseted chest. "You going to keep lying to my face? Because we can play that game if you want."
Leah begged Ella with eyes already filling with tears. "Don't make me talk about it, please."
Ella lowered her brows but nodded. "Okay."
"Thanks for hanging out with me today. I do appreciate it."
Ella grabbed Leah's arm. "Anytime, Leah. I mean it. Call me."
The knowing look in Ella's eyes made Leah feel even worse somehow. She agreed anyway.
"I will." Leah pulled free and walked away. She hoped she was fast enough to keep Ella from seeing the stupid tears that flowed down her cheeks.
Meet the Author
Gina Lamm, a bellydancing, wisecracking, marshmallow-addicted geek, loves nothing more than penning funny, emotional tales of love, lust, and entertaining mishaps. Married to a superhero, she lives with her beloved family in North Carolina, surrounded by tobacco farms, possums, and the occasional hurricane. She also writes erotic romance for Ellora's Cave under the pen name Regina Cole. Visit www.ginalamm.net for more info.
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I enjoyed this book. I loved Leah! She was a mouthy spitfire (AKA ME) who goes back in time to find her true love. Avery is an ex-boxer turned valet who doesn't think he is good enough for Leah. The characters are well written and I love how the regular guy gets the girl. My only problem with the book is that it ends kind of abruptly and left we wanting. All in all a good book. Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for the ARC.
Loved the series!!
Enjoyed. But prefer the first book in this serious more.
I really enjoyed this book. My one problem with it was the foul language. Far too much cussing when not needed. The story held my interest because it was different from the usual.
Alright, any book that has the main hero using the words, “As you wish” automatically wins my approval. Easy to point out the source as The Princess Bride. But seriously, I read that and my heart melted and I was immediately transported back to Wesley/The Dread Pirate Roberts. Avery reminds me of him in so many ways — poor, working class, but a pure soul that has been hit one too many times — and a body that has as well. He’s a good egg and Leah soon realizes this, even if she does think that her true love is the Duke, because her friend’s was as well. I read the first book in this series, Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl and loved it! I loved this book just as much. Gina Lamm has a great series on her hands here, full of romance, humor, heart-wrenching and REALLY steamy scenes — including a particular favorite of mine that happens in the stables. Because, let’s admit it, we all want that moment! The book immediately grabbed my attention as it opens up at a Renaissance Faire with Leah dressed up as a lady-in-waiting. Seeing as I had recently gone to one near where I live, I loved the coincidence. I also loved the following sentiment, which I fully share: “Why did people insist on doing that? It was a Renaissance Faire, not a nearly nude fairy-for-all. It really burned her when people took one of her favorite events and turned it into another excuse to wear booty shorts, bikini tops, and clearance Halloween wire-and-sparkly-mesh wings.” — Yep. Proud to say that I thought that several times when I was at our Faire nearby. While I’m not usually one for time travel as I don’t see how it could possibly work out well in the end for anyone, but Ms Lamm makes it possible and makes you fall in love with all of the characters… even the ones who are completely terrible, because they get what’s coming to them (and you’ll know them, or more specifically, her, when you meet her.) I don’t know what else there is to say here other than — read it! Read it and love it! Enjoy the geekiness and the humor and the sex because it’s really well done and everyone should enjoy it as much as I did. I want an Avery of my own. I’m a sucker for shoulders and arms anyways. Humorous Quote: “What, are you stalking me now? Because that’s not sexy at all, even if you were a sparkly vampire.” He shook his head in confusion. She rolled her eyes. “Never mind. But seriously…”
I'm really enjoying Gina Lamm's Geek Girls Series so far, the first book completely captured my attention and this book did exactly the same thing. From the cover to the title, I was very much interested in reading this book from the very beginning. The author mixes humor with romance and history all in one, and it works very well. From the start we meet Leah Ramsey, she loves dressing up in period costumes and dreaming about her own fairy tale romance, but she hasn't been lucky when it comes to finding the right person to love. She knows that time travel is possible since her best friend, Jaime, has traveled back in time to find the love of her life. Leah knows that if she stays she is not going to find anyone that is going to make her happy. So she goes back in time, to Regency England to find the Duke she has been destined to be with. But not everything looks as it seems and she soon realizes that she might be making a mistake and her Duke wasn't meant for her at all. The more time she spends back in time, the more adventures she has, including meeting Avery Russell, whose help she desperately wants in order to find her true love. I really liked Leah's personality in the book, she is strong minded, yet she is vulnerable when it comes to finding love. She is funny and I can only imagine what it would be like to travel back in time. Avery Russell is a very likable character, he is sensible and charming. Although he is not a Duke, he is a hard-working men who deeply cares about Leah and he does everything he can to keep her safe. The writing makes the story flow beautifully and I can easily connect with the characters which made everything that much more exciting. From action scenes to romantic nights, this book has it all. I recommend everyone to give this book a try, you will not regret it. *ARC provided by NetGalley*
This is the second book in the Geek Girls series by Gina Lamm. I really liked the first book and was excited to be able to get this book on Netgalley. We learned a little bit about Leah in the first book, The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl and now we really get to know all about her. The book opened with Leah at a Renaissance Fair, in costume Leah and her Ren-Faire buddy, Ella are walking the Faire, people watching and sharing snarky comments with each other. *Loved It* As Ella heads off to a henna artist with no line, Leah makes her way to assist with the coronation. On her way there, she runs into her ex-boyfriend, Kevin. He has the nerve to ask her to stand in for a sick bridesmaid at his upcoming wedding. Not to worry, they plan on photoshopping face out of all the pictures. As Leah steams, Kevin reminds Leah that due to his family's stature he is expected to marry from a certain class and as an elementary school drama teacher, she just doesn't make the grade. When she ends up back at her PawPaw's antique shop crying on his shoulder, he makes her promise that she will find someone she can count on, someone who know what it means to work for a living, someone who will listen to her, but not let her run all over him. He is so serious about this that Leah becomes worried. All this is important because when Leah gets the opportunity to use the antique dresser to go back in time, just like Jaime (Scandalous Earl) and find her true love, Leah jumps at it. What I really liked about this book, is that Leah ends up as a servant in the Duke of Granville's house. She is discovered by the Duke's valet, and convinces him that she is from the future and that she is here to meet and fall in love with the Duke. Avery is a bit of an outcast with the rest of the staff, and reluctantly agrees to help Leah. Following Leah as she discovers the life of a regency servant, was laugh out loud funny. This was a great look at the other side of life in regency England and I can't wait to see where the next book goes. Another 4 star read on Goodreads.
I could not have asked for a more fun read. This charming story has put a permanent smile on my face. Leah Ramsey is a spunky heroine and I loved how she just jumped right through the mirror determined to face her destiny. I will never get over the grossness and giggles of the chamber pot and I thank the author for including bathroom humor so skillfully. I swooned over Avery who was definitely not your average Regency hero, although he was as mightily dashing as Mr. Darcy, in my opinion. I loved witnessing his responses to Leah’s colorful comments and her touches. I wished some of the servants had been nicer as I’m sure not all of them would have been so miserable. This really was a carefree break and I look forward to going back and reading the first in the series.
3.5 stars. Modern RomCom meets Regency Romance by way of Through the Looking Glass. This books will either delight those who love all three, or thoroughly tick them off. Leah would like nothing better than to meet a wonderful guy like Mr. Darcy, and luckily, she's got a sort-of fairy godmother type who can pinpoint where her true love is, and send her there. Problem #1, Leah is well-versed in Renaissance, not so much in Regency England. Problem #2, she's an American girl with something of a mouth on her. Problem #3, while Leah assumed her true love was the creepily old Duke, it occurs to her, belatedly, that maybe Avery, who has befriended and protected her from the time of her unconventional arrival, and just happens to be a hot, sexy boxer, is her true love after all. I had some Issues with Leah's mouth, in the early chapters; it felt like she wasn't even TRYING to blend in. But as the book went on, it kind of grew on me. The ending is a little deus ex machina - the final complication isn't something that either Leah nor Avery really fixes, though he does have the wit to make a stab at it. Still a light and funny read.
Leah Ramsey had had enough. Why was it so hard to find a decent guy who still knew about manners, chivalry, and romance? Just when she thinks there is no chance of meeting a man who meets her qualifications, she finds herself going through a time portal in to Regency England, with the promise that her one true love is there. The problem? She enters a Duke’s house and is given the position of an underhousemaid, not the most sought after job. How on earth is she supposed to gain the attention of the Duke when servants are supposed to be as unnoticeable as possible? Fortunately for Leah, she makes the acquaintance of Avery Russell, the duke’s valet. She’s sure with his help; she’ll land the man of her dreams in no time. But is the man she is there for really the duke or is there someone else in the house who might be her true love? As Leah and Avery spend time together, Leah realizes that she may not be sent there to snag the duke after all, but will she realize this too late and miss her one chance at love? A hilarious, witty story by Gina Lamm. Gina Lamm balances both regency and modern worlds together in this incredibly entertaining novel! It was so refreshing to read a novel with such a different spin on Regency England. Leah’s experiences in this time period was exactly as I would have felt, complete with the disgust of the chamber pot! Avery is the perfect gentleman, despite Leah’s odd behavior and alluring personality. The added element of danger with Avery’s sketchy background, and connections with the evil sides of London made the story even more entertaining. If you are looking for an amusing, sexy, thrilling, romance with a bit of time-travel, then don’t wait! Pick up your copy today! Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilP Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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)
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