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The Seduction Game

The Seduction Game

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by Emma Shortt
     
 

In the game of love, the rules are meant to be broken…

When millionaire bad boy Will Thornton tries to buy computer-geek Kate Kelly’s building out from under her, she refuses to sell. Will might be uber rich, but she won’t be bullied. Trouble is, she doesn’t expect Will to look like one of her fantasy heroes, or to make her

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In the game of love, the rules are meant to be broken…

When millionaire bad boy Will Thornton tries to buy computer-geek Kate Kelly’s building out from under her, she refuses to sell. Will might be uber rich, but she won’t be bullied. Trouble is, she doesn’t expect Will to look like one of her fantasy heroes, or to make her heart beat way too fast. Fine. She can control herself long enough to wait him out. Hopefully.

There may be millions of dollars on the line, but Will is confident he can make Kate sell. 'Charming' is his middle name, and he plays the game better than anybody. Problem is, the snarky little computer-wiz is nothing like he imagined. She's impossibly cute...and a match for him in every way.

It’s game on. But in a seductive battle of the sexes, only one can come out on top…

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ISBN-13:
9781622663279
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/14/2014
Series:
Entangled Indulgence
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Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
140,310
File size:
2 MB

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The Seduction Game


By Emma Shortt, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Emma Shortt
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-327-9


CHAPTER 1

"There's a car pulling up outside Mr. Kawoski's."

The voice of her assistant, Meg, or as she liked to be known, "Number One," was audible even over the heavy beat pounding in Kate Kelly's ears. She narrowed her eyes, tugged her trailing earbuds from where she'd hooked them over the arms of her glasses, and peeked around her largest monitor, fondly referred to as Captain Carter. "There's no one at Mr. Kawoski's. It's not even Mr. Kawoski's anymore. It belongs to the devil now."

Something that sounded suspiciously like a snort left Meg's lips as she moved from her spot behind the serving counter to the window that covered the entire storefront of K.I.T. Her ginger braids bounced as she twitched the blinds, and her miniskirt, as always, threatened to expose her panties. "Not true, Katie," she said. "There's always construction workers hovering around these days, and, might I add, they're not even attractive ones. What are the odds of that? Flocks of them and not one I'd shake my panties at."

Kate scowled. Something she did an awful lot these days. The scowl was not for Meg's panty-shaking though — she was used to that. It was for the situation, the construction workers, and most of all for him. "I meant no one, as in Mr. Kawoski, or what used to be his customers."

"Yeah, well, blame Will Thornton for that," Meg said, twitching the blinds again as she invoked the name of their nemesis. "Though I don't know why you keep calling him the devil. It's not even creative. We should go with Borg king."

"Meggie, the Borg have a queen, not a king. You know that as well as I do," Kate said, standing up and dropping her electric blue iPod and earbuds on her desk with a thud. Just thinking of Will Thornton made her angry — though really, there was no need to take it out on the iPod.

Meg flipped her a backhanded bird, clearly not convinced by Kate's logic. "Apart from it sucking on the creativity front," she muttered, "it's not even fair. We've never even met Thornton. Only his slimy assistant Chris whatever-his-name was. Thornton himself might be awesome."

Kate's scowl deepened and she was tempted to throw her ever-growing rubber band ball at her best friend. "He is not awesome. Awesome men do not buy all the buildings around you. They do not then deluge you with letters and telephone calls and visits from their skeevy assistant because you won't sell yours. And they definitely do not try and evict you."

"He offered you a very good price, and buying the building is not the same as evicting."

"It so is."

"It's so not." Meg twitched the blind a little more, leaning forward and giving Kate a clear view of her Wonder Woman panties. Charming. "Ohhh look, it's a red car, one of those low-slung ones like something out of Fast and Furious. What did you say it was again, a Porch, a Merc?"

"It's a Porsche? You, throw in the 'e', and I said they were symbols of crumbling manhood. A clear expression of everything that is wrong with the male of our species."

"Symbols of ... oh my gosh ... it's a man and he's getting out of the car and good lordie ... Katie, get your ass over here."

"I'm busy."

"It'll keep. Come here. Quickly."

Kate sighed, not wanting to move but getting up anyway. Excitement had been rare round their parts even before all the other property owners had fallen for Will Thornton's wallet. Nowadays, what with them being the only business left and all, it was pretty much absent.

"Who is it? Another lawyer or surveyor, I bet," Kate said as she stalked across the store. It wasn't a long stalk. The main room of K.I.T. was not exactly big. It boasted a display window, a counter, wall shelving, and her den — all crammed into a space that was smaller than Kate's childhood bedroom. "It better not be Chris what's-his-name again."

Meg shook her head and pointed in the direction of the visitor before letting out an exaggerated sigh. "It's not Chris. He's dumpy and sweaty. But this guy? Well, no one would say he has any kind of crumbling anything. Certainly not his manhood."

"Why is he wearing a suit?" Kate asked, more because she couldn't think of anything else to say. Meg had a point. More than a point, actually. The man, whoever he was, bore a striking resemblance to her numero-uno heartthrob, Firefly god Malcolm Reynolds. Good lordie, indeed. "Who the hell wears a full suit to a building site?" she asked, even as her heart began to pound a little faster and a moshpit of butterflies took up residence in her stomach. "Lawyers is who. And stop twitching the blind. He's going to see that we're staring."

Giving no indication that he had noticed the blind twitching across the street, the man opened the passenger side door of his fancy car and pulled out a hard hat and high-visibility vest. He removed his suit jacket, exposing a crisp white shirt and despairingly muscular bod, shrugged the high-vis vest on, pushed his fair hair back, and placed the hat on his head.

"Lawyers don't wear hard hats," Meg insisted, sighing. "He must be one of the project managers or something. I call dibs. You know I call dibs, right?"

Of course she did. Meg always called dibs and usually that was fine with Kate. Meg was the flirty, fun, outrageous one. She got the numbers and the dates and came in the next morning all disheveled and full of lusty stories. Kate got work and a Firefly marathon, if there was time. So yeah, usually ...

The butterflies twisted and turned. Kate found herself wondering where usually had gone. She took another peek at the man, her heart rate increasing as she did so. It was such a weird reaction to have to a stranger, good-looking or no, that she took a step back, tugged one of Meg's braids, and spoke with a forced cheerfulness. "Good luck with that. Whether he's a lawyer, a project manager, or just another construction guy, he's clearly not a customer, so he's probably not gonna come in here."

"He could be a customer," Meg said wistfully. "One last, hardy soul willing to brave the construction site this place has become so you can work your wizardry on his hard drive."

"Loving your enthusiasm, but I doubt it. We haven't had any walk-in customers since the bakery closed. God, I miss their banana bread."

"We still have our regulars. They'll keep coming. They don't care that we're now located in the middle of a shit storm and that the air is thick with dust and there's nowhere to even buy a bottle of water ..." Meg dropped the blind like it had scalded her and scooted back, stepping on Kate's foot in the process. "Oh, crap, you don't think ..."

"Holy hell, Meg. That hurt! You have steel toe caps on, you know."

"Sorry, but I just realized ... you don't think it's him?"

"Him who?"

"The Borg king."

The butterflies disappeared and a nasty panic hit Kate square in the chest — her muscles tightened and her belly clenched. She opened her mouth to deny the possibility that the Adonis across the way could possibly be Will Thornton, but then closed it a second later. She peeked back out of the blinds instead and eyed the figure who was now speaking into his cell phone. He looked ... impatient ... aggressive ... all male. Her heart stuttered and she swallowed unsteadily. "It can't be. It wouldn't be," she said. "The man's like a millionaire or something. He'd be surrounded by minions."

Meg twitched the blind again. "Speaking of minions ..."

The man, who may or may not have been Will Thornton, dropped his cell phone into his pocket and gestured impatiently at the two burly workers now approaching him. He spoke a couple of words Kate and Meg couldn't hear before disappearing into what was once Mr. Kawoski's shop, followed by the workers. Where they'd come from, Kate didn't know, but there they were. Maybe he snapped his fingers and they just appeared, ready and willing to do his bidding?

Just like Will Thornton would.

"It's gotta be him," Meg said, echoing her thoughts. "We knew he'd come sooner or later and now here he is, and he's bound to come over. He practically has to. He needs this building and you've ignored the last lot of his letters, not to mention you told Chris to go suck it. What other option is there but to come see you in person?"

Kate shook her head. The idea of having to speak to Will Thornton made her want to scream. The idea of having to speak to a Will Thornton who was as immensely attractive as the man across the way made her want to hide. She had an image of him in her head, based purely on what she thought he should look like — old and hawk-faced, and whenever Kate had imagined a showdown with him it was that image she had confronted. Only now? Kate inhaled sharply. How the hell could she deal with a Will Thornton who made butterflies take up residence in her belly, purely on his looks?

"He could come in here any moment," Meg added.

"He can't," Kate said, her voice slightly more frantic than she would have liked. "I already told Chris-the-sleaze my answer. He can't."

Meg snorted. "Of course he can, and he's probably going to. We, and by we, I mean you, can't ignore the situation forever. He's not going to give up. K.I.T. sits right in the middle of the whole development. He's gonna keep hassling you until you agree to sell. You are aware of this, right?"

Kate stepped away from the window and, to give herself a moment to think, she adjusted one of the USB kits hanging from the shelving system next to the window. It was dusty, which meant the rest of the stock probably was, too, which meant she'd have to clean, again.

"Katie?" Meg prompted.

The infrared keyboard and mouse combos were also coated in a fine powder, as were the adaptors. Kate rubbed at the dust, realized it wasn't going to come off, and dropped her hand.

The dust all over the stock, the empty shops, the tilting signs, the quiet sidewalks ... How could she not be aware of what was happening? Will Thornton was everywhere. Will Thornton was the cause of all her problems. But ... he couldn't be the immensely hot man across the way, could he? It just wasn't possible.

"I'm aware of it," she finally said.

"Welllll," Meg drew the word out and hiked a thumb in the direction of Mr. Kawoski's. "Don't you think, just in case that guy is Will Thornton, that we should talk about it?"

"No." Kate sighed. "I do not. Not at all. In fact, I am going to pretend you didn't even call me over. I'm going back to work. I have more interesting things to be doing than watching Captain Fantastic over there poking around in the rubble."

"But what if it is him?"

"If it is Thornton," Kate said. "Which I'm not convinced of at all, he has my answer. He's had it a gazillion times. As far as he's concerned, it is written on my forehead in caps."

"Katie —"

"I'm serious, Meg," she said, her voice rising ever so slightly. "He can offer me the moon. It won't make any difference. This is my building, my business, my home. I built it from scratch and I'm not going to hand it over to some guy who thinks he can simply snap his fingers ... and voilà."

She cast the window one last glance before hurrying back over to the den, her own little piece of heaven. It held her desk, her three desktop computers, her laptop, her tablets, and all the paraphernalia she needed to do her work. It was her favorite place in the whole world, and no one was going to take it from her, certainly not Will Thornton.

Will Thornton. Damn it, why did the prospect of it being him make her feel so jittery? Why was the panic making her heart pound so hard? Kate rubbed her clammy palms on her jeans, answerless questions buzzing through her brain.

"We should have hacked into his company files," Meg grumbled. "There would have been a picture of him and then we'd know if that hottie is him." She paused. "I know I've said it before but there should have been at least one pic on Google. He's superrich. Rich people love having their photo taken."

"And super shy, apparently," Kate said. "Which confirms my guess that Fast and Furious over there is not Will Thornton. And we don't hack into people's private files."

Meg moved the blinds back into place, gave the window one last long look, and then made her way back to the counter. She pulled her bar stool up against it and sat down, elbows resting between the till on one side and her Mac on the other. "No hacking," she said with a smirk. "Got it. Now ... what if he comes in here?"

"Then tell him to get lost," Kate said, even as a horrifying image of the man from across the street sauntering into her shop filled her mind. Worse, her own likely reaction quickly followed. Awkwardness central.

"To get lost?" Meg asked. "Really?"

"Uh-huh. Preferably at the event horizon of a black hole."

"You think that'll work?"

"Eventually."

"You seriously think you can wait him out?"

The disbelief in her voice stung. Because really, Meg should have had a little more faith. But then Kate remembered how quickly all the other businesses had sold their buildings. How they'd all taken the money and run.

You're the last one standing.

"I know I can," she said some minutes later, with far more conviction than she actually felt. "It's just a waiting game now."

CHAPTER 2

Will paused at the entrance to K.I.T, the last store standing, and heard the voice of his newly acquired nemesis slapping down the gauntlet.

It's just a waiting game now.

Trouble was, Will had no time left to wait. He ran a hand through his hair — flattened from the hard hat — and took a deep, dusty breath. Chris was in the store across from him, considering plans, working out schedules, and the news he'd just given Will was not good. They were already behind, thanks to Kate Kelly. It was crunch time now. If he didn't convince her to sell in the next couple of weeks the whole project would fail.

That was unacceptable.

He glared at the storefront display. The posters made no sense to him. The machines and slogans on them were meaningless. But the woman inside did. She knew all about them and all about him. She knew what he needed. She simply was not complying. Damn her.

He glared some more. Who the hell could have guessed that the geek in charge of the tiny computer store would be the one to hold out? Not him, that was for sure, or his project managers, for that matter. Chris had assured him that all the shop owners were willing to sell and that they had practically begged for someone to come along and buy their dilapidated buildings. However, it seemed that somewhere between the e-mail he'd received in London two months ago telling him this information, and his landing in the US three days ago, Kate Kelly had changed her mind. She was refusing to sell, and by doing so, was derailing his whole goddamn plan.

Will thought of his staff, all eight hundred and thirty-two of them, all needing their paycheck at the end of the month. He thought, too, about the continuing economic slump, the balance sheets he'd pored over in London, the new business he was trying to create. Will had been developing property since he was nineteen years old and it had made him richer than he had ever imagined. But it had also brought him more responsibility than he'd ever thought to have. People depended on him and every single development counted. Nothing could be allowed to fail. Everything had to make a profit. Including this.

One woman could not be allowed to stop it.

"Did you offer the market price?" he'd asked Chris the moment he was back in his office.

His project manager, who also happened to be his brother-in-law, nodded. "Plus ten percent."

An excellent price. No one else would offer better. "And did you explain to her what we were doing here? How many jobs The Risings will create?"

"Yes. It made no difference. She won't budge."

She won't budge. Will dragged his hand through his hair, frowning when specks of dust danced in front of his vision. The whole complex was a wreck. Work had already started on the buildings he now owned — a maneuver on Chris's part to push the geek into selling, one he wholeheartedly approved of. Only it hadn't worked and her building sat apart from it all, right in the center. The quirky K.I.T. sign the last bit of bright color.

The last store standing.

"Why can't she be like the rest?" he growled to himself, a combination of anger and frustration filling him all over again. "Take the money and run."

Because she's stubborn. Only stubborn didn't develop buildings. Not her kind at least. His kind did and he played the words over in his mind again. A waiting game. Did she really think she could hold out? Win? Against him? He almost wanted to laugh. But she'd already held out for months. Held out against Chris, he reminded himself. Let's see her hold out against me.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Emma scribbles stories in all sorts of genres, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, historical, sci-fi...if she hasn't tried it yet she will before long. The only common theme is the romance. A hopeless romantic everything Emma writes has a love story in there somewhere.??

She lives on the west coast of England with her very Greek husband and teenage kiddos. Apart from all things geek reading is her main hobby and she likes nothing better than getting home from a hard day at work and curling up with a book, though sometimes she gets home and writes one instead.

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The Seduction Game 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and it's characters!! This is a marvelous story of two people who despite their differences learn that different doesn't mean not! Geeky Kate, Super Hot Alpha Will and Meg (who deserves a story of her own)! I loved Will's tenacity with Kate, Will recognizes his desire for Kate and doesn't let her hostility and snarky attitude derail him. It's not often a man recognizes the potential for a relationship before the woman! Kate thinks her geeky-ness and refusal to sell her business to be an obstruction and Will feels the geeky-ness is a definite attraction, though the refusal to sell her business does throw a wrench in the cog! But the dialogue is so "spot on" that I couldn't wait to read Will's and Kate's exchanges with Meg's opinion thrown in for good measure! This is such a wonderful "feel-good" story that I can't wait to pick up another of Ms. Shortt's books. I so would of purchased this book if I hadn't received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
Emma Shortt sure knows how to entertain a lady! She never fails to disappoint me and I was yet again pleased and giddy to read one of her books. This girl can write. From erotic romances like her fantastically orgasmic Club Smex, to some very hot negotiations with a trio of billionaire’s in her Criminal Seduction trilogy and whacking zombies with a machete in nothing but purple panties in Waking Up Dead, Emma Shortt’s writing transports me from the bore of everyday life into worlds filled with whirlwinds of passion, sex and romance, with a brilliant storyline to boot. In The Seduction Game, all of us get to embrace our inner (and not so inner) geek, and for those of you who have your geeky-self hidden somewhere in the depths of your souls, you can now scoop it out and let it roam free, because it is about to get seduced until your toes curl. The slow build-up to the sweet romance that is inevitable was laced with geek-isms and it made for quite a different read.  Kate Kelly is a brilliantly written character. She’s geeky and quirky, the kind of girl you can definitely expect to meet in the world out there these days. She’s a gamer and a computer geek (even owning her own computer repair/supping up store) who’s pretty awkward around people and even more awkward around sex and penises. I loved the way I could actually see her grow and change in a subtle way. She may be geeky and quirky but she stands her ground strongly and can throw quite a figurative punch to your heart at moments. Then we get the hero. I really thought he was quite a jerk in the first two chapters, but he turns out to be everything a girl could want and more. The exact opposite of Kate, he’s the millionaire who really wants Kate’s building for his new project. Reading the blurb of the book, it describes him as a millionaire bad boy, when he is in fact not a bad boy at all. Will is the nicest guy I’ve read about  in a romance novel and I was so happy he didn’t end up changing his ways and giving up a part of himself to please the girl. And boy, he could come please me anytime. He did, however, manage to grow a bit of a geeky part to himself and I felt tears prickling my eyes while I was bubbling with laughter at the big grand gesture he does for Kate. Yep, Will is the perfect gentleman. I admit I did not get the Dr, Who reference, because I have never watched the series, but it seemed like a pretty important part of the book so I googled it. I still don’t fully understand and might just end up watching the series. So kudos to you Emma, because I might just get addicted. Now, I’m done talking about this book, why don’t you just go and buy it? You know you want to!
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
The Seduction Game was a quick, quirky and sweet story.  I really enjoyed that the heroine got to be the"geek" in this story, so many of the "geek romances" lately have super hot men as the geeks and Emma Shortt turned this on its head.  I loved seeing the how Kate was awkward and shy and was reluctantly pulled out of her shell by the billionaire Will Thornton. The story started off slow for and it took awhile for me to find my rhythm with the pacing, then when Will and Kate finally stopped bickering with one another and started seeing each other it was an enjoyable read.  The ending (though very cute) came on fast and I felt rushed reading it, I wanted more chapters to see how everything smooths out.  This is a novella length story, but I would have liked to see this fleshed out into more a full length novel so we can really get to know Kate and Will, not just surface stuff.   Emma Shortt's writing was fun to read and I like the witty banter and snarky dialogue.  The geeky references made me snicker and made my own geeky heart smile, but my issues with some of the plot lines and the pacing kept me from really connecting.   If you are the mood for a cute, slightly predictable, romance about a die hard geek falling for a billionaire then The Seduction Game would be a great book to 1-click!
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Geek girl meets billionaire... This fun romance that captures the popularity of geek culture, but the twist that the geek is the girl and the guy is the "normal"one.  Kate owns and runs  a computer repair business from her home and Will wants to buy the property so his company can move forward with a large development deal. Hijinks ensue and the hero and heroine fall in love.  I think the author did an awesome job of capturing scify culture...for example Kate's nickname for will is "the Borg". Katie also references dr. Who and on cos play convention fun. This is great read that will be an instant geek classic. 
Anonymous 9 months ago
It was an ok read.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Geek meets alpha, hot, sexy millionaire bad boy. I'm a geek of sorts and this put me on a happy high. Love for the geeks of the world can be seen in black and white and in print. Kate is a sexy geek that doesn't know her own appeal to the opposite sex until him. But is his delight in her or the fact he wants her building. The Seduction Game delivers a hottie meets geek romance that is worth coming back for.  Shortt has given me a delight and will have me coming back for more. She wove a beautiful story that entices one to come in and want more. Thanks, NetGalley.
katyeiser More than 1 year ago
"I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review" So here it is finally :) I really like the "geekiness" of Kate. Emma.. you had me laughing at Kate and Will as they were getting to know each other.. Loved what Kate put Will through :) It is a good book and I am looking forward to Emma's zombies in Waking Up Dead (End of Days Love #1) 
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Kate Kelly is stubborn. She won't give into the demands or the sexual seduction of Will Thorton, the billionaire developer. Kate may be a geek but she has her principles and selling her property goes against them, but she is very attracted to this determined man. Where do they go from here? Emma Shortt has done a wonderful job creating characters that I cared about. I enjoyed every twist in turn in Kate and Will's romance. I couldn't put the book down. The dialogue sparkled and the romantic tension was cranked up to high. The secondary characters are memorable especially Meg. This is a fast-paced and enjoyable book that left me smiling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was wonderful...love Will & Kate!!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet cute story! I loved how hard Will fell for Kate! Kate was amazing character. She was strong, outspoken, and nerdy! Loved her and could so totally relate and see myself in her character. I am so totally into nerds, especially growing up one. She was a riot, loved the minicom scene. Too cute! This was my first book by this author and I look forward to more from her. Would love to see a book about Meg, Kate's best friend! She is hilarious and vivid. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Kate is a computer whiz with her own store. But that store is at risk from the millionaire Will Thornton. He wants to knock the store down because it sits in the middle of his new development. Kate is determined to play the waiting game and hope he just goes away. Will has other plans. He thinks Kate is cute (in her own nerdy sort of way) and plans on flirting his way into getting her to sell.  What follows is one of the more humorous and exciting romances I've read without actually becoming a comedy or suspense. Kate was hilarious. She's was perfectly awkward and totally unfraid to own her inner an outer nerd (there is a convention involved). Will seems to be the perfect handsome rich boy, but deep down there's more to him. As Will and Kate get to know each other both of their plans begin to crumble.  But there's a third party involved that's willing to do a little more across the line type of stuff to try and get her to sell her store and it may just tear Will and Kate apart as well. I loved this book. I loved the side characters. I loved the setting. I loved the story. I don't think I would have changed anything and I've always had a soft spot for the nerd finding their perfect match.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This started out slow--I wasn't too sure about it for the first quarter or so. Kate and Meg had a tendency to talk like they were still in college quite a bit in the beginning, which seemed off considering Kate was supposed to be a fairly successful business owner--"geek" doesn't necessarily translate into can't stop slipping into text speak in regular conversation. Thankfully that didn't last long, though, and soon I was swept into the story. Things I liked about this story: - Kate and Meg's relationship--very cute and real, and reminded me of some of my relationships with my friends - Will Thornton. He came off as a bit business-obsessed in the beginning, but his obvious love for his family (and theirs in return) and his attraction to Kate soon set his priorities straight. Great down-to-earth (even though he's a bazillionaire) hero. - All the sci-fi references. Even though I'm not a hardcore geek (I have yet to watch any incarnation of the Doctor. I know, I know--I will!) The Firefly and Serenity ones were fun. Plus, any book where they go to a convention is a win, IMO. - Will's "grand gesture"--perfect! All in all, this ended up being an enjoyable way to pass the time. I'll definitely be looking for more from Emma Shortt in the future. Rating: 4 stars / B- rating I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.