Noah Frellish is a king amongst geeks. As CEO of Chicago's hottest tech company, he's done with the world only seeing him for his money—especially when it comes to romance. So when he helps a beautiful employee with a printer problem and she mistakes him for a help desk technician? Well, Noah can't help but play along…through every sexy, romantic moment.
Small-town girl Michelle Kolson loves life in Chicago, not to mention her work at a cutting-edge tech company. A whirlwind romance with a hot coworker is the cherry on her happy life sundae—until her job lands on the chopping block.
Suddenly, nothing is what it seems, and Michelle finds out the man she fell headfirst into bed with actually owns the company. If Noah's going to convince the sweet, small-town girl to stay in the big city, he'll have to prove he's still the sexy nerd she fell for.
Previously released on Entangled's Ever After imprint – July 2013
About the Author
Lynne Silver, award winning author, began her writing career at a very young age publishing scads of books with crayon and construction paper. In college, she abandoned her craft to study other authors' novels with a focus on American Literature. Her professional career had her writing fiction of a different sort. She drafted press releases and marketing communications for technology companies. After the birth of her children, she focused on her own fiction career writing several terrible novels before joining the Romance Writers of America and the Washington Romance Writers to perfect her craft. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.
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By Lynne Silver, Lewis Pollak, Stacy Abrams
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"Darn it." Michelle Kolson clicked her mouse furiously on the print button. No dice. The large gray box on the stand in the corner remained silent and still.
"Don't you curse at me, young lady." Mom's voice came through the phone loud and clear.
"Sorry, Mom. The stupid printer won't work."
"Why are you still at the office? It's eight thirty at night. Even Walmart employees don't work such crazy hours. What's wrong with the management?"
Michelle rolled her eyes. Mom didn't get it, didn't have a clue about the life she wanted. If she were still back home in Minsker, Iowa, she'd be with Brad, waiting on an engagement she didn't want and working a job she hated.
Nope, not for her.
On cue, Mom just had to mention her ex-boyfriend. "I ran into Brad at the diner. He was eating burgers with Rebecca. Do you think he's dating her?"
"Mom, stop worrying. Brad and I are done. He's free to date anyone he wants." She got up to check on the printer, stretching the desk phone cord as long as she could. She examined the printer closely. The green light was on and the tiny gray screen said "Ready." Why then wouldn't it print? Arrgh. She gripped the handset tighter, resisting the urge to bang it against the printer.
"Mom, I have to go. This thing is due tomorrow."
"Fine. I'll call again soon."
"Bye. Love you," she said almost absently. Priority number one was getting her time sheet and record log finished and on her jerk of a boss's desk. He wouldn't forgive printer problems. Though why he couldn't approve it via e-mail like every other twenty-first-century office worker, she didn't know. Ironic, really. You'd think a company specializing in eco-friendly products would have policies about paper usage. But this was her first week at the job, her first real job in an office anywhere, unless you counted working at her parents' secondhand store since the age of ten—which she didn't.
If she did count it, she'd still be in Minsker, working at the family store. Or if she were truly lucky, the Walmart, where Missy McQueen, high school cheerleader and popular girl, was manager and still making people's lives miserable. Ha. If life had any sort of justice, Missy McQueen would be fat, unemployed, and suffering karmic justice for her behavior in high school. But she was still thin, beautiful, and mean as a snake.
Michelle sighed as she glanced around the space. LiteWave Tech was an open office environment, her coworker explained on her first day's tour. It meant no cubicle walls were in sight. Instead, a sea of desks stood in rows, looking like a wood-and-computer army. She could see all the way to the windows where the finance cluster stood. Her department was on the third floor: the boring floor, she'd learned. The floor where the bills got paid, benefits were doled out, and customer calls fielded.
All the fun stuff happened on the fourth floor, where the tech, graphics, and marketing teams lived. Michelle had only been up there once, but it had been more colorful somehow. The desks had been personalized with photos, comics, and toys. Down here it was Any Office, USA, and it was currently dead. No computer screen flickered other than hers. Darn it, that meant no one to help.
Time for a last-ditch effort. If it didn't work, she'd have to grab a flash drive and pay to print out the document at the twenty-four-hour printing store near her house with money she didn't have. She kicked the printer stand and caught it as it wobbled.
"That never works, but I appreciate the sentiment."
She jumped and whirled around to see a young guy, looking nerdy in an endearing way. He wore a ratty black T-shirt with the words There's no place like 127.0.0.1. She guessed it was a computer joke. Despite her confusion, she took note of the way the numbers spread across his wide chest, hinting at some interesting muscles hiding behind the geeky demeanor. She had to lift her chin to see his face.
"You startled me." She placed a hand to her chest to calm down her wildly beating heart, which jumped thanks to being startled but also at her close proximity to a tall, handsome man. At least, she thought he was handsome. A baseball cap pulled low over his brow prevented her from seeing most of his face, other than a nicely squared jawline shadowed by a hint of a dark beard.
"Do you need help?"
"That would be amazing. I have to get my weekly time sheet and call log printed and on my boss's desk."
"Let me see what I can do, but for future reference, the help desk is always on call here."
"The IT group whose sole purpose is to assist—"
"The office Luddites."
He grinned. "You said it, not me." He bent over the printer.
"I didn't even know such a thing existed. It's my first week here. My first week anywhere." She blushed and tried to stop rambling.
He started to say something, then stopped and walked back to her desk to fiddle with her mouse. He spent a few minutes hitting buttons until he looked up and grinned. "I found the problem. Come with me."
She followed him around a row of desks to another printer stand that was spitting out a sheaf of papers. She snatched at the pile to see that her document was there in triplicate. Her hand brushed his wrist as she reached for the paper, and then understanding of her silly mistake dawned. She flushed and wanted to hide. "I was sending to the wrong printer bank. I must not have heard it, since I was on the phone."
He grinned. "Yeah. Easy mistake to make. I would've assumed the closest printer too, but now you know."
"Thank you." She stuck her hand out. "I'm Michelle." She felt a bit foolish shaking hands as if they were being formally introduced, but she wanted an excuse to touch him, to feel his strong and capable-looking hand in hers.
* * *
He grinned and thrust his hand out. "Sark," he said, granting her permission to call him by the name all his gamer friends used. Her soft hand fit in his perfectly, and he wanted to keep holding on. Back when he'd first founded LiteWave and it had been fewer than a dozen employees, he'd been Sark to everyone. Now, he was mostly Noah or Mr. Frellish around the office. But he definitely wanted Michelle to be in the small circle of people to call him Sark.
Her long brown hair was the kind of soft he wanted to run his hands through, not to mention the skin on her face looked as soft and smooth as her hair. But she seemed kind of jumpy. A lot of employees got that way with him. Did they think he walked around with a pocket full of pink slips or something? She'd only been there a week, but she had to recognize him. They always plastered his face up on the screen during orientation meetings.
The thought of his corporate headshots reminded him that the trendy glasses he wore for press meetings had fallen off and cracked during his last bike ride and he was wearing his older, supposedly geeky ones. Jane from PR was going to kill him for having to order yet another pair. She claimed he needed to look "nerdy chic." He didn't care, as long as he could see and they stayed on during a long, sweaty bike ride.
"Nice to meet you, Sark. You helped me out of a tight spot tonight. Jim made it pretty clear that these time sheets are pretty important. Maybe he'd fire me if I didn't have it done."
"For real?" And who's Jim? Then the memory clicked. Junior head of the customer service Director level. Maybe he did have the power to fire someone and it was going to his head. Sark made a mental note to look into it.
"You work in the call center? They recently hired you?"
"Why did you sound surprised? I'm a hard worker."
"It's not you. I'm sure you're great. I've ..." He started to say he'd signed a contract to move the call center overseas, but he didn't want to start a companywide panic. He had to be tactful. "A lot of big corporations are moving their call centers to India."
Her face fell. "What?"
"Something about bottom-line costs to us and helping the global economy."
"What about the domestic economy?" Panic flitted across her face. "Do you think LiteWave would do that? I ... I need this job."
His stomach clenched as he looked at the pain in her pretty face. He wanted to offer her another job, but he couldn't. First, it wasn't his place. He wouldn't be a very good CEO if he went around handing out jobs to every girl he thought was pretty. "Maybe there's another position in the company somewhere." For a brief glorious moment, he imagined her applying to be his administrative assistant. He'd get to look at her and better, talk to her, all day. But he swallowed back a snort at the idea. For one, he had an admin already, she was damn good at her job. And two, he didn't know if Michelle was qualified.
"Where? Jim made it clear they were being nice to hire me without a college degree." She muttered the last part, obviously upset about her lack of credentials.
"A degree doesn't mean everything. I never finished my education, either. And maybe my information's off. I've been wrong before."
A smile lit up her face, and he stared, struck by a bolt of attraction for her, even as guilt stabbed at him. She was his employee. The attraction was verboten, but it was hard to ignore when her pink lips spread across even white teeth and an adorable flush colored her cheeks. "You don't have a degree?" she asked, looking entirely too happy about his failings in academia.
"Uh, I never finished," he said, remembering his mother asking him weekly when he was going to present his dissertation for his PhD. Somehow he knew he'd sound like an ass if he mentioned a graduate degree.
"What does your shirt mean?" she asked suddenly.
He looked, trying to remember if he wore his MIT Let there be Light chemical equation T-shirt. Nope, it was his IT one. Thank you, Think Geek, for providing him with his wardrobe. "Oh. This shirt? It means there's no place like home. The numbers stand for the IP address for home on almost every device." Seeing her confused face, he hastened to add, "It's an IT thing. Only a handful of people in the company get it, and they all work the help desk or in the engineering department."
Relief flooded her face. "Oh, good. I was worried it was something everyone would get but me. Since moving to Chicago, sometimes I feel like an alien. Like everyone is speaking a different form of English. Do you know what I mean?"
Since he found himself in that situation nearly every day, mostly regarding social or media interactions, he nodded. "Yep. But you're no nimnul."
"Huh?" She looked confused again. "Now you are speaking another language."
He laughed. "I am. Literally. Kayo." At her totally confused look, he added, "Mork & Mindy?"
She shook her head.
"Great seventies television. Never seen it?"
"Nope. I mean, I've heard of it, but never seen it. How do you know anything about seventies TV? You don't look much older than me."
"Cable. I had a lot of free time in high school." Shut up, Sark. Don't be a loser, but come on, Mork & Mindy and admitting you were a geek in high school is not the way to get the girl. And to get her, he wanted. He liked Michelle of the warm smile and sweet blushes. Her Luddite comment had been funny. And her body was smoking. He knew he shouldn't notice these things, as it had all the makings of a sexual harassment case, but it was hard to miss her full chest, which narrowed into a trim waist then flared back out to a bottom he wanted to cup in his palms.
He'd only been on a few dates since the company had gone public and he'd made his money. At first it'd been flattering that beautiful women asked him out and invited him to their beds afterward. It had taken three women for him to realize they liked his bank balance, not him—though they did a pretty good job of faking it. Not that he'd had enough experience in bed to know. Sarah from college had been his first lover, and the relationship lasted for a few years until she took off for the West Coast to lead another engineering team. Thinking of Sarah reminded him it had been a long time since he'd been in a relationship. Too long.
While some of his friends teased him that he was part computer, he was still a flesh and blood man with needs and desires. And Michelle was suddenly one of those desires.
"Huh?" He looked down at Michelle. She looked up at him with a worried look on her face.
"There you are. Thought I lost you. You drifted off."
He ducked his head. "Sorry. I do that sometimes."
"It's okay. As long as I'm not boring you ...?"
"Absolutely not. Hey, since you got your documents printed, are you done here? Can I take you out for coffee or something? At the very least, give you a ride home?"
"I'd love coffee and a ride home, if you don't mind."
"Not at all." Too late he remembered he had ridden his bike to work. It was okay, though; he could afford a taxi.
"Are you finished soon?" she asked.
"My hours are pretty flexible. I can take off when I want."
"Sounds nice. Maybe I should join another team at the company. Maybe that mysterious help desk you mentioned."
He laughed. "You'd have to understand my shirt first."
"Guess I'm out."
He waited patiently while she shut down her computer, grabbed her purse, and shrugged on a light coat. She asked if he needed one, and he tried to remember whether he'd brought a coat to work that day or not. Luckily, it was still warm for fall, so he'd be okay without one.
Once outside, he led her to a nearby hole–in-the-wall coffee and sandwich place where he did a lot of his late-night coding. They both ordered and, after some pseudo-heated discussion, he allowed her to pay the whole bill. "It's the least I can do for you fixing my printer nightmare," she said.
He loved that she insisted on paying her way and his. He couldn't remember the last time someone had offered to cover his bills. It was as if everyone assumed the guy with the most money should always pay. In this case, he would've been more than happy to do it for Michelle, but her offer was still much appreciated. "Consider the computer help on the house. Can you imagine if people started tipping the guys on the help desk team? Some departments would never get service again."
His joke earned a warm grin and a laugh. "Well, I won't tip the help desk, but I will resort to bribery for future technical needs. Do you think homemade cookies would do the trick?" She leaned over the table a little, and he caught a tantalizing glimpse of her cleavage. He forced his gaze back up to her face. It was no hardship.
"Definitely. Tech guys are notoriously easy to please. All we need are lots of caffeinated drinks, a few gigs of memory, and a pretty girl to flirt with." Crap, he'd been too forward, hadn't he? But the pretty girl comment had slipped out almost effortlessly, which was interesting considering how tongue-tied he usually was around attractive women.
She didn't seem offended or turned off by the comment, though. If anything, her smile grew warmer and she inched her chair closer to the edge of the table, leaning forward. He asked her where she was from and was treated to an insight about life in small-town Iowa.
"Pickles on pizza, for real? And at a gas station?" he asked, adjusting his glasses.
"Yep. It's the best. I know Chicago is famous for its pizza, but give me Casey's any day," she said.
He shook his head, trying to imagine it. He laughed as she shared her description of traffic in her hometown. He'd been late to work thanks to gridlock, but never because someone's John Deere tractor had overturned. "I've actually been to Iowa once."
"You have?" Her face brightened.
"Yeah, I participated in RAGBRAI a few years ago. Has it ever gone through your town?"
"Nah. Minsker's too small to host thousands of people and their bicycles," she said about the weeklong massive bike ride across the state of Iowa. "I went once to watch it. Maybe I saw you. My boyfriend took me on a road trip."
His stomach churned at her mention of a boyfriend. "I mean my former boyfriend," she added, and he breathed an inner sigh of relief. "I'm not with him anymore. I'm not seeing anyone." Was she interested? He couldn't be certain, but why else would she be so adamant about being single?
Words continued to flow effortlessly and it was refreshing to just be himself, especially with a woman. After their mugs had been cleared, he stood, hoping the night wouldn't end too soon.
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Right from the description, I was hooked on Love, Technically! I thought that it sounded like a sweet romance, and that's exactly what it was. The characters were wonderful, and while the book wasn't all that long, Lynne Silver made me fall completely in love with them and kept me totally wrapped up in their story! :D Both Sark (er...Noah...I feel like we're at least friends now, so I'm totally going to call him Sark :P haha) and Michelle were characters that I just absolutely loved! I genuinely cared for them and desperately wanted everything to work out in their favour. I loved their budding relationship, their easy banter, their steamy chemistry, and above all else, I just loved the two of them to bits! I just had an absolute blast reading Love, Technically, and I didn't want to put it down....so I didn't unless I absolutely had to. :P I loved the whole technological aspect of the story, too, and I felt that both Michelle's and Sark's dreams for their futures were realistic and that their dreams actually contributed to a lot of their appeal. They felt like real people. They were both awkward at times and were figuring their lives out, and that aspect really appealed to me and made the characters even more genuine. Overall, I absolutely loved Love, Technically! I loved the characters, the story, and the fabulous nerd appeal. ;) I definitely plan to read more of Lynne Silver's work in the future because Love, Technically made me laugh, cry, and above all else, it left me with a ginormous grin on my face when I'd finished...and that grin and feeling is exactly how I know that I loved a book as much as I possibly can love one...*dreamy sigh* I'll definitely be rereading this one in the future, too. I'd recommend this one to fans of romance....especially if you love the contemporary kind, and I think if you have a soft spot for hottie nerds, you'll enjoy this one even more...it might even make you like them if you hadn't considered them before. ;) * I received an ebook of Love, Technically from the publisher to give an honest review. All opinions are my own. * This review also appears on my blog and on my other social media accounts.
Gotta love this great romance!!! Finally a man that seems more real than other books-----what a great read!!!! Great story and would suggest to anyone!
This novel was a sweet and cute romance that had me floating above the clouds. The story is about two really nice people and a whole lot of miscommunication. Oh...and Geek romance. Gotta love that geek romance. Noah aka “Sark” is a generally nice guy that kind of lucked out in the tech savy world and has no clue what to do with it. He still hangs out with the I.T peeps and still lives in the office space over his friend’s garage (where his company really started). He runs into Michelle who is a generally innocent and nice person and sparks fly. But, he wants her to love him for him. Pretty understandable. I, like Michelle, fell in love with Sark. I am always a big fan of the cute romances, but I felt there could have been more depth in this book. They were unrealistically nice and perfect and sometimes I just didn’t buy it. It was a great read though to escape the usual and if Noah/Sark ever came my way I would be sure to try and snatch him up...bike and all. Good: Noak/Sark--Sexy. Cute. Billionaire, yet down to earth. Perfection. Bad: A little too perfect sometimes. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the novel was still an enjoyable read. It wasn’t hard to follow and there wasn’t anything that made me stop and say “what?”. I smiled more often then not and I admit that I liked how innocent and down to earth Noah was. It curled by toes many a times and I found myself wanting to hug the digital pages. This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.
This was a very quick and refreshing read for me. I actually enjoyed the story despite thinking the female protagonist to be a bit dense but I guess, the author had to use someone who wasn’t as tech savvy as the male protagonist. Despite that issue, I enjoyed it and read it in just one sitting. Noah Frellish, Billionaire CEO, helps Michelle Kolson one night while she was working late. He introduces himself as “Sark” (his gaming handle), when he sees that the new employee doesn’t recognize him. Michelle, on the other hand, finds herself attracted to this geek and assumes that he is from tech support since he new how to help her with her problem. They start going out with Noah, still not revealing who he really is. The company was downsizing and Michelle also had a risk for not staying in the company so she was looking to getting hired at another department. She had her eyes set on being in the marketing department as an assistant but sadly, she had no experience with Photoshop. ”Sark” volunteers to teach her the basics and also asks one of his friends (a girl that I can’t remember the name) to teach her. Michelle gets hired temporarily with another girl (who is one the Board of Director’s of the company) and a mild competition ensues. One of the problems that I found while reading this book was about Michelle not asking what Noah’s real name was. To be honest, Sark is not a common name and it doesn’t sound like a name at all so I cannot fathom why she would not ask or even make a comment about the uniqueness of the name. Second problem was why Michelle did not ask his last name. Okay, sure, this is the 21st century and last names are so last season but if you want to date someone, let alone sleep with someone, at least ask for his/her last name, right? The last problem was the mild competition that happened. I thought there wasn’t a real competition there and that Michelle was so forgiving to her when in reality, that should not have been the case. Other than that, I enjoyed reading the book. It was well written and the pace was perfect. I actually like Noah and I must admit, geeky guys are just adorable. Well, second to bad boy heroes, right?
Love technically is your basic modern day fairy tale story, with all the elements that make it one. The super rich hero, the "struggling" heroine, and a misunderstanding. Its the same old story, told in a slightly different way. But I liked it anyway. Our heroine is a small town girl from Iowa. Michelle Kolson is your basic girl next door kinda girl. She's 25 and has just moved to the windy city of Chicago,after realizing that she hasn't seen anything except her hometown Des Moines. With that depressing realization in her mind she packs up and moves. She quickly realizes that moving is easy... but getting settled and picking up her life well that's the hardest part. Michelle's a fighter though, she doesn't take crap from anyone and she doesn't need anyone saving her, because she can take care of herself. Noah Frellish, aka Sark, is your above average geek, and he isn't afraid to let you know he is 100% geeked out. The CEO of a big company and since he has just took his company public he is knee deep in business meetings and phone calls, but when he spots our heroine its interest at first sight, especially since she has no idea who he is. He knows its going to end bad if he doesn't tell her, but he just wants to be a normal person for a little while. Inventing new technologies and dealing directly with his people, but being public doesn't give him that option anymore. These two have an instant connection and after finding out that she might be heading right back out the door Sark gives Michelle a heads up about an open position within the company. The romance in this book was easy and I would have liked to see some real big romantic gestures but that's just me. The twist came with the fact that Michelle had competition not for Sark but for the job she wanted and that was a welcomed change in pace. The ending was cookie cutter at best, since you know it has to be a happy ending boy goes to get girl, girl sworns and comes back. I'll admit it made me tear up a little, but hello I kinda expected nothing less. If this book hadn't pulled out any emotions then it wouldn't have been a good book. This book wasn't perfect by a long shot, but I enjoyed it and would gladly recommend it to everyone I know and don't know. So with that I give this a 4 out of 5 black roses.
Although I enjoyed the story captured in these pages, I feel as though there was some lost potential in this story, Geeky love seems to be all the rage right now, and when done well, I find it phenomenal. Sark is a nerd, but I don't feel his nerdiness is very well developed. There's only one or two nerdy references in the story, which I found disappointing since I'm a pretty big nerd myself. The story is solid and other than the nerdy aspects, the characters are well developed, but if you're looking for a hardcore nerd romance, this isn't really for you. I would more recommend this to readers who love a billionaire hero. Note: I received a free copy of this book for honest review.
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 3 out of 5 Licks It's not often that a total nerd is also described as a super sexy hunk, but this romance folks so we shouldn't be too surprised. lol Michelle is a little more naïve than I care for in my heroines but she grows a backbone in the end. Michelle spent a lot of time whining about her position for someone who was handed another job almost immediately after starting. She worked hard to get the position but be a little appreciative. I liked Noah's style. He was honest and humble. Not surprisingly enough a lot of the talk in this book was over my head. I understand a little about corporations and how a publically traded account works but some of it didn't make a lot of sense to me most of the time. It didn't distract from the story too much though. Overall it was an interesting read but there wasn't enough conflict for me to keep up late reading until the end. I was happy with the ending and I enjoyed the epilogue. I'm always a fan of wrapping up my story in a nice neat little package.
5 GB Stars!!! I cannot even imagine how to properly put into words how much I loved Lynne Silver's Love, Technically. It was refreshing, heartfelt, and full of all the good qualities of a love story. But not just any love story. The love story of a geeky computer guy, well, an extremely wealthy CEO geeky computer guy, and a small town Iowan girl who just wants to make it in the Big City. After landing a job at LiteWave technologies, Michelle has a run in with the extremely handsome Noah Frellish, CEO of LiteWave. However, she has no idea who he is and sees him in a way no one else does; a man instead of a bank account. Noah doesn’t want to lose that connection and makes the decision not to tell her who he is. As they continue to spend more and more time together, they realize how easy, fun, and wonderful it is to be with each other and neither of them have felt this way about anyone else before. However, due to miscommunication, their perfect relationship soon turns to a pile of rubble at their feet along with their hearts. Will they be able to get things back together? Do they even want to? You don’t usually read books in which the handsome leading man is classified as a “nerd”, but I’m glad Noah is because he has become one of my favorite characters. Not caring about how much money he has or being the famous CEO, he cares about people and doing what he loves. His desire and admiration for Michelle makes me jealous while seeing Michelle’s natural reaction to Noah, wanting to take care of him, being strong and honest, I adore Michelle. This was another book I couldn’t put down, but more importantly, it was a book I read again as soon as I finished it. Absolutely Amazing! (I received an ARC for my review, and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)
Wonderful reading! I loved Michelle and Sark love! It was classic, romantic, but a little unreal and cheesy. All the book was incredible, awesome, and I was waiting for the climax in any page. When it arrived, I said "OMG, that &%$@#!!" No words to describe it! Sometimes I wished that the story goes more fast, but it doesn't matter, just in my opinion. At the rest, HOLY *HIT, I LOVED IT SO MUCH! ¡Una lectura maravillosa! ¡Amé el amor de Michelle y Sark! Fue clásico, romántico, pero un poco irreal y cursi. Todo el libro es increíble, impresionante, y estuve esperando por el clímax en cualquier página.Cuando llegó, dije "OMG, esa &%$@#!!" Sin palaabras para dscribirlo! Algunas veces deseé que la historia fuera más deprisa, pero no importa mucho, es solamente una opinión. Por lo demás, M****A, LA AMÉ!
This was a romance story about Michelle and Sark. Michelle just recently moved to Chicago and started a new job at LiteWave. She was working late one night and was having trouble with her printer and Sark came to her rescue. She thought he was from the IT Department but unbeknownst to her, he was actually Noah, the CEO of the company. He knew he should tell her the truth but he was tired of people liking him because of his money instead of just for himself. Their attraction was mutual and a romance started. I really did not like how Michelle was portrayed as a country hick. She saw the billboard of Noah and still didn’t put it together that Sark was the CEO. Then Sark sent her a note explaining who he really was and she misunderstands the note. I was mad at Sark that he thought he could explain his deception in a note and then never talk about it with her in person. Once she found out who he really was, she felt betrayed and left her job, running home to Iowa. Sark followed her and they get their happily ever after. Cute story but not enough substance for me. Rating-3 Reviewed by Donna McClaugherty Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Love, Technically is a contemporary romance that is quick read with geeky and sexy hero, and a beautiful heroine. I really liked Noah. He is smart, compassionate, generous, and romantic. He wants a women to love him for him, not his money, just him. I find that I fill bad for him never knowing if his date was actually interested in him. When he meets Michelle and does not correct her mistake with his identity, I know this is going to come back and bite him, but I can understand why he does it. The ease that these two have in their relationship, their chemistry, and their friendship is stuff that dreams are made of. When things backfire and Michelle finds out who Noah really is, well it does not go well for him. He has to win her back so she knows that he is still the man she feel in love with. This is a quick read that has beautiful romance, wrenching emotion, and great characters that really make you care about them. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have a soft spot for tech geeks. Mainly because I married one. He isn't a billionaire CEO, but I am pretty sweet on him. When I saw Love, Technically by Lynne Silver come up for review and read the blurb I knew I had to read it. It was such a fun story. For those that work in the corporate world, you will really be able to identify with this story. Even if you don't, it will still be just as entertaining for you. I don't usually like it when people lie about their identity in stories, but can understand why they choose to do so. In this case Sark lies about being the CEO because he really likes Michelle and is afraid she will treat him differently if she knows who he really is. The CEO title either freaks people out or draws people in because of his money. He is afraid of being hurt again, so he keeps it a secret for a bit. We all know that when Michelle eventually finds out things are going to change. How is this story different? Because we have a hero who isn't ultra-smooth with the ladies and we watch him navigate the uncomfortable area of love and romance. It is entertaining to watch him figure out how to get the girl. Lynne is a new-to-me author and Love, Technically is a book that will have me checking out her other stories. The story moved along at a good pace and the characters are well developed and engaging. If you are looking for a quick read that is hard to put down and will leave you smiling at the end of the story I recommend Love, Technically! It will cause you to look differently at tech geeks.
This was my first book by author Lynne Silver, and I’ll definitely be adding more. I found her writing to be enjoyable with an easy flow and entertaining storyline. I’ve read a couple of “geek romances” and I have to say, this is a sub-genre that is quickly rising to the top of my favorites. Love, Technically was engaging from beginning to end. In Love, Technically we have Michelle who is a transplant to Chicago from Iowa. She’s a small town girl who just needed more than what working at the local supercenter could offer her. So she struck out on her own in one of the biggest cities in the country. Right away I like her. Not only is she very kind and tenderhearted, the bravery is takes to make a move like this endears her to me. I feel slightly protective of Michelle, but at the same time, I am sure she can handle her own. Small town doesn’t translate to dumb. Right away at work she runs into after hours computer issues. Luckily a computer geek happens out of no where. Ladies, meet Sark. Sark is sexy and in shape. He’s the type of hottie geek that a girl like me dreams of. Sark realizes something right away – Michelle doesn’t realize who he is. He sees an opportunity to get to know her as himself, not as the CEO of the company she just hired into. I found him to be a sincere character, and I loved him all the way through. This is the type of book I could see made into one of those movies on TV with young up and coming actors. It had a fun and flirty feel to it. There did come a point where things were a little heartbreaking. I mean, nothing good can come from hiding your identity. Miscommunication at this point is an ugly monster. Near the end, there were a few scenes that kind of unraveled for me. I was expecting a big overture, and I got something more of a stumble with good luck. It worked for the pair, but I would have really loved something a bit more intense and dramatic. The drink in his hand was messing with his need to touch her and cup her bottom as they swayed to the music. His hands couldn't go where they wanted, but his mouth could. He leaned down to kiss her, and she met his mouth halfway. She tasted like beer and warm, sexy woman. The kiss grew deeper, stronger. Around them other couples clung to each other and used the slow dance as an excuses to get close to their partner. He stopped pretending and gave in to what he really wanted. Keeping his mouth on hers, he back them off the dance floor to a quieter corner of the club. Somewhere along the way, they lost their drinks on a table, on the floor. He didn't know, didn't care. What mattered was keeping his connection with Michelle. After finishing this book, I think I would recommend this to people who are fans of YA or NA romance, or geek romance. It isn’t really huge on the hot and heavy scenes (save for maybe one? I didn't keep count - so I could be wrong), although there are some terrific spur of the moment kisses which just made me melt into a big puddle. It was a fun and easy romance with fun characters.
Best beach read so far! This does not mean that it is the best book I’ve read this year, but it is the best short story you could take with you on the beach. This book is funny, cute and interesting, but also easy to read. The story is really cute, well developed for its size, so why not give it a try? I do not have much to criticize other than the fact that I did not like Michelle that much. I know that she is the main character and all that, but she seemed a bit stupid at times, in my opinion. I hate that! Thankfully it that fact did not ruin the book for me as I knew from the beginning not to expect a masterpiece with a strong, smart woman as a heroine, I knew before reading it that is was going to be a light, cute book. I really liked Sark. I really admire him for the way he runs his company because that proves once again just how smart he is. He knows that people work better in a friendly environment. Sadly, the model in the cover is not really how I imagined Noah, oh well… Overall, I really loved this short story despite its minor faults, but I would have liked to read more, a lot more! I recommend reading this one because it is worth it!!! Reading time: 1 h 30 min
I am usually pretty skeptical of novellas - they tend to lack character development & feel rushed. It sounded adorable & the hero of the story is a cute tech nerd, so I just had to give it a read! I love the big, tough bad boys just as much as the next girl but I have a sweet spot for nerds. Love, Technically is about Michelle, a girl from a small city in Iowa, who moves to Chicago to create a new life. First week at her new job she meets Noah aka Sark. He helps her with her printer & she assumes that he is an IT guy, when in actuality he is the owner & CEO of the company. He wants to tell her the truth but he loves being treated like a regular guy. Even though the book was only a little over a hundred pages, the story never felt rushed to me. It constantly held my attention. Michelle & Sark's chemistry was adorable and completely natural. Overall, Love, Technically was a cute, feel-good romance novel. My only minor complaint was that I didn't feel I really connected with Michelle. I loved the epilogue, I was definitely smiling when I finished the book!
Love, Technically was a nice premise. Michelle is having some computer problems late at night when Sark, the help desk technician, shows up to help her. An instant attraction is discovered and a romance ensues. The big snafu is that the help desk technician is actually the rich CEO of the company Michelle works for. Now he's in a pickle. Either tell her the truth and risk her being angry and never wanting to see him again or keep up the farce for as long as possible and hope for the best. The premise was good, however, the execution was off. I had a real problem with Michelle. She was from a small town in Iowa and decided to remove herself to the big city of Chicago for a worldly education in life. Michelle was a complete caricature of the "aw-shucks" country girl. I almost expected her to be described as showing up to work in denim bibs chewing a piece of grass between her teeth. Not only is she not familiar with business terms like ROI, which I could honestly forgive, but apparently the Internet doesn't exist in Hicksville, Iowa, because she also had never heard of RPGs and IP addresses and doesn't have a Facebook page. She is completely shy and inhibited in every single situation. Except when Noah finally gets her naked. Then, it's like she's a completely different person. I didn't buy any of it for one second. And, really, her computer "problem" in the beginning? Who wouldn't think about that solution themselves? I couldn't connect with Sark/Noah very well either. When he attempts to tell Michelle the truth, he writes her a totally lame note, doesn't really sign it and then assumes everything is okay. Really, dude? Sometimes he seems to like to spend money (like when he bought Michelle a $2,000 mountain bike for a date) and other times he doesn't (like the fact that he rents a studio above a garage). It's a little weird. Love, Technically is a very short book. It verges on novella territory. I finished it in only three hours. I think if it were another 100 pages long, it would help a lot. Michelle and Noah both need to be developed more, given many more facets. Because it's hard for me to be endeared to this story if I don't care much for the two main characters. And, as I said, the premise was good. It just needed a bit more work.
Overall, this was a cute book. I actually didn't have a problem in believing the initial mistake Michelle makes in not figuring out who Noah is. After all, he looked different in the pictures and he introduced himself by his nickname, which in his experience, everyone knew was his nickname. I even don't necessarily have a problem with him not fixing hte mistake as soon as he realized it was made. After all, he's a billionaire and it must have been refreshing to have a woman liking him for who he is, rather than his bank account. Noah made his money in the tech industry and is growing restless because he has bigger and better ideas, but he's blocked in by a board of directors since his company is a public one and they don't want to take a chance and risk their profits on a new invention. Michelle is a relatively innocent, somewhat naive woman who's just moved to Chicago from her little town in the boonies. She's excited to have a chance to work for a company like Noah's, but then finds out her job's about to be outsourced. Then, thanks to a tip from the cute IT tech she met (Sark aka Noah), she gets a lead on another job within the company. Unfortunately, going after the job, which she's actually not very qualified for despite some work history in the advertising business (for her parents' store back home), comes with its own set of complications (including a potential rival for Noah/Sark, who she still hasn't figured out is the boss). Of course the truth comes out, as it always does. She's hurt and runs home to think. Noah's confused, not having realized (some how) that she still had no clue until someone points it out to her (in a suitably melodramatic moment which involves the HR department and her potential new boss in the advertising department). Ultimately, of course, they work the issues out and have their happily ever after. I liked Michelle. She knew how to go after what she wanted, even though she was shy about it. Noah was really good to her, giving her some help in learning what she'd need to know to qualify for the job. Unfortunately, as the mistaken identity thing continued for sooooo much of the book, it ended up straining my ability to believe in the possibility. She worked closely with him and never had a clue. It's just not possible (in my opinion) to not figure something out was up. I don't think Noah was too smart. He started to 'fess up, but then somehow his note in which he confesses just happens to not get signed properly, thus not finishing his confession and he never realizees it. Very shaky plasaubility for me. That didn't ruin the book, as is clear since I still give this book 4 stars, but it's why I couldn't conceive of giving it five. Definitely got some great company between the two leads, and I like the secondary cast as well. Hopefully we'll get more books in this bent as time goes on. Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews I loved the premise of this book. There’s just something really great about truly falling in love with someone for them as a person and not for the size of their bank account. Michelle Kolson is working late one night during her first week at LiteWave Tech. She thinks she’s alone on the floor and is having printer problems. In fact, she even kicks the printer and is surprised to hear the voice of a tall, handsome, geeky looking guy approaching her. Since he helps her and reminds her that the help desk is always on call, Michelle thinks Sark works for the help desk. Sark, known to his friends, is really Noah Frellish, the billionaire CEO who actually founded and created LiteWave Tech. Noah realizes that Michelle doesn’t know who he really is and decides he will tell her the truth the next day. Well....He kind of sort of does, but she doesn’t realize it. Love, Technically is a romance for starry eyed romance lovers everywhere. You get to watch two people fall in love with each other and come to terms with who they are and what they really want out of life. Noah is just an average guy who even though he has tons of money, doesn’t show it. Michelle is a small town girl who wants to live in the big city. She doesn’t have a college degree but she’s a fast learner and a hard worker. What these two can accomplish together is what friendship and love is all about. I was hooked from the beginning and I enjoyed the book to the very end. Noah and Michelle are two characters you will fall in love with. Source: Publisher
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Heat Rating: Mild/Simmers Love, Technically is a book that will leave you smiling, especially on those days when you want to read a book that is simple, yet sweet and easy to fall into. I picked up this novella, sat down and before I knew it I was done! I fell in love with Sark (Noah) and Michelle, together they were adorable, believable and so much fun to read. Noah is a CEO of a major technology company on the outside, but on the inside (his true self) he is still just that geeky code monkey that goes by his gamer name Sark. I loved that he was socially a bit awkward and wasn't a player or a ladies man. He was adorable, a bit geeky and good looking, but written like a real, average male in his twenties might act. Michelle was a hard-working, naive girl from a small town, coming to Chicago to change her life for the better. I really liked that her character had drive and passion (along with a bit of a backbone to stand up for herself), she is a woman who knows what she wants in life and is willing to work for it. Love, Technically was a fun, cute story about two people falling in love. It is a novella so there is some jumping ahead to move the story along and there were times I wanted the story to slow down so we could dig deeper into things, but sometimes it is good to be left wanting more, right? I always enjoy an epilogue and Lynne Silver does a great job of using it to wrap up some loose ends and questions the readers might have. (I still would like to have another novella with Noah/Sark and Michelle, I am not done with these two just yet). This was my first book by Lynne Silver and it definitely won't be my last. I enjoyed her writing style and her characters so much that I will be looking into her backlist and anxiously awaiting any new releases she has in the future. If you enjoy reading light, sweet stories with quirky characters, Love, Technically is the perfect fit!
Noah Frellish (aka Sark to his friends) is a computer genius billionaire. One evening at work he runs into Michelle Kolson who was having trouble with a printer. She's new to the company and was afraid of not pleasing her supervisor. Sark finds out the problem and is pleasantly surprised that she doesn't know who he is. He invites her out for coffee and sandwiches and enjoys being able to really be himself. He's finally able to relax his guard and just be his geeky self. Michelle insists on picking up the tab since he helped her out of a tight spot. Sark can't believe his good luck, lately the only thing women are interested in him was for his money and here was Michelle offtering to pay. She thought he was just one of the IT help desk guys and he wasn't ready to tell her different. For Sark just to be normal is exactly what he's been wanting in his life. For Michelle, meeting someone in the big city of Chicago is a step in the right direction to a new life. If you are looking for a nice, easy, fast read you will like Love, Technically. I read it in one evening. Even though, it's a simple storyline, it's so well written that you find yourself just sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the book. a great summer read you want to add to your reading list. Received an ARC for an honest reviw.
Yummy Geeky Fun! 3.5 This was a charming fun category length romance between a country girl and a city nerd. It was sweet and frothy with a little bit of steam. The hero is endearing and sexy. The heroine is charming and we can live through her nicely as she does things at work to awful coworkers we all would like to do. The writing is crisp and engaging. The book is held back from being great by its category length and its inability there fore to develop some aspects of the character and the romance but overall it is a satisfying and good read I recommend to those of you who love your heroes a little be geeky like I do!
Fist of all,i like to thank you Morgen from Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read this beautiful book.And thank you Lynne Silver to writing this book.I`m so glad that i read this .Is a phenomenal book. When first i start to read the book,i was thinking:”This books is like Fifty Shades of Grey”.You know,rich guy,poor girl...But i was soo wronggg:D Is nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey.Is better.This book show as the different face of guys.This guy Noah Frellish,is rich,a little nerd,but also beautiful.Is Billionaire CEO and computer and women are attracted to his money.He want a girl who love him for just him,not his money.And that happens when he meet Michelle Kolson,who is a employee in his company.At the first he lie about his identity, to prevent what happent with other girls,Soon they fall in love with each other and Noah(who introduce him self on Michelle as Sark)most tell her the truth.Is a very good book and i like it very much.I hope everybody buys the book because is worth it.You gonna hate this book,love this book, laugh at the same time.I love the book cover.The guy on the cover is perfect for Sark(Noah Frellish).It is the perfect book to read now,who relax you.It is a very good story,who show us that the good guy are still in the earth.I`m happy and grateful that i read this perfect book.I`m from Romania and definitefy i want that every romanian read this.Mayby,some day,will be published in my country to. I will not say anything,I will let you to discover this amazing book.Happy reading! The quote who break my heart: “Thanks, but she’s not my girl. Not anymore.”
Love, Technically is a quick read—just over 125 pages—and cute, providing the reader is okay with some major suspension of belief. At first Michelle's mistake makes sense—Noah gives her his gamer nickname, because he thought she was cute and wanted her "to be in the small circle of people to call him Sark." He's wearing casual clothes and a baseball cap, and his older "geeky" glasses since he broke his more stylish ones on a recent bike ride. He looks nothing like the polished publicity photos she'd seen around the building. It's late, there's no one else still working on her floor, he's wearing a seriously nerdy (but amusing) t-shirt, and he does "fix" the problem she's having with her printer. Soon, though, it gets a little silly. She sees him many times in a more normal work environment, but never makes the connection. Then Noah decides he has to tell her the truth, but does so in pretty much the most bizarre and obscure way possible—and she totally doesn't get it. Then for a big chunk of the novella he thinks she knows who he is but she totally doesn't. They spend a lot of time together—how does she not make the connection a single time? He does talk about work and is even often driven around in a company car. Every single other employee knows him. Just not the new girl, apparently. Still, there were a lot of cute moments in the story...along with M&Ms and a Mork & Mindy reference. Both Michelle and Noah find solutions for their work woes (going public and having to answer to a board of directors has taken his company in directions he's not comfortable with), and she does make him grovel just a little to get her back in the end. In a nutshell: Short and sweet; though not entirely believable, it does have its moments. 3 stars. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Love Technically by Lynne Silver is a sweet and well written novella. I was able to connect with all the characters because they have depth, personality and realism. This is a fast-paced short story that can be read in one afternoon while sipping a refreshing drink. Sexy Iowa native Michelle Kolson wants a new life in the big city. Much to her mother's dismay, she relocates to Chicago and lands a job in the call center of LiteWave Tech. During her first week with the company, she runs into slightly nerdy Noah Frellish, or Sark to his close friends, the company's billionaire CEO. Michelle has no idea that Sark is the CEO, even when he inadvertently shares some corporate information with her that concerns her department. Sark recently took his company public and is very unhappy. He is a computer whiz and now has to spend his time making corporate decisions, dealing with the board and saving his job. He misses inventing, discovering new technologies and dealing directly with his employees. Sark and Michelle bond instantly and knowing that the call center is going to be outsourced, Sark gives Michelle some suggestions about open positions within the company. Michelle and Sark spend some time together and begin to fall in love. Michelle likes Sark for himself, not because he is wealthy. However, once she finds out about the real Sark, she decides to rethink her future and priorities. Luckily, the couple is able to overcome some pressing obstacles and have a happily ever after. If you are looking for quick, fun romantic read, add this book to your TBR list. I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.