Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl

Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl

by Gina Lamm

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When a geeky girl hooks a haughty earl on Angry Birds, it's anything but a typical romance

An avid gamer, Jamie Marten loves to escape into online adventure. But when she falls through an antique mirror into a lavish bedchamber-200 years in the past!-she realizes she may have escaped a little too far.

Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, has just kicked one mistress out of his bed and isn't looking to fill it with another-least of all this sassy, nearly naked woman who claims to be from the future. Yet something about her is undeniably enticing...

Jamie and Micah are worlds apart. He's a peer of the realm. She can barely make rent. He's horse-drawn. She's Wi-Fi. But in the game of love, these two will risk everything to win.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402277597
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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 for more info.

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Her sword glittered as it swung in a wide arc, whistling as it cleaved the air. She smiled as the goblin bolted.

"Jamie, I need heals."

Ignoring the call for help, she advanced on another goblin. The tide was turning now. Her allies had almost annihilated the threat.


With a wild cry, she loosed a spell on the disgusting creature. It staggered backward before recovering and charging on her in a berserk rage, eyes wild and fangs extended. Her next swing missed, and she took a critical hit.

"Jamie, for chrissakes, we're dying here!"

Some quick spellwork took care of the goblin, and Jamie reluctantly turned her attention back to her allies. Whoops. Three of the guild's portraits were glaring red, signaling their imminent deaths.

"Hang on, guys. I'm here."

Targeting the leader, she cast her most powerful healing spell. The computer screen flashed: OUT OF MANA.


She fumbled in her bags for her mana-restoring potions. She'd just managed to find one, clicking to activate it when the screen went gray. YOU HAVE DIED. RESURRECT NOW?

The guild's groans sounded through her headset as she slumped back in her seat.

"Jamie, where the hell were you?"

"Worst. Healer. Ever."

"I wouldn't use your heals for a paper cut, Jamie. That was pathetic. Haven't you ever run this level?"

She shoved her long highlighted brown hair over her shoulder, glaring at the computer screen. "Of course I have. I can heal this run in my sleep. I just got a little carried away with the mobs. It won't happen again."

Kurt, the guild leader, let out an audible sigh over the chat channel. "Fine. One more run. Everyone ready?"

Jamie readied her character's potions and spell rotation. Typical. They figured since she was the only girl in the guild, she should be the healer. She didn't mind healing, especially in the more difficult dungeons, but she wanted to do her part to take down the bad guys too. It wasn't fair. Men never took her seriously. That's why she played these games. It was supposed to be a level field. But the game, like her life, was rarely ever exactly what she thought it should be.

The Lords of Discord guild cleared the dungeon run easily that time, with Jamie focusing on healing alone. She picked at the chipping mauve polish on her fingernails between fights, only needing to keep half an eye on the large computer screen.

"Great job, Lords." Kurt's voice held a ton of relief as he divvied up the loot.

After securing her share of the rewards, Jamie said her good-byes to her guild-mates, logged out, and switched to her other character, Killaz. A hulking Amazon melee class in a chain-mail dress with a huge two-handed sword, Killaz was how Jamie saw herself in her mind's eye-kick-ass, tough, and more than a little bit intimidating. As she cut a swath through the forest full of giant spiders, she wished that she was anything like that in real life. If I was as tough as Killaz, then that jerk Logan wouldn't have broken my heart and walked all over me like a dollar store welcome mat.

After an hour of grinding out daily quests, a vibration in the front pocket of her shorts made her jump. Her groan echoed through her junky living room when she saw the text: "Go help Pawpaw Milton with the antiques or I'll sell your Comic-Con pass. Love, Leah."

Jamie slogged up the stairs with a huge sigh, studiously ignoring the piano with half-written songs strewn across the bench. The last thing she wanted was to move dusty furniture and knickknacks in the triple-digit heat. But her best friend, Leah, had had enough of Jamie's post-breakup isolation and had put her foot down where it hurt-right on the pop-culture fan's trip to the Holy City.

As she drove downtown to the storage unit she was helping Pawpaw Milton clear out, she tried to believe that everything would go back to normal. Well, before-Logan normal. With Leah's help and this part-time job, maybe she could get there. Maybe even start writing music again. And besides, she'd grown up a lot since the last time she'd worked at the antiques store. Her first summer job there had ended after only three days. The antiques were probably way less fragile now.



The resounding crack of glass echoed through the storage unit, making Jamie flinch. Pawpaw Milton had left her alone in the unit to go to an estate auction. The hundred-degree heat had her dripping with sweat-not the best condition for handling two-hundred-year-old crystal.

Jamie hoped that Pawpaw hadn't noticed the pretty bowl tucked away in the corner. She carefully shoved the evidence of her klutziness into a large black garbage bag. What he doesn't know won't get me fired, she figured, though she couldn't exactly shake the guilt.

Holding the end of her ponytail atop her head, she gulped from the giant bottle of water like a frantic desert survivor. This was hell.

Jamie pulled her phone from her pocket: 2:00 p.m. Another three hours to go before she could escape to her cave and take a shower. Oh well. It would be worth it in two months when she got to Comic-Con. Hopefully.

She unknotted the bottom of her tank top and dried her face and hands with the tail of it. Even in her thinnest tank top and shortest shorts, she still felt overdressed for this weather.

After carting out and cataloging a number of fragile items without incident, all that remained was the large furniture on the opposite side of the unit. Well, other than the big sheet-covered monstrosity behind the table. What is that, anyway?

Reaching up, she stood on tiptoes to toss back the corner of the dust cover for a quick peek. But she tugged just a little too hard, and the white fabric billowed as it floated down on top of her, dust and cobwebs coating her sweat-slicked skin. Arms flailing, she fought free of the cover, stomping it in a fit of frustration when it lay on the concrete at her flip-flopped feet.

"What the hell is your problem?" Jamie yelled at the innocent-looking mound of fabric. It said nothing, just laid there looking smug.

She turned her back on it to see what it had been covering.

The piece was a tall bureau, made of a rich mahogany that almost glowed gold from deep within the wood. It sloped outward in the middle, wider at its drawer-filled base than the top. Mirrored doors covered the upper portion.

She touched the wood lovingly. It was beautiful, cool to her skin even in the sweltering heat. When she'd reached up as high as she could, she sighed and trailed her thumb down the center of the shiny mirror on one door.

Her thumb dipped into the center of the glass.

With a gasp, she pulled, trying to free her hand. It wouldn't move. She was stuck.

She yanked backward with all her strength. The mirror pulled on her hand, drawing her farther into the glass. She braced against the bottom of the bureau, using her legs to give her leverage. She was in up to her wrist now.

"Help!" she yelled, frantically scrabbling against the mirror's hold. "Somebody, please!"

Using all her weight, she jerked backward, nearly dislocating her shoulder in the process. The mirror refused to release its hold. She whacked the slanted middle with the flat of her free hand in frustration.

With one last effort, she braced her feet against the bottom drawer and pulled with all her might. Without loosing its grip on her, the furniture tilted dangerously, almost tipping before she hit the floor to right it again.

Well, this sucks, she thought, slumping against the bureau. Her right ear was traveling through the mirror now.

So much for Comic-Con. So much for her place in the Lords of Discord guild. So much for showing Logan she could be fine without him. She hadn't really been doing a good job of that anyway, but dammit, she deserved better than being consumed by antique furniture!

Once she gave up fighting, the pull went much faster. Within moments, the glass had swallowed her entire head.


Jamie blinked. And blinked again. A large, very masculine bedroom was spread out before her, filled with luxurious furniture and dark fabrics. In front of the huge four-poster bed, a greyhound sat slumped on one hip, legs sprawled open like an old bald man watching Skinemax.

She leapt off the cold wooden floor and turned. The bureau was behind her. At least, it looked like the same bureau. The wood was brighter, the mirrored doors even shinier. It looked like a brand-new piece of furniture.

She tapped the glass. Solid. She pressed her hand flat against it, pushing. Nothing. Crap.

She put her hands on her hips, turned, and glared at the dog.

"What the hell just happened?"

Claws scrabbling against the wooden floor, the dog barreled straight for her. She barely had time to put her hands out to ward him away before the tall animal plowed into her, tail wagging and tongue lolling. Caught off-balance by the force, she went down like a rock. The slanted corner of the bureau caught her temple, and everything went black.

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"Irreverent and sexy romp" - Publishers Weekly

"Lamm's wonderfully quirky romance brings fresh humor to a familiar trope, with snappy writing and characters who share a surprising, spicy chemistry. " - RT Book Reviews

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The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jamie Martin in a thoroughly dislikeable character, a guttersnipe in any time frame. This was a clever idea marred by coarse language and awkward metaphors. The author's concept of equality seems to be that women behave and speak as crudely as the lowest common denominator. She insults the reader by reminding us each time that the napkins are cloth and appears to have no knowledge of the period. Crouching and jumping over a dog in stays? The housekeeper polishing silver? Even in 21st century United States there are such things as manners, but Jamie is utterly devoid. She must say Yeah rather than yes and be sh.t-faced rather than drunk. She is crude and seems addicted to using f-bombs in during what is supposed to be lovemaking. Why would any cultured, wellbred man be attracted to this person? She gives all women a black eye with her behavior. A final thought, if someone is deemed insane and has committed several murders why are they not placed in an asylum or executed?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kind of liked the storyline - at least it had potential. That is why I gave it some stars. The female character, Jamie, was crude, obnoxious, and rude - totally unappealing. It seems to me that a good writer could relate the cultural and moral differences between the different eras without having to make her "heroine" a base and classless piece of trash from the current day. As far as being a "geek" ... an uneducated, unemployed gamer is more of a LOSER than a geek. The hero deserved better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting love story. Drags on in some areas, but ended the way I had hoped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the characters
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Shade of profanity makesher look like gutter trash. Don't Bother
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The H language skills was terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars. Another story where the heroine falls in love with the hero almost instantly and the reader has no idea why. Looking like Colin Firth is a good start but probably not enough on its own to give up indoor plumbing and video least there should be more. Also, the story was not structured well. There was no sense that the author was building to something and so I was never on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. There was sort of a ticking clock for a short time when Jamie realized she loved Micah and he was going to propose to the other girl in a few days, but it wasn't used well. In fact, as soon as it could be at all effective, she removed it by having Micah say he would delay the proposal. It got boring and I kept making myself keep reading because I didn't care what happened. Otherwise there were some funny parts and the writing style itself was fun and easy to read.
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Well written and edited . Enchanting tale that kept moving forward.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good story with a decent plot. The only thing that really irked me was the heroine's instance in calling the hero Mike, instead of calling him by his name which is Micah. I also thought that there was no real reason that the heroine had to have a vocabulary worse than most sailors, both then and now. Then, I tried to picture my best friends and I suddenly placed into the 1800's. Yeah..Not a pretty picture as I am sure that we would be the only ones amused by our skills at belching and farting. Maybe that cussing thing isn't so far fetched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real tear jerker. Loved every bit of it.
Crystal_Kido More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author. This book was a lot of fun and full of entertaining characters as well as an entertaining plot that kept me guessing. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Rachel Book provided by: NetGalley Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I’m all for time travel romances, and I’d never read a book by Gina Lamm so I was thrilled to pick this one up and give it a try! I mean, earls? Geeks? Romance? A guy who looks like Colin Firth? Where do I sign up?! I liked Jamie from the start. She’s smart, sassy, and a nerd. Whats not to like? She’s a total gamer, and when she wakes up in the past nearly sets the whole of England on it’s ear with her forward ways. Running through a park? Talking to a courtesan? I think not! The only thing I had issues with, was how she wasn’t aware of how her actions would affect Micah or anyone else she met during that time period. In my mind geeks are smart right? And she constantly referred to herself as one. So why did she act so stupid? Jamie agrees to stay in that time period for a certain amount of time, in order to appease the “witch” that brought her there. After all, Micah could very well be her soul mate. So what does she have to lose? But in all that time she never once thinks about how her actions affect him, as I said previously….anyone would know that things were different in that time, women had no rights, so when he’s trying to protect her, she thinks of it as him being a man and controlling. Really, Micah had her best interests at heart the entire time, but her responses a lot of the time were really selfish. Micah on the other hand was just getting ready to propose to a very acceptable woman when Jamie comes bursting onto the scene. He falls for her even though he doesn’t want to. The banter between them is hilarious (Angry birds anyone)? But it’s also quite strange how quickly he accepts everything. I applaud the author for bringing the whole cell phone thing into the picture becuase it made it easier for Micah to grasp that she was from a different time. As their relationship grows, they both realize they have feelings for one another but it seems that Micah is the one making all the sacrifices whereas Jamie, even though she’s being herself, is somewhat disrespectful. She gets herself into trouble a lot, but I guess any girl from our era would! Once their relationship moves into uncharted territory, Micah suddenly freaks out that he’s going to lose Jamie, so in all his fear he sends her back to her time, but luckily that isn’t the end of the story. All in all I liked this book. It wasn’t my favorite, but I think it had more to do with Jamie’s character than the actual plot. The plot was very solid and Miss Lamm did a great job as a storyteller. I think anytime you mix contemporary with historicals there are bound to be a lot of feathers ruffled so that’s just the way of it. I would have liked Jamie to be more understanding of Micah and the position she was putting him in by staying at his home and by walking around London talking to courtesans.  Micah was by far my favorite character. I loved how in the end he was willing to sacrifice himself for her safety. Swoon. There was minor swearing and a few heated scenes but nothing explicit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't read romance books regularly, but when I do I want something romantic, but not to cliched. I like my heroines to have a personality and to be a bit fiesty, and I really love when there is verbal foreplay and when scenes make me laugh out loud. This book did just that, and more! It gave me pitter-patters, ane made me laugh. This is one to keep and reread again!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl  I have to be honest, I was expecting The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl to have more humor.  It is a great concept, full of promise for fish out of water funniness, and while there are some cute moments, for the most part it proved itself to be a straight up romance.  Don’t get me wrong – it is a fantastic story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The characters are fun, the writing is great, and the plot line is intriguing. - Full review available at BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Jamie Marten composes music, a computer gamer and is recuperating from a broken heart. Helping a family member moving antiques to earn extra cash, Jamie is sucked through a wardrobe into the 1800’s...more specifically into the Earl of Dunnington Micah Axelby’s bed chamber. You can imagine Micah’s surprise when a beautiful, scantly dressed woman is discovered in his bedroom. Listening to Jamie Marten’s crazy story about the future and being sucked into his closet made him think the woman daft, until she shows him angry birds on her cell phone. Understanding that Miss Marten needed his protection, Micah keeps her in his household...what he didn’t expect was keeping her in his heart. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl had time travel, historical fiction, murder mystery and romance all woven together to make the most delightful tale. Watching two people from totally different worlds collide made this story a very enjoyable read. I would love to see what would happen if the positions were reserved and the Earl had to adjust to Jamie’s world. This was a nice historical romance with a sci-fi twist.  This ARC copy of A The Geek Girl and The Scandalous Earl was given to me by Sourcebooks - Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date March 5, 2013.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
**3.5 stars, rounding up to 4** The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl (whew, that's a mouthful) is a fun, charming story of a time-traveling girl and the man she loves. I'm a big fan of time-travel books, of books in which a character is a "fish out of water" and must adjust to the time they are stuck in. TGGaTSE was a fun take on that particular storyline, mostly because of Jamie, the Geek Girl. What made Jamie so much fun was that she is such a spirited character. She is an avid gamer, a regular RPG-er. She swears a lot, asks questions, and doesn't take no for an answer. As you may guess, she doesn't exactly fit in when she lands in 1816 England. As for her Earl, Micah...well, any man who's described as looking like Colin Firth gets an automatic pass from me. Micah was given an authentic voice for a man of Regency London. That means he's appropriately stuffy, honor bound, but like a good scandalous Earl, Micah knows how to turn things up behind closed doors. The story got off to a quick start, with Jamie landing in 1816 within a few pages. That was good because I like my stories to have a fast pace, but I also felt like I didn't know Jamie and her situation very well. Once she lands in London, the plot continued to move forward quickly, still a good thing, but I did feel the relationship did move a little too quickly, particularly the love. I really didn't see where the feelings were coming from. As the story continued, with Jamie and Micah getting to actually know one another better, I did feel the chemistry between them, particularly in the bedroom. Holy wow! There was some seriously hot bed action happening between Geek Girl and Scandalous Earl! Two thumbs up! There is nice secondary mystery involving a woman from Micah's past, and a dangerous woman from his present. That aspect provided good tension and drama between Micah and Jamie, and really moved the plot forward. The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl was charming and a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing what the future, or past, holds for Jamie and Micah.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Before reading the book I was actually drawn to the title and the cover. The cover was definitely my favorite part and is quite adorable! I can't really say enough of the book, I loved it so much! The main character, Jamie, is funny and charismatic. She makes the book come to live, and it gives it the funny and rebellious aspect that it needed. Lord Micah Alexlby, Earl of Dunnington on the other hand, brings his stubbornness to the story, which makes it even better. When Jaime is first introduced in the story, I was able to see how her behavior was going to bring her in so much trouble later on in the story. One day at work, she finds an antique mirror, but what she didn't know was that by touching the mirror she was going to step back 200 years in the past! As the story progresses, Jamie encounters challenges while trying to look for a way back home. She meets Mrs. Knightsbride, which mysteriously wants Jamie to learn manners and proper etiquette. What I absolutely loved about this book, is how well everything fits together, from the way the earl speaks to the setting. It makes it easy for the reader to imagine how everything would look like 200 years ago. While Jamie desperately faces her future in the  Earl's house, she also learns more Micah that left me wanting for more. His story is touching and you can't help but to fall in love with this scandalous earl. Overall, the story was great! I would recommend this story for those readers that love a good romance story, full of comedy/drama/mystery. Towards the ending, the story started to remain me of the movie Kate & Leopold, (which I love). Although I would have liked to see more of Mrs. Kinghtsbride (at least a chapter in her perspective) a was nice to see the everything worked out in the end.  I would definitely keep my eye on this author, and read more of her books. :)
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Geek Girls series and the first book I have read by Gina Lamm. I am not normally one for historical romances. It takes something special to have me traipsing back in time to the Victorian, or Edwardian, or hell, whenever Era. Early on, I knew that pages upon pages of description of what the women (and men) were wearing and how often they changed clothes for each and every different activity of their day, did absolutely nothing for me. That said, this book title and description grabbed my attention. Geek Girl! An Avid Gamer! Throw in time travel and a hunky guy? Okay, sign me up. :) The book opens with Jamie Marten playing with her guild on her MMORG (Massive Multiplayer Online Roll-playing Game AND I didn't have to look up the acronym *GRIN*) We find out that she has recently broken up with her long time boyfriend Logan and is down in the dumps. Jamie is a music writer and hasn't written a note since the break up. Her best friend Leah, makes Jamie go help out Leah's grandfather at his antique store to get her out of the house and functioning again. (Leah threatens Jaime's Comic Con tickets to get her motivated.) Jamie is not looking forward to moving furniture, but figures maybe a part-time job will help get her back to a pre-Logan normal. While working in the heat of a storage unit, Jamie finds a tall bureau, hidden in the back and covered with a sheet. While she is admiring its rich mahogany, she trails her fingers along its lines. Until she gets to the mirrored doors covering the upper portion - and her fingers sink into the glass. She pulls and pulls and ends up being pulled into the glass. And ends up in London England, 1816. Her first reaction upon finding out when she is? Vomiting on the Earl of Dunnington's boots. Loved it! This was a fun read. For such a far out and improbable story, it felt true to life. From trying to describe angry birds and how to make pizza, to complaining about the type and amount of clothing, to worrying about the lack of a real toothbrush and nothing to occupy her time, I could relate to Jaime. Even when she was whining. There were twists and turns, some predictable, other unexpected. It was a good read. I liked this book well enough that I will be looking for the next book in the series, Leah's story. I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.
SummerLoveK More than 1 year ago
Lots of potential and good ideas, but the characters are rather shallow. Overall a food read but not enthralling.