Jamie Marten, computer gamer and geek, is going through a storage unit full of antiques when she finds herself sucked through a mirror into 1816. Being suddenly 200 years in the past, and in the home of a real life earl, is a bit of a shock. Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington, is also stunned to find a scantily clad woman in his bedroom. Though he doesn’t really believe her story about traveling back in time, he’s too much of a gentleman to turn her into the street. As the two spend time together, they find it difficult to fight their attraction. But is there a time when a modern girl and a 19th century nobleman can live happily ever after?
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. Both Jamie and Micah are wonderful and I found myself quickly drawn to them. They have drastically different views but they complement each other very well. And Gina Lamm does a great job of mixing their differences and answering some of those questions that might come up if you suddenly found yourself in the past – what about personal hygiene, especially without indoor plumbing? how do you adjust to a world before women’s lib? what would you miss and for how long? While a lot of their issues stem from Jamie’s modern views, at its core this is a story about opposites attracting and whether those differences can be overcome.
If you are looking for a comedic story, this might not be your first choice. If you are looking for a vastly entertaining and compelling romance, though, The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl is definitely the book for you. It’s a delightful mix of new world and old, with moments that will make you smile and others that will bring a tear to your eye.