THE GEEK GIRL AND THE SCANDALOUS EARL
Lamm’s wonderfully quirky romance brings fresh humor to a familiar trope, with snappy writing and characters who share a surprising, spicy chemistry. Her sassy humor and insight bring the polar-opposite worlds of her leads to life and makes their inevitable clashes delightfully memorable. Though the pace of our heroine’s transportation and transformation sometimes feels rushed, the success of this story comes from watching a most unlikely couple navigate their differences and find where they truly belong.
Gamer Jamie Marten has used her online adventures to escape her recent heartbreaks and boring part-time job with an antiques dealer — until one day when she is transported via an antique magic mirror to 1816, and into the home of Micah Axelby, Duke of Dunnington. The rakish and secretive Micah has just recently freed himself from the clutches of one desperate mistress and is hardly looking to take on another, especially not the sharp-tongued, unkempt stranger who materializes in his bedchamber. But with each interaction, Jamie and Micah slowly begin to realize why they have been brought together, and soon they’re prepared to defy any power — even time itself — in order to stay in each other’s arms. (SOURCEBOOKS, Mar., 352 pp., $6.99)