Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Club Thursday:Revenge Of The Nerd

Hi Readers! It's time for this weeks Book Club Thursday. We are having a fun theme this week, Revenge of the Nerd. There is something endearing about nerds whether they are male or female. Usually they are super smart, but late bloomers lacking in social skills and/or very shy and quirky. In the romance world, they have the ultimate revenge, growing up to be smart, successful, and sexy. Here are a few of my favorite nerd romances!

Molly Abberwick, trustee of her father's foundation and owner of Seattle's Abberwick Tea & Spice Company, has every intention of firing her new consultant. True, he's brilliant, sexy, and fascinating, but he's also arrogant, over-bearing and impossible. Dr. Harry Stratton Trevelyan has his own plans. To Molly's shock, he proposes a no-strings attached affair. Molly can't believe that he thinks there is any such thing as a simple, no-commitment relationship. But there is this strange attraction between them... Turns out Harry Trevelyan has a secret side. It involves paranormal premonitions and his family of composed of carnival illusionists, daredevils and psychics. Before Harry and Molly can find a way to overcome their personal issues, violence and a mysterious stalker crash into their lives. Now these two mismatched people will have to find a way to work together to survive.

Harry is one quirky character and I was intrigued by him. And because of his family, he was stressed to the max. Molly entered his life and changed his life completely. In her, he found someone that cared about him, not what he could do for them.

Can two hearts come together in one divided town?

As a boy, Nash Hawthorne spent countless afternoons on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom with Tally Fournette, wading in the river, peeling oranges and catching frogs. When illness stole his mother, Nash yearned to take Tally and run away—for good. Instead, he crossed the state line to live with his aunt. It was a short distance as the crow flies, but it swept him into a whole new world…

After Nash left, Tally managed to struggle through her own losses without him. But now that she’s crossed paths with him again—at Cottonbloom College, where the grown-up, gorgeous Nash teaches history—she is reminded of their cherished youthful connection…and an attraction that has only gotten stronger with age. Between Tally’s possessive ex and Nash’s snobbish aunt, no one thinks they belong together. In a town torn apart by old resentments and rivalries, can they find their way back to the life they once shared—and turn their long-lost dreams into a real and lasting love?

This is the second book in the Cottonbloom series by Laura Trentham and one of my favorite series this year. It is also the book that I picked for the Revenge of the Nerd Giveaway this month.
     As a boy, Nash was a smart odd duck and was best friends with Tally until he had to move to the other side of town after his mother passed. Years later, he returns and returns to town after traveling and is now a professor. Though he is not an alpha, I loved how smart, sexy, and self-confident he became and how he found the other part of himself when he reconnected with Tally. He also helped Tally become the confident person she used to be before her last relationship with the wrong man. I loved how they brought out the best in each other.

From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of the a fashionable London soiree comes an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple . . . poised to discover the rapture of love.

There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself. . . . 

Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing. Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him. For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe . . . and a searing passion she yearned to answer. Now, caught up in the Beast’s clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart–and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.

Yes, back to Jayne Ann Krentz under her Amanda Quick name. This time, the heroine Harriet is  the nerd and she would rather be exploring in caves than worrying about society. She gets her chance at love when she meets Gideon, a scarred man who people call the Beast. She sees the real man and Gideon sees her beautiful heart. Together they make a wonderful couple. 


Summoning the man who left her at the altar two years ago is definitely a last resort for Eve Abernathy. But paranormal expert Lucien Thorpe is the only person who can rid her house of the uneasy ghosts--noisy, lovemaking ghosts, no less--who haunt it, and her...

Eve may be ahead of her time as a woman who documents otherworldly activity, but she longs for the kind, sturdy husband and children to raise. Eve knows absentminded genius Lucien is more comfortable with the dead than the living, and better acquainted with his Specter-o-Meter than the longings of a woman's heart. But with his arrival, Eve can't deny that her feelings for him haunt her as restlessly as the shades who have invaded her home--especially when Lucien is doing his utmost to woo her all over again... 

Oh, Lucien. He is the good looking absent minded professor. He is also the original ghostbuster, 1800's style. He loves Eve, but he kind of left her at the altar...twice. Watching these two reconnect was fun in this gem of a  trilogy by Linda Fallon. 

I know that there are tons more, but these are some of my favorite nerds and I have read some of them more than once. What are some of your romances featuring nerds?

Romancing the Readers-Ann

Congratulations to our BCT Revenge of the Nerd Giveaway who wins a paperback copy of THEN HE KISSED ME by Laura Trentham:


Thanks for stopping by this week. I can't believe that we are wrapping up another month of Book Club Thursday. I hope you join us next week when we will again be Clearing Off The Shelves!


  1. It's so funny that we picked so close to each other. What a great post!

    1. It was fun! There are so many and I wish I could remember them all. And we do think pretty close!