Her Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy #2)
By Shannyn Schroeder
Expected Publication October 27th, 2014
New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Source: received from Kensington Books in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank YOU!!)
About the book:
Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn’t quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she’s entering a “hackfest” over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who’s been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can’t fight the desire that comes rushing back.
Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they’re face to face again, he doesn’t know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he’s offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?
This book may have very well saved my book-brain’s life. I was in rut, stuck trudging through a book with no end in sight. I’ve got worlds to discover, people’s lives to live, and love to conquer. My brain, she needed a re-boot (please excuse the speaking about body parts as separate entities – I’m reading Darynda Jones at the moment and the book spilleth over into life). I picked up some other books and two other genres didn’t fix my rut. Drastic measures were needed.
Those drastic measures were a brand-new-to-me author, a book of so few pages I knew it would be subdued in no time, the safety of a favorite genre, and going for the jugular, I chose a book with a storyline I would love. Boo-ya! Brain, she is a humming along once again. How’d it happen?
First, new adult romances are happy candy for me but Charlie and Jonah’s story isn’t just the cheap, grocery store milk chocolate kind of story (there’s lots of it but it’s not that great of quality). Their story was more like a truffle from the Godiva counter. Small but oh, so good for that short time.
Charlie and Jonah had actually dated when Jonah was just finishing up his senior year in college. When he graduated, he took off without so much as a goodbye to Charlie. This crushed Charlie and for years she always thought of Jonah as “the one that got away”. And she can’t really escape his memory because he taught her everything about hacking and gaming.
So it’s only a small surprise Charlie runs into him at the Hackfest she’s entered. Jonah’s intent on apologizing to Charlie for how he left. Charlie is intent on avoiding Jonah and concentrating on her future by winning Hackfest.
Jonah has made mistakes in the past with Charlie but he continues to make even more at Hackfest. I think that made him more human, fallible, and ultimately humbly in love with Charlie at the end of the book. All that endeared him to me even more. He was just too adorable not to forgive. I will spill that I thought his reason for running after graduation was kind of weak but I get his point of view.
Charlie was awesome in her own way. She was a balanced character who was a homebody geek (happier staying in than going out partying), super whip smart, but she was also polished and slick enough to sell herself to company recruiters. And she had no qualms about standing up for the rights of others.
But back to my list of how this book saved my life… with this story being as short as it was, I was able to sit and read it in one sitting. That’s it! I was in and out and no one got hurt. I literally read this story in bed one night. Granted, I was up until 3:30am but that’s just a testament to the story’s appeal.
Thirdly, the story appealed to me because I’m a wanna-be gamer. My hubs plays first person and RPGs for hours at a time. I try and play my son’s games and just don’t own a cell of coordination in my body. I could not work a controller if my life depended on it. It’s very sad. But the world intrigues me, especially all the Cons and everything else related.
And because I’m such a wanna-be geek over gamers, I stayed up until 3:30am to live in a romantic world where the geeks got their HEA. And I successfully got my book-brain’s mind wipe *drool*… side effects may vary.
About the author:
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), She’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
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