Friday, March 29, 2013

review: NERD GONE WILD by Vicki Lewis Thompson

NERD GONE WILD
by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Series: Nerds #3
Penguin: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Released: February 1, 2005
Source: Gift from my mother
Page Count: 416

Rating: Liked it

Blockbuster New York TImes bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson gave high kicks to high IQs in The Nerd Who Loved Me and Nerd in Shining Armor. Now she's back at her riotiously sexy best in her new novel about an undercover "nerd" who offers a beauty something she can't live without . . .

THE HEIRESS WITH A HOT FORTUNE AND LOOKS TO MATCH . . .

Inheriting a fortune means less to Ally Jarrett than fulfulling her real dream: to take off for the wilds of Alaska and photograph animals. Unfortunately she's also inherited her grandmother's personal assistant - an overprotective nerd who couldn't survive a snowball fight.

THE NERD WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD . . .

As a PI and bodyguard, Mitchell carruthers is the perfect man to protect his late employer's granddaughter. However, keeping his geek-masquerade - and the secret behind his real mission - isn't easy when the freeze between Ally and Mitchell begins to melt.

THEY'RE IN DANGER, OVER THEIR HEADS, AND UNDER THE GUN . . .

Yet all's not well in this sub-zero paradise. Ally's bad seed uncle is staking a claim on the family inheritance with a dangerous masquerade of his own. With Ally's life in danger, it's time for her right-hand nerd to expose the real man undercover, and prove himself to the vulnerable body he's been hired to guard . . .

My Review
I read this book before the first and second books in the series, right around the time it came out. At the time, I considered it one of the best books I've read in the romance genre. However, after reading some of the other books in the Nerd series, I have changed my opinion. While still a strong story filled with fantastic secondary characters, I was struck once again by how condescending the female protagonist is to the male protagonist, just like how Genevieve treated Jack in Nerd in Shining Armor. In Nerd Gone Wild, Ally treats Mitchell like an idiot, not even giving him the chance to decide for himself whether or not he wants to risk getting his heart broken should their relationship not extend beyond the physical. Even if he was a real nerd, not a "nerd in disguise," Ally still should have realized that Mitchell is a big boy and can make these decisions for himself. However, two characters save this book from being a total loss : Ally's uncle Kurt and his lover, Vivian. They are the strangest couple, complete with S&M scenes. Vivian most definitely wears the pants in that relationship. Their scenes make the book worthwhile.

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