NERD IN SHINING ARMOR
by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Series: Nerds #1
Released: January 1, 2003
Page Count: 324
Rating: Liked it
Beauty and the Geek
For Genevieve Terrence, it seemed like a dream come true: a weekend alone on Maui with her sexy boss, Nick Brogan. But little did she know that Nick had dreams of his own - a nefarious scheme that nearly got her killed on the flight over the Pacific. Lucky for her, brilliant computer programmer Jack Farley was on board and quick-witted enough to crash-land the plane. Now Jack is her sole companion on a remote desert island with nothing but guava trees and sharks for company. Who'd expect the shy genius - and the least alpha male she knows - to turn out to be the uninhibited stud of her wildest dreams?
Saving Genevieve's life has made Jack a hero in the eyes of the woman he has secretly lusted after for months. Now they're alone together in a tropical eden where they're free to give in to ther every sensual whim. But when some nasty unfinished business puts them at risk again, Gen will learn there's nothing quite as dangerous as a fully aroused ex-nerd who'll move heaven and earth to protect the woman he loves . . .
This was a re-read for me, although it’s been at least four years since the last time I picked it up. Reading it this time around was a bit of an eye-opener, as I hadn’t noticed the first time just how obnoxious Genevieve really is. Genevieve just assumes that Jack is inexperienced sexually without bothering to test his abilities first and constantly berates his lack of outdoorsy skills. Just because someone doesn’t go on a lot of dates or tell dirty jokes doesn’t mean that they don’t know what to do in bed, and growing up in a civilized area and played video games doesn’t mean that their childhood was completely wasted. This line upset me the most: “The third and best reason for having sex was that she’d be doing him a favor by teaching him how women liked to be treated in bed. He might not know any more about that than he did about making cozy hideaways. Having sex for Jack’s sake instead of her own made the idea seem noble and worthwhile.”
If you can take Genevieve’s attitude out of the equation, though, it’s a cute story of a couple of castaways. As Genevieve and Jack's romance progresses, Gen [slowly] becomes more accepting of him and they begin to truly connect. There is also a "bonus" romance on the side between Genevieve's mother, Annabelle, and Genevieve and Jack's boss, Matt. Sometimes it can be frustrating to suddenly switch to a different storyline in the middle of a scene, as Thompson is wont to do, but in the end it's worth the inconvenience to get the second romance.