Review: Lost in Geeklandia by E.J. Russell

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You know it’s a good book if you can’t stop reading. Seriously, I keep telling myself just one more chapter because I need to work and before I know it, I’m in Chapter Eight, 1/3 of the way through the book! It’s that addictive and compelling.

Charlie has prepared for all her life to work in Anthony Global Systems (AGS), and just when her chance arrives, she has to prove she’s the perfect candidate for the job by demonstrating that her Love Program worked–on herself. Love Program is a program that searches for perfect matches of couples, in whatever stage they happen to be in at that moment, based on their internet footprints and social media. And the challenge is that she has to make Daniel, her one-time best buddy turned enemy, into her boyfriend…

Charlie is a true-blue bona-fide geek; you can see it in the words she used and in the activities she and her friends get up to in their free time. I love stories with geeky heroes/heroines, and maybe one of the reasons is because there are so few of them in the market. And what there are in the market are not quite believable geeks. Well, Charlie is a geek through and through, and she and her friends uses geek terms with ease as only geeks do. Very genuine, a believable geek heroine!

Daniel is not quite as geeky, and he’s stuck in a job he didn’t want because after a career suicide, it was the only thing he could get. Yet, he didn’t let it get him down; instead, he continued to investigate passive online matchmaking, because he still has ideals and he wants to do his bit to protect the men who have or about to be victimized.

The story is well-written and a bit predictable, but what threw me for a loop was the revelation about AGS. That was unexpected. The scenes, especially from Charlie’s point of view, are compelling and page-turning.

I was a bit unsatisfied with the romance though. Okay, the thing is, they were best friends before so they already know quite a bit about each other. I like that the past was brought into the present, that Daniel thought he knew all there is to know about Charlie and vice-versa…but people change after so many years, and not just the physical aspect, especially when they were kids when they last were friends. Perhaps I missed it in my rush to get to the finish line, but I wish we could’ve seen how they explored the new things about each other (not just physical), and how they got to know each other all over again. Maybe the Star Trek trivia game could be shortened to give more page time to this much-needed discovery.

That aside, LOST IN GEEKLANDIA is a wonderful romance that would delight all geeks and romance lovers.

Rating: 4 stars

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Summary:

She has 30 days to turn her enemy into her boyfriend…

Introverted computer engineer Charlie Forrester has coded an algorithm for love, a nearly flawless matchmaking program. But then she’s challenged to prove its accuracy – on herself. With her dream job on the line, Charlie has thirty days to forge a romantic relationship with her “perfect” match…her ex-friend and now-nemesis, Daniel Shawn. Since her dating experience is expressed in binary, she’ll need more than flirting lessons and a wardrobe overhaul to pull it off.

After falling victim to the same online matchmaking con he was investigating, reporter Daniel Shawn’s professional reputation went up in flames. Now he suspects someone has rebooted the scam, and he’s determined to expose the fraud and rebuild his career. Unfortunately, his efforts to get back in the game get sidetracked by Charlie and her adorable geekitude, even though she seems to know a little too much about digital dating for Daniel’s comfort.

And when fake romance crosses into real chemistry, Charlie’s formula for love might just be the perfect formula for disaster…

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