★ SYNOPSIS ★
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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★ MY REVIEW ★
I’ve been majorly on the fence with this book. So let me get the technical mumbo jumbo out of the way and then I’ll give you my pros and cons. Lost in Geeklandia is a standalone novel by E.J. Russell. It is told in dual third person point-of-views and it does have an HEA.
I’m going to start with the cons, because I want to leave you with positive thoughts on this book and review. It is a good book, it just is also extremely confusing in some regards.
To dive right into it, at the beginning of each chapter you get a “Geekronym” which is typically an acronym for some form of computer jargon. Under that, you get a translation, and then you get a complete techno babble definition. Okay that’s fine and dandy, if you understand things like that… for some people it’s down right mind boggling. It didn’t bother me overtly, but it did take away from my enjoyment of the book. I get that each header connects with a meaning inside that chapter, but if you don’t understand it from the get go, even with the definition given to you, it’s hard to wrap your mind around.
The other con was that for me personally, it took me forever to read this book. I’m a person that reads two books a day, typically. I just kept getting completely bored with this book and part of it was due to all the techno in it. I get that it’s supposed to be Geeklandia, but too much Geeklandia is coming off like a technical manual and not enjoyable.
The pros about this book far outweigh my cons, which might explain my rating a bit more. I enjoyed the characters immensely, not just the main characters either but the co-stars too. They are all very well written and I loved the personalities. You didn’t have to read much about each one of them to get it.
If you’re nerdy like me, and you like Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, any thing with star something in it.. well, you can let your geek flag fly with this book. I was beyond entertained at the level of trivia and research that had to go into those points.
Finally, the plot itself is sweet, once you get past all the technical stuff and find it. You have two former friends who basically lost touch. One who sees the other as their enemy but she has to make him fall in love with her due to a bet so she can get her dream job. It seems absolutely hopeless at first but somehow, through it all, it works. And by through it all, I mean with the help of the amazing co-stars mentioned above, the trivia and just the situations themselves.
You have a hot headed hero, a nerdtastic heroine and all around a nice read if you can get into it. I’ll leave you with it being a solid three star book for me!