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Author: EJ Russell
Publisher: Entangled Select Contemporary, Entangled Publishing
Published: September 28th, 2015
If, like me, you’re a Star Trek or Doctor Who fan and enjoy your geekdom, this is a must read for you. If you’re also something of a computer nerd, then even more so. Having said that, if you just enjoy reading a different romance with a wide range of great characters and plenty of turmoil, this is also one you’ll probably love. It is definitely a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) type of book and I really enjoyed it.
Every chapter starts with a geeky computer term and its definition (like WYSISYG!). I actually surprised myself with how many of them I actually already knew but then again my friends and colleagues in real life probably won’t be surprised by that. However, I’ve never been as geeky as the heroine of this story, Charlie Forrester. She’s a brainiac and always has been, has multiple degrees and a doctorate and is fascinated by computers, coding and algorithms – but don’t let that put you off! She’s also someone who likes analysing data, drawing conclusions, working things out and predicting. She has a personal goal of working for a particular company – indeed her data analysis shows she’s the perfect employee for them. The only problem is getting an interview in the first place.
Her latest predictions have been related to romance! She’s developed her own matchmaking program, using the data trails left by people online (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to help predict who is likely to fall for whom. She’s tried it out on a few friends and as a result of this some are married, others in long term relationships and none have failed. She’s not doing this for money, just another research project which she started after reading her ex-school science partner, Daniel Shawn, denigrating one such scheme. They always challenged each other when working together and, even though they’ve not met for years and he basically ignored her in high school, she couldn’t resist trying to prove him wrong.
He’s a journalist who was conned and shamed when actually trying to expose an online matchmaking con he’d been investigating. He believes someone else is now out to repeat the same con but his professional reputation disappeared when he was conned and now he’s no longer supposed to investigate such matters. However, he can’t resist – but he’s being distracted by meeting up with Charlie again and the chemistry between them.
When the employment agency bets that Charlie can’t find her own perfect match – which shows up to be Daniel – promising to reward her by getting her the interview she has worked so hard for, can Charlie turn her down? With mutual attraction, a reward she’s dreamed of and someone she already relates well to should she really put the potential for love on the line to get a job? How will Daniel react when he finds out what she’s done?
Whilst some reviews seem rather negative, I advise folks to give this book a real chance. I found it hilarious with really great characters, not just Charlie and Daniel. Charlie’s support network of friends are all brilliant characters, each deserving of their own future novel! Lindsey has something going on in her life that really warrants exploring further and I’d love her to find her own HEA. Toshiko is so insightful about emotional reactions and behaviours whilst keeping her own so under wraps that they’re buried, hidden and I’d love to read about how they get uncovered and woken up! As for Gideon, well, he’s simply fantastic! In case you haven’t gathered, I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it!
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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