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Nerd in Shining Armor (Nerds #1)

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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 Jac ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Dell (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Jack the Orgasm Man Stars

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Nerd in Shining Armor is not the kind of book you read to have your mind blown it's the kind of book you read to make you smile because it's cute and sweet. And that is exactly what I got with this book. It was funny, cute and sweet. I really love when the nerd gets the girl. Jack was a super sexy nerd and I just loved him to pieces. Seriously there was something so endearing about him. He was the perfect blend of nerdy/geek and still manly. He was truly caring, unsel
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You know, for a book that's supposedly about nerds saving the day, this book sure puts us down a lot. And I mean, a lot. In fact, every main character at one point takes part in some nerd-shaming.



Genevieve Terrence, the main character, is an ex-hillbilly currently residing in beautiful Hawaii. Jack Farley, the titular nerd in this story, has been crushing on Genevieve ever since they started working together. Gen hasn't noticed, because she
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Kelly
Oct 26, 2014 Kelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Julianna
Mar 02, 2009 Julianna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Wacky Romantic Comedy or Vicki Lewis Thompson
I went into reading Nerd In Shining Armor knowing that it was a romantic comedy. Even if I didn't, it wouldn't have been difficult to figure that out with the cartoon cover. Still, I guess I was expecting it to have at least a little bit of depth. Instead, what I got was a frothy concoction that reminded me of a B-movie. Admittedly, I have a tendency to constantly analyze both the content of a book, as well as my emotions and reactions to it as I'm reading, which in this case, was leading to a l ...more
Ashley♥Alexis
Jun 04, 2011 Ashley♥Alexis rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ashley♥Alexis by: Dee
Shelves: genre-m-f
2.5 stars

I know this is a fluffy read and it's suppose to be light and entertaining but I wasn't really entertained. I usually have no problem with willing suspension of disbelief for a good read but I found this book to be too unbelievable. There was nothing totally fantastical going on but i found the character's(even with their "edges" and hidden characteristics) silly and vexing. I found it odd that the author went from having the main characters seem almost naive and "innocent" and then fol
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Mandy
Feb 24, 2012 Mandy rated it liked it
I have a thing for tall, thin, pale, geeky white boys with big brains. So, I was super excited to find a book about a computer programmer beta-hero. After reading this book, I should amend that to mention the word “capable” somewhere in my description.

Gen has a major crush on one of her bosses, who just happens to be a bad guy. Jack is the company computer programmer and has a major crush on Gen. They both end up on a deserted island after their boss tries to kill them. In large part, they’re a
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Not really sure how to rate this one. A lot of the book felt repetitive, and I found myself skimming a little. The first half was quite cute though. I was interested in both the idea of a nerd winning the heart of a woman out of his league, as well as the "stranded on a desert island" theme. It's too bad the idea was better than the execution.

Unfortunately, once the "hot girl" dropped her image and started to show just how backwoods she really was, I was ready to cringe every time another "tarna
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Carrie
Aug 25, 2008 Carrie rated it did not like it
Shelves: fluff
I honestly can't believe that I read this book. It was the title, I promise. It was incredibly predictable (like most "fluff" books) and an okay read. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone though...
Geli
Sep 09, 2013 Geli rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, hawaii
The whole time reading this, all I kept thinking was "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!". Okay, so this is a romance, obviously that's the focus. Still, I couldn't help thinking, "great they made it to land! Now they need to find food and shelter ASAP!". But instead they make out and make plans to have sex! Needless to say, I was very happy when they finally got their act together. Although, I couldn't wait till they got to the romantic bit I suppose I got caught up in in the whole dramatics of th ...more
Netanella
He sighed. "In all my life, I've never felt like somebody's hero before. Yesterday was the first time that I was a ..." He flushed. "It sounds dumb."

"A knight in shining armor?"

"Yeah. Something like that. I want to keep that feeling a little bit longer. I know this isn't much, but it's something I can do, something heroic. Take the energy bar."


3 1/2 rounded up to 4 stars.

"Nerd in Shining Armor" is a wonderful romantic comedy that's fun, lighthearted, and entertaining. If you're looking for a se
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Spuffed
Yeah, this was pretty much crap but I bought despite the bad reviews because of my love of nerdy heroes and stranded/survival romance. I finished it but to be honest, I started skipping over ALL the mother/boss chapters. Yep, that's right. There are whole chapters about how the mother is connecting with Chick's boss, mother and son apparently both have pyschic abilities (uh, okay). Complete waste of time and money.

Oh and I just recalled this but I found the Southern Stereotypes to be the most of
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Kori
Feb 26, 2010 Kori rated it it was ok
Genevieve Terrance is a Tennessee redneck, turned wannabe sophisticate, whose mama financed the family’s move to Hawaii after selling her prized pair of Elvis’s jockey shorts. Jackson Farley is a colorblind computer nerd in need of a woman. When a business trip goes awry, the two end up stranded together on a deserted island. You can probably guess the rest…

I recently attended a webinar on romance novels during which one of the presenters indicated this series as a personal favorite, so I though
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Amanda
Dec 29, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
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 ...more
Taylor
Dec 22, 2015 Taylor rated it it was ok
2015 Reading Challenge # 46, a book written by an author with your same initials. Had trouble finding TV, so cheated a little and went VT. Hey, it's the end of the year and I needed a book in a hurry!

I dislike most romances but decided that since I have a nerdy husband that maybe I'd like the book. Didn't quite happen. There were so many stereotypes, and the writing and plot was so very predictable. Two people marooned on beach; prioritize sex over food/shelter/etc. Throw some odd psychic powers
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Marina
I give this book 3.5 stars. It was fun with good characters. Had a sweet ending. Both characters had interesting backgrounds. I plan to continue with this series just to see where it goes. You don't find too many books with nerd's as the main character.Smirks.
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Note to self:Hawaii (United States)
Genevieve Terrence(26yo,half sis,"Gen",secretary)+ Jackson Farley("Jack",computer programmer),An
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Caro
Jul 27, 2012 Caro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, own
I really enjoyed this book. It was a page-turner, had great humor, emotions, banter, a few good steamy scenes, family, and suspense too. I would definitely read this book again and am keeping it on the shelf. I loved the antics and the self-discovery, all the sticky situations and how those were conquered. The characters were great too. I liked all of them and really liked how they all blended. It made me laugh and hold by breath and kept me reading too late. I would definitely read this book ag ...more
Amy
Oct 29, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2008
What a cute story! I found myself all wrapped up in the building relationship of Gen and Jack and having them stuck on a deserted island made it all the more fun! :)

I also found it nice that there was a side romance story going on with Gen's mother Annabelle and her boss Matt. :) Made it more interesting and more real.

Hope all of this authors books are this good! I'm already dying to read more soon.
Samantha
Dec 24, 2007 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Loved Gen and Jackson's interplay and getting to know each other. I didn't feel like it was rushed and you get to know the characters. Agree with some other reviewers that I wasn't too into the Elvis bits and some of the other things that the author did to try to get the reader to laugh. Enjoyed the plot and the sunny island atmosphere.
Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 10, 2011 Dawn ♥ romance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, favorites
Funny and exciting stuck on a desert island story. Action packed from beginning to end had me totally engaged throughout and I really like it when hero falls in love first. Gen was excited about a weekend in Maui with her boss but unexpected happens and nerdy coworker Jack saves the day.
Anita
Jan 09, 2015 Anita rated it really liked it
This book made me smile and care what happened to the H/h. It also had a hot romance and a hint of suspense, although that was not the focus of the plot. For me I love a book that has humor, romance and suspense and this book ticked all my boxes.
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Nerds series. An enjoyable, lighthearted romp. I liked it a lot. It may not have had that WOW factor but it was just what I needed at this time. A fun, light read! :)
Sarah
Jan 11, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
This was a really silly and frivolous read, but it was cute, and I read in it in a single afternoon.
SoCalMediaSurfer- MiccilinaPiraino
Mar 25, 2008 SoCalMediaSurfer- MiccilinaPiraino rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I laughed my way through this book and fell in love with the hero myself! Hope I get shipwrecked on on an island with someone like that - WOW! Micci
Marjuangalloway
Aug 01, 2013 Marjuangalloway rated it it was amazing
You know what you are getting and it's exactly that!
Amanda Smith
Feb 04, 2013 Amanda Smith rated it liked it
A good book to get ur mind off things. Nothing u have to think about.
Elaine
Dec 19, 2010 Elaine added it
Shelves: romance
Who knew nerds could be so sexy? A great read. I loved it and can't wait to read others.
Charron
Oct 17, 2016 Charron rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
This was the longest, driest read I have ever read. I had to read this for a romance fiction class and this is definitely NOT romance at all. This is comic fiction. I don't know what the professor thought when assigning this book. I was suppose have this finished by Tuesday the 11th but I just couldn't get it done. It has never taken me this long to read 320 pages. I am an avid romance reader and I hated this.
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Yes! Nerds win out! Finally! Finally! I am a nerd and a geek, and I love it when they become the sexy hero of a story. From when I was a wee lass so many years ago (ok, not so many) I fell in love with Nerds. Don’t get me wrong I love the jocks too, but when I get a jock that just happens to know his way around a computer, or one who knows his superhero…Bam! My knees are jello. It all started with a certain Mia Thermopolis falling for a certain Michael in The Princess Diaries. And then Vicki Lew ...more
Jenny ➳
Jul 12, 2014 Jenny ➳ rated it really liked it
I really liked this novel. It was fast paced, interesting and actually pretty suspenseful for a chick lit. I really adored the main hero, and thought he was an absolute cutie. What can I say, I have a soft spot for nerds ;) At some stages throughout the book, I thought this possibly could go to my favourites shelf, and that's pretty amazing if it could. However there were some little things that stopped it from actually getting a 5 star rating, and from it placing itself on my favourites.

First o
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Laurie
Nerd In Shining Armor was a sweet read that had me smiling from start to finish. Genevieve Terrence is a secretary in a large company and she's looking for luck to improve her position in life. When Nick Brogan, a co-owner of the company, asks her to fly to Maui with him to attend a meeting, she jumps at the chance. Even though Genevieve knows Nick is looking for sex, her hopes are pinned on convincing him to fall in love with her. Genevieve and Nick are both disgusted when Jackson Farley enters ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestseller Vicki Lewis Thompson believes love makes the world go around and laughter makes the trip worth taking. The recipient of RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and the author of more than ninety books, Vicki pioneered a new kind of romance hero with Nerd in Shining Armor. Following the success of her nerd stories, Vicki launched a boisterous paranormal ...more
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“Hey, I'm a computer geek, not a hero.

~Jack Farley”
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