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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,418 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Hot movie star Zoe Tarleton gets piles of money but no respect because she always plays a beautiful bombshell. When she gets the chance to play a geeky chemist working on a formula to combine weight loss, sexual potency, and anti-aging in one powerful pill, she is determined that this role will open up her career. Zoe may be too hot to understand her character, but she has ...more
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Published August 2nd 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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2 Cheating Nerd Stars

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WTH? It's like I have been swimming in a sea of mediocre reads lately. This read just really bored me. It was very one dimensional. It took me forever to read it and I didn't really care for any of it. I didn't feel a connection to the MC. Never really got to know them. Their relationship was blah. He had a girlfriend. He was a cheater and I didn't even care. My biggest pet peeve is cheating and I cared so little for their story that the cheating didn't effect me at all bec
Jan 15, 2013 L8blmr rated it it was ok
I just cannot give a writer a one-star rating because I know each book is a labor of love and takes considerable time and energy to produce from idea through publication.

However; this book was just ... not good. The plot was implausible, I did not like the female lead at all because of her self-centeredness and arrogance, the male lead hardly qualified as a nerd, the "villain" was transparent from almost the beginning, it moved far too slowly and was at least 59-75 pages too long, and ... shall
Alayna Dickerson
Jul 06, 2014 Alayna Dickerson rated it really liked it
Zoe is a movie star. Flynn is not. He's an attorney who has a life that isn't exciting. He is very conservative with his money, his time, and his life. However, he is very interested in Zoe, who is his client.

Zoe needs his help. She is known for being the bombshell in movies. She wants to be taken more seriously. There is a role she wants, but it would require her to be nerdier. In comes Flynn. He can help her become nerdier.

Somehow, they end up in Bigfoot Country (a little strange, but suspend
Jun 06, 2014 Vilia rated it it was ok
Review from Backchatting Books

Bombshell Zoe Tarleton is sick of playing dumb but pretty lead roles in movies and jumps at the chance to play the role of a geeky chemist. The only problem is that she doesn't know how to channel her inner geek. Enter her geeky lawyer Flynn Granger from stage left. She convinces him to travel to a rural cabin and train in her in all things geekdom.

Read it for...

The bigfoot that might or might not exist.

This book is a clear satirical take on the romance genre. Thomp
Jul 09, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Zoe is a fun heroine, a movie star who's been relegated to glamour girl roles and who longs to be taken seriously. She's auditioning for the role of a nerdy scientist, and decides she needs to immerse herself in the world of nerdism. Enter Flynn, her contract lawyer. He wears glasses, he drives an older car (she has to ask him how to lock the doors because the car does not have power locks), he's in a long distance relationship with another lawyer, and his PDA is never out his reach. When Zoe as ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book because I adored her Nerd in Shining Armor. But I was really turned off by the fact that the hero had a girlfriend, who he was cheating on with the heroine. Yes, they made it clear that he wasn't in love with the girlfriend, but he was still dating her until the end of the book. Unacceptable. Also, I could have done without the creepy voyeuristic points of view where the homicidal stalker was watching all the love scenes and providing commentary. Completely un ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Zoe Tarleton is a popular actress hoping to land a Golden Globe-worthy role. The problem? The role she wants means she needs training in how to be a nerd. Since she doesn't want anyone to know how hard she's preparing for this role, she needs a private tutor. Her lawyer, Flynn Granger, is her ticket to success. Intelligent and organized, Flynn is the just the man she needs to train her in the ways of the nerd. Stuck in a cabin alone with Flynn, Zoe begins to notice things about her lawyer that h ...more
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Jul 06, 2011 Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People Who wanna laugh, Novice Readers, No One
Quick Thoughts

I think the whole beauty and the geek thing is a great story line. It is cliche and sometimes grossly unrealistic however it makes for great romance. Idk about you guys, but i love brainy men. I read two of the nerds books before The Nerd Who Loved Me (Nerds, #2) by Vicki Lewis Thompson and My Nerdy Valentine (Nerds, #7) by Vicki Lewis Thompson. I read those when i was JUST going from YA romance to full on Romance. Needless to say I might have liked anything back then haha. However, i do remember honestly enjoying both of the books especially My nerdy Valentine. And i even owned The nerd
Nov 23, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
I enjoy Vicki Lewis Thompson's books, but I want nothing more than to sit her down and read her dialogue aloud to her. I can forgive some of the flaws, but the consistently terrible dialogue makes me wince.

While this is the fourth in the series, it's not necessary to read them in order. They're connected by theme, rather than continuity.

Zoe Tarleton is a Hollywood actress, typecast in the sexy love interest role. She thinks she's up to something more challenging, and she's going to prove it by g
Jennifer Wardrip
I absolutely adore Vicki Lewis Thompson's NERD Series. As a woman married to a man who would, in all likelihood, be described as a nerd, I know first-hand how hot these guys can be! Ms. Thompson has served up another steamy slice of nerdiness in GONE WITH THE NERD.

Zoe Tarleton is a movie star known far and wide for one thing-- playing the bombshell. With her beauty and first-class body, she's made plenty of films--but she's tired of being known as nothing more than a pretty face. Then the chanc
Aug 21, 2008 Margot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Formula for a nerd romance:
1 attractive lady in trouble
1 male nerd with a surprisingly hot body and sexual prowess, who turns into a protective manly man
1 nefarious plot twist

This time it's Zoe the actress and Flynn her lawyer. Zoe needs Flynn to teach her how to be a nerd so she can get a role outside of her bombshell typecast arena. They secretly slip away to the small town of Long Shaft (none too subtle), famous for Bigfoot sightings. They pretend to be Tony and Vera, characters from the movi
Mar 05, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, novel, california
Straight-laced attorney to the stars, Flynn Granger has been hired by his most famous client, beautiful starlet Zoe Tarleton for something besides his excellent legal abilities. She needs to learn how to be a nerd so that she can get a role that could really expand her reputation as an actress. Because she doesn't want anyone to know, secrecy is of the utmost importance, so she books a weekend for them at a remote mountain resort. Shortly after arriving, the sparks begin to fly between the two o ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Michele rated it really liked it
Somewhat predictable, HOWEVER, the "criminal" in this story wasn't who I thought was and totally caught me off guard.


Glamorous movie star Zoe Tarleton wants to be taken seriously as an actress, so she sets her sights on snagging the role of flat-chested science nerd Vera. She asks her nerdy lawyer, Flynn Granger, to secretly spend the weekend with her in a remote cabin near the old mining town of Long Shaft (innuendo intended) to teach her the intricacies of nerd-dom. Flynn has a lawyer gi
Aug 05, 2016 Minnie rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
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Seriously Reviewed
Jan 11, 2012 Seriously Reviewed rated it really liked it
Holy SAT score, Superman! Who'd uh thunk that a Bigfoot, a movie star and a nerdy lawyer could come together for such a cute story! Sexy, witty, nerdy......What more could a girl want? A rundown cabin in the middle of no-where-ville and Sasquatch running loose in the area? Okay, why not. Way to many hilarious instances to name, but if I must......well I must!

Lets start with a town called LONG SHAFT! LOL way to cute.....Then there is Sasquatch Diner...LONG SHAFT TRADING POST.......*snort*.... so
Sophie Greene
Jun 23, 2014 Sophie Greene rated it liked it
I don't know. This was funny and I think it was meant to be a satire, the I thought the heroine was too self absorbed to really like her, and I don't like cheating in my novels, of which were was loads! The hero quickly shoved aside his girlfriend, who rather conveniently dumped him in the end... this could have been better with more depth.
Mar 21, 2011 Melowin rated it really liked it
This book was delightful. An actress takes her lawyer to a small town in northern California, ostensibly to learn to be a "nerd" - but they end up falling hard for each other. They start out in relationships with other people (that aren't too serious), so that builds the tension between them, trying to do what's morally right and not cheat. And the sex is niiiiiiice.... Yep, very nice. Very very nice. Ahem. Mixed into the romance is mystery, murder attempts, and Bigfoot sightings, along with a f ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2011
Zoe is a bombshell actress who wants to be taken seriously. Flynn is her lawyer who believes in Bigfoot. A very unlikely pair indeed, but their sexual connection forms almost instantly. In fact, it happened so fast, with no build up, that it was unbelievable. But foreplay in the forest on top of a Bigfoot footprint? Yes, please!

Unlike the other "Nerd" books, there's a mystery to be solved: Who's that sneaking around the forest? Bigfoot? A crazed fan? Flynn's jealous girlfriend? And why does Fion
Indah Threez Lestari
The plot is very simple and way too predictable.

The story is not important in this novel, just a background to the main event: the romantic (read: sex) scenes between a beautiful and sexy actress with a nerd (a hunk and handsome nerd, actually). Spark flies everywhere between the two main characters right from chapter one, indicating signals that they will make love eventually.

It's just a modern fairytale. A very short weekend (and a couple of love makings) is enough to make two people fall in l
Sep 20, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, humor-comedy
3.5 stars. This one's still a crazy, but funny romp, full of negative nerd stereotypes and terrible metaphors for body parts and sex, but has a more emotional depth than the previous ones. I really liked the Epilogue, too.
Catherine Crook
Jan 19, 2014 Catherine Crook rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I continue to be amazed at how well the author gets me involved with the background characters. I adore Jeff and Luanne. And even Kristen and Trace at the end. Yes, the books are cheesy, but would you pick up a book with the title 'Gone with the Nerd' and expect otherwise? I loved this book and cannot wait to read all of them!
Nov 09, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
I picked this up at a flea market and it sat on my bookshelf untouched for ages. I threw this in my bag to read while my daughter was in gymnastics and I'm so glad I finally checked it out. Nerdy lawyer and super hot starlet have had a working relationship for years. It's not until a secluded weekend alone to prep for the audition of a lifetime that the two realize their connection is way more than professional. Flynn and Zoe were cute but believable and I was cheering for them to get their HEA. ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Shirley rated it liked it
Cute, but I don't think that word means what she think it means.
Jul 28, 2012 Lisakit rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Book 4.

I really enjoyed Vicki Lewis Thompson's "Nerd" series. Writing that flows easily, with quirky heroines and not-so-typical heroes. Fun books who's main characters get in trouble in unusual ways.

I was delighted to find a romance book that had nerdy, geeky guys as heroes instead of the tall-dark-handsome cookie-cutter hero. Thompson shows us all just how hot and sexy those geeks can be. I mean, just think of the possibilities with a lover who is intense, dedicated, unswerving and pays a gre
Aug 21, 2012 Dawn rated it it was ok
This book was alright. I thought it focused mostly on the two characters being so incredibly sexually attracted to each other. But it was just sex without romance. If that's the kind of read you're looking for, then here's your pick. The romance wasn't too believable; I mean, they have some good conversations here and there...but some sounded too cliche. Like knowing how her eye color changes depending on her mood. It's touching, but unoriginal (to me, at least). The big foot deal is a fun touch ...more
Mar 26, 2013 Lindy rated it it was ok
I really like this author and I did make it all the way to the end of this one, but I just didn't love it. I was annoyed by the heroine's view of nerds - it's just hard for me to imagine any adult as being so utterly clueless and condescending. The villain was predictable, I didn't feel any chemistry between the hero & heroine, and many parts of the book really dragged for me. But I love a good nerd hero and there aren't that many of them out there (alphas are obviously the trend), so I'll p ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun read but there were so many twists and turns that it was just confusing. The culprit was also very predictable. The red herring was not believable either. This only scored 30 in the Romance Novel Game...even after the WTF points.
May 28, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
I love reading about nerdy heroes in a romance novel. I have a soft spot for geeky guys. Having one for a hero in a romance novel is a nice departure from the norm. Thompson's books are light reads without a lot of the angst and turmoil that many books in the romance genere like to include. This book was fun with a bit of mystery, and while it was obvious whodunit from nearly the beginning of the book I still enjoyed the story. I'd have given it five stars if the mystery was a bit more of a myst ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Ayimas rated it liked it
Shelves: ro-ma-ro-ma-ma, tango
E.v. Sage
Feb 03, 2015 E.v. Sage rated it liked it
As always, Vicki Lewis Thompson's writing is very entertaining. I just have one tiny, little, huge issue with this particular book: they're cheating. The entire time. No matter how she attempts to justify, I just cannot get behind this couple because of how distracting that one particular fact was. Other than that, if you liked She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot or Suzanne Brockmann's Heartthrob, you probably enjoy books about movie stars and will like this too.
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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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“As long as Flynn kept his tie on, he wouldn't turn into Tony. Besides, most sexual encounters began when a guy loosened his tie. A loose tie led to everything becoming loose. Flynn wanted to stay tight.” 0 likes
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