A fun, sweet (short) romance great for light reading. There were some scenes that were hilarious (donkey basketball) and just classic comedic VLT. She...moreA fun, sweet (short) romance great for light reading. There were some scenes that were hilarious (donkey basketball) and just classic comedic VLT. She's got a great sense of humor. The romance wasn't very intense, but it was good. All around, a nice read.(less)
**spoiler alert** Pretty good book. It could have been better with some changes, but in my opinion, it was more enjoyable than the most recent Nerd bo...more**spoiler alert** Pretty good book. It could have been better with some changes, but in my opinion, it was more enjoyable than the most recent Nerd books from Thompson.
There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, but then there were parts that I didn't. For the first half or maybe 2/3rds, I was really into the book and considered it possibly one of the best Nerd books, 2nd only to my favorite, Nerd Gone Wild. But when I got to about half way through, I started to get a little annoyed and bored. That can mainly be attributed to the fact that over and over you seem to hear about Amanda and her priorities. At times, that just dominated the story and it got boring. There wasn't enough other stuff going on to give the story some variety. Even when there was, the overlying theme was still about Amanda's goals. She just started to get really irritating and came off a bit self-centered. The story would have been helped by some more variety and making Amanda just a smidge softer.
Aside from that, there were great aspects to the story. Thompson has a wonderful sense of humor and I laughed out loud a number of times. The sexuality of the story is wonderfully portrayed and the sex scenes were hot, as usual. Thompson isn't shy about the many aspects of sex that a lot of writers turn a blind eye too. It's refreshing. The whole thing with the sex therapist (while not quite believable) was hilarious. The supporting cast was fabulous. The plot resolution was good. The overall romance was pretty good, though I've read better.
Bottomline with My Nerdy Valentine is that it's a fun, sexy, quirky book that's good for semi-light reading. If you're not a fan of vibrant sexuality, you'll probably be bothered by the book. It's also not high on emotion or plot. I'd compare it to something written by Rachel Gibson or Deirdre Martin, but better written. I think it was better than the last couple of Nerd books, but not as good as the earliest ones.(less)
**spoiler alert** On one level, I really did enjoy the book, but on another, it was just average.
The first VLT book I read was her third Nerd book, Ne...more**spoiler alert** On one level, I really did enjoy the book, but on another, it was just average.
The first VLT book I read was her third Nerd book, Nerd Gone Wild, which I absolutely adored. It was just such a new, unique concept. Most romance books tend to have perfect hero and heroines, but in the Nerd books, VLT gives you some nerdy traits. They're not hardcore nerds, the guys still have some alpha-male traits, and the females are still sexy and pretty. They're just geeky. It's still a great concept. I also enjoy VLT's writing. She writes some great sex scenes, and her language is very readable and fitting modern young adults. The characters think and talk like your average young person. It's nice to read. Plus, she's got a great sense of humor.
So I loved Nerd Gone Wild and went and got her two previous Nerd books, and since then have bought her next ones as soon as they came out. And while I enjoyed all of them, for the most part, the uniqueness wears off, and the whole idea gets a little old. Even so, Nerds Like It Hot was still pretty fun to read. This book, and the Nerd series as a whole, are just fun, light-hearted reads.
Character and romance wise on this one, I don't really have any complaints. I liked all the characters, and the romance - while not particularly cute or sappy - was nice. I believed the chemistry between them. The plot made sense and worked. I loved the whole Nerd-themed cruise idea and how she worked it into the book. That was fantastic. I wouldn't have minded more of that part of the story. And all the supporting characters were great. I loved Cora.
I had perhaps two complaints overall with the book. The first being the lack of any sort of guessing as to who was after Gillian. You know right off the bat who the bad guy is, and you know exactly how he plans to go after her. VLT even does POV scenes with the bad guy that let you know before hand exactly how he plans to attack her. It took any suspense out of the book. I think it would have worked better if she'd been more vague in that area so that the readers had more to ponder and guess about. And I could have done without all those in-depth scenes about the antagonist's activities
My second complaint is just a preference for me. I would have liked to see more down-time scenes between Gillian and Lex. Most of their time together was very specific and generally plot or sex oriented. They didn't have any sort of casual scenes where they just talked to each other or got to know each other. I think if they'd done that, it would have made the possibility of a lasting relationship between Gillian and Lex make just a bit more sense because really, a lot of their relationship was based on some heavy-duty sexual chemistry. If they'd known each other more thoroughly, I would have minded the ending quite so much, or thought it was just a little too abrupt.
Basically, and enjoyable, fun read. Probably what someone would call a "beach read". It's not meant to be serious or plot-y. It's hot and funny with a smidge of suspense. If you've read any of her other Nerd books, you'll like this one.(less)