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…
This romance is PERFECT for fangirls! There’s awkward social encounters, the desire to stay home instead of going out, and more geek culture references than you can shake a joystick at. Charlie is DARLING; she’s so relatable, and the way EJ writes her you feel everything she’s feeling so viscerally.
Each chapter is headed by a geek term, and the definitions of the term perfectly match either the tone or the content of the chapter. I learned a few new things too, especially about computer science, which is Charlie’s specialty. And yes, I did picture Felicia Day’s Supernatural character in my head the whole time I was reading the book. No idea if that was on purpose or not, but it’s a pretty awesome coincidence.
This was a book that I smiled the whole way through, and it was mostly because of Charlie but also, Daniel. DANIEL. Daniel is SUCH A GREAT MALE LEAD. The conflict between the pair was because of his past adolescent transgressions – he was her best friend and then ignored her as they got older, and was a general teenage douchebag – but grown-up Daniel is amazing. He knows he wants her pretty much immediately, and from then on the only issue is Charlie’s deception.
It was a great table-turn from the normal “guy makes a crap bet” trope, but done with minimal fuss about the bet itself. The angst level was low and the fun level was high, and basically buy this book right now because you will love it so much.
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E.J. Russell writes romance in a rainbow of flavors – from M/F stories grounded in absurd contemporary reality to M/M tales splashed with the supernatural – but you can be sure that while the couple makes their way to HEA, they’ll never stray too far into the dark.
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