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Review: Nerds are from Mars by Vicki Lewis Thompson

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Back in high school, nerdy Nolan Bradbury had a crush on popular girl Darcie Ingram who did not give him the time of day. Now years later Nolan is a successful astrophysicist who billionaire Fagan Harcourt has hired to lead his ten-year mission to colonize Mars.

At the top of his game, he is asked to be a guest of honor at the Science Expo in L.A. During his lecture, Darcie reenters his life and the awkward, self-conscious nerdy self is back.

Darcie is a professional astrologer with a psychic intuition. She’s searched out Nolan because she sensed that he was in danger and is pleased to see that Nolan has grown into a successful scientist with some serious sex appeal. With the man she’s destined—according to their star charts—to marry receiving death threats, Darcie must use her intuitive skills to keep them one step ahead of the villains.

The long-awaited eighth book in Thompson’s Nerd series, NERDS ARE FROM MARS does not live up to expectations. The story lacks the quirky charm of the previous novels and oversaturated with sex scenes.

While the buildup in the beginning of the book is well done and showed the growing bond between Nolan and Darcie, the book becomes derailed in the middle. The middle of the book is composed of sex scene after sex scene. They are well written, but they stop any forward momentum of the story. The amount of pages devoted to the sex also takes away from ending thus making the climax feel rushed.

Though disappointing, NERDS ARE FROM MARS shows some promise. If Vicki Lewis Thompson writes a ninth Nerd book, I will buy it and give it a chance in the hope that it might match the enjoyment I got from the first seven Nerd books.

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Review: Caroline and the Duke by Sabrina Darby

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On the insistence of her dear friend, Caroline, Lady Ballister decides to take a lover for a no strings attached affair. And what better candidate than the man who broke her heart ten years ago, the infamous rake John, Duke of Sutbridge, but he has other plans.

He has wanted Caroline for ten years and now that she’s a widow, John wants to make her his wife. Caroline doesn’t want to be trapped in marriage again. Sutbridge knows he has a lot of work ahead of him, but if he can get Caro to agree to be his wife, then it will be all worth it.

What many people don’t realize is that a short story is often harder to pull off than a full-length novel. An author has to pack a lot of story and a lot of love into only a few pages. Unfortunately, not everyone can pull it off.

Caroline and the Duke” feels like a novel, but not in a good way. The story felt long and plodding. The characters were boring and the heroine’s constant denial to marry Sutbridge seems too great in comparison to his declarations. In the end they only end up together due to jealousy caused by the manipulation perpetrated  by the heroine’s best friend who is also the hero’s sister.

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