Title: Girl on Geek: A Lesbian Romance
Author Name: Mia Archer
Publication Date & Length: September 9, 2015 – 202 pgs
I felt like I was standing on the edge of a cliff ready to admit my own sexuality, ready to jump, but she seemed terrified of jumping with me.
What sort of future did we really have if she was too afraid to tell the world the truth about who she was?
School, writing, and gaming. That’s all Amber had time for, and not necessarily in that order. Romance wasn’t a complication she needed, online or off!
All she wanted from life was go to her creative writing classes during the day and blow off steam role-playing with friends in the juggernaut online game Tales of Elassa at night. Love was the last thing she was looking for, especially with another woman!
Only life had other plans for the geeky gamer girl who closed off her heart. Because romance is coming for her in the form of Kaira, a strangely compelling woman she meets in-game who has a way of turning a phrase that goes straight to Amber’s heart and heats her up in a way no man ever has online or in the real world!
But is it real? Amber’s about to find out when her whirlwind online romance that spills over into the real world in a major way as she’s pulled into a geeky Cinderella story at the biggest convention in the world with her mysterious online stranger acting as Princess Charming!
The geek girl wasn’t looking for love, but will she let it in when it comes looking for her?
I read this title through the Kindle Unlimited program.
I have to admit that there were a lot of things in this book that I loved. First, of course, I’m a sucker for romance, and at its most basic, this was a sweet girl on girl romance. Second, I’m a bit of a geek and a bit of a gamer myself. There were a lot of scenes in this book that struck a chord with me on that level. If you’ve never lost yourself in countless hours of playing an online rpg (role-playing game), you may not understand the complete immersion into the game/world that’s involved. If you have been swept into one of those games, devoted countless hours to advancing your levels via quest, crafting, raiding, and achievements, then you will understand the two main characters in this book. They meet online, in the game. There’s a connection there, that each can’t quite ignore, and as they get to know each other, neither wants to ignore it. The third thing that resonated with me, is that both characters are authors, and both are having a problem writing. Some of the things Mia Archer includes in there about writing just made me feel like she knew what I was going through, trying to believe in my own writing.
Now, to explain why I couldn’t give that last half star. One, it is a bit predictable. You pretty much figure out the identity of the mystery person almost immediately. Shrug. That didn’t really bother me that much. There’s too much to enjoy about the story. Two, it’s a bit cheesy/unbelievable. There’s a very big suspension of belief to believe that the mystery person would even try to meet someone in that way. So what? There’s a suspension of belief in almost every story. And three, for two people for whom writing is such an integral part of their being, I found it a little dismaying that the plot point of the struggling grad student trying to write her first novel kind of got pushed to the back burner by the end of the book. I wish there had been something, even just a slight mention, near the end of the book about her dreams of writing. Still, half a star off for such slight problems seems a bit much. It’s almost close enough to perfect to hit a five star for me. Definitely a book I will be reading again in the future.
Hi! My name’s Mia and I’m a writer of lesbian romance books that usually have a slightly geeky theme to them. I hope you have as much fun reading my books as I do writing them!