Top Off Tuesday: Beauty and the Geek Style

Posted 14 October, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Top Off Tuesday | 32 Comments


Come on, y’all, and play with us on Top Off Tuesday! Hosted by On a Book Bender, Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, and Smitten with Reading, Top Off Tuesday features some of the best topless covers out there (and some pretty darned hilarious ones, too).

Come on, take off those glasses. Yeah, that’s right. Now, shake out that librarian-style bun…oh, wait. That’s sexy librarian I’m thinking of not sexy geek billionaire.

Top Off Tuesday: Beauty and the Geek StyleThe Geek Billionaire Makeover by Theresa Meyers
Published by Macmillan on August 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 207

She wanted revenge. He wanted the only thing he couldn't have—her. Image consultant Caroline Parker is willing to resort to corporate espionage to get revenge on Seattle tech billionaire CEO Joshua Martin. He may be king of the computing world now, but when they knew each other in high school, he was just the geeky friend of her younger brother she refused to date.

To successfully launch his new venture, Aeon Industries, Josh’s got to shake off his geek veneer and get into beast mode, and he needs her help to do it. Josh always thought the brass ring was his next big business coup, but once he sees Caroline again, he realizes that old desire to have her has never waned. Now he’s determined to make her his, no matter what the cost.

Caroline knows she can create  a superstar from the geek, but she's got a deeper reason to sign on for the job. Helping Josh remake his image gives her an opportunity to get close to him--and get her hands on the plans for Aeon that could save her brother from a ruthless blackmailer. But as Josh's image makeover takes hold, and she starts to fall for her creation, she realizes too late that her venture into espionage could ruin more far more than Josh’s empire.

It’s because of the title I picked up this book. Geeks? Yay. Oh, and he’s a billionaire? Well, I’m almost to the point of saturation when it comes to billionaires but he’s a geek. How could I pass that up?

Verdict: enjoyable. I had to suspend disbelief in a couple of parts (the blackmail…I’d hope she’d fight it a bit more rather than just shrugging and doing what she was blackmailed to do. Why do they never go to the cops?), I liked the story as a whole. I don’t want to pick it apart because the book won’t hold up to that level of criticism. It’s more of a read-and-enjoy kind of book, one that can easily be read in an afternoon. I’m picturing a breezy cabana somewhere by sparkling blue water with plenty of frosty adult beverages and some skimpily dressed cabana boys with rippling abs who barely speak English (just because I merely want to ogle and read rather than conversate.). Cheers, y’all!

P.S. I’ve been a sucky poster, commenter AND responder these past weeks. I’m going to be horrible this week, too. October is a favorite month but, boy howdy, it’s hella busy this year and I just don’t have time. Grr. It’s frustrating, you know? Hopefully, next week will be back on track and then I can return the love. Hey, think we can add in a couple more hours in the day for reading, blogging and general goofing off? Maybe if we start a petition…

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32 Responses to “Top Off Tuesday: Beauty and the Geek Style”

  1. “I don’t want to pick it apart because the book won’t hold up to that level of criticism.”

    LOVE that Mary! Sometimes you just need to roll with a story and curb the impulse to look at it too closely. When you do that, you’re bound to find myriad flaws:) The title totally has me sold on this one too! Yes to geeks.
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  2. With so many billionaire contemporary romances hitting shelves as of late, I just can’t justify adding a so-so one to my eReader. The story needs to stand-out in the sea of other titles available, and this one doesn’t seem to have accomplished that. Thanks for the heads-up about the commenting; I’ve been wondering where you’ve been. 😀
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  3. This sounds fun! I do love the idea of a sexy geek just waiting to go into “beast mode” but I agree with you, I’m almost completely over billionaires. Also the blackmail plot sounds a bit tough to believe but I’m willing to go for it during a fun afternoon of reading (especially if I can do it in in a breezy cabana like the one you’re imagining :D). Great ToT!

  4. OK I’m TOTALLY into the glasses thing. I’m a little bummed that this book doesn’t hold together too well, but knowing I need to just read and enjoy is helpful information.

    I have missed you dearie, but goodness knows I’m having trouble staying present online. Also, I read a book this weekend that made me think of you. Put GIRL BEFORE A MIRROR by Liza Palmer on your TBR. The heroine goes to a romance convention to judge a male model competition. SO much FUN. Plus it’s a really insightful, empowering book. xo
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  5. I’d love a few extra hours added for reading, blogging and commenting! I love a sexy geek, unfortunately this sounds like it didn’t quite meet your expectations. Still, a fun quick breezy read is all good, too. Great review, Mary! 🙂
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