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Series: Hot & Nerdy #3
Publisher: eKensington on November 24, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction…
Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…
Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Chemistry major Felicity planned on spending her spring break with her best friends Charlie and Layla, but their plans have been upended, and the socially awkward braniac finds herself vacationing on her own. When the gorgeous man next to her on the flight asks her to stand in as his date at his brother’s wedding, she’s worried about being able to pull off the charade. But what she should really be worried about is her attraction and growing friendship with Lucas.
Felicity’s a smart girl, but she has trouble interpreting the subtle social nuances that the rest of the world finds so easy, and its led her to rely on her two best friends for comfortable human interaction. Without them, she’s not so much clueless as she is afraid of messing up, and it’s that fear that keeps her from falling into step with the rest of society.
Lucas is of course drop-dead gorgeous, but he’s also genuinely kind and guileless, and while Felicity sees herself as socially stunted, he sees her efforts at normal social graces as endearing, a reflection of the truly good person she is. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she’s a beautiful girl, and her need for some kind of guidance opens the door for him, so to speak.
Their relationship is simply adorable, beginning as two people facing awkward social situations and trying to help each other out, and then moving into strong attraction territory. Between Lucas’s nice guy persona and Felicity’s obliviousness to his interest in her, things are slow to take off, but their chemistry is sizzling, and the innocent way in which their relationship develops is fun to watch.
Instead of insta-love, a friendly dependency is the catalyst for their pseudo-pairing, and as things grow between them, it feels more genuine than the usual stories of instant attraction, social manipulation, and all that jazz. Her Winning Formula is a sweet, rather angst-free romance that avoids the saccharine fluff trap most quick reads like this fall into. Despite its novella length, the relationship develops at an unhurried pace, making the inevitable happily ever after that more believable.