Series: Nerds #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St Martin's Press on 30 May 2006
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Ally cares more about honing her photography skills than the large fortune that her grandmother bequeathed her, especially since the fortune comes with a very nerdy personal assistant (Mitchell Carruthers). She escapes to the wilds of Alaska to take photos of wolves and receive one-on-one tutoring from a professional photographer. Mitchell was actually hired as a Private Investigator and bodyguard but was forced to don a nerdy guise by Ally’s grandmother. He is determined to protect her from foes and herself.
Ally is fairly dismissive of Mitchell and irked that he followed her out to Alaska. She might be incredibly wealthy but she has managed to stay grounded and has quite a few moments of self doubt. Her passion for photography blinded her to danger on a number of occasions so she was lucky to have Mitchell around.
Mitchell has great difficulty maintaining his nerdy character as he is attracted to Ally and concerned for her safety. I liked his tenacity and willingness to be the butt of style jokes etc in order to protect her. It is fairly ironic that Mitchell has to draw on the nerdy tendencies he suppressed over the years to piece together what is happening.
The romance between the two is sweet but is often overshadowed by fairly eccentric cast of characters in the small town. Ally’s uncle has a ‘unique’ relationship with a woman named Vivian that is supposed to provide much of the humour but including S&M didn’t seem to fit the mould of the book.
This is a fairly light contemporary romance with two likeable characters. Overall, a fun and quick read.