Her Winning Formula
Hot & Nerdy # 3
By: Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing November 24th, 2014
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?
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“Hey, Felicity, it’s Lucas.”
She rolled her eyes. “I have caller ID.”
“Sorry. I just wanted to apologize for the message earlier.”
He still sounded weird. “Is your mother making you call me again?”
He laughed and she relaxed. “No. I’m glad you could tell she put me up to that call. We went out to lunch and everyone was looking for you. You made quite the impression last night.”
She closed her eyes with a groan and thought of the many ways she might’ve embarrassed him as she sank back to the chair. Her comment to Becky led the list. Becky had probably already shared her crude remark with everyone just to prove how “unfixable” she was.
“What was that for? Everyone loved you.”
Her eyes popped open. “What?”
“Everyone who spoke to you loved you. They said things like you’re a charming girl.”
She laughed. And laughed. And then laughed some more until she doubled over. Lucas’s voice murmured in her lap where she’d dropped her phone, bringing her back to reality. She scooped up the phone and placed it against her ear. “I’m here,” she said breathlessly. Grin in place, she took a steadying breath.
“Are you okay?” he asked.
Another slow inhale before responding. “I haven’t laughed that hard in forever. Are you serious? Your family loved me?”
“According to my mom, yeah. That’s why she wants you to come to dinner tomorrow.”
“I guess I’m a pretty good actress then.” She paused because she knew she never would’ve pulled it off if it hadn’t been for him. “And you’re a miracle worker. No one has ever been able to give me the magic formula for social interaction. Thank you.”
“No, thank you. I don’t know if I would’ve survived the wedding without you.”
He got quiet suddenly, and her stomach tightened. She stood and braced her elbows on the rail.
“Why did you leave this morning?”
She considered hanging up. She could probably get away with it and just ignore him if he called back. But in her mind, she saw his smiling face, and she didn’t want to do that to him.
“Didn’t you have fun? I thought it was good for you too.”
Crap. He thought the sex wasn’t good? She swallowed a chuckle. “Just the opposite. It was amazing.”
“Then why sneak out?”
“I wasn’t really sneaking.” Liar. “You looked tired, and I didn’t want to wake you. Plus, my commitment to you as your date was officially over.”
He didn’t sound like he believed her. It was the same sound Charlie and Layla made when they wanted to call her a liar but were trying to be nice.
“I guess I need to hold up my end of the bargain then.”
“You asked me to help you pick up guys. I’ll meet you at your hotel at seven. We’ll have dinner and our first lesson.”
“But—” Her phone bleeped at her to signify he’d hung up. She plopped back into her chair. What was that about? He had to know that she didn’t really expect him to teach her how to pick up guys, especially after last night. Even she wasn’t so dense to think that was a good idea.
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SSchroeder_Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6575201.Shannyn_Schroeder
Cute story about Lucas, a teacher who seems to have the ability to fix the problems of those around him, and Felicity, a chemistry major who has book smarts but lacks the ability on interpreting human behavior and interactions.
I love the interactions and chemistry between Felicity and Lucas, although I really didn't get to see Felicity's lack of knowledge when it came to talking with other people. Maybe because Lucas sort of coached her before each outing? She more than held her own at the wedding reception when up against Lucas' ex. She also seemed comfortable enough with Lucas that we really didn't get to see any discomfort around him. To me, I got sense that Felicity is more of a literal person and doesn't know how to think outside the box (my youngest daughter shows some of the same characteristics of Felicity).
The events of this story flowed well enough that even though this only takes place over 3 days, it's still an enjoyable ride, and there are only a couple of sexytime scenes, but each one is hella hot!
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.