The Geek Girl Squad: Olivia by Jasmine C. Caldwell
Series: The Geek Girl Squad #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Fake it ‘til you make it...
Olivia counts herself lucky to have a steady job in graphic design. She's focused on climbing the ladder, but her mom keeps hounding her about finding a man. In an effort to keep her from matchmaking, Olivia lies and says she's seeing someone. Now her mom insists she introduce this boyfriend to the family at the big reunion, but how is she supposed to bring someone who doesn't exist?
After his last girlfriend betrayed him, Jake wants nothing to do with relationships. Most women look at him and only see the jock. The thing is, he has a nerdy secret: his love of anime. He can’t jeopardize his reputation as a sports anchor. After meeting Olivia at a work picnic, he’s completely smitten. When Olivia comes to him, worried about showing up dateless to the family reunion, he offers to stand in as her fake boyfriend – but he wishes it were real.
Can a smart, ambitious woman, and a closet otaku-jock fake it long enough to make a lasting connection?
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This was the first book I read by Jasmine C. Caldwell, and I can tell you it won’t be my last. Her storytelling is excellent. We get all the details we need without getting bogged down by things we don’t. She builds both her characters and her world well. The flow is easy to read and runs smoothly. Not once did I feel like the storyline was dragging.
Olivia is your typical woman in her twenties trying to establish a career with the thoughts of family and children coming later. She is a member of a geek girl squad that has remained close after college. They have board game nights and attend anime cons together, which I loved. I loved that Olivia didn’t hide who she was, even though she had past boyfriends that wanted her to. Jake was just as great! As a television anchor, we see him one way, but I loved that he has a secret passion for anime. He and Olivia honestly couldn’t have been more perfect together.
This was a quick read, but it really showcases how important it is for us to have our “square”. That group of people who encourage us to always be ourselves, no matter what. This was certainly a great read and one I know y’all will love.
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