Read from July 20th - 23rd, 2015.
(Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
From Goodreads: For three months, Lydia Bell has watched Craig, her best friend and the love of her life, be in a happy relationship with someone else. But she’s over it. Or thinks she is until she hears Craig’s voice on the phone. Desperate to put her romantic feelings behind, she joins her roommates for a night out. Maybe she’ll meet someone.
And meet someone she does—a guy named Scott, who looks a lot like Craig. Despite their awkward introduction, flaming arrows fly, and soon Lydia is running off the dance floor to get away from feelings she shouldn’t have. So much for getting over Craig, and so much for Scott.
Until Monday morning, that is. Turns out Scott goes to her school. Worse, they share a class. As if that’s not weird enough, Scott is also trying to get over someone. To help both Lydia and himself, he proposes a fling, and reluctantly, Lydia agrees. Now she just has to hope this fling rules and doesn’t crash into a fiery mountain.
I received a request from the author to review this book, and as a massive Lord of the Rings fan, I was intrigued by the title. With a title like that, geeky references are to be expected, and I wasn't disappointed in that respect.
Lydia is in love with Craig, but unfortunately for her, he has a girlfriend. Similarly, Scott is in love with Cathy, yet she doesn't seem interested in him. After being forced to go to a club by her roommates, Lydia bumps into Scott, literally, but leaves almost immediately. In order to try to hide her feelings for Craig, she lies to her friends and says that more happened with Scott than is true. She doesn't see the harm since she doesn't believe she'll ever see him again. As luck would have it, it turns out he's actually in one of her classes. After finding out that they're both in similar situations, Scott suggest a fling, and Lydia, surprisingly, agrees, but things don't work out the way they originally planned.
I enjoyed the relationship between Lydia and Scott, and I also liked the relationship Lydia has with her friends. As gamers, geeky references abound, including ones from the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, among others.
I would have liked a little more background info for a couple of Lydia's friends, but I believe this is a series, so maybe we get more info in other books. I did enjoy the character development of the main characters, however, and I was happy with the way things were resolved.
This was a quick and enjoyable read, and I would recommend to those who enjoy light romances - especially ones with well-written, geeky characters, and a multitude of Tolkien references.
While not perfect, I find myself still thinking of these characters three days later, and I am interested in reading more about them. I hope the author continues to tell their stories, and I will definitely check out any other books she writes.
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