by Madeline Iva
Hello, my pretties! With the holidays comes the new Star Wars movie. This movie franchise spawned a new era for geeks across the land. Talk about “A New Hope”. With the dawn of Star Wars Geeks found their pride and a sense of belonging–even if it was to a galaxy far, far away. This is when geeks planted their freak flag in the quivering materialistic flesh of the eighties and we’ve never been the same since.
Star Wars came out in ’77 and became a phenomenon. Empire Strikes Back came out in 1980 and became a way of life. Trekkie fans, always lurking in the counter-cultural backwaters, suddenly found their mojo too. No more kicking sand in the face of your introverted, technically inclined. Computers started popping up across universities, banks started using banking cards, (I know, I know, it’s hard to imagine not having a bank card isn’t it?) and games started coming with batteries. We suddenly had computers everywhere, and needed people to program them, fix them, but most of all, explain them to us.
We here at Lady Smut are all for the good side of geekiness–especially, in it’s hotter, intelligent, and more sensitive incarnations. If you have embraced your inner geek–or, hey, maybe the outer geek lying in bed right next to you–then here are five wonderful recommendations for the holidays that you’ll probably enjoy verrrah much.
A methodical aspergers savant uses a scientific approach when lookin’ for love. Hilarity ensues.
This a great gift for the person in your life who is geek-positive, but is otherwise gift challenged. While this book is indeed a romance, it’s very much along the lines of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME — another great book for that hard to shop for person in your life. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. It’s appropriate for men, for grandparents or teens–for anybody with a sense of humor who would enjoy a light read.
Geekness comes in a wide variety of romance flavors. Here are a few other recommendations for romances with a geeky hero.
CRAZY, SEXY, GHOULISH by G.G. Andrew
A former mean girl who’s embraced her inner monster encounters the now-totally-hot geek she used to torment.
I’m sticking this at the top of the list, not just because it’s another book that you could share with whomever in your life appreciates that Buffy world of New Adult without blushing, but also because it was one of my two top favorite reads this year. It’s sexy and charming, but on the sweeter side when it comes to the smexy. Our geeky hero is a worthy catch, and the heroine a force to be reckoned. This is a story I’ll be re-reading for sure. It takes place at Halloween time, so it’s a perfect palate cleanser for those already in saccharine Xmas overload.
HOW TO TELL A LIE by Delphine Dryden
Two people bonded in a world-of-warcraft relationship realize they’ve been working within sight of each other the whole time. After getting sexually intimate online, they see if they can handle face to face romance.
If hot academic geek romance is your thing (it’s definitely mine), you’ll really like this quick, enjoyable, well-written romance.
ICE PLANET BARBARIANS by Ruby Dixon
Kidnapped by evil aliens and shipwrecked on an ice planet, the heroine is saved from death by a big furry blue hero who experiences insta-lurv for her. Hot sex follows.
Barbarella meets Earth Girls Are Easy in this light s/f romance series. Quick and heartfelt–what I enjoyed most about Dixon’s story is the troubles-with-tribbles kind of fun in a baby-it’s-cold-outside world.
THE PROFESSOR by Charlotte Stein
A professor provokes his precocious college student after she accidentally turns in a filthy sexual fantasy about the two of them instead of her home work assignment.
A bit more of a broody read than the others, I could not help imagining Matthew McFayden in this role. Our hero is literally buttoned up, with a passionate, seething inner world of Big Sad, that comes bubbling out as he finds love for the first time.
Enjoy! And follow us at Lady Smut for more geeky fun in the New Year.