{Blog Tour | Book Review} ROMANCING THE NERD by Leah Rae Miller

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{Blog Tour | Book Review} ROMANCING THE NERD by Leah Rae Miller

{Blog Tour | Book Review} ROMANCING THE NERD by Leah Rae MillerRomancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Nerd #2
Published by Entangled Teen on April 5th 2016
Genres: Love & Romance, Music, Performing Arts, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Amazon four-stars
Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voilà...Mr. Popular. It's definitely weird. And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams. A band geek with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts's “coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it's time for a little revenge—dork style. Never mind that she used to have a crush on him. Never mind that her plan could backfire big time. It's time to roll the dice...and hope like freakin' hell she doesn't lose her heart in the process.

For the girl with multiple Doctor Who shirts, first edition Harry Potter books, and the one who squealed with delight when she saw Serenity was on Netflix (even though I still haven’t watched it), this book is a dream come true. Seriously, even if you’re not into romance, the nerd and fangirl references will have you laughing out loud and wanting more. I literally busted out laughing when Zelda made reference to Mal’s pink bonnet (if you don’t get it, I’m so sorry) and swooned when she mentioned a Harry Potter-inspired tattoo on the bicep of a certain basketball player. The pop culture references for any and all things nerd is at an all-time high in Romancing the Nerd, and you’d be crazy to not snatch up your copy.

From the first page, Dan Garrett had my attention. His outlook on popular was cynical—yet, he had it in his back pocket. I met the talented basketball player at the height of his high school career, shooting three-pointers like his life depended on it, and slowly saw the nerd hiding behind James Dean-worthy hair and a confident, I know something you don’t smirk. Since the book switched from Dan to Zelda, I saw him two different ways: through his eyes, the guy that knew the nerd still lived inside of him, and from Zelda’s point of view, the woman scorned. It would be wonderful to say that I had mixed emotions about him, but since I got inside his head, I couldn’t help but love him, even when he had the tendency to say the wrong thing…well, a lot.

Zelda was spunky and didn’t let other’s opinions dictate what she wore, how she acted, and the things that she enjoyed. Sarcastic and full of revenge, I had a smile on my face whenever she was telling the story. This girl had a tough skin, and I enjoyed seeing her more vulnerable side. I liked witnessing the after of her relationship with Dan—after he hurt her, after they hadn’t spoken and had barely made eye contact since he slimmed down and joined the popular populace. Stubborn to the bone, Zelda didn’t want her heart to get in the way of her common sense, and I found it easy to relate to her and stay on her side, even when Dan did make my heart melt.

I would have loved to know some more of the minor characters a little better, like her best friend, Beth, and her sister, Cara. However, it doesn’t get much better than Maddie, and I can’t believe I haven’t read her story yet in The Summer I Became a Nerd (currently adding it to my never-ending TBR list). She is practically my inner thoughts whenever I have or see that perfect movie-worthy moment—yes, Maddie, running to get popcorn is totally necessary. And to have people who put up with it? Girl, I totally get you. I have to read her story now!

Romancing the Nerd belongs on any fangirl or fanboy’s shelf. Throw in Firefire and Doctor Who references alongside the perfect lightsaber moment, and I’m totally game. There’s a lot of laughter involved, as well as some sweet, romantic moments, tossed next to heavier subjects such as being different and what it means to stand out for something that you love—and that’s okay. Nerding out never did sound so good!

Moriah (1)

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Read the first book in the series, The Summer I Became a Nerd! I’m patiently *cough* anxiously *cough* awaiting my copy (of course I finally used an Amazon gift card to snatch it up!) – I loved Maddie and Logan in Romancing the Nerd and can’t wait to see how their love story began. {Moriah}



14744489The Summer I Became A Nerd (Nerd, #1):


On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.


Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.


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Read below for an excerpt from Zelda’s POV:

A tingle runs down my spine and stops in my stomach where it seems to bounce around, ping-ponging all over the place. My determination melts away and I grin. It’s a familiar grin, the kind that happens when a gif of a hot guy holding a puppy pops up on my Tumblr feed. But it feels unfamiliar in these circumstances. In real life. Caused by and directed at him.


Read below for an excerpt from Dan’s POV:

One side of Zelda’s mouth lifts in a defiant grin and her hazel eyes go from plain to nebula-like. My mind is telling me that the attraction I’m feeling can be chalked up to hormones and instinct. The rest of me just wants to see if her lip gloss doesn’t only smell like cotton candy but tastes like it, too.



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About Leah Rae Miller

Mother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Louisiana. I love fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies. THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD released Summer 2013 and ROMANCING THE NERD released in Spring 2016 from Entangled Teen.

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