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Review: The Geek Billionaire Makeover by Theresa Meyers

The Geek Billionaire Makeover (Sexy in Seattle #1) by Theresa Meyers
Contemporary Romance, Geek
Releases: August 18th
Ebook (158 pages, INDULGENCE)
She wanted revenge. He wanted the only thing he couldn't have—her.
Image consultant Caroline Parker is willing to resort to corporate espionage to get revenge on Seattle tech billionaire CEO Joshua Martin. He may be king of the computing world now, but when they knew each other in high school, he was just the geeky friend of her younger brother she refused to date.
To successfully launch his new venture, Aeon Industries, Josh’s got to shake off his geek veneer and get into beast mode, and he needs her help to do it. Josh always thought the brass ring was his next big business coup, but once he sees Caroline again, he realizes that old desire to have her has never waned. Now he’s determined to make her his, no matter what the cost.
Caroline knows she can create a superstar from the geek, but she's got a deeper reason to sign on for the job. Helping Josh remake his image gives her an opportunity to get close to him--and get her hands on the plans for Aeon that could save her brother from a ruthless blackmailer. But as Josh's image makeover takes hold, and she starts to fall for her creation, she realizes too late that her venture into espionage could ruin more far more than Josh’s empire.
Author Site: website

You can take the geek out of the billionaire but... (4 stars)

My last read featuring a geek character as one of the protagonists was a total bust for me so I was really wary going into THE GEEK BILLIONAIRE MAKEOVER. I mean, the title alone made me nervous because I hate the idea of a geek character being forced to change who they are to succeed at something. Thank goodness my fears were unfounded.

Meyers weaves a slightly over-the-top back story for Caroline and Josh that puts them somewhat at a chance for revenge against one another for past hurts. As Caroline goes about helping Josh work his way out of his frumpy recluse image into a better balance between nerdy dreamer and business man she begins to see that there's parts of him she could love. Josh on the other hand is quick to decide his original plan might be the right one for his business but not for his heart.

It's sweet and funny with just enough Star Wars references to prove the geek cred and plenty of spice between Josh and Caroline to tantalize romance readers. I'm not often one to press her cheek into her palm and sigh dreamily as I read but there was just something charming and delightful about their banter and the imminent falling for one another that felt like I was watching a movie... tropey romances rarely do that for me. If you like a nerdy hero that has the brains and ambition with the body to pull off a suit you will adore Josh and be thrilled he finally gets the girl he crushed on all those years ago.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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