Synopsis: Protect the geek, that’s the job she’s been hired for, but little did this shewolf expect to fall for a man of science.
As a werewolf who hires out as a bodyguard, Lexie is paid well to perform dangerous jobs that sometimes involve taking off her clothes. When she takes on the protection of a science geek for a vampire clan, she doesn’t expect her temporary girlfriend status to come with lots of pleasure. But a geeky human who pushes all her right buttons—and plays her body oh so right—isn’t reason enough for her to break the rules and fall in love.
Everything changes after an incident in the lab, but before she can decide if it’s safe to give him her heart, she has to help him survive.
Miss Anna Key says: In this novella Eva Langlais reverses the stereotypical model and delivers a story of a strong, dominating female werewolf Lexie falling for a physically weaker being, namely a human scientist, Anthony. I seriously should have been warned off by the title itself but for whatever reason I dived right into it, head first.
Lexie makes her living working as a spy, an assassin, a bodyguard, a life heavily frowned upon by her parents, the leaders of the local werewolf pack. Her new assignment sounds simple enough. To protect a scientist working for one of the vampire clans during a scientific conference. Anthony has been trying to discover a vaccine which would enable the vampires to walk during daylight. He is unaware of the true nature of his employer and assigns his allergy to sun to a rare blood condition. At last, after 3 years of research, the solution seems elusively close enough. However, when a beautiful woman accidentally bumps into him in the hotel’s lobby he’s a goner and Lexie has no difficulty in seducing the poor guy and by keeping him in her bed, protecting him from numerous assassin of a vampire, werewolf and Fae variety. Her assignment soon enters a dangerous region of mutual fascination and unquenched passion; however, Lexie knows that as a werewolf she can never lose control or she might just mark Anthony as her mate and claim him with a lot of claw-tooth action involved. A mating he might not survive.
Let me begin with pointing out the good sides to story. As with her other novellas, Eve Langlais has a true talent for simple, fast paced and erotically charged stories. They are truly enjoyable and quick reads, perfect for an evening with a glass of wine when you just want to unwind after a busy day. She doesn’t waste time on unnecessary descriptions, complications to the main storyline, etc. The reader is swept away into the unravelling events from Page 1 and the plot is kept at a good pace thought each book. The sexual tension between the characters is captivating and allows to overlook the more corny or less cohesive parts of the story. In The Geek Job such an element was the final solution to the inability to form a bond between a werewolf and a human. In the final scenes, Anthony injects himself with the DNA strands of a werewolf and a vampire ultimately becoming the alpha male which Lexie finally submits to. I found it a bit of a simplistic solution, but then taking into account the length of the story I don’t believe a more sophisticated answer would fit the word limit.
As for the bad parts, they really only apply if you are a touchy geek like me. First of all, it’s the confusing jumble and intermixing of the words “nerd” and “geek”. I won’t go into great details here reserving it for my next post (Nerds vs Geeks), but believe me dear Authors – there’s a difference albeit a fine one. Having said that, I know that I could have still enjoyed the story if not for the over-abundance of both terms in the text. On almost every other page we feast upon phrases like “geeky scientist” (buttery butter), “bossy geek”, “geeky lover” (does it mean awkward in ars amandi or is he reading Star Trek spin-offs before turning in?), “geeky body” and the worst of all, “giant scientist”. Seriously? So the guy is tall and has a beautifully toned body, but then why the term “geeky body”? It brings to mind a rather smallish, gauntly figure sort of like Captain America before the transformation. And finally, I don’t believe that Anthony would actually refer to himself as an “uninteresting geek”. Not in front of a woman of his dreams. The same issue I had with female heroines in other Langlais’s books: would you really refer to yourself as “chubby” in front of a man who clearly worships your curves, turns your private parts into a raging inferno and yourself into a bubbling idiot?
I’m aware that this review is a bit harsh and I’m sorry for that. The above criticism is mainly aimed at a misuse of certain nouns introduced by the pop-culture which somehow replaced other, more suitable adjectives. However, if you can overlook this more of a linguistic twitch I’m sure you will still enjoy the exciting play of two strong characters, erotically charged scenes and a fast-paced storyline. Especially on a particularly cold and rainy afternoon.