Nov 25, 2014

*Review* Her Winning Formula by Shannyn Schroeder

Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction…
Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…
Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?

I received a copy of this story from NetGalley for an honest review.

The Hot & Nerdy Series by author Shannyn Schroeder has been a refreshing set of novella’s where the leading ladies are as equally equipped with smarts as they are with beauty. The hotties they find that show them life outside of intellectual pursuits do not hurt the stories either. I was excited to check out the series conclusion, Her Winning Formula.

Felicity Stone has the smarts to be at the top of her class at Harvard, it’s just basic social skills she’s
never been able to master. Felicity’s only social support comes from her two BFF’s Layla and Charlie and she desperately needs some time with them before the three start their new post-college lives. When Felicity’s recommendation for a last minute Spring Break trip to Texas implodes leaving her on her own, the brainiac is left with no clue what to do.

Lucas Tanner wants to get through his brother’s wedding and quickly and painlessly as possible.
Unfortunately he knows that is going to be impossible with his catty ex as one of the bridesmaids. When he finds out the quiet beauty next to him on the plane is on her own Lucas comes up with the perfect plan – fake girlfriend. Lucas gets a reason to keep his ex at bay and Felicity gets someone to keep her company.

Things seem win, win until the harmless charade quickly spirals out of the couple’s control. Will Felicity be smart enough to pick up the signals when Lucas stops wanting to pretend and to start getting real?

What I Loved: Her Winning Formula is a quick and easy read that I polished off in one sitting. Leads Felicity and Lucas are likeable and there is sweetness to their romance that helps you root for them. Felicity struggles with a lot of self-doubt and I truly felt for her character.

What I Didn’t Love: Her Winning Formula didn’t have the same spark and energy for me that I
experienced in the first two Hot & Nerdy books (Her Best Shot and Her Perfect Game). I wanted a little more growth for both Lucas and Felicity and their ending felt a tad rushed.

Favorite Quotes:

“During the course of speaking, she opened up. Her body language relaxed, and she was in the moment, not worrying about anything. She was honest and vulnerable. It was pretty fucking sexy.”

“But looking into Lucas’s eyes undid her. This was more than just different. It was special, but she didn’t even know how or why.”

The Hot & Nerdy Series has been a lot of fun and even though Her Winning Formula is not my favorite of the three novella series, I do recommend checking it out.

Happy reading.

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