Title: Gentlemen Prefer Nerds
Author: Joan Kilby
Pub. Date: March, 2012
Summary: Self-professed nerd Maddie Maloney is an expert on jewels. Jewel thieves are another matter entirely! So when a mysterious Englishman warns her that a thief known as The Chameleon is after the rare pink diamond on display in her aunt’s shop, she tells herself it’s just a joke. Even if she can’t get Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome out of her mind…
But Fabian Montgomery doesn’t give up easily. He’s everywhere she goes, convinced the thief will strike. And when the diamond does go missing-and Maddie is suspected of stealing it-he whisks her away from the police and together they pursue The Chameleon.
Fabian plunges her into a glamorous world far from her humble workshop and transforms geeky Maddie into a sophisticated siren capable of espionage. Her mission: to seduce The Chameleon and steal back the diamond.
But Fabian isn’t telling her everything-like who he works for, and why he’s so interested in The Chameleon…
After my disaster of a first experience with chick-lit I was a little hesitant to make another attempt. However, Gentlemen Prefer Nerds sounded like a book that would be right up my alley. Maddie is a gemologist and works at her aunt’s jewelry store. While working on her PhD Maddie happened to discover a whopping 28 carat pink diamond and it set the gem world on fire.
The Rose (named after Maddie – Rose being her middle name) is first unveiled to the world at the jewelry store since Maddie was the one to find it then it’s to be sent to a sultan who was more than happy to pay the hefty $20 million to add it to her personal collection. Unfortunately, there are others who also wish to own the diamond who aren’t willing to pay such a large sum. Or any sum at all, for that matter.
While working at the store one day, Maddie is surprised when a complete stranger manages to break in and tell her the Chameleon has his eye on the diamond and will be around at some point to steal it. No big deal.
Naturally Maddie doesn’t believe a word of it. However, on the day of the unveiling, the real diamond has been replaced with a near identical replica and Maddie is the number one suspect.
Gentlemen Prefer Nerds reads a LOT like a cozy mystery (and you know I’m all about cozies!). There wasn’t any point in the story where I was bored or felt the pace had slowed. This is a short, fun novel that can easily be read in an afternoon.
I’m normally not a big fan of dual narratives, but I enjoyed it in this book. I knew Fabian wasn’t being entirely true with Maddie and I wanted to know what was really going on. The “big reveal” had me eye-rolling a bit unfortunately.
The author definitely took the time to do her research and it shows. There are multiple points throughout the novel where Maddie starts spouting gem jargon, but not once did I feel overwhelmed.
Keep in mind: this is a makeover book and yes, there’s the token ‘getting-rid-of-the-glasses’ moment (just once I’d like to see the girl keep her glasses! GLASSES ARE COOL, GUYS!).
The end felt a bit rushed, but overall Gentlemen Prefer Nerds was fun and a lovely little summer read.