Her Winning Formula: Hot & Nerdy # 3 by Shannyn Schroeder

Her Winning Formula: Hot & Nerdy # 3 by Shannyn Schroeder

Welcome to my stop for the 3rd installment in Shannyn Schroeder’s Hot & Nerdy series: Her Winning Formula. Read on for the excerpt, don’t forget to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $10.00 Amazon or B&N eGift Card or Print Bound copy of HER BEST SHOT and HER PERFECT GAME.

Book Review:

Felicity is the girl who has it all – and she is making the arrangments for all of her friends to join her in Texas over spring break.  The only problem with that is Layla is stranded in Georgia and Charlie is going to a HackCon.  So, Felicity is spending her last spring break of freedom alone.


Schroeder has developed these three friends solidly, and they all have brains and skills that are considered ‘nerdy’ by some, but are so well integrated that these are girls you want to know. Felicity is the chemistry major, and her biggest fear is to meet new people.

With her friends unable to join her, a meeting with a handsome stranger that is in need of a date to a wedding, Felicity decides to take a chance and go along with Lucas’ plan to pretend to be his girlfriend, if he does one thing for her.  She has always thought herself awkward and unable to meet men, so Lucas agrees he will help her in her quest to learn.

What we, and Lucas, see is that Felicity is no more incapable of meeting people than most of us are: it is her own insecurities that have her stymied.  Lucas finds her smart and attractive, and he is determined to serve as the guinea pig for her experiment.

This one was a little light on the characters and backstory, and could have used a bit more development in the relationship, but what we got was pure lighthearted vacation fun.  Their connection is electric and steamy, and their conversations and flirtation feel real and possible.  As a wrap up to the series, it fits the general feel and makes a nice conclusion to the stories from the three girls.

I read books 2 and 3 in succession, one after the other, and it was a wonderful diversion.  This is one of those 3 part series stories that would perfectly fill an afternoon when you need the diversion of a fun and happy romance.

Her Winning Formula: Hot & Nerdy # 3 by Shannyn Schroeder

Title: Her Winning Formula
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Kensington
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 112
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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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?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

The movie was filled with killing and explosions, but couldn’t hold his concentration. The mousy girl in the bed beside him kept grabbing his attention. And she wasn’t doing anything but reading silently. She didn’t even move her lips when she read, but her facial expressions changed. Her eyes would narrow or her forehead crinkled. Sometimes a sly smile snuck up on her. He didn’t know how he knew, but it was like it surprised her when it happened.

He couldn’t remember the last time he read anything for school that had him feeling any kind of emotion, much less what she was experiencing. He paused the movie. “What are you reading?”

She didn’t look up from the book, but answered, “Research.”

He tossed the remote on his bed and jumped onto her bed, jostling her in the process. “Come on. Research isn’t that fascinating. What are you really reading?”

Annoyance crossed her face with his intrusion. “It is research. I enjoy research.”

“Let me see.” He held out his hand for the reader.

“No.” She hugged it tight to her chest.

Now he had to know what it was. No one guarded research material. He crawled over to her, and she scooted farther back until she hit the headboard. “Let me see.”

“No. Now go away and watch your movie.”

“This is more interesting than the movie.” He eyed the way she held it to figure out the best way to snatch the device.

She turned to get out of bed, presumably to get away from him, giving him his opening to grab the reader. He moved fast, and she stood looking in disbelief. Her mouth hung open and fear entered her eyes, but she covered it quickly with anger as she crossed her arms.

He hadn’t yet looked down at the screen. “I’m just playing. If you really don’t want me to see this, I’ll stop.”

“Whatever. Do what you want.” She knelt on the bed and then sat, pulling her knees up to her chest. She bit her thumbnail.

He glanced down at the screen and began reading. He smiled. Felicity was reading a naughty book. “You’re reading porn?”

“It’s not porn. It’s erotica or erotic romance.”

“Chick porn.”

“You’re such a guy.” She grabbed her reader back and turned away from him.

“Why did you call it research? Why not say you’re reading a novel?”

“I am doing research.”

“Sex research?”

She looked over her shoulder and rolled her eyes.

“You don’t know…I mean….”

“Shut up, Lucas. I know how sex works. I’ve even had sex.”

“Then why research?”

She huffed and put the reader down on the bed. “These books aren’t just about the sex. They’re about human interaction, relationships. How people relate to each other and learn to understand each other.”

“That’s just part of life.”

“For people like you it is, not for me.”

“For people like me?”

“I’ve known you for less than a day, but I can tell that everyone likes you. You’re open and friendly, and you understand what people mean and what they need. I don’t. I don’t get any of that. I read these books because I get a picture of what normal people think when they see someone, how they interpret someone’s words or actions.”

He stared at her. He didn’t know what to say. 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. He lay down and rested on his elbow. “Does it turn you on?”

She rolled her eyes again. “Such a guy.”

She turned over on her stomach and went back to reading. He mimicked her pose and bumped his shoulder into hers. “You didn’t answer the question.”

“Sometimes,” she whispered.



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About Shannyn Schroeder

Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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