Nerdy Little Secret
by: Carrie Aarons
A hotmess falls for the hot nerd. This is a great summer read that will give you all the hot feels!
Jolie is a complete mess. Rich, entitled and beautiful – yes, but her life has spun out of control to the point where she is on academic probation and had to serve community service. She is living a lie to keep up her image which is just one more thing to add to her ever growing dumpster fire. The one good thing she really has if Mick Barrett, the boy she met at summer camp where she began her community service, but unlike her feelings for him that she can’t seem to stop, her lies for why she was there are just beginning.
Mick has been driven and working hard to achieve his goal to go to medical school for as long as he can remember. Going to summer camp was his one concession to his parents to actually stop and have fun. He had no idea he’d meet someone like Jolie or the feelings that would follow. However, the summer ended and he never thought he’d see her again, so when he begins a new college in the fall he’s shocked to see her on campus, but that’s not what stuns him the most, she basically treats him like he doesn’t exist and after how close they were over the summer he gets a look at the real Jolie.
While Jolie is on probation she needs help getting back into college and Mick agrees to help tutor her much to his own astonishment considering her initial treatment of him. Jolie has a lot of apologizing to do, but it does come at a cost of him knowing part of her secret, so things do even out, sort of. While Mick holds the power to blow up her entire world, at his core he’s a nice guy, so the chances of him doing so are small, but who likes giving anyone power, right?
While they both agree to keep things casual, nothing more should come of a relationship since Mick has a lot on his plate too, pushing himself to the brink of classes, an internship, tutoring Jolie, and keeping up with his father’s illness (the reason he’s entering the medical field) Mick runs thin. Anyone could break under the pressure, even the nicest guy in the world.
Two opposites who actually ground each other, complete each other, but they each have to figure out what’s more important as they face their future. Whether it’s together or apart.
I’m sleeping with the nerd.
The nice guy.
The science geek who wears periodic table t-shirts around campus.
That’s my dirty little secret, but it began long before he unknowingly transferred to the same college I attend. We met at the summer camp I was mandated to work at, and our hush-hush affair started behind the kayak cabin and in the darkened canteen long after our respective campers went to sleep.
When Mick Barrett, rockstar name a complete red herring, enrolls at Salem Walsh University, we’re both shocked the first time we bump into each other. And he’s … surprisingly cold. With goals and secrets of his own, Mick is closed off and uninterested, something I’ve never encountered from the opposite sex.
My bruised ego has no time to recover, however, when he discovers the real secret I’m keeping, one that’s even more detrimental than our steamy summer fling. Agreeing to become my tutor, and help me save my future, the glasses-wearing swimmer, with the body of an Olympian under that punny math sweatshirt, begins to grow on me. Again.
Except we both have bigger things to focus on than sneaking around. Plus, we’re not made for each other. He’s aiming to be the next doctor of our generation, while I’m just hoping to survive my Saturday morning hangover.
Too bad our bodies, and hearts, start to believe otherwise.
Which has me questioning; can my dirty little secret become a happily ever after?