Thursday, February 26, 2015

REVIEW: The View to a Nerd (+$25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The View to a Nerd
Author: Chris Redding
Series: Nerds Saving the World #2
Pages: 254
Date Published: January 26th 2015
Publisher: Chris Redding, Author
Format: Kindle 
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Synopsis:
Waking up next to a dead guy can ruin your whole day. When a wise-cracking interior decorator wants to put her past behind her, the dead body of the mayor’s son makes it pretty clear that won’t happen too easily. A conservative former computer geek for the FBI is holding on too tightly to his past. His wife died under suspicious circumstances and he believes the decorator has the information to solve the case. Unfortunately for him, she isn’t talking… until a series of events convinces her she needs protection especially when her biggest secret threatens to destroy both their lives.

This is book two in the Nerds Saving the World Series. Originally published as A View to a Kilt.
~My Thoughts~
When Miriam wakes up next to her dead friend Joe...him being her friend before he was dead...her life is completely changed forever. As the woman found next to the deceased, she's one of the main suspects and gets taken in for questioning. 

I loved how the action started immediately with The View to a Nerd. We "wake up" right with Miriam as she discovers her dead friend, and are with her every step of the way from then on. It was a great writing tool used to make the reader feel as though we were experiencing everything as it was happening!

"Mim" as Bob calls her, and Bob have a lot of chemistry (Although I must express my distaste at the name Bob as I kept either thinking of Bob the Builder (too much toddlerisms in my life) or Bob the Dog (from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series) both of which made it hard for me to view him as a sexy hunk of man candy which he so obviously was trying to be. 

While I didn't read book one of this series, I never felt as though I had missed something or that I couldn't relate to the characters. I'm not sure exactly what book one was about, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless. I loved the plotting, the mystery was fun and thrilling, and the romance was sweet, sexy and fun! A great read all around! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
Would she ever be warm again?

Donner left her in an interrogation room and went to get coffee. The room, painted in a subdued green, had what Miriam presumed to be a two-way mirror on one wall.  A tape recorder for her statement sat on the table. She couldn’t seem to stop shivering despite rubbing her hands up and down her arms. Standing, she began to pace.

A urine smell wrinkled her nose. She jammed a lock of blonde hair behind her ear and caught a look at herself in the mirror.

“Bedhead, big time,” she said to her reflection. Her crumpled dress added to the picture. She admitted she looked as if she could kill someone. Even her hot pink, sheath dress looked odd on her.

How she looked was the least of her worries now. Doubling in pain, new tears streamed down her face. “Oh, God, Joe. What were you into since I last saw you?”

Her stomach rumbled as much from stress as hunger. When she straightened, Donner stood in the doorway, coffees in hand, trying not to look at her. “Want one?”

Miriam nodded. Crossing the small room, he handed her a cup of black liquid, which might have been coffee, but didn’t smell like any she’d ever had.  Mark, her cop ex-husband, never drank coffee at home, she thought, wondering why this memory should come forth now. Maybe being in a police station for the first time since his conviction made her think about him.

Donner settled himself on the chair opposite the one she had just occupied. He pulled out a pen and scribbled something in a small pad, then looked up at her. He indicated the chair. Miriam shook her head.

“I need you closer to the tape recorder.”

Miriam shrugged and sat down, wrapping her arms around herself. “Do I need a lawyer?”

“If you want a lawyer, call one now.”

“Am I being charged?”


“No, and the Lieutenant will be by in a moment. Let me review.  You met Mr. Waltney in a bar last night.”
~Meet Chris!~ 


Chris Redding lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, one dog and three rabbits.  She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing, she works for a local winery. Her books are filled with romance, suspense and thrills. You can check out her website here! 
Chris will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a copy of Chris' short story, Alchemy and Old Spice, to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.

7 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your review....but where is the rafflecopter for this giveaway?

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  2. What a very dramatic situation, of waking up next to your dead friend. So scary and confusing.

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  3. "Her books are filled with romance, suspense and thrills." Oh! I thought it said "chills", referring to working in a winery, LOL!
    Looking forward to checking this out. Thanks!

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