8.22.2023 | Tuesday

Truth About Nerds & Bees

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Truth About Nerds & Beestitle: Truth About Nerds & Bees
author: Andrea Simonne
series: About Love Book #3
published: 22 August 2023
publisher: Liebe Publishing
genre(s): romance
pages: 395
source: client
format: manuscript
buy/shelve it: Amazon | Goodreads

rating: three-stars | series rating: three-stars

the blurb

He's the beauty. She's the beast.

Theodora Stewart, Bee Biologist

That's it. I've had enough. My new neighbor has been sending threatening letters for months and is now suing me. He's trying to force me to remove the beehives from my backyard. (What kind of jerk doesn't understand how important bees are?)

It turns out he's some famous quarterback named Gabriel "Beauty" Bardales. (Why do jocks give each other dumb nicknames?) He wants my beehives removed because he claims the bees are interfering with his guesthouse swimming pool.

Well, guess what? My bees were here long before his guesthouse swimming pool. (Who needs a guesthouse swimming pool anyway? Talk about overprivileged.)

I've tried contacting him, but he's ignored all my efforts. So now I've taken matters into my own hands.

Gabriel "Beauty" Bardales, NFL Quarterback

Help! Some kooky woman has chained herself to my house, and I can't get rid of her!


  • my review
  • a few notes

I enjoyed the previous books, so I went into this expecting more of the same magic. But this one fell flat for me, for a number of reasons.

Reason 1: The way Theo was described. There was just so much effort put into making her sound repulsive. Why? Because she was highly intelligent. Because she had freckles and bright red hair. Because she had a gap in her teeth. Because she was tall. Yet, a star NFL quarterback instantly found her the sexiest thing on earth? Hmm…

Reason 2: The way Gabe treated Theo was often just cruel, so awful that it made the enemies-to-lovers trope a little hard for me to buy into. He blew hot and cold with her, which just felt manipulative.

Reason 3: The inexplicable turn into a single-dad story, which had little relevance to the rest of the story and just felt a little odd. There were so many other 75%-of-the-way-there plot twists that would have been better suited to the story.

Just not my cup of tea. Hopefully, the next will have more of the magic.

POV: 1st person; dual
keywords/phrases: bees, football, bullying, baggage, family
tropes: enemies-to-lovers, grumpy/sunshine
spice: 🔥🔥🔥
language: 🤬🤬
cover notes: cute!


About Andrea Simonne

Andrea Simonne grew up as an army brat and discovered she had a talent for creating personas at each new school. The most memorable was a surfer chick named “Ace” who never touched a surf board in her life, but had an impressive collection of puka shell necklaces. Eventually she turned her imagination towards writing. Andrea still enjoys creating personas, though these days they occupy her books. She’s an Amazon bestseller in romantic comedy and contemporary romance, and author of the series Sweet Life in Seattle and About Love. She currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.

Rating Report
plot
three-stars
characters
three-stars
writing
three-stars
pacing
three-stars
Overall: three-stars
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