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Talk Nerdy to Me Mass Market Paperback – 13 Feb 2006

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (13 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312939078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312939076
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 16.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A riotous cast of colourful characters fill the pages with hilarious situations, and hot, creative sex." Booklist"

About the Author

VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON's been crazy about nerds all her life, but it was always a private passion. Then, in the summer of 2003, she went public with her romantic comedy" Nerd in Shining Armor." Turns out Kelly Ripa also likes nerds and chose the book as her Reading with Ripa Book Club pick of the summer. In no time, the book hit all the major lists: "New York Times, USA Today "and "Publishers Weekly." Understandably, Vicki's passion for nerds has increased tenfold. She lives in Arizona with her husband, who insists he's not a nerd but who does, in fact, wear glasses and is very good at math. Visit her Web site at:

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Riot! laugh on every page 27 Oct 2007
By claudia - Published on
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This book is such a riot. It is the first Nerd book that I've read, and I immediately went out and bought all the others. So far I've read Nerds like it Hot, and My Nerdy Valentine, and this one is still the funniest.

This author writes with so much humor, that you are almost laughing at every page. The secondary characters are funny. In this case, there is a kinky neighbor, who tells people she was abducted by an alien and learned other-wordly sexual techniques. At the same time all the characters are 'normal' in the sense that they have normal human faults and insecurities. That's part of what makes the series so enjoyable - the very humanness of the characters.

The premise of the story is that there is this beautiful model, who is also a genius at aerodynamics, who gets into a little bit of trouble with her advanced design on a hovercraft. The dichotomy between her being so gorgeous, and so nerdy at the same time was wonderful. Highly recommended. I've never laughed so much reading a romance novel.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fun characters, but the nerdy talk . . . ew. 7 April 2006
By Sarah Cooper - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Good parts: The characters are a hoot. While many were farfetched, they were believable enough to suspend disbelief and just enjoy. The book was fun, and I laughed many times.

Not as good parts: The plot behind it was kind of predictable, but that wasn't a major problem because the people were interesting. However, the "nerdy talk" during sex was just too over the top. It was just kind of . . . icky, for lack of a better word, and really turned me off the book every time I got to one of those scenes.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Endearing characters 7 Sep 2007
By Raithe - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Heroes in contemporary romance all stem from the common mold of Navy SEALs, bodyguards, sports athletes, billionaires and detectives. Known for amusing yet uniquely sensual "nerdy" books, Vicki Lewis Thompson's TALK NERDY TO ME managed to strike a fresh appeal with its 6-foot-5 electrical engineering hero (tall, dark and handsome of course) and fashion model with very creative aspirations building inventions. Common interests in science and technology, yet profoundly contrasting backgrounds and personalities, weld the attraction in TALK NERDY TO ME and shortly thereafter, the love. I found all the characters in TALK NERDY TO ME very endearing and the h/h chemistry crackled with a resounding electricity. The sexual innuendo in the technical jargon was generally funny and sexy too, though a bit cheesy at times. I overlooked some of the technical inconsistencies mainly because Vicki Lewis Thompson definitely has a knack for making brainy talk sound like an aphrodisiac. I really enjoyed the first half of the novel, but I thought much of the later parts in this 357-page paperback failed to maintain the first half's excitement and engagement. The resolution to the primary plot at the end was quick and empty, and I found the Where-Are-They-Now epilogue four years after-the-fact, extremely on the cornball cheesy side. Over-the-top careers were handed out to everyone in the epilogue. Much of the novel takes place over the course of one night, and it felt like a draining, episodic marathon: pizza, fix washer, take Manny and Kyle to see Rick and Eunice next door, eat, drop off Rick, block off damaged back door, make love, head over to mom & Aunt Myrtle's, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, you get the point. The plotting and pacing are subpar, the settings deficient, the prose below average. Still, the likable, refreshing characters and light-hearted tone relays an entirely readable experience, and for half the time, an entertaining fare. The sensuality isn't bad, but Anne Stuart's INTO THE FIRE (***) still takes the prize for the most sizzling contemporary romance I've read to date (admittedly, that list is limited).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Romance & Comedy 18 April 2006
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New York fashion model, Eve Dupree dreams of being an inventor. Modeling is what pays the bills; inventing is what feeds Eve's soul. Eve is currently working on a top secret project in her garage. But she needs a little help from the local nerd to get her invention off the drawing board and into the air.

Engineer Charlie Shepherd finds Eve's intellect incredibly sexy. Add that to her great looks and Eve presents Charlie with quite a complication. For Charlie has big plans. Plans to move away to pursue a goal he can never achieve in small town Middlesex, Connecticut. But Charlie finds Eve a temptation he cannot resist.

Eve finds Charlie pretty irresistible too. But someone is trying to shut down Eve's project and Eve doesn't know who to trust. She has to question the loyalty of everyone around her. Including her sexy nerd, Charlie.

Talk Nerdy to Me is my first "nerd" experience. The title caught my attention and I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed my afternoon with the nerds, Eve and Charlie. This is, however, a book that will not appeal to all readers as it is very quirky with quite a few unbelievable elements. Lucky for me, I don't let reality interfere with my reading experience.

I found Ms. Thompson's humor delightfully flakey. The characters were engaging and well-rounded. The plot, however, was a little over the top. If this book were a straight contemporary romance, I'd be completely unforgiving and unable to suspend disbelief. What saves this book is it's comedy element. Comedies allow me to accept elements that normally would cause me to roll my eyes. If you enjoy comedy in your romance, you'll enjoy Talk Nerdy to Me.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If your having problems with insomnia.... 17 Feb 2006
By nico03 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Why oh why didn't Vicki Lewis Thompson's editor veto this plot idea?

I never really got excited about this one from the back cover description, but I was willing to give it a try because I liked "Nerd in Shining Armor" and especially "The Nerd Who Loved Me." I should have trusted my instinct on this one. As one reviewer mentioned, this book requires its readers to suspend way too much disbelief. But that may have been acceptable had the book been entertaining. Unfortunately, I skimmed through the last half, because I just couldn't stay awake to finish the book.

The main problem with "Talk Nerdy to Me" is the fact that VLT seems to have gotten a little too carried away with the nerd theme. Way too much of the novel revolves around the dynamics of Eve's hovercraft--not what I want to read about when I pick up a romance novel. The reason I like the "Nerd" series is because I find intelligent men attractive--that doesn't mean I'm going to go listen to a dissertation to get me in the mood.

But that's exactly what these characters do. Every time Eve and Charlie get intimate, they have to talk "nerdy," which means really cheesy double entendres about engineering mechanics. And not just a comment or two, but a whole running dialogue about "pistons firing," etc. Yuck.

And MAYBE that all might have been acceptable if Charlie had been a much more interesting hero. But it seems like VLT set out to make Charlie as normal and as nerdy as could be. He's reserved, repressed, only slightly funny, and an overall nice, fairly handsome guy.

The only thing to explain Eve and Charlie's lust for one another is their love of each other's mechanical "genius." And apparently that's so strong that they fall in love in the space of a few days. Riiiight....

Hopefully, VLT's next novel will feel more like a romance novel and less like some Star-Trek-lovin'-engineering-undergrad's fantasy.
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