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Straightlaced accountant Harry Ambrewster grew up as the mascot for a gaggle of Vegas showgirls, his mother Rona among them. Though he picked up some useful skills (like how to belt out the entire score of Oklahoma), the experience left him with one rule: never marry a showgirl. Still, that doesn't stop him from lusting after his neighbor, Lainie Terrell, or sympathizing with her son, Dexter, a younger version of himself. When Lainie's ex-boyfriend, Joey, shows up looking to use Dexter as bait to gain his inheritance from his tycoon father, Lainie accepts help from Harry, Rona and Rona's senior citizen boyfriend, who may have connections to the Mafia. Rona cares for Dexter while Lainie and Harry hide out at a Sedona time-share. Despite their Vegas heritage, Lainie and Harry possess a charming innocence, and their journey toward love—in what turns out to be a humorously decrepit vacation spot—provides constant entertainment. Smart, spunky and delightfully over the top, Thompson's newest Nerd romance (following Nerd in Shining Armor) possesses all the sparkle and vibrancy of a Vegas show, and it's just as sexy.
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Accountant Harry isn't really a babysitter. He is just watching Dexter, Vegas showgirl Lainie's brilliant son, until her shift is over. But when Joey, Dexter's estranged Neanderthal of a father, tries to break down the door to get the little boy, Harry shimmies down a tree with Dexter and escapes. Making sure that Dexter is in a safe, well-protected house, Harry goes on the lam with Lainie. Thompson has filled her hilarious tour de force with unforgettable characters: a geek who becomes an alpha male when the love of his life is threatened; a Vegas showgirl trying to be both mother and father to her son; a four-year-old genius; a bevy of matchmaking, retired Vegas dancers; a too-enthusiastic condo salesman; an alleged Mob boss; a six-foot rattlesnake; and a dog named Fred. Thompson's many fans will be anxious to read her latest sexy, madcap, and highly entertaining adventure. Shelley Mosley
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (August 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312998562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312998561
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An overwhelmingly fun story that comes highly recommended by me!!!
C. White
Still, the whole plot here is so pointless that reading this romance seems like a complete waste of time.
HeyJudy
The cast of characters, both main and secondary, were well-developed and fun to read about.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 3, 2004
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In Las Vegas accountant Harry Ambrewster baby sits four year old genius Dexter Terrell while his mother Lainie dances at the Nirvana Casino. Dexter's dad Joey Benjamin angrily arrives drunk demanding to see his son who he has ignored since the kid was born. Concerned for Dexter's safety, Harry takes the kid, finds Lainie and drives to the home of his mom Rona, who comes up with a plan to confuse Joey. Dexter will remain with Rona while Lainie and Harry pretend to be Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ambrewster visiting a timesharing resort in Sedona, New Mexico.

Joey tells a bartender that he can inherit billions if he produces a kid but because he had the mumps so the probability of a second child is zero. He needs Dexter to show to his father.

A crying Lainie and Harry travel to reach Crimson Canyon Resort, which is a dump. Lainie and Harry make love, but she insists nothing permanent will follow. When she learns why Joey wants their child, Lainie wonders if Dexter might be better off with his father's wealthy family though she loves Harry.

The strong lead couple and the terrific "good guys" support cast make for a delightful tale that is part comedy and part intrigue. Joey is too dumb of a drunk to be a challenge while his latest girlfriend pulls off a stunt that endangers Dexter, but she never appears again. Still the interaction between all the good guys and the retired chorus line make for a fine amusing romantic suspense just do not play chess with a four year old prodigy.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on October 8, 2004
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Las Vegas showgirl Lainie Terrell has to leave town fast. The abusive father of her five-year-old son suddenly decided he wants their child. Joey Benjamin owes some really bad people some really big money. He doesn't give a damn about his son. He never claimed Dexter and hasn't even told his family the kid exists. But things have changed. Joey's billionaire father wants a grandson, and Joey plans on using this kid to obtain the money he needs. Now if he could only get rid of Lainie. There's no way he can take a showgirl home to "Daddy."

Lainie doesn't know what Joey is up to, but she knows it's no good. She turns to her friend Harry Ambrewster for help, but she's apprehensive because she has feelings for Harry-feelings that could change their relationship from just friends. She knows he could never accept a woman like her in that way-or could he?

Harry Ambrewster, accountant and genius extraordinaire, has to save Lainie and her son Dexter from this drunken madman who came banging on her door claiming to be the child's father. Harry sneaks the two out of town to his mother's. His mother, a former showgirl, comes up with this crazy scheme to help keep Lainie and Dexter safe while she matchmakes between Harry and Lainie. If everything works out for his mother, she'll have a daughter-in-law and a grandson by the end of this ordeal.

While I was reading THE NERD WHO LOVE ME, my children came to check on me a few times. They couldn't understand why their mother who was in a quiet room, sitting in a chair, reading a book would just burst out in hysterical fits of laughter. The cast of characters, both main and secondary, were well-developed and fun to read about. I'll definitely be in line for future works by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha L. Sayre VINE VOICE on May 11, 2006
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Really enjoyed this book. Loved the main characters. Harry and Lainie really had a connection on the pages. Lainie's son, Dexter with Harry was so cute. Enjoyed the atmosphere of the Vegas showgirls. Harry's mother was hillarious. This is an extremely quick read. If you're looking for a light, funny, cute book this is the one for you especially just to lay in the sun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Oberlin on June 14, 2008
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A little backstory: I was in a public library with a friend when I found this book. We are both engineering students, and were on our way to the science fiction section when this series caught my eye. I pointed it out and we both laughed, and I picked a book at random to see how well I could relate to these so-called "nerds."

Vicki Lewis Thompson claims to love nerds, but after reading this, I find it hard to believe she's met a nerd in her life. She just doesn't know enough about her characters to write them convincingly. What makes Harry a nerd? He's an accountant, kind of shy, not a body builder, and he wears glasses. So what?! The nerdy references are few and far between, and painfully contrived, so it's easy to forget that this guy is any different from the usual studs of romance literature. This guy isn't a nerd, he's just normal, boring, and a little shy. At age 33, a real nerd's D&D campaigns would still be going strong.

Aside from that, the story was pretty ridiculous. Not very much makes sense, and the characters' reactions and emotions seem a little off. Not my favorite genre to begin with, but I'm sure there's better out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Readerly VINE VOICE on September 12, 2004
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Most people's objection (if they had one) to Nerd in Shining Armor was that the heroine was distasteful. My objection here was to the hero - not that he was unpleasant, just that he wasn't well-portrayed as a nerd. The charm of Nerd in Shining Armor was the metamorphosis of the hero into a hero. Here it seemed to me that Harry was already there. This may be due to the fact that the plot was so overwhelming that none of the characters really got deep enough for my tastes.

I enjoyed this book, no doubt about it. It was a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and the writing was smoother than I recall the first one being. That said, it read like a typical romance novel, rather than an addition to the genre. I recommend it absolutely, but I hope in the next book, the nerd is just a little bit nerdier.
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