Cait’s ARC Review of “Too Nerdy to Handle” by Maggie Dallen

By: Cait Marie

*I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest review.*

This is the sequel/companion book to Tall, Darky, and Nerdy. While this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading it after the other one so you get a better idea of who the characters are.

For years, Jamie thought she was in love with her best friend, but when a mysterious stranger approaches her at a Christmas party, everything begins to change. The stranger, Alex, kisses her under the mistletoe, and it seems like a magical moment until he realizes she’s the daughter of the media mogul wanting to interview him. Now, he thinks she just wanted to get close to him for the inside scoop.

Except Jamie has no idea that he’s an Olympic-bound runner, or that her father is assigning her to write the article about him. Their misunderstanding causes a rift that makes working together more difficult. Neither wants to do the interview, but they both have important reasons to continue. As they work together, they realize that neither are as they seem to the rest of the world. There is more to both of them than everyone sees, but they slowly let each other behind their walls and find commonalities that bring them closer.

Maggie Dallen is a relatively-new author to me, but I already know she’s going to be one I continue reading for a long time. I’ve loved every book so far. In fact, I think I enjoyed this book more than Tall, Dark, and Nerdy.

These books are cute and fun. The character are well written and relatable. I felt like Jamie and Alex were deeper than the others. Getting a glimpse into their family life helped round them out I think. I absolutely love both of them, but Alex is just wonderful. The way he cares for his family and doesn’t want them exploited really made him even more loveable.

I really liked this story. It expanded this world we knew from the first book. Again, I think adding in the other characters like their families, Alex’s agent, and Jamie’s rock star best friend, and giving a bigger picture of their lives added more to everything. The book still focused on the two main characters, but seeing their world and the outside forces influencing them made it feel more whole in a sense.

Too Nerdy to Handle was a quick, easy read. It was adorable and, bonus, enemies-to-lovers, which you all know is my favorite trope. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. This one will be about Jamie’s best friend, so I’m excited to get to know him more.

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