Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: Beer and Groping in Las Vegas by Angela Quarles

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment.  Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she accidentally makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams.  It's granted.  She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel.  But when they meet, they're surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past.  Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy w/paranormal elements
Content advisory: Adult language, explicit sex


Mirjam Linna is a tired,overworked, co-owner of a software development company.  She’s stranded in Las Vegas for an additional night because a blizzard has canceled her flight back home.  While sitting in the bar of her hotel, her bartender strikes up a conversation with her, which in turn results in Mirjam pulling the arm of a slot machine, resulting in her doing something she normally wouldn’t do.

Riley McGregor is the owner of a microbrewery in Virginia.  He’s in town for a conference himself, arriving a day earlier, since it’s his first time being in Vegas.  Riley is immediately drawn to a slot machine that surprisingly still has credits in it.  Pulling the lever, bells start ringing, signaling that he’s won.  However instead of coins coming out, Riley receives an envelope with his name on it.

Mirjam and Riley are set up on a blind date by a djinn, which is sort of like a genie, but can be seen in human form.  Without giving away the rest of the story, Mirjam and Riley have each had their fair share of problems with relationships.  They agree to have a nice dinner with each ending things there.  But sometimes your inner hopes and dreams, which may or may not be spoken aloud have the ability to be heard and fulfilled by powers greater than ourselves.

While initially I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, I found it to be a very enjoyable read.  Once Mirjam and Riley relaxed a little, they each become very likeable characters.  I did however find the epilogue to be a huge let down.

Rating: 3.5

Release Date:  December 19, 2012
Book Length:  42 pages (13,500 words)
Source:  Author
Reading Format:  Available in eBook

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Buy Link:  Amazon

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