Title: Love, Technically
Author: Lynne Silver
Genre: contemporary romance
Rating: 3 stars
Michelle Kolson has moved from small-town Iowa to Chicago to follow her dreams. Little does she know that her job is about to be outsourced overseas and that the geeky but cute help center guy she’s just met and is crushing over is actually the CEO and founder of the company. Will the truth be enough to send her back home forever?
Noah “Sark” Frellish, discouraged by all the women who look at him and only see dollar signs, is hesitant to correct Michelle’s misconception. But the more time he spends with her, the deeper his deception gets. Can he come clean and keep the girl?
Love, Technically is a quick read—just over 125 pages—and cute, providing the reader is okay with some major suspension of belief. At first Michelle’s mistake makes some sense—Noah gives her his gamer nickname, because he thought she was cute and wanted her “to be in the small circle of people to call him Sark.” He’s wearing casual clothes and a baseball cap, and his older “geeky” glasses since he broke his more stylish ones on a recent bike ride. He looks nothing like the polished publicity photos she’d seen around the building. It’s late, there’s no one else still working on her floor, he’s wearing a seriously nerdy (but amusing) t-shirt, and he does “fix” the problem she’s having with her printer.
Soon, though, it gets a little silly. She sees him many times in a more normal work environment, but never makes the connection. Then Noah decides he has to tell her the truth, but does so in pretty much the most bizarre and obscure way possible—and she totally doesn’t get it. Then for a big chunk of the novella he thinks she knows who he is but she totally doesn’t. They spend a lot of time together—how does she not make the connection a single time? He does talk about work and is even often driven around in a company car. Every single other employee knows him. Just not the new girl, apparently.
Still, there were a lot of cute moments in the story…along with M&Ms and a Mork & Mindy reference. Both Michelle and Noah find solutions for their work woes (going public and having to answer to a board of directors has taken his company in directions he’s not comfortable with), and she does make him grovel just a little to get her back in the end.
In a nutshell: Short and sweet; though not entirely believable, it does have its moments. 3 stars.
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.