[Book Review] Nerdy Little Secret by Carrie Aarons


I’m sleeping with the nerd.
The nice guy.
The science geek who wears periodic table t-shirts around campus.

That’s my dirty little secret, but it began long before he unknowingly transferred to the same college I attend. We met at the summer camp I was mandated to work at, and our hush-hush affair started behind the kayak cabin and in the darkened canteen long after our respective campers went to sleep.

When Mick Barrett, rockstar name a complete red herring, enrolls at Salem Walsh University, we’re both shocked the first time we bump into each other. And he’s … surprisingly cold. With goals and secrets of his own, Mick is closed off and uninterested, something I’ve never encountered from the opposite sex.

My bruised ego has no time to recover, however, when he discovers the real secret I’m keeping, one that’s even more detrimental than our steamy summer fling. Agreeing to become my tutor, and help me save my future, the glasses-wearing swimmer, with the body of an Olympian under that punny math sweatshirt, begins to grow on me. Again.

Except we both have bigger things to focus on than sneaking around. Plus, we’re not made for each other. He’s aiming to be the next doctor of our generation, while I’m just hoping to survive my Saturday morning hangover.

Too bad our bodies, and hearts, start to believe otherwise.
Which has me questioning; can my dirty little secret become a happily ever after?

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Book Facts

Published: July 2020
Length: 250 pages
Genre: Romance
Format: eARC

✨ I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 

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Mick and Jolie meet at summar camp where they are both working as camp counsellers. Mick is your typical nerd, loves science, video games and wants to be a doctor. Jolie is the complete opposite – a rich party girl that is out of Mick’s league.

I really enjoyed the role reversal in this book, usually its the geeky girl who falls for the rich jock etc. I liked how much depth each of these characters had, you get a real sense of where both of them are coming from and a detailed background of why they are the way they are. Mick was a little annoying at times because of how up tight he was but I guess that’s understandable with what he is going through with his dad. Jolie has also has parental difficulties they are just different to Micks, I did like her character, she is funny, doesn’t give a crap about what people think but is still vulnerable.

Now the romance… I didn’t really feel it. I think it may because of the pacing of it. It was a little slow to start but then galloped off at quite a fast rate. This is not my favourte – it was ok but I would have preferred for it to have been a bit more of a slow burn.

Side not, the entire time I was reading this I kept thinking of Dirty Little Seceret by All American Rejects – so fitting really!

In a nutshell…

This is a nice little college romance with a twist – if you like your romance fast paced you’ll like this book.

My Rating 3/5 🌟🌟🌟

About the Author:


Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, and furry son.

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