Sunday 13 March 2016

Book ~ "No Biz Like Showbiz" (2014) Julie Moffett

From Goodreads ~ Lexi Carmichael: helping geeks everywhere get some.

Okay, so it's not exactly as it seems but that's what's happening on the dating reality show called "Geeks Get Some" that I, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, have been called to work on. Not that I'm a fan of reality shows (I can barely deal with my own reality). Still, I've been sent to Hollywood to find a hacker who's screwing with the results of the show's online voting system.

So what happens when I get there? Well, the producers convince me to continue my investigation from the inside. And what should be an easy hunt for the hacker turns ugly when he sets his sights on me. Add to that a studio obsessed with ratings, a bunch of nerdy contestants, and my own confusing love life, and unraveling this mystery might make me a star … or get me killed.

There is a reality show called Geeks Get Some.  Like the Bachelorette, Lucy, a single bachelorette, has to pick from a pool of single men to find a romantic interest and possibly propose.  The twist here is that they are all geeks, including the bachelorette.  Someone is hacking into the system and rigging the votes and the bachelorette's and the voters' favourites are getting voted off.  X-Corp is hired to find out who is hacking into the system and changing the voting.

Lexi has exceptional hacking and math skills and works for X-Corp, an intelligence and security company.  Lexi is assigned to the case and heads off to Hollywood to work with the show's IT department.  When Lucy leaves the show, Lexi is forced to get even more involved, which is very much out of her comfort zone since she has zero people skills.

In the meantime, she feels she has to choose between a relationship with Finn, her boss, or Slash, the hot government agent/hacker.

Though this the fourth in the Lexi Carmichael series, it works as a stand alone as you are provided with enough background.  I enjoyed it and I'm enjoying this series.  I liked the writing style and found it funny as Lexi gets in some awkward social situations.  It is written in first person perspective from Lexi's point of view.

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