Love, Technically - Lynne Silver Though Michelle came off as unbelievably naive, this was a fun and uplifting read. It pushed all the right buttons for me, from the nerd hero to the ambitious heroine.

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Some stories just push the right buttons for me, and Love, Technically did exactly that. There was times when I was highly skeptical that Michelle could as naïve as she was portrayed, but the overall tone of this book was so sweet and so much fun that I just shrugged those moments off. She didn’t recognize her billionaire boss because he was wearing a different pair of glasses. Really? It’s like Lois Lane and her inability to see Clark Kent for who he really is. If you can get beyond that, I think you’ll find this a great beach read.

Michelle has just moved to Chicago, leaving her small town origins behind her. Determined to make her big city dreams come true, she’s taken a job at a tech company that was started by nerdy Noah and has hit the big time. Michelle works in the call center, answering customer service calls. It’s not glamorous, and her supervisor is a jerk, but it’s a foot in the door and it’s a paycheck. When she meets Sark, who she thinks works for the IT department, she’s smitten. What she doesn’t realize is that Sark is Noah, the rich CEO of the company. With women chasing after him because of his wealth, Noah is charmed both by Michelle’s positive outlook and the fact that she doesn’t seem to know who he is. She’s always cheerful and ready to give her all to a project or goal. While he feels guilty that she believes he’s a just a desk tech, he can’t figure out a way to clue her in on the truth without embarrassing both of them. Oops! You can bet she’s gong to be pissed when she discovers that he’s been misleading her, no matter how unintentionally.

I enjoyed Love, Technically so much because of Michelle. She’s a go-getter, and she doesn’t allow herself to wallow in self-pity. She feels a little inadequate next to some of her degreed co-workers, and wishes she could have gone to college. When she’s informed that her department is being moved overseas, and that she’ll soon be without a job, she panics. I had a problem with this, too. Why, why, why would they HR department even fill this position when they knew that the new employee would be out of a job soon? Ugh. Shame on you, Noah, for letting your company ruin someone’s dreams like that. Noah got a huge demerit for that, especially in this economy, and after Michelle pulled up roots and relocated to Chicago!

Noah clues Michelle in on a temporary position in the firm, and despite her lack of experience, Michelle finds herself working in the Marketing department. She knows that if she’s going to have any chance of making her job permanent, she will need to hustle, and hustle she does. She makes a checklist of her weaknesses, and goes out to make them strengths. She enrolls in school and brushes up on software skills. I liked Michelle’s drive and attitude, and found her attempts to better herself a highlight of the book. The romance is cute and sweet, but, darn it, I loved seeing Michelle gain confidence as she learned her new job duties and began to take pride in her new abilities. Her ambition empowered her, and this made the relationship with Noah more believable. He is given to flights of fancy when he’s got an idea to code, and Michelle’s down to earth, go get ‘em hustle is exactly what he needed.

Love, Technically is an engaging read, one that’s perfect for whiling away some time by the pool.

Grade: B/B+