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With three degrees and the highest measured IQ in the Motherlands, Shelly Summers knows that she’s socially awkward. It doesn’t bother her since as the head engineer for Advances Technologies she has little time for social interactions anyway. When she learns that one of the testers for the sex-bots her company manufactures is her old crush, Marco, she’s curious to see if With three degrees and the highest measured IQ in the Motherlands, Shelly Summers knows that she’s socially awkward. It doesn’t bother her since as the head engineer for Advances Technologies she has little time for social interactions anyway. When she learns that one of the testers for the sex-bots her company manufactures is her old crush, Marco, she’s curious to see if he’ll recognize her now that she’s ten years older and no longer has bushy eyebrows and a bad case of acne. A normal person would have said something when Marco doesn’t recognize her from his past. A normal person would definitely have said something when he mistakes her for an advanced sex robot and thinks his job is to do a test run. Things are about to get very awkward for this genius… The Genius is the sixth book in the series Men of the North that has readers raving about its perfect mix of love, action, wisdom, and humor. Secure yourself hours of great entertainment and good laughs – download this book today!


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With three degrees and the highest measured IQ in the Motherlands, Shelly Summers knows that she’s socially awkward. It doesn’t bother her since as the head engineer for Advances Technologies she has little time for social interactions anyway. When she learns that one of the testers for the sex-bots her company manufactures is her old crush, Marco, she’s curious to see if With three degrees and the highest measured IQ in the Motherlands, Shelly Summers knows that she’s socially awkward. It doesn’t bother her since as the head engineer for Advances Technologies she has little time for social interactions anyway. When she learns that one of the testers for the sex-bots her company manufactures is her old crush, Marco, she’s curious to see if he’ll recognize her now that she’s ten years older and no longer has bushy eyebrows and a bad case of acne. A normal person would have said something when Marco doesn’t recognize her from his past. A normal person would definitely have said something when he mistakes her for an advanced sex robot and thinks his job is to do a test run. Things are about to get very awkward for this genius… The Genius is the sixth book in the series Men of the North that has readers raving about its perfect mix of love, action, wisdom, and humor. Secure yourself hours of great entertainment and good laughs – download this book today!

30 review for The Genius

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    Shelly and Marco were inevitable I loved this series. Shelly and Marco seem like opposites but they get each other in a way no one else does. Their journey Was sexy, funny and sweet. The Society has grown in 10 years but the Nmen areas still sexiest cavemen and the motherland women still find them inferior intellectually and emotionally. I love how much Shelly has grown and her ability to empathize shows that she wants to be apart of the new community. I enjoyed this book immensely.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Denisa

    4.5 I can't believe how amazing this book was! It's actually the last I read in the series (not that interested in the kids' stories), but it ended with a bang. Oh, and I learned a lot from this book as well. This chick was great. So, all in all, great work, Elin Peer! This was a great, amazing, fun series! 4.5 I can't believe how amazing this book was! It's actually the last I read in the series (not that interested in the kids' stories), but it ended with a bang. Oh, and I learned a lot from this book as well. This chick was great. So, all in all, great work, Elin Peer! This was a great, amazing, fun series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Douglas

    I'm a huge Elin Peer fan, have really loved her Men of the North series, and the Genius is the best yet! I'd enjoyed Shelly and Marco in earlier books, and I knew this was going to be an interesting match-up. It was, and it was done so cleverly! There was more humor than I expected, which went a long way in making Shelly more human and less genius. I also liked that, seeing them 10 years after we first met them, we were able to see the positive effects of the school where they'd met. There were d I'm a huge Elin Peer fan, have really loved her Men of the North series, and the Genius is the best yet! I'd enjoyed Shelly and Marco in earlier books, and I knew this was going to be an interesting match-up. It was, and it was done so cleverly! There was more humor than I expected, which went a long way in making Shelly more human and less genius. I also liked that, seeing them 10 years after we first met them, we were able to see the positive effects of the school where they'd met. There were definitely still differences between the "Momsies" and the "Nmen", but Shelly and Marco could look beyond that easier than many. In fact, I was impressed by how much both were willing to compromise, even when they really didn't want to. The opening -- their remeeting -- was inspired. I loved the whole sex-bot theme (and have to tell my BF about retractable teeth, lol). This book just worked for me on so many levels that I highly recommend it. If you haven't read the Men of the North series, start now! It will make you laugh, cry, and best of all, it will make you think! You will look at your own feelings, prejudices, expectations, and make you consider the other side. Sometimes polarizing within the context of the story, it is an excellent depiction of the differences our societies face today. Bravo!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Schlosser

    I was SO honored to receive an ARC of this book, and I've been looking forward to Marco and Shelly's story for a while. The Genius was, well, genius! Elin Peer never ceases to amaze me with her unique story lines and strong characters. This entire series has quickly become one of my favorites and I can't wait for more!! I was SO honored to receive an ARC of this book, and I've been looking forward to Marco and Shelly's story for a while. The Genius was, well, genius! Elin Peer never ceases to amaze me with her unique story lines and strong characters. This entire series has quickly become one of my favorites and I can't wait for more!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE AUTHOR. I ALSO VOLUNTARILY PURCHASED A COPY AT MY OWN EXPENSE! I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! I had a bit of a hard time with this book. It jumps ten years into the future, and while that wasn't unexpected from the end of the previous book, it didn't feel fluid to me either. Overall, it was a good FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE AUTHOR. I ALSO VOLUNTARILY PURCHASED A COPY AT MY OWN EXPENSE! I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! I had a bit of a hard time with this book. It jumps ten years into the future, and while that wasn't unexpected from the end of the previous book, it didn't feel fluid to me either. Overall, it was a good story, but had a few flaws that lowered the rating for me. Shelly was my biggest problem with this book. She was WAY to cerebral to be realistic, and often times her nature took things way further than I was comfortable with. I could actually see how Marco could mistake her for a robot, because she seemed to say the appropriate responses because it was how society had "programmed" her to do so. Marco seemed to be a bit too pushy in my opinion, and he wasn't exactly forthcoming in communication either. At one point, Shelly referred to him as a cave man, and I actually agreed with her! However, their romance felt like a High School Sweethearts romance done dystopian style and that trope is a favorite of mine. I thought it was a great example of the trope and found myself smiling at moments during the story because of it. I did like the ending and the set up for the next book in the series, so I am eager to see where that goes, especially with the tension mentioned in this story!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Forbes

    If you need a story to make you laugh, shout, cry, invoke irritation, or just eek out any kind of emotion... THIS is it! Marco and Shelly’s story is he most “true to life” for me. Marco is patient, kind, compassionate, and gentle. Exactly what Shelly needs. For Shelly, being so smart creates an air of aloofness, awkwardness, and an almost elitist status. The two of them together make sense. Elon Peer brought an except story to life and I can’t wait for the next installment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    I love this book! Marcos and Shelly are perfect for each other :”) Can’t wait for the next book of the series

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    With how this one started out I was a bit surprised that I liked it by the end. Sure Shelly is a genius, but man did she pull a stupid stunt in the beginning. I kept waiting for it come back to bit her in the ass, but that never really happened. Instead Shelly and Marco sorta dated in secret while having sex in secret. And of course you knew what happened, lots of consequences. I did find it got old fast the way neither would say that they were really attracted to the other, instead they danced With how this one started out I was a bit surprised that I liked it by the end. Sure Shelly is a genius, but man did she pull a stupid stunt in the beginning. I kept waiting for it come back to bit her in the ass, but that never really happened. Instead Shelly and Marco sorta dated in secret while having sex in secret. And of course you knew what happened, lots of consequences. I did find it got old fast the way neither would say that they were really attracted to the other, instead they danced around things almost to the point it all would have been lost. I really liked the idea of the reunion of the first students in the combined school. It was nice to see the kids grown up, to see the adults again and a great way to push the series along. I loved how this one ended, loved that Shelly found someone who could stand her big brain and that Marco was happy with someone all his, even if he didn't live the conventional Northmen life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    George

    The Genius: Men of the North VI, by Elin Peer. I never cease to be amazed by this deft author. She makes sci-fi and romance real, live, entertaining and absolutely hilarious. The opening chapter of this wonderful story is so funny I almost fell off my chair laughing. Imagine a scene where Shelly, the girl genius of the story, is observing Nmen (Men of the North) having sex with robots she engineered with a view to making the bots better--more human and desirable sex partners for near-neanderthal m The Genius: Men of the North VI, by Elin Peer. I never cease to be amazed by this deft author. She makes sci-fi and romance real, live, entertaining and absolutely hilarious. The opening chapter of this wonderful story is so funny I almost fell off my chair laughing. Imagine a scene where Shelly, the girl genius of the story, is observing Nmen (Men of the North) having sex with robots she engineered with a view to making the bots better--more human and desirable sex partners for near-neanderthal males. Before the chapter is even out she is speculating about the need to incorporate more than a dozen different fetishes in her sex-bots--some of which I have never even heard of--to make them even more desirable sex partners. Not only that. She lectures her boss about these fetishes from what she has observed among the Nmen, and explains to him in scientific terms why her boss need not be embarrassed by the ideas. I cannot think of a single writer who could even create such a scenario, let alone carry it off with such panache and yes, sensitivity. Shelly's caring, yet objective attitude carries throughout the book, even in the love scenes with Marco, the man she has loved since she was fifteen years old. When he has a problem telling her how he feels, she responds with a scientific explanation of the chemical reactions in his body to explain the the feelings he is having. My reaction was to gasp, then to laugh so hard it brought tears to my eyes. I could just imagine Marco's reaction as her lover. . One of the funniest scenes in the book (and here I hope I am not giving too much away, but the scene has stayed with me ever since I read it) is when Marco is making love to Shelly, thinking he is testing a new type of sex robot, and keeps making "notes to designer" to help the design engineer improve the bot's reaction. Marco is not a moron, but the scenario is hilarious. The whole book is like that. Shelly and Marco have such a quirky relationship that it is virtually impossible to figure out what might happen next. There are other, often more serious parts to the story, but on the whole the impression that remains after a good read is a healthy bout of joyful laughter. I think there must be something in the air in Seattle because there is only one other writer I can think of who has the ability to make love into laughter and vice versa, and she lives in Seattle, too. That's Jayne Anne Krenz. Elin is right up there with the best of them. Read The Genius and see if I'm not right. I loved this exceptional book and you will, too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    Elin Peer has a new hit with this one! I loved it, impossible to put it down even knowing I will pay it this morning with an early wake up. The story is set ten years in the future, the kids of the project school are no more teens. I adored Shelly and her awkward view of life, she is who she is, a genius with not all the proper filters, she often speaks without understanding if it is socially acceptable, it is her curiosity that drives her. But like any person, even as a genius, she has feelings, s Elin Peer has a new hit with this one! I loved it, impossible to put it down even knowing I will pay it this morning with an early wake up. The story is set ten years in the future, the kids of the project school are no more teens. I adored Shelly and her awkward view of life, she is who she is, a genius with not all the proper filters, she often speaks without understanding if it is socially acceptable, it is her curiosity that drives her. But like any person, even as a genius, she has feelings, she is just not prepared to share them, seeing herself as someone different and not easy to apprehend, she fears rejection. At first, I was wondering if I will like Marco, as he will view Shelly as a woman, a gorgeous one ten years after their first encounter. But as he pointed it, she was a kid for him at that time, so not someone he could have seen as desirable. He liked their banters and still is. She makes him question his view of life, rethink what he has always seen as normalcy. Marco is good for Shelly, he grounds her when she can lost herself in any of her silliness idea. It was also good to see again the different characters from the previous books, to see what they have become and now to follow the next generation. In all, I was absolutely hooked by Shelly and Marco’s story, I laughed a lot, was some time in the edge of my seat while wondered which road they will choose, was swooning by some of their decisions and chewed all my fingernails, the author owes me a manucure ! I can’t wait for the next installment.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna Wilson

    Men of the North – Genius By Elin Peer A genius is one who has all the book knowledge and no common sense about the dangers of the world around them. This is Shelly. A he-man is one who has all the physical strength and street smarts but no desire for knowledge of books or education. This is Marco. Now these have been my personal beliefs throughout my life and Elin Peer has written a story that proved my point. This beautiful book shows that love is strong and with understanding, communication and Men of the North – Genius By Elin Peer A genius is one who has all the book knowledge and no common sense about the dangers of the world around them. This is Shelly. A he-man is one who has all the physical strength and street smarts but no desire for knowledge of books or education. This is Marco. Now these have been my personal beliefs throughout my life and Elin Peer has written a story that proved my point. This beautiful book shows that love is strong and with understanding, communication and respect for each other our lives can be fulfilled to the fullest. It is great to see character’s that where so young in the previous books coming of age. I loved it. The first couple of chapters had me laughing so hard. And the ending was one of the most beautiful ending I’ve read. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this ARC group.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    I love Marco and Shelly's story it is so completely a story about them. The love that really started a long time ago in Shelly's heart suddenly is in her face. Only she could get away with the things she does and says and only Marco would be completely lost in her. This is an amazing read right up there with the rest of the series. The love they find is pure in so many ways and hysterical in others. I love this author and every doggone book I read of hers. There's no way that you can help but fa I love Marco and Shelly's story it is so completely a story about them. The love that really started a long time ago in Shelly's heart suddenly is in her face. Only she could get away with the things she does and says and only Marco would be completely lost in her. This is an amazing read right up there with the rest of the series. The love they find is pure in so many ways and hysterical in others. I love this author and every doggone book I read of hers. There's no way that you can help but fall in love with her characters and this series. There is an innocence about them. The cross over to the next generation and seeing the students all grown up just makes it all the better. It's nice to be able to associate them with the kids in the schools first group. Can't wait for the next story of Willow and Solo, it's going to be epic!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Masja

    Have enjoyed this series from the first book! This is no different. Kept reading all my free time, have to work and sleep too, sadly! Loved Shelly and Marco's story! Thisis fun and fast paced. Thank you, Elin! Looking forward to the next book! Have enjoyed this series from the first book! This is no different. Kept reading all my free time, have to work and sleep too, sadly! Loved Shelly and Marco's story! Thisis fun and fast paced. Thank you, Elin! Looking forward to the next book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Monet Versipellis

    Charming and Hilarious I loved this story. This series is just so amazing, I’m so glad I found it. The characters are so believable and well-rounded. The sex scenes are steamy. I can’t wait for the next book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    Hmmm, I'll have to decide if I want to continue with the next book even though Solo and Willow's book sounds so good, its just that the last few books in this series are 3 stars for me. #LibraryLoveChallenge Hmmm, I'll have to decide if I want to continue with the next book even though Solo and Willow's book sounds so good, its just that the last few books in this series are 3 stars for me. #LibraryLoveChallenge

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lstew

    Not was I was hoping for A lot of the fire in Shelly had gone out by the time this book came around. It meandered needlessly for a while and I found myself wanting to skip pages to get back to the main story. Not what I had hoped for, not worthy of Shelly as a character. But it’s an ok book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marianne W

    I have just finished the book "The Genius" and it has caught me as much as the 5 previous books in the series. I think it's a fantastic series. It was great to hear Shelly's and Marco's history. Looking forward to hearing more to Willow and Solo. As I just started. I have just finished the book "The Genius" and it has caught me as much as the 5 previous books in the series. I think it's a fantastic series. It was great to hear Shelly's and Marco's history. Looking forward to hearing more to Willow and Solo. As I just started.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Penni

    4-1/2 *'s An awesome installment. Love this series. 4-1/2 *'s An awesome installment. Love this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    3.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Locker

    Every one of these books are so good. There's so much I love about this series, starting with the characters and their distinct personalities, the polarizing views and the clash of bringing them together in such an explosive way. This book was the sexiest book of all of them so far, I think. Shelly Summers is dubbed "the genius" and I would dare say she is probably on the spectrum (think Stella from The Kiss Quotient). She's brilliantly smart, but she doesn't get general social cues like sarcasm Every one of these books are so good. There's so much I love about this series, starting with the characters and their distinct personalities, the polarizing views and the clash of bringing them together in such an explosive way. This book was the sexiest book of all of them so far, I think. Shelly Summers is dubbed "the genius" and I would dare say she is probably on the spectrum (think Stella from The Kiss Quotient). She's brilliantly smart, but she doesn't get general social cues like sarcasm and such. She's super focused on her work and analyzes everything. She also has either a photographic or eidetic memory. When she was 15, already graduated from high school, she spent some time as a teacher's assistant in the Northlands before going to college to get her 3 degrees (psychology, biology, and engineering). During that time, the other teacher's aid was Marco, who was 5 years older than her, and he's one of the N-men, who she always had a secret crush on. So fast forward 10 years, and she's working for a company that engineers sexbots in the Northlands. Marco comes in to test out a new model in place of his friend/roommate, Storm, and doesn't recognize Shelly since she's grown up and grown out of her braces, acne, and bushy eyebrows, and whatnot. He mistakes her for a sexbot... which of course is believable because she tends to be kind of robotic in the way she speaks, all analytical and such. Marco is only days away from competing in a tournament for a new bride (which is a thing in the North - gladiator style) so one thing leads to another after their little sexbot test-run charade, and they strike a deal that they will continue this physical relationship until he leaves, with her claiming it's for research purposes to develop a new line of realistic sexbot companions. Of course, he's more than happy to go along with it, and things escalate from there. One thing about this series is the rich world the author has created. Two cultures of people set over 400 years into the future, and how each culture has these ways of life and set of values, beliefs, customs... each being so different from the other, like oil and water, and yet bringing them together is just so flipping entertaining. Then there's the psychology this author has to know she's inserting into every book. The things the characters face and disagree on, the motivations for actions characters take. It's all just so realistic and accurate to the point of this whole world being so believable. Each book in this series is a standalone, but I will say that all the books really do build on each other. You can read any of them by themselves, and there is just enough explanation of what's happening that alludes to a previous book to get a good sense of what's going on without being too repetitive for those who have read all the books up to that point, which I think is a nice touch. They also do a nice job of setting up the couple and storyline of the next book, and I suspect Willow and Solo will be next up, followed by Raven and Nero, perhaps. I really wish everyone would read these books so that I would have someone to talk about them with. They are seriously that good. Also, the audiobooks are done exceptionally well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    MrsHReadsALot

    All over the place While reading this, I felt like it was all over the place. Or maybe that’s just my current headspace? Or maybe I’m feeling this way because there was just too many distractions in this story. Shelly’s a very distracted character. So if the author intended to make me feel all over the place she conveyed that perfectly. And sometimes I wonder if she even likes women, because she creates some truly annoying characters, like Willow and she was only in this story momentarily. I’ll b All over the place While reading this, I felt like it was all over the place. Or maybe that’s just my current headspace? Or maybe I’m feeling this way because there was just too many distractions in this story. Shelly’s a very distracted character. So if the author intended to make me feel all over the place she conveyed that perfectly. And sometimes I wonder if she even likes women, because she creates some truly annoying characters, like Willow and she was only in this story momentarily. I’ll be skipping her book. Maybe she writes them this way so she can redeem them later on? Also, it comes across as preachy and the views they have on everything is so convoluted. And one thing that always bugs me in stories is when the characters start talking about completely irrelevant things to the story but it’s done in a way the author most likely thought as enlightening. It’s not. It’s boring and drags the story down. The whole time Shelly was opposed to the idea of marriage. Not until Boulder puts the smack down on Marco for trying to force Shelly to do it while he’s drunk (she’s not and doesn’t want to get caught) does she change her mind. Why? Because if they were married, no one would think badly of Marco for trying to get it on with his woman. So backwards!!! She didn’t want to. She said no. He wasn’t listening to her and was forcing himself on her. Whether or not they’re married makes no difference. No means no. Thanks Boulder for stepping in. Shelly might have a genius iq, but she’s dumb. That moment totally took me out of this story and really made me start looking at all the other horrible moments in this story and taking a closer look. For being independent and from an advanced and so called enlightened country, her way of thinking is so misconstrued and backwards. Both the Nmen and Motlanders are kooky. Is this what the author was going for? Because I can’t take anyone seriously or what they’re trying to sell. At times I liked both main characters. This was steamy pretty much from the get, but I just didn’t love it. It was ridiculous and the characters think they’re funny, but they’re not. And that makes me sad when someone thinks they’re hilarious, but really it’s just 👎. Maybe I just have a really bad case of it’s me not you?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amyiw

    3 1/2 bumped up because we get to see all the other characters and it starts out pretty damn fun. What brings it down is the assuming they are thinking the way each other culture's woman or men would when they grew up knowing that the other culture didn't think like they did. Then making bad assumptions and decision based on those. (view spoiler)[ Marco assumes that she cares about his money and position more than who he is and that she cannot see him/ love him for who he is. (hide spoiler)] Th 3 1/2 bumped up because we get to see all the other characters and it starts out pretty damn fun. What brings it down is the assuming they are thinking the way each other culture's woman or men would when they grew up knowing that the other culture didn't think like they did. Then making bad assumptions and decision based on those. (view spoiler)[ Marco assumes that she cares about his money and position more than who he is and that she cannot see him/ love him for who he is. (hide spoiler)] Then there is her false thoughts and assumptions that she makes poor decision upon. (view spoiler)[ that he cannot love her and he only wants a nWomen and to have the many children of the north. Not that he doesn't want children. (hide spoiler)] She just keeps making decisions for him. Based on lies which is what makes me really get annoyed with this series sometimes. (view spoiler)[ Her lie of having her period. What is she going to do? Have the baby on her own? Run away and leave him to a loveless marriage? (hide spoiler)] So those made it not one of my favorites, and I thought it would be. I still really liked it but more for the other characters and how it started and ended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Slater

    Shelly and Marco's book was one of the most anticipated in the series and I was not disappointed at all!!! I loved every moment of this book. The opening scene with Shelly faking being a sex bot was hilarious and Elin Peer is a master at romance comedy gold!!! The subtle humor where it's not meant to be funny but awkward is just the best. I love how Marco had to come to realize his love for Shelly and yet she has been in love with Marco since meeting him at 15 years old. I can't say enough wonde Shelly and Marco's book was one of the most anticipated in the series and I was not disappointed at all!!! I loved every moment of this book. The opening scene with Shelly faking being a sex bot was hilarious and Elin Peer is a master at romance comedy gold!!! The subtle humor where it's not meant to be funny but awkward is just the best. I love how Marco had to come to realize his love for Shelly and yet she has been in love with Marco since meeting him at 15 years old. I can't say enough wonderful things about this series. Just get off here and read it already - you will NOT regret it. In fact, kiss your social life goodbye and curl up somewhere you won't be bothered!!! On a side note, I listen to this series on audible and I would HIGHLY recommend that version. The narrators are some of the best out there and I'm utterly addicted.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Olsen

    Meh... I was looking forward to this book, but I ended up not liking it, for my own weird quirks that are probably not anyone else’s. **spoiler** I did not like at all her dishonesty at the beginning. I understand that it makes sense for her character, but I still really didn’t like it. I also flipped forward and discovered she got pregnant. And much of the portion I read was them going back and forth about whether she was pregnant. I really don’t like pregnancy or babies/kids in books. But again Meh... I was looking forward to this book, but I ended up not liking it, for my own weird quirks that are probably not anyone else’s. **spoiler** I did not like at all her dishonesty at the beginning. I understand that it makes sense for her character, but I still really didn’t like it. I also flipped forward and discovered she got pregnant. And much of the portion I read was them going back and forth about whether she was pregnant. I really don’t like pregnancy or babies/kids in books. But again, that’s just me. I did DNF this book at 44% because the reasons above made it annoying for me to read. I normally read a book in a day to two, but this one was just dragging on and on for me because I couldn’t get into it for the reasons above. However, the writing is good and I did not find errors in the text I read. Well done, just not what I enjoy reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susie Price

    Absolutely Loved this One!!! It has Humor, Banter, Hot Sex, a Genius and a Hot Nmen and a Reunion, what more could we ask for that That? Ha! But for real this one, I think Elin Peer really got it Exactly Right for these two people! Poor Shelly who was not a pretty girl 15 but was a known genius and often times when she was assisting Marco as Mentors they didn't hardly ever see eye to eye, but I liked that banter back then and to see them 10 yrs older, more mature and wiser, maybe lol but for sur Absolutely Loved this One!!! It has Humor, Banter, Hot Sex, a Genius and a Hot Nmen and a Reunion, what more could we ask for that That? Ha! But for real this one, I think Elin Peer really got it Exactly Right for these two people! Poor Shelly who was not a pretty girl 15 but was a known genius and often times when she was assisting Marco as Mentors they didn't hardly ever see eye to eye, but I liked that banter back then and to see them 10 yrs older, more mature and wiser, maybe lol but for sure they are Just Better! So Shelly goes over to the North to do some testing on the Sexbots she has created and as she has set up clinical rounds for testing and watching how each Nmen reacts with the Sexbots and what she envisions for the future with the Sexbots. Marco is a Mentor at his own school now that has a good mixture of children in his school and still loves teaching BUT he has tried to win 2 championships and lost because he doesn't make much money of teaching. He has another coming in a few weeks and the prize bride comes with 1 million and Marco Wants to Win Badly. His roommate Storm has an appointment at the Sexbot clinic but wont be able to make it and asks Marco if he can go in his place and he is ready to go relieve so stress so its a Go for him. So the clinic Shelly works at is the clinic Storm was going to and now its Marco, pretending to be Storm, so imagine Shelly's surprise when its not Storm but her Marco, the one she so fantasized about in her early yrs until well, nah she Still Is Fantasizing. So you can only imagine the shock she is in and well she cant even think clearly, and she wants to see if he will recognize her "the new improved Shelly" and well he doesn't recognize her and WOW what a story comes out of this! Best Yet for me of all the books! (Finns story was my favorite, now close to even but has to be second) I loved the backstory that we mostly know except what all Shelly had felt prior to leaving all those years ago to go off and study and in 10 yrs she gets 3 different degrees! Yep Pure Genius Here!!! It also lets us know how Marco took to being with Shelly all that time ago PLUS we get a Reunion with Everyone, ALL the Kids as now pretty much adults and All the married couples with kids. Something Crazy happened between the two love birds that were at school Solo and Willow and Hunter well he really despises Solo for some past things that we still don't know much about. So I Loved it, I have truly loved all the books so far and Shelly and Marco do not disappoint at ALL! Thank You Elin Peer for another Wonderful Book. I agreed to read this book for my own pleasure and what a pleasure it was!!! One Click this Gem Now~~~

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrie

    Finally I have Shelly and Marco's story These two were everything and since the third book The Mentor- when we were introduced to them- I was going nuts over them. A little bit about the book (spoiler free) The story takes place 10 years after Shelly left school and returned to Motherlands. Now she is back to Northland working for a tech company, her skin is clear from acne and she has a woman's body and not a teenager's. When Marco takes his friend's place in testing a new sex-bot the least he exp Finally I have Shelly and Marco's story These two were everything and since the third book The Mentor- when we were introduced to them- I was going nuts over them. A little bit about the book (spoiler free) The story takes place 10 years after Shelly left school and returned to Motherlands. Now she is back to Northland working for a tech company, her skin is clear from acne and she has a woman's body and not a teenager's. When Marco takes his friend's place in testing a new sex-bot the least he expects is the specific sex-bot to be the most beautiful "woman" he's ever seen and very life like. Imagine his suprise when a week later he spots Shelly and finds out the truth. The two of them stike a deal. They will continue having sex until Marco leaves for a tournament in 3 weeks time (bare in mind that by tournament I mean one of those that the price is a million dollars AND A WIFE) and Shelly can do her research on sex with the "results" she'll be getting. But not a plan went more wonderfully wrong than theirs. Feelings start to emerge and love starts to hurt when they both think that a relationship between them is impossible. They are too different. They are from two different worlds and they want different things in life. Is love enough reason to put their differences aside? Is having the one you want worth the risk of giving up everything you wanted till you met that person? Read it a find out. I totally recommend it. Little bit about the main characters Shelly is a genius. Her brain works different than everybody else's and the world expects much from her. She is to change the world as they know it. Problem is, she is not very bright sometimes. For instance she takes everything in its literal sense and she is very pragmatic. Everything has to and can be explained by science/biology- even matters of the heart. The only "anomaly" is her feelings for Marco. She's been in love with him for 10 years (since she was 15 years old) and this is why she decides to go with the flow when Marco mistakes her for a sex bot. Marco is the exact opposite. He knows what he wants and not afraid to go after it. He respects Shelly and although he's dying to make her his, he never pushes her. He never lies or mistreates her, being rude or mislead her. Marco is the perfect gent to her and the perfect boyfriend/sex buddy. As always, the second characters intrigued me to the max. I can't wait to find out what happened to Solo and Willow. The book flowed unbelievably well. I felt like I was reading for 20 minutes when 4 hours went by and I was nowhere ready of put it down. Not even to sleep. Always happy to read about my old fav couples Boulder and Christina and the rest. ARC provided for my honest review and this is my honest review. This series is one of the best I've ever read and I'm in love with those characters. I can't recommend it more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Louise H - ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

    The strange decisions a young woman makes when she meets with the man of her dreams. Whilst most books set in a dystopian future feature suffering and oppression, this series features super hot, alpha male, Nmen and the pacifistic, female and discussion led Motlanders. Two very different cultures who have spent the last decade trying to build bridges and find a way to co-exist peacefully. I do believe the book can be read as a standalone story, though having read at least The Mentor would help pr The strange decisions a young woman makes when she meets with the man of her dreams. Whilst most books set in a dystopian future feature suffering and oppression, this series features super hot, alpha male, Nmen and the pacifistic, female and discussion led Motlanders. Two very different cultures who have spent the last decade trying to build bridges and find a way to co-exist peacefully. I do believe the book can be read as a standalone story, though having read at least The Mentor would help provide a lot of backstory to this book. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the 5 previous books, and was very keen to read Shelly's story. A decade ago Shelly spent a year in the Northlands as an assistant learning mentor. A girl with the highest recorded IQ, she was always going somewhere. However she left her heart behind with Marco, another learning mentor, but he was 5 years older than her and didn't see her in the same way at all. A chance meeting with Marco has him believing she is a sex-bot, not recognising the ugly duckling who has transformed into a beautiful swan. Overcome by a mix of scientific curiosity and lust, Shelly allows him to continue under this mistaken impression. What will be the consequences when he finds out the truth? The Genius is just such a delightful book to read. It captured my attention and held it form start, to finish. Quite simply I didn't want to put this book down. It was much more upbeat than some of the earlier books, I found myself smiling and amused on many occasions, both with the things that were said by the characters and the situations they found themselves in. Shelly is such an amazing character, with her mix of amazing genius and insight on one hand and her glaring social faux pas on the other. So used to being told she has no empathy and 'doesn't understand people', it was no wonder she jumped to conclusions about Marco. I adored Shelly and really admired her strength and determination to always solve any problem. Whilst I certainly felt a variety of emotions reading this book, it wasn't as angst filled and tear-jerking as some of the other books. However that was fine as it made this story feel fresh, rather than just a repeat/re-working of previous books. I loved catching up with other characters and am looking forward to seeing how their stories proceed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicki White

    Shelly Summers sure did live up to her quirky personality. As with all of Peers books it would seem this one has followed the path of not your typical romances. If you looking for something the is a realistic love story this would not be for you. But if you are looking for a romance novel that will leave you guessing, amused and wondering just what out genius Shelly is going to get herself into next then yes you'll love this one. Keep in mind that this is book 6 of the Men of the North Series. Pe Shelly Summers sure did live up to her quirky personality. As with all of Peers books it would seem this one has followed the path of not your typical romances. If you looking for something the is a realistic love story this would not be for you. But if you are looking for a romance novel that will leave you guessing, amused and wondering just what out genius Shelly is going to get herself into next then yes you'll love this one. Keep in mind that this is book 6 of the Men of the North Series. Personally I think this could easily be read as a standalone, but I'd strongly recommend that it be read in order just so you get a round about knowledge of the cast that is presented to you. Marco and Shelly's relationships starts way back in book one but as they are the teachers assistants for a new integration school. Marco being Shelly's senior see her and her brainy features as a child and nothing more than almost a pest. Poor Shelly though like most young girls has a crush on the one person who see her as just an awkward teen girl trying to find her way through the teens years. I did wonder how Peer was going to have the pair reunite. I was extremely pleased with the reunification. While not traditional in any way, I admire Peer for stepping out the boxes and amping up the boundaries level. Again I can not reiterate this enough, this is not your typical romance. The futuristic setting I enjoyed but I wish more elements were added beyond what we had already had, drones sex-bot and wrist-bands. Not that the depiction of these element where a let down. But there were a few added developments. I guess I was just looking for more. The catch up of our past cast from Books 1-5 (the Adults who all played a role in setting up the school) was amazing inputted into the story line. The children who attended the first year of the integration school (Books 6- 10 I believe) had a slight role within the book so you can see who the growth of all them. We also got a glimpse into Willow and Solo story which will be the focal of Book 7 The Dancer. Overall this was a stunningly written book, that will leave you filled with more laughter, eye rolls, and comical relief that could be read in one sitting. To read more reviews check out www.shealwasyreads.com

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    In The Genius, Peer takes a fresh approach to an already exciting series by spotlighting Shelley, a Motlander woman who played a minor character role earlier in this series. For most of her life, Shelley has spent her time concentrating on the pursuit of knowledge. After attaining several, impressive college degrees, in a variety of subjects, she has immersed herself in the study of how men interact with sex bots, and how she can enhance their experience by improving on the "reality" of the bots In The Genius, Peer takes a fresh approach to an already exciting series by spotlighting Shelley, a Motlander woman who played a minor character role earlier in this series. For most of her life, Shelley has spent her time concentrating on the pursuit of knowledge. After attaining several, impressive college degrees, in a variety of subjects, she has immersed herself in the study of how men interact with sex bots, and how she can enhance their experience by improving on the "reality" of the bots. The irony of this is that Shelley is still a virgin and has no experience with men, relationships and, most importantly, sex. Then Marco, the man she had serious, secret crush on 10 years prior, walks back into her life and turns her sterile, orderly, virginal world completely upside down. I loved watching Shelley "come into her own" and discover that there was more to life than being stuck in a lab evaluating everyone else's idea of fun and pleasure. I also enjoyed seeing Shelley's feminine side really blossom and grow and a more mature side of Marco emerge and develop. The banter between the two was as witty as ever, and I found myself literally laughing aloud on more than one occasion. And, as always, it was great to check in and see how the lives of all of my other favorite characters had progressed during the preceding 10 years. It was like one big family reunion between the pages! Although, I do wish there had not been such a big gap in the character timeline between this book and the previous one. I would have preferred if there had been another story that picked up somewhere around the 5 year mark, to keep the timeline of the series a bit tighter. I have enjoyed this series SO much, that I am going to feel a real sense of sadness and loss, when it finally comes to an end. But, there are several more stories due in the series before that happens, and I am definitely anxious to see who gets the spotlight, next, and where their story will lead not only them, but me, as well. *I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.

  30. 4 out of 5

    D. Thornton

    By far THE best book in the MotN series. Can be read stand-alone, but makes much more sense after reading the first 5 books. All of the previous characters make an appearance, but don't play a pivotal role between Marco and Shelly. Now that the Northlands and Motherlands are starting to do some assimilation, this book outlines all of the problems that were bound to happen, and these problems even impact the dynamic between Marco and Shelly. Additionally, Marco remained playful and proud but devel By far THE best book in the MotN series. Can be read stand-alone, but makes much more sense after reading the first 5 books. All of the previous characters make an appearance, but don't play a pivotal role between Marco and Shelly. Now that the Northlands and Motherlands are starting to do some assimilation, this book outlines all of the problems that were bound to happen, and these problems even impact the dynamic between Marco and Shelly. Additionally, Marco remained playful and proud but developed a tender sweetness after the years which more than humanized his somewhat prick-like attitude in The Mentor, Seducer, and Warrior. Shelly stayed true to form with her wit and quirkiness, while she remains awkward in social situations, she turned into a character that was able to recognize and respond to her feelings but still has a hard time responding to emotions in others. The love story in this book starts out adorably embarassing and moves into more and more scenes of awkwardness until there is an acceptance. Both Marco and Shelly routinely act like hormonal teens throughout the book, and I think this may be Elin's doing on purpose. Shelly acts more emotionally detached, much like the Nmen, and throughout all of the books the Nmen were consistently boyish and adolescent. I found their love story to be remarkably fulfilling. I've read the book multiple times and will probably reread it (and the entire series) many more times in the future. Amazing job, Elin. I loved it!

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