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Aug 31 2017 1:00pm

Heroines in STEM: Gamers, Hackers, and Coders Edition

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

In the latest installment of the Heroines in STEM series, the focus is on women who know their way around a keyboard. You’d think that with computers basically everywhere in our lives that we’d see more heroines who earn their living by making computers do their bidding or who get involved in those immersive online games where they could potentially meet their mates. And yet this may have been the smallest crop of recs I’ve received since starting to write this series.

All of the books listed here are contemporaries, but I would be the first one in line to one-click a romance set during the space race which features one of the early adapters of computers—like Hidden Figures, but with more kissing. I would also be all for an anti-heroine hacker because who says being bad is just for the boys?

 Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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An F/F book about two young women in college who are both computer science majors. One happens to be a stripper when she’s not in class, and one is struggling with mental health and family issues. I WANT MORE OF ALL OF THESE THINGS IN BOOKS. Sorry, totally lost my chill for a second there. Bottom line is that Alexis and Trisha are both super cute, and realistically awkward about having feels for each other.

Level Up by Cathy Yardley

Level Up by Cathy Yardley

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A roommates to lovers story with a Latina heroine who is a coder and trying to fight her way up the ranks at the video game company she works for. One of the things I liked best about this book  was the friendships that developed. Not just between Tessa and her co-workers, but also between Tessa and a group of women. And good news, if you love Level Up, the second book in the Fandom Hearts series—One True Pairing—is out now.

Changing His Game by Megan Erickson

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One of Erickson’s category romances for Entangled, Changing His Game is a fun read. Our heroine Marley gets caught watching a dirty GIF by the IT guy. Or so she thinks. But Austin turns out to be a whole lot more than she bargained for—he’s actually a secret partner of the game magazine where she’s an editor and technically her boss. Gaming and office romances that start off with an awkward bang? Yes, please.

Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

Deep Dark by Laura Griffin

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The tenth installment in the Tracers series (although it can be read as a standalone—I did) features a hacker girl who’s married to her job and an older police detective who’s just as married to his. And yet somehow in the middle of solving a crime, they manage to make time for each other. Hacker isn’t something you see on a whole lot of romance novel heroine resumes, which is why I picked up this romantic suspense. If anything, I could’ve used more details about her hacking exploits.

 

Other books that were recommended when I put the call out on social media:

  • Luke by M. Malone
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Crazy, Stupid Sex by Maisey Yates
  • At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
  • Taking Him by Jackie Ashenden(currently unavailable, former Samhain title)
  • Gaming for Keeps by Seleste deLaney
  • One Sexy Mistake by Sarah Balance
  • Run to You by Rachel Lacey
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (graphic novel that I’d like to recommend from personal experience but my 6-year-old absconded with it before I could get a look and won’t give it back)
  • The Principle of Desire by Delphine Dryden
  • Slices of Pi Series by Elia Winters

Did I miss your favorite gamer, hacker, or coder heroine? Do you have a certain kind of tech-savvy heroine you’d like to see on your e-reader? Let me know below! 


H&H Editor Picks:

Mathematician Heroines in Romance—Equations of the Heart

4 STEM Heroines in Romance—Tiny Science, Big Love

September 2017 Romance Novels New Releases Shopping List

 

 

 

 

 


Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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Kareni
3. Kareni
Tamsen, I enjoyed Star Crossed, a female/female romance by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner that was available for a day or so before it was pulled for re-editing. It definitely fits the bill for “a romance set during the space race which features one of the early adapters of computers—like Hidden Figures, but with more kissing.” Keep a lookout for when it's re-released.

Here’s the blurb: “Houston, Texas, 1964 Geraldine Brixton is ready to make history as the first female American astronaut. After a childhood traveling the air show circuit, she works as a pilot, so she’s more than prepared for the flying. But space demands more than operating equipment, and the last obstacle in her way is also the most serious: math. Beverly Fox has made a career crunching the numbers that launch men into space. Numbers aren’t her problem: limits are. From the narrow expectations of her parents to discrimination at work, Bev’s life has been cut down over and over. Only in her hidden activities after dark does she feel whole. Wanting to do her part to get a woman into space, Bev offers to help Geri conquer math. But neither anticipates her intense attraction—or that it might be shared. Together they could soar to everything they’ve ever wanted, but will their secrets bring them crashing back to Earth?”
TamsenParker
4. TamsenParker
@Kareni: I actually got to read an ARC of Star Crossed, and I can't wait for it to be re-released! So yes, it definitely fits the bill, and I'd like to see more of them, because I'm greedy like that : D
Heather Waters
5. HeatherWaters
I enjoyed LEVEL UP and DEEP DARK both, and the rest of these are definitely on my TBR list now. Thanks!
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