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SHE PREFERRED COWBOYSSophia Athena Bennett had been raised by geniuses to shine in the rarefied atmosphere of academia. Instead she chose to live in Texas, where men were men, and a cowboy's prowess in barroom brawls and at breaking broncos was more important than any degree.Enter Dr. Max Travers, professor of mathematics, friend of her brilliant parents, wizard. Sophy tolSHE PREFERRED COWBOYSSophia Athena Bennett had been raised by geniuses to shine in the rarefied atmosphere of academia. Instead she chose to live in Texas, where men were men, and a cowboy's prowess in barroom brawls and at breaking broncos was more important than any degree.Enter Dr. Max Travers, professor of mathematics, friend of her brilliant parents, wizard. Sophy told herself he was a nerd; she told herself he probably made love by the numbers; she insisted that she preferred cowboys. Why was it that she found Max sexy as all get-out, and infinitely more dangerous than any gunslinger in a ten-gallon hat?...

Title : Wizard
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ISBN : 9780373052110
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 188 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Wizard Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2018-12-31 03:00

    Sometimes you just want to read an old school category romance, and that's why I ended up reading this. Plus, I never could resist a Nerd Hero. This is also a bit of an opposites attract kind of book. Sophy is the normal intellect daughter of two academic geniuses and she has a chip on her shoulder about academics. She likes cowboys. Her parents have mostly given up on making her in their image, but they are still trying to pair her up with an intellectual so they can have genius grandchildren. So of course, they push Max in her direction when he comes to Dallas for some consulting work, getting Max to meet her while he's in town.Sophy is downright insulting to Max, initially, pretty much calling him dull as ditchwater to his face, and citing her preference for cowboys. Max is enchanted with Sophy and very, very jealous of her cowboy she's currently dating. For Max, it's practically love at first sight. He resolves to spend as much time with her as possible, and he ends up seducing her into giving this academic the old college try.Stephanie James is a pen name for Jayne Ann Krentz and you can tell. Ms. Krentz/James seems to prefer intelligent, but very masculine alpha types, and well, who can blame her? I liked Max. He has a big POV, and you realize that he's a very layered man. Under his calm, intellectual exterior lurks a crouching tiger. I can see that he was more than willing to fight for his woman. I love a hero who doesn't give up on his heroine and pursues her despite all obstacles. Although Sophy did come off a little bratty at first, it's apparent, she's a very sweet person. It was her way of dealing with the hurt of always being the normal kid around overachievers. I like that even though Max massacred the steak (steak-grilling is apparently a skill all men must possess or lose their man card), she still stroked his ego about it. That was very sweet of her. She didn't have to do that. She could have destroyed his fragile male ego, but she didn't. I like that Sophy is also very well-developed. She is a talented seamstress and designer, and her flair for color and design is apparent, even in the face of people (including her parents, dismissing it as trivial).I lived in Dallas as a teenager (high school), and James captures it well. I have a book fondness for cowboys, but my real life experiences with them has left me disenchanted. Sophy's beau reminded me of some of the cowboys I went to school with, and he lives down to my worst experiences of that type. I can't say I ever met a real life cowboy I found sexy, but I will still cherish my fictional cowboys. However, nerds always win out. Max is one sexy nerd. I like that he's very supportive of Sophy and never treats her like she's his intellectual inferior. He seems to understand that being a book smart person isn't the sum total of experience. I liked that although her parents don't get her, Sophy's parents do love her, and she loves them. I think it took courage for Sophy to forge her own path, despite the fact that it took her in a very different direction from her family's aspirations.This book lives up to the charm that old school category romances will always hold for me. It's amazing how much story a skilled writer can tell in under 200 pages. I'm really glad I was drawn in by the nerd angle, and I've enjoyed all the Stephanie James books I've read--this is no exception I'd recommend this if you can get a copy of it.

  • Evelyn Bryant
    2019-01-08 03:09

    Weak,dated and unintentionally funny book about a woman too stupid to live. Glad she was in a book. I realize this was written in the 80's and while this was the audio version, I remember reading this way back. Characters lacking. Plot lacking. Story lacking. Give it a skip. Its sad when the sex scenes are funny. Everytime the characters start to have sex he begins talking about rainbows(?) and she talks about wizards. Sad. And if thats not enough, the narrator (Renee Raudman)of this audio version used such a nauseating voice for the heroine. She would have done better to use her normal speaking voice. No one speaks with a psuedo Mae West imitation in their day to day dealings like Sophie does. It's laughable.

  • D.G.
    2019-01-21 03:08

    DNFI thought this might be a fun read, given the similarities of this couple to my personal situation (my husband is a college professor and he's so smart, he can do square roots in his head up to 4-5 decimal points...yes for real.) But this heroine is a snob! She spent all of her first date talking about herself as an 'underachiever' and how she'd never marry a man like him. (If I'd been him, I'd have told her "I don't remember asking you.")And if her parents were really smart people, they would know that having a child with a genius IQ (over 140) is not a automatic.

  • EeeJay
    2018-12-24 04:10

    He deceived her and went behind her back to discuss a situation she had brought to his attention with her supervisors and she wasn't ANGRY? What is she? Superwoman??

  • Brenda Audiobooks Only
    2018-12-28 03:53

    Narrated by Renee Raudman - Narration 5*sWizard starts out light and humorous. Sophia Athena Bennett is out on a duty date with professor Maximillian Travers because he is a friend of her parents (all of them being genius mathematicians). Sophia makes it clear to Max that she is only interested in cowboys not wizards/geniuses, no matter what her parents want for her.Renee Raudman is perfect in bringing out all the best in this story – the humor, the bantering, attitudes, and emotions. Too perfect when it came to the section of the story where Max loses his easygoing way for a turn at domineering caveman. You want to get in there and personally take him down a peg or two!Raudman was so good at the jerk quotient that I literally winced while listening. Fortunately Max’s attitude problem mellowed out before long and he redeemed himself nicely. On the positive side, Sophia was never a doormat – she gave as good as she got in their interactions. The chip she has on her shoulder about geniuses becomes annoying, though.The age of Wizard shows, from the clothing descriptions (too funny,) the physical restraint Max tries, the slap Sophia gives him, the overbearing hero section, and basic cheesiness. With all that said, if you’re willing to drift back in time, to the series romance style of the mid 1980s, let Renee Raudman bring it alive for you. She makes this blast from the past a fun listen with her amazing skills, if you’re prepared.

  • Shawna Hansen
    2018-12-24 06:06

    When I downloaded this audiobook onto my iphone, it went into the music section rather than the overdrive application and I couldn't figure out how to adjust the speed. The narrator's voice was extremely fast and quite annoying. I liked the usual humor and tension between the characters, but this book felt a little dated. Even the nerdy math wizard became a "he man" to win over the oddly defiant "feminine" heroine (more like hit her over the head with a stick and drag her back to the cave). I have to admit that it was funny to listen to the story and it was a super-fast read.

  • CJK
    2019-01-04 09:56

    This review is for all the Jayne Ann Krentz/Stephanie James/Amanda Quick books that I have read over the last couple of weeks. I took a challenge from a friend to read a romance author that I don't like to give it a second try and wow, this really sucked. The terms of the challenge was this: 1)read a romance author I don't like 2) read more than one book 3)give author fair tryMy first encounter with Krentz was back in college - book Wizard from same friend. She told me how sexy it was and how 'hot' it was. When i read it - I gave it back to my friend and told her to throw it away. It was terrible. Years later, the 2nd read was not any better, but worse than I remember. The thing about reading an author's books back to back - you start to see a lot of patterns. Krentz's patterns are:- The males are all: brilliant, mysterious, have martial arts talent, arrogant, condescending, "sinewy" with an animal's(panther, cat, wolf, dragon) predatory aura. - The women are all: warm, motherly, rounded, spirited but lacking common sense in dangerous situations, sharp/savvy but needs male to lead her, have either blunt wedge haircut or curly mass, meddlesome, condescending. - Neither the male or female leads respect each other, respect the other's boundaries or their relationships with family members because the male or female know better than the other. The book Surrender by Quick was so bad and frustrating the arrogant male character who told the female lead to accept her circumstances and be happy because he decided it was the best for her, I wanted to throw the book into the nearest fire pit.-The male or female character manipulates the partner's families/enemies and makes everything better with just a few insights -The males have an unhealthy obsession with females' pubic hair because he's always running his fingers through it, fascinated by the 'tight curls" or hidden secrets.Another irritating pattern - everything is spoken in metaphors and/or with stupid/lame references to titles:-"This beast has just mated for life." from Fabulous Beast-"Give me the words, ghost lady." from Ghost of a chance-"..could she deny this wizard anything he asked tonight?" "She was like a brilliantly plumed bird..." "I never thought wizards were capable of real passion..." from Wizard-"...to go along with her wild plan..." "...fingers through her wild thick bob of sherry colored curls..." from Wildest Hearts-"...Feeling uncomfortably like a small, very reckless fly..." "Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon.." "...suddenly took off like a thoroughbred racehorse." from Deep Waters-"...look that lay like a mask..." "...began to feel like a river of lava." from Perfect PartnersI would be re-writing entire books if I listed all of them. There were also times when the male character was bordering on stalker-like behavior which made me uncomfortable. Night of the Magician by James had the male character breaking leaving roses at her door, on her car, and on her bed. That is not romantic. Especially since he wasn't doing it as romantic gesture of mutual love, but to prove that he could get to her, that she couldn't get away from him/deny him. (She had told him she didn't want to see him prior to this and he refused to accept it.) Even worse, the female lead then thought it was a touching gesture.I realize the majority of the author's books were written in 70s/80s/90s when the romance genre was establishing itself and in which the current trend of erotica/romance wasn't as acceptable, but she carries that same style of writing into her " current"books like her Arcane Society series and the 'hot' scenes are all PG level. It is extremely frustrating to read these books, with their template storylines, lame dialogues, and horrible lack of respect for each other. Reading the different genres just reinforced how these books are.However, there were glimmers of bright spots. I thought a few of the plots were unique(Lost and Found/Trust Me/Sweet Fortune) and the way she set up her characters in the middle or near beginning of their first meetings was nice. I really appreciate how gay characters were treated in her stories, even if they were a bit idealistic.If not for my friend's challenge, I would never have wasted my time and gotten so frustrated reading this author. I did not enjoy these books, although some were refreshing to her usual stuff. I did not like her characters, but some had a better overall story. I will NOT be thanking my friend, but I enjoyed the challenge.

  • Linda C
    2019-01-21 08:58

    This is a story of opposites attracting. Sophia is the daughter of 2 academic geniuses. However, she is not a super brain and spent her school years striving to be something she wasn't. Max is a mathematical genius who feels he lives in a black and white world. Sophia is color. But Sophia doesn't want his world. The story line is a typical romance plot and was typical of the stories published in the 80s. Some of the devices are dated and a little overbearing; a little uncomfortable at times. Stephanie James is a pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz whose stories have matured over time. I have a lot of her early works that I haven't read in 30 years. I am planning on rereading them and weeding as I go. This will go.

  • Sue
    2018-12-28 10:07

    I love reading Ms. James old romances, and this one had an interesting twist--math genius vs dress designer...academia versus the "real world." Three stars as the physical side of their relationship starts with him taking advantage of her with him rationalizing it's okay.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-11 09:58

    This was not a book I would ever recommend. I listened to it on play-a-way while I walked on the treadmill. Convenience is the only reason I finished it. I realize the book was published in the 80's, but I got so sick of the constant man bashing and hatred of intellectuals! The main character, Sophie, was raised by two academic intellectuals, and because she was not a prodigy herself, Sophie grew to hate anyone who excelled in academics. At least that is how I have to describe her. I grew tired of her waspish tongue. How is a reader suppose to "like" a person who is always judgmental, denigrating and condescending to anyone and everyone she even "thinks" has a tertiary education? I started out liking the secondary (male) character, Max, until the author decided to develop him from a gentleman, into a chauvinist pig. I suppose this was done in order to make Sophie and her obnoxious attitude, arrogance and flippancy acceptable to the reader. The poor little rich girl who is intimidated by "wizards" plot was not acceptable to this reader. If you think all intellectuals dress in tweed, wear horn-rimmed glasses, wear a plastic pack of pens and pencils in their pockets, are severe, bland, reserved and unable to enjoy the "real" world, because they live in an "ivory tower," you might just like this book. If not, don't bother.

  • Brenda Audiobooks Only
    2018-12-31 02:50

    Narrated by Ashley Aldon - Narration 1*What ruined this book was the nauseating over emphasis put on every single word from the narrators mouth. Plus Ashley Aldon got the whole tone of the book wrong! I've read the book many times and the heroine was not a smart mouthed *itch and the hero was not a quiet nerd! But that is what we get with this narration. Instead of the two very confident people finding common ground which is what Stephanie James / Jayne Ann Krentz wrote. An average but enjoyable enough JAK from 1985 trashed by the narration.ETA - I was very happy when Brilliance choose to release their own Audio version of Wizard narrated by Renee Raudman. The story may be dated when you listen but Renee Raudman aces the pitch - timing and characters. A fun listen if you want to re-visit the series romance style from the mid 1980's.

  • Maria
    2018-12-25 05:05

    This Jayne Ann Krentz was published in 1985 and contains the characterization and dialogue I would expect of her writing at that point in her career. The plot was a bit weaker in that there are issues that border on the unethical but overall it is an enjoyable re-read. I particularly liked that the male protagonist is an academician who is unused to dealing with emotions rather than logic. His reactions to being around Sophy, a businesswoman and designer, totally unlike anyone he has been accustomed to seeing, are delightful. The analogy with the crayons is great. Ms. Krentz gets you to see not only the problems of being an "ungifted" amongst the gifted but also that being gifted and never being allowed to do anything but study useful subjects is equally unfortunate. There are two sides to every coin, which is a revelation to Sophy.

  • Farah
    2018-12-31 02:58

    Sophia and Max made a very interesting couplebut Sophia got on my nerves most of the time , she was too judgmental and wouldn't see what's right in-front of her. Max was a very interesting character , he had his funny and charming moments but I didn't like the way he reacted when Sophia told him about her friend's possible plans , he had no right to deliver that story to her supervisors and I didn't like the way she reacted to what he did or should I say her lack of reaction. The dialogue was repetitive and had it's cheesy moments , over all it's not one of Jayne's best books but it's a nice read though pretty forgettable afterwards.

  • Cheryl Mclaws
    2019-01-08 07:11

    I didn't know, at first, that this book was from the 80s. The descriptions of the characters' wardrobes and home decor soon gave it away though and it made me laugh. The office/corporate politics from 30+ years ago was interesting to read. However, I did NOT like the hero. Twice he threatened the heroine with physical violence and I immediately disliked him because of it. He lost all my respect and she did too for allowing that go and not calling him on it. "If you do that again I'll beat you." While some may argue that that is just because of when the book was written, but physical violence is NEVER okay.

  • Alley Cat
    2019-01-23 03:14

    DNF.The narrator (Ashley Aldon) is absolutely TERRIBLE!I'd like to think that I might have actually attempted to like the book, but the narration just accentuated the faults. The heroine came out as a total *itch, the hero as a timid mouse, and the plot out-right boring and ludicrous. Maybe when I forget how bad this narrator is, I'll try reading the booking instead of listening to the audio version.

  • Jenny Schwartz
    2019-01-09 08:09

    This was the second book in the Jayne Ann Krentz collection and I loved the intro to the hero in the first chapter. It's written from the hero's point of view and he's a math prof meeting the heroine and lusting after her (in a gentlemanly fashion). All of which makes the opening line a treat, "She preferred cowboys."

  • Caroline
    2019-01-04 04:14

    This felt very 80's and fairly old fashioned with it' s complaint of women being treated as secretaries and not being valued. However the heroine definitely had a chip on her shoulder about intellectual men; whether she learnt that they were just the same as other men such as cowboys I'm not too sure. It was an ok book but nothing special.

  • Mindy
    2018-12-29 06:04

    From Sophia's defensive cynicism to Max's somehow audacous insecurity, I really just couldn't get into this book. From the beginning I felt like they were a mismatch and I hated how Max ordered Sophia around and I hated how she was so sure she understood him and made really bad assumptions and decisions based on that flawed understanding. The book wasn't one of Krentz's best.

  • Chu-Salyer Sharon
    2019-01-11 10:19

    Intellectual Sophia Bennett knew what kind of man she wanted: And in this book you will find out what kind of man Sophia is looking for. What Sophia says is not the same is what she means. It is a very funny, lath out loud, and amusing story.

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-01-13 04:07

    Eh. I read this one because I like Jayne Ann Krentz. This was well before book clubs reading smutty romances and book clubs through an on line social media. I didn't know where to turn to find the next book. So I went through every book an author wrote. This one, I could have done without.

  • Pat
    2019-01-16 05:03

    Don't think I will bother with anymore of Stephanie James books....this one was a waste of time and trees. Characters and storyline all over the place.

  • Agnes Moy
    2019-01-17 09:18

    Loved it!! When I read it there was no other book like it in the market.

  • Sandra
    2019-01-20 05:02

    Dangerous Games

  • Jennie
    2019-01-18 10:16

    Worst book I've ever read by Krentz. The characters weren't even likable. The writing was redundant, stilted, and pedantic. Completely disappointing.

  • Jadzia
    2019-01-19 06:02

    Not too bad, but not so good either. Ms. Krentz has some better books in this format, but she also has some worse. I like this geeky type of hero though.

  • Kat Fulcher
    2019-01-20 04:01

    Couldn't even finish this book. It's awful. Characters are flat and annoying. Intimate sevens and dialogue made me cringe