I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Release date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young adult, romance, contemporary
True love can’t be strategized.
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.
This book was the perfect summer read: light, absolutely adorable and oh so romantic. I’m starting to really love contemporary romance novels and this book totally contributed to that warm fuzzy feeling. ❤
- The story is about Vivian who has her heart broken by her long-time crush during a summer fling. It meant something to her but he was just using her. This just broke my heart and I could totally empathize with her. So, right off the bat I was in love with this character. What I also liked was how real she was. She’s not a “perfect” character. She’s insecure, shy, a giant book nerd (she runs a romance book blog and reading group) and a huge fan of Firefly and Star Trek! I could see so much of myself in her it was scary! Because of Vivian I become heavily invested in the story.
- The romance is a slow burner. I adore slow burning romances because it’s more realistic. And this one was perfect! The build up over the whole book had my heart skip a few beats. *sigh*
- It was a fast paced read. The author’s writing style flows and is completely honest. It’s very conversational which made me feel like I really knew Vivian. I can best compare it to listening to your best friend. It was emotional, humorous and actually sounded like a teenager.
- While it’s mostly fluffy romance, the story does touch on and address more serious topics such as bullying and feminism. The characters debated the definition of feminism and the impact on bullying is clearly seen in how Vivian views herself and those around her.
- While I loved it, it was pretty predictable. I knew what direction it was going in after chapter two. But did this really impact how I felt about the book at the end? NOPE. Not at all. Sometimes it’s good to not think too hard. Just sit back and enjoy!
- The cover doesn’t do anything for me! It’s well, very boring! What about the beach setting? The bookstore? The girl doesn’t even look like how Vivian is described! *shakes fist* WHY??????
Overall, I highly recommend The Replacement Crush. It’s wonderfully cute and light and tons of fun to read! 🙂
Read an excerpt from the book!
“Long-distance relationships are hard.” Dallas shrugged. “But even if I was still there, we wouldn’t have lasted.” He took a sip of his chai, eyes fixed on me. “Just wasn’t meant to be.”
My heart ricocheted in my chest. Why was he telling me this? He wouldn’t tell me about his secret trophies, but he’d just told me about his girlfriend? Ex-girlfriend, I corrected myself.
“Maybe I’ll try your strategy.” His eyes roved across my face.
“What strategy?” My voice sounded raspy.
“Your replacement mission. Make a list of what type of girl I want.” He paused. “But I’m interested in something longer term. Not just a date for a dance. Want to help me make my list?”
I stared at him as if he’d just asked me to plan a kidnapping.
He smirked, then reached for my notebook again and tore off the sheet of paper he’d written on. “So how does this work?” He inclined his head toward my bag. “You have your replacement notebook with you?”
I gaped at him. Who had told him about my notebook? “Um, this isn’t, uh, why we’re here, Dallas. I’m supposed to be interviewing you, not helping you find a…a…”
“Replacement girlfriend.” Laughter danced in his eyes as he watched me squirm. “Why not? Don’t you want to help out the new guy?”
I huffed a sigh of frustration. “You’re mocking me.”
“No, I’m not. Think about it logically, Spock. You know everyone. You can help me narrow the field.”
I sucked down cold tea, trying to compose myself. Help Dallas narrow the field? Introduce him to potential girlfriends? Everything in me protested, and I knew why.
Because I wanted to be the replacement.
But I couldn’t. That was the whole point of my own mission: not to fall for someone who could make me lose control. Because even if that someone seemed like an amazing person…well…letting myself get carried away again was just too scary.
“We can help each other,” he said. “Since I’m new here, I can give you an outsider’s opinion on your…what do you call them?”
“Targets,” I whispered.
His dimple flashed, deepening as he chuckled. “Targets. Right. So yeah, I’ll give you the outsider’s opinion on your targets. And you give me the inside scoop on my targets.” He paused. “Logically, this should work, Spock.”
“But…but…” I sputtered like a cartoon character. “I don’t know you well enough. To help.”
“You’re getting to know me. Working together in the store. Asking probing interview questions.” He flashed another grin. “And I’ll tell you some of my…criteria. That’s what you call it, right?”
I nodded. My hormones pounded on every nerve in my body, dying to escape and capture Dallas as their personal love slave.