Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review - Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.

It's spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick's Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational's organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he's concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he's convinced it's a risk worth taking. What he hasn't planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

 This was a very good book.  Being a book worm myself, I loved the premise of this book.  I could at once relate to the heroine, Tamara.  I loved the fact that the hot guy wanted the bookworm.  Isn't that everyone's fantasy?  :)  The book was very well written.  I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well and hope to God that we get to read about Xander and Ronni!

While I liked most everything about this book, the only part that I thought was a little over the top was that Tamara was a little too bookwormish.  I'm sure that there are people out there that only read 24/7, but probably not to the extent that the heroine was described in this book.  I also thought that the book could use a little more spice.  The spicy part of the book didn't happen until the end and I would have liked more throughout the book.  I do understand why it was kept until the end, but I still wanted more!  :)


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