BOOK REVIEW: The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

BOOK REVIEW: The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown RobertsThe Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

The Replacement Crush was smile inducing and absolutely adorable!  With a book blogging girl, an adorkable and swoon worthy guy and a group of friends who I wished were mine too, The Replacement Crush was such a huge hit.  The story was set in a cute little beach town and with so many of the scenes happening in a book store, oh my heart, this story had it all. If you love ya romance, talking about books and falling in love then definitely add this one to your tbr!

The romance in my life existed between the covers, all right. The covers of books.

Viv’s mom wanted to modernize their book store, so she hired Dallas, the new kid in town to create software for them.  The first few times Viv and Dallas ran into each other, I couldn’t stop the laughter or becoming completely obsessed with them.  They were so awkward, yet funny at the same time.  And while I wanted something to happen between them, Viv was determined that nothing would.  Her heart had just been stomped on by her childhood crush, so she wanted to find her replacement crush.  Someone who was safe and she wouldn’t fall head over heels for.  But true love isn’t something you can plan out, so I had a good feeling that Viv was setting herself up for the most epic disaster ever.  Especially since Dallas was always around and seemed like someone she could fall for.

The way he’d looked at me; the way he’d held me. Was it all my crazy imagination?

Dallas Lang was the ultimate book boyfriend.  He was thoughtful, sweet, caring, charismatic and sigh worthy.  He definitely rocked the nerd vibe with his glasses and Star Trek knowledge but he also had this whole Clark Kent thing going on.  I. Was. Obsessed.  He was the strong yet sometimes silent type, and he seemed to observe more than Viv ever wanted him too.  But since we only got to hear from Viv, Dallas felt like a mystery to me.  So I desperately wanted to know what was going on in his head and what all of his secrets were!

I was like a one-girl tornado, leaving a pile of rubble in my wake.

I loved being in Viv’s head and joining her on her journey.  She had so much to learn, and she grew in leaps and bounds by the end of the story. But Viv made a lot of mistakes along the way.  Especially since she didn’t have a lot of experience with boys, so you have to be patient with her.  She even acknowledged her mistakes by calling herself tstl at one point lol.  But Viv was quick witted and funny, so I was rooting for her every step of the way.

He tilted my chin up, making my breath catch as my eyes met his.
“You’re sure you aren’t interested in chemistry? Not even as bonus criteria?” His voice was low and sexy.
“I’m s-sure,” I barely stammered out the words before his lips claimed mine.

When Viv and Dallas were around each other, there was always a spark between them.  And since they had to work together a few times a week, that spark seemed to burn even brighter as time went on.  While some of those moments were sweet and had me sighing out loud, other times I was laughing and screaming because of their antics.  Their banter was hilarious!  But it didn’t matter how hot some of those moments felt, Viv was determined to stick to her guns and find a guy that didn’t set off her zing meter.  And Dallas constantly was setting it off for her.  And for me too.

You can do this, Viv. Just pretend you’re in one of your books.
The question was, what type of book? Would I finally get my happy ending or was this going to be an ugly-cry ending?

With book stores, book clubs, bookish lingo and books weaved throughout this story, you couldn’t stop my smiling.  And with side characters that I found myself caring for just as deeply, this book was such a huge win!  Amy, Jaz, Viv’s mom and Toff were my favorites.  You guys have to meet Toff! He’s like Viv’s brother and he stole every single scene he was in. I’m so happy he got his own book, The Book Worm Crush!  So yes, I definitely recommend this book!  The Replacement Crush is for all the book and romance lovers out there!  I can’t ever recommend Lisa Brown Roberts’ books enough!

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4 Comments

  1. This was my first LBR book and it was what turned me into a huge fangirl of her writing!

  2. Beware Of The Reader

    December 23, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Well based on the cover I would have bet that it was adorable!!!! Great review Jen!

  3. I’m pretty sure I have this on my Kindle and it got kind of forgotten. So glad your review has put it back on my radar! It sounds so adorable! 🙂
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  4. This just reminded me that I need to resume reading Bookworm Crush. I also have this book, which I just realized the other day. I always love a good bookish heroine, and now I already know these two from Crush.
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