Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts - Book Review & Q&A

Book review

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Review by Suze
 
Vivian's mother is a writer who also owns a bookstore. That means Vivian has her dream after school job. She spends as much time at the bookstore as she can and her favorite genre is romance. She writes about it on her blog and she runs a book club. Vivian prefers reading about love in books, her own love life is messy and she certainly didn't get her happy ending. She was in love with the same guy for years and when he finally noticed her he used her and broke her heart. She's done with love and makes a list of possible candidates who can't hurt her because she doesn't like them enough to care. It seems like a perfect plan, but what happens when she meets someone she does like enough to feel something?
 
Vivian's mother has hired Dallas, the new guy at Vivian's school, to work on a project for the bookshop. He's a computer genius and the store needs a software system. Dallas is smart enough to design it. Working together with him makes Vivian's heart beat faster, but she's promised herself she won't listen to her feelings any longer. Dallas is a hot nerd, Vivian's exact dream guy, but she can't be brokenhearted again. Will she eventually be prepared to take the chance or has Vivian been crushed too much to ever consider dating someone she actually likes again?
 
The Replacement Crush is a great love story. Vivian is a sweetheart. She is trustworthy, generous and kind. I instantly liked her. I did want to talk some sense into her every now and then, but understood her problems as well. She has a lot of growing up to do and it was fun to witness her journey. She likes Dallas from the start, but she doesn't want to and keeps fighting it. He's an adorable guy with a wonderful sense of humor. He's incredibly talented as well and has a confidence that made me smile. He's kind and caring and his openness about his feelings made my heart melt. Dallas and Vivian have an amazing connection. I loved their conversations, they're intelligent and funny. They have sparkling chemistry and it's clear from the start that they're made for each other. I couldn't wait to find out if Vivian would take that final, very scary, step.
 
Lisa Brown Roberts writing is vivid and I love the way she describes her settings. I kept wishing I could visit the bookshop, it's a dreamy place filled with the most fantastic books and charming customers. It's a special shop where magic happens, which made the story even more romantic for me. I love it when a book has nerdy main characters, so that was a big bonus as well. The Replacement Crush is a sweet and flirty book that also has a good amount of depth. I really enjoyed reading this endearing story.
 
Advice
 
If you love very romantic YA stories that have a lovely reluctant heroine who keeps running away from her feelings, guys that are both handsome and smart and a lot of fabulous book talk The Replacement Crush is definitely the story for you.
 
About Lisa Brown Roberts
 

Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.

For sneak peeks, surprise giveaways, and fun bookish chats, join Lisa's private reader Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21012...
 
 
Q&A

1) Could you name six things that are important to you?
 
family, friends, good health, peaceful environment, overflowing bookshelves, spreading good karma

2) Can you tell in one sentence what real love means to you?
 
Real love means true partnership based on respect, love, shared philosophy/beliefs, and lots of laughter.

3) Where do you write?
 
Usually in my home office, sometimes outside on my patio, and in coffee shops and libraries when I need to be around people.

4) Name six features a good YA romance novel absolutely has to have.
 
Great characterization, smart humor, chemistry between the love interests, real conflict, epic kissing, great friendships.

5) Name five settings you love to write about.
 
Beach/ocean towns, small towns, quirky neighborhoods /shops, bookstores, awkward first date dinners, school dances with drama.

6) Which three things do you like to do the most besides writing?
 
 Read (shocker, I know), spend time with friends and family, binge-watch shows that are new to me.

7) Name three things your heroines always have in common.
 
Smart, funny, a bit insecure, average in appearance.

8) What kind of guys do you like to write about?
 
Smart, funny, sexy, thoughtful, sweet (even if that part is hidden at first), respectful and supportive of heroine's interests/dreams.

9) Describe in one sentence what good chemistry means to you.
 
The slow burn of attraction as the love interests get to know each other, become friends, tease and flirt, and it gets hotter each time they're together, until finally it combusts. Snap, crackle, pop! :)

10) If you could have your own bookshop which five characteristics does it absolutely have to have?
 
 Cozy, like a house. Comfy old chairs and couches. Excellent coffee and tea. Framed book covers and book quotes on the walls. A sweet dog to greet everyone (preferably my Golden Retriever).

9 comments:

  1. I love this book. Especially because the character is a book blogger (yes!) who doesn't pretend to read only pretentious titles.

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  2. I have this book on my Kindle. It looks like I need to read it ASAP! :) Thank you for posting.

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  3. I liked the review, thank you.

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  4. This one's intrigued me for a while!

    --Trix

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  5. I've just read about Lisa's eyebrows. A girl in my class completely plucked hers and they never grew back!

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  6. This book sounds great. I will have to check this book out. Thanks for the post!

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  7. That shoulb be a great book, because it was written by a person that loves books :)

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  8. I had to chuckle, because my daughter would love it if I owned a bookstore!
    Dianna

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  9. I love nerd romances. They are one of my favorite genres.

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