By Lisa Brown Roberts
Expected publication is September 6th, 2016 by
4 stars - Enjoyable and Entertaining!
*An e-arc of this book was provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
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Summary from Goodreads.com:
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.
I was instantly intrigued by the summary of The Replacement Crush. A book blogger and a cute guy? Sign me up! :)
Vivian is a book blogger which is right up my alley (obviously) and her mom owns a bookstore which is just plain awesome. Viv loves any and all kinds of romance novels and is upset when she realizes that her crush (aka the guy she's been making out with during the summer) isn't all that he seems. So she devises The Replacement Crush mission to help her get over her old crush. Along the way meets Dallas (also known as McNerd) and basically ignores her feelings for him for most of the book.
I did enjoy Viv's character because she was quirky and smart and funny. But there were also times when she was incredibly stubborn and insisted on ignoring her feelings for a certain McNerd. I think that this definitely made the book a little longer than it actually had to be. Aside from those annoying scenes there were also some pretty cute scenes between Viv and Dallas. :)
Aside from Viv and Dallas, I also enjoyed the book group discussions because those were incredibly funny. :D Viv's friends were also pretty great at certain times. Oh! The music parts near the end were awesome as well because we all know I love when authors mix books and music. There were a lot of Star Trek references that I didn't really understand because I'm not into Star Trek, but that might work for you if you are a fan.
The Replacement Crush was interesting and entertaining but it wasn't exactly everything that I thought it would be. I enjoyed the characters and the whole idea of the book but there were times when the pacing felt slow. There were also times when the characters just kept making the same mistakes over and over. Again, aside from those few points this was an enjoyable read and perfect for summer because of the setting. I recommend to those that are fans of all things "nerdy" and looking for a fun and enjoyable read!