Monday, July 15

Review: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

Title: Romancing the Bookworm
By: Kate Evangelista
My Copy: Ebook from Author
Book Whisperer Rating: 

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?

Contains small spoilers:
What a wonderful story by Evangelista.  It has so many aspects that made me fall in love with the plot and the characters.  Tamara was my absolute favorite however.  She would have me giggling during her internal monologs and then I would get so embarrassed for her when she would open her mouth and say something insane to Xavier.  I would have to put down the book and walk away because I was so embarrassed.  There is a time where she is thinking that she would like to lick Xavier dry after he got out of the shower but then he responds and she realizes that she didn’t say it in her head, she said it out loud. 

I wanted to worship the ground that Xavier walked on because he was sex on a stick (or a surfboard) but didn’t give into the thought that only beautiful women are size zero.  He is very much into Tamara once he gets to know her and immensely intrigued by her.  *le sigh* When the book starts out, you know there was a plan hatched to get Tamara there but you really don’t know why until the very end.  I was hoping that it was not hatch maliciously and was very pleased when I found out it wasn’t. 

The only thing I can say negatively about Romancing the Bookworm is that I wanted a few more chapters at the end when the drama settled down.  Also, as a side note, the waxing the surfboard scene was so sexy!

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