*I received a free copy of this book from the publishing company (Entangled Teen) to review”
The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
“This spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff is sure to melt your heart.
Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn’t spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.
The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she’s secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.
He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?
To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.
But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?“
If you like:
Book references (Harry Potter, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Pride and Prejudice, and more)
- Pop culture references
- Fake Dating
- Book Nerds
- Lots of Laughing and Swooning
Y’all this book honestly made my heart so happy I because not only did I get to see McNerd again but because I can see some much of myself through Amy.
One of my absolute favorite things about this book is that Amy is a co-blogger with her BFF and she has a person bookstagram account! It’s so cool to finally read about that!
Amy is that quiet girl who has so much to say but never says it because she’s always been in the background. Amy is one of those people who would often spend her time reading than going to social events; plus she destress by knitting. She has enough sass and spunk to rival many of the fierce female characters in popular fantasy books, but sometimes it gets lost because she’s used to standing back… that is until she hires Toff to teacher her how to become more out going and to stop overthinking things. And let me tell you, things get interesting really quick when Toff realizes that Amy is entering a contest to meet a romance author because he takes it as his person mission to make sure she wins at any cost… even if it means people shipping them as an OTP.
Let me talk about Toff for just a second because honestly the boy won my heart when he first saved Amy from the police… and a raccoon. So, Toff is one of those people who knows they’re good looking and very talented; I mean he’s basically a surfing god looking to go pro. So naturally he isn’t one to be in any type of relationship, so it surprises even himself when he starts thinking about Amy during random parts of the day and wanting to spend time with her even he’s upset. Even though Toff makes frequent innuendos and is a constant flirt, he’s hard working and sets out to finish what he starts.
I love that this book is one big pile of fluffy goodness, and before you say anything, this book does go into some serious stuff like dealing with grief and family problems from dynamics to financial situations.
From the very beginning I was hooked because Amy is that quiet bookworm who spends her time in fictional worlds and writing reviews and recommendations on her and her best friends blog but isn’t ever in the forefront of things. She can spit out a book quote for any situation and lives for a good romance. Amy honestly surprised herself when she asks her long time crush to coach her to let her “wild side” out for a book competition when she can barely think straight when she’s around him.
Through out the story Amy discovers what the world is like when she speaks her mind and doesn’t allow people to keep her in the shadow. She gains so much confidence in her self that she’s able to flirt with Toff and make her voice heard.
Then there’s Toff and his emotions that he’s never really dealt with as a child when his mother died that are suddenly being brought to the surface when his father gets engaged. He never thought that the quiet red headed girl would be the one to break down the wall around his heart much less help him work through years of emotions and grief that has been simmering.
As the book goes on, they both face obstacles that have been sitting on the back burner, while trying to figure out if their feelings for the other is real or a byproduct of all of the hype of people shipping the quiet book nerd with the hot surfer!
- 24 Hours a Day by The Shades
- Back for You by One Direction
- Dancing with You by Austin Mahone
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
- Animal by Neon Trees
- Finesse by Bruno Mars
- Perfect Cover by New Hope Club
- The Middle by Zedd ft. Maureen Morris
- You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
- Accidental Love by The Hara
Happy reading until next time,