Author: Lisa Brown Roberts

The Replacement Crush [Review]

Posted August 25, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

The Replacement Crush [Review]The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled: Teen on September 6th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher, Netgalley
Goodreads
five-stars
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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.

My Thoughts

I really loved this book! I wish there were more books like this. You know the ones where the main character is a book blogger. Or the main character’s parent is an author. Or a book that its setting takes place mostly in a bookstore called Murder By The Sea. Or a romance with a really hot McNerd. Oh my damn, hot nerds. Yes, please!

I felt really connected with Vivian. Maybe it was the fact that she was a book blogger. Or maybe it was the fact that she’s just super relatable. But while reading her character, I felt like I wanted to be more like her. I want to work in a bookstore. I want to hold a physical book club (other than just online). But then I also wanted to be her mom. And I loved how present her mom was throughout the novel! It was so refreshing to read a book where the mom actually plays a pretty significant role!

Then there is Dallas a.k.a Hot McNerd and oh boy we need more of his like in novels! He is dreamy and steamy and oh, where can I get one please? Seriously Dallas is at the top of my fictional boyfriend list! It was like there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He was smart, great with computers/technology, nerdy, strong, hot, and can totally kick some major ass! Mm Mmmm Mmmmm!

The only thing that I wish there was more of was if it was written more epistolaric. We got to see some of Viv’s blog posts, but I feel like there should have been MORE blog posts from her. I mean she is a book blogger, so I feel like we didn’t really see a whole lot of that side of her.

And there is one potential scene that could deter some readers, but I think it is handled and written very well. View Spoiler »

If you’re in the mood for some nerdy, bookish, romance…look no further because this book is definitely worth the read! I can’t wait to see more from this Lisa Brown Roberts!

five-stars
Stephanie
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Blog Tour: How (Not) To Fall In Love [Review + Giveaway]

Posted February 4, 2015 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments

Blog Tour: How (Not) To Fall In Love [Review + Giveaway]How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled: Teen on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
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Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington never had to worry about money or where her next shopping spree was coming from. Even her dog ate gourmet. Then one day, Darcy’s car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. As her father’s business hit the skids, Dad didn’t just skip town, he bailed on his family.
Fortunately, Darcy’s uncle owns a thrift shop where she can hide out from the world. There’s also Lucas, the wickedly hot fix-it guy she can’t stop crushing on, even if she’s not sure they’ll ever get out of the friend zone.
But it’s here among the colorful characters of her uncle’s world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself… if she has the courage to follow it.

Title: How (Not) To Fall In Love
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 355
Published By: Entangled Teen, February 3rd 2015
Challenges: Blog Tour for YA Bound Book Tours

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Finding true love on the other side of the tracks was never so much fun in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary novel.

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.

Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.

Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.

Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?
(Goodreads)

This book turned out better than I was expecting. I wasn’t expecting it to be bad. But it definitely surprised me. I thought it was just gonna be a cute and interesting story. And it was, but it was more than that too. I will definitely be checking out Lisa Brown Roberts’ future books.

The thing I was most surprised with this book was with Darcy. She turned out to be better than I could have imagined. At the beginning it sounds like she could be a stuck up, bratty, spoiled, rich girl. And she’s totally not. I actually really loved her and I enjoyed going through her journey with her.

The romance is more of a secondary plot than a main plot. Which was fine with me. But I wouldn’t have minded more romance to it. But I think that it fit well with the book. But maybe a different title would have been better?

I really enjoyed most of the characters except for J.J. When he first came into the scene in the first chapter, there was something off about him that I didn’t like. And it only grew worse. And the only other thing that bothered me was Darcy’s dad just going AWOL. I felt so bad for Darcy and her mom because he didn’t have the decency to talk to them before J.J. But whatever.

The only reason this is a 4 star review is because I wanted more romance to it. I went in thinking it was going to be a cute contemporary romance and it was. But I wanted more of it. I also wanted more explanations for some of the issues. But all in all, I really loved what I read. And I’d definitely recommend!

Let’s talk about it. Did you read How (Not) To Fall In Love? Or do you want to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
four-stars
Stephanie
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