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Romancing the Bookworm
     

Romancing the Bookworm

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by Kate Evangelista
 

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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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623420574
Publisher:
Omnific Publishing
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. She is the author of Taste, Reaping Me Softly, Til Death, and Impulse. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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Romancing the Bookworm 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
kKristen More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. Being a book worm myself, I loved the premise of this book. I could at once relate to the heroine, Tamara. I loved the fact that the hot guy wanted the bookworm. Isn't that everyone's fantasy? :) The book was very well written. I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well and hope to God that we get to read about Xander and Ronni! While I liked most everything about this book, the only part that I thought was a little over the top was that Tamara was a little too bookwormish. I'm sure that there are people out there that only read 24/7, but probably not to the extent that the heroine was described in this book. I also thought that the book could use a little more spice. The spicy part of the book didn't happen until the end and I would have liked more throughout the book. I do understand why it was kept until the end, but I still wanted more! :)
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
“I’m happy this way, Ronni. And I don’t appreciate you trying to change me just because you’re worried I’m not living my life. Did it ever occur to you that maybe I’m enjoying myself?” I’m not even going to lie, this book made me face some rather uncomfortable truths about myself. I could see myself so very clearly in Tamara. I am a bookworm. I often choose reading over happy hours or going out with friends. I’m just as happy losing myself in book as I am going to a club or a movie. Now, that’s not to say I don’t still do those things, but I can rationalize my way out of it – and into a book – pretty easily, just like Tamara did often in this book. I’m a social person, but sometimes it feels good to withdraw into books. So yes, while I believe the author wrote Tamara to be an extreme bookworm, I think most avid readers will identify with her to at least some extent. “While she picked up men in bars, I preferred to meet them in the pages of a book. I had no idea why someone like me had Ronni as a friend, but I didn’t question it anymore.” While I really liked Tamara’s character, I didn’t love her. I connected with her, but I wanted to scream at her at times. I found her very frustrating at times. Tamara was likable, don’t get me wrong. She had a great sense of humor and it made me giggle when she identified things going on in real life with things she had read in romance novels, something I do frequently. I found her to be sweet and awkward, not really naive, but … inexperienced. She was far too closed off and I can understand why her friend Ronni agreed to help Xavier carry out his plan to catch her attention. Ronni bothered me at times. I know she was trying to push Tamara out of her comfort zone, but I feel like she went about it in a judgmental way. I know from personal experience how ineffective that is. One thing was for sure, though, the girl who expected to find Spring Break adventures in the pages of a book was about to experience them for real. “Girls were like piranhas sometimes. They swam in swarms and could smell blood in the water. I, for one, wasn’t gonna give them a chance to tear me apart. All they saw when they looked at me was my father’s money.” I loved Xavier. First off, I just loved the name. Secondly, a sexy, charming, hot and sweet surfer? Yes, please. He was more than just a pretty face and a hot body though. He was a genuinely good guy looking for something real, which made him all the more swoon worthy. I have no idea how Tamara was able to stay buried in a book with that temptation dangled in front of her. Self-preservation, I suppose. It’s not as though she was unaffected by him. I thought his plan to get her attention was charming. Likely doomed to backfire, but sweet. I thought he and Tamara had great, believable chemistry. “I don’t even know him, and yet he makes me react the way the heroines in my books do when the heroes come along.” Ronni pursed her lips. “But that’s fiction.” “Exactly!” I looked back at her. “I didn’t think that was possible outside a book.” This was just an all-around fun book. It was a quick and easy read, one that sucked me in from the start. Sure, it was totally predictable, but there’s nothing wrong with that. There was sweet romance, smoldering sexy times and just enough conflict to make it believable without being angsty. If you’re a bookworm looking to escape from your life for a few hours and you enjoy books with a charmingly awkward main character, a sexy love interest and a sweet HEA, this one is definitely for you. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Xavier Solomon has it bad for bookish Tamara Winters. They go to college together—not that she’d ever know. She’s always trapped in a novel. Friends with Tamara’s bestie, Ronni, Xavier devises a plan to romance this little bookworm on spring break. At sunny Maverick Bay Tamara’s out of her comfort zone—the third floor corner of the library where she spends her days and nights reading. But when Ronni begs her to waitress at her brother’s restaurant on the beach, Tam just can’t say no. Besides, she’s got a suitcase full of fiction to keep her busy. That is, until delish Xavier sweeps across her coastline. In champion romantic hero form, Xavier plans little interludes for Tamara to experience--with him--all in the name of turning her head. Does it work? Comme ci, comme ca. As with all plans, there are small and large snafu’s—none-the-least of which is the appearance of Zander, Xavier’s hard-partying step-brother, who is by turns a cad and a competitor. His constant challenges cause Xavier to enter the surfing competition if only to take Zander out. Meanwhile, Tamara gets caught in the undertow between Xav, Zander and Ronni, and Xavier’s big romancing ends up as a near wipe out. The dual viewpoint (which I adore) gives a clear window to the hopes and fears of these two romantic souls. It’s a fun romp with great repartee. I loved watching Tamara break free of her shell, and Xavier is such a gentle love interest. *swoon* For a New Adult title, the tone is light and the pace is right. It's got some spice as well. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a good romance.
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
You don’t get much better than a beach read than a book set at the beach talking about surfing! I have to admit that I connected a little with Tamara.  I was a total bookworm all through high school.  I loved to read. I could and did read up to two books a day. The book is fun and an easy read.  I read it quickly in one night.  Of course there is a bit of drama and a lot of fun involved.  Both Xavier and Tamara are fun adorable characters and I really enjoyed the story! I can’t wait to read about Hudson, hint, hint! Overall, this book is cute and light. a good summer beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tammara always has her nose stuck in a book and barely participates in the real world. Xavier is known for being the hearthrob on their college campus. Xavier finds is captivated by Tammara by the way she never takes her eyes off a page and is flustered when trying to get to know her. Xavier concocts a plan to get to know Tammara by getting her best friend and his childhood friend to lure her into Maverick Bay for spring break to win her heart by recreating scenes from her favorite romantic novels.  I got this copy from the author herself and I have to say I really do like this book. Tammara is always reads as an escape and she doesn't have to when she has a happy ending right in front of her when she sees Xavier running back from the beach to meet her. Xavier is a sweet and considerate to get everyone to help and get Tammara to open up to him. I think Tammara freak out too much because Xavier had good intentions. When Xavier was telling her this first time they actually met, that made me so giddy! I loved it when Tammara even swooned and ran away from him the first time, it's something I would do or be chicken to do myself since she doesn't have much experience in the dating world, as do I. I would read any of Evangelista's books and I would definetly read Ronnie and Zander's story. I hope Zander does get better when he gets out of rehab and Ronnie will give him another shot. Maybe after Hudson can have one too? ;)
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read her way through Spring Break, but her best (and only) friend Ronni has plans to drag her to the beach and to the real world. But, what Tamara doesn’t know is that Ronni is all part of a plan for her to meet the extremely hot and extremely interested Xavier Solomon, who is desperate for her to get her nose out of her books notice him. But Xavier’s plan soon starts to fall apart when his screw up brother shows up. Any book with a bookworm as the main character and I am interested, add in a curvy bookworm and I am all over it. It is just a shame that this book failed spectacularly at holding my attention; I just couldn’t get into it. I am not sure what it was that turned this book into a bit of a yawn fest for me, the characters were okay, Xavier was hot as well as being a great guy and Tamara I was already predisposed to like for her bookworm tendencies. They even had great chemistry, as soon as they met you know they are hot for each other, it was all just so i-have-read-this-before. For me, there was nothing original in it and the writing and the romance were not striking enough for it to hold my attention. But this wasn’t a bad book per se, but for me it wasn’t a particularly good one either. If you want something that is a little fun and you like New Adult more than I do (I am NOT a fan of it!) you will probably enjoy this more than I did.
jessicahood92 More than 1 year ago
I came across Kate Evangelista through her novel Taste which I thoroughly enjoyed. This book is not of a similar genre, but the level of writing was just as superb. I often read the same style of novels, those being young adult fantasy novels that often contain some kind of romantic element. I rarely branch outside my comfort zone, and read the same style of books over, and over. I am so glad that I took a chance on a new adult romance novel. It turned out to be just what I needed. The story follows Tamara, a book worm who rarely steps outside the world of books. She doesn't have that many friends and her social interactions are very limited. But her only friend Ronni decides to take her away from spring break to the beach town of Maverick Bay. Unbeknown to Tamara she has been brought here under false pretences. Xavier, a good friend of Ronni, has had his eyes on Tamara for sometime and has come up with an elaborate plan to gain her affections. His plan of course does not run smoothly. All sorts of events take place that could either bring Tamara and Xavier close together, or tear them apart before anything can happen. What I liked most about this novel was the fact that Tamara has an every girl kind of quality to her. For a start she isn't a size zero and doesn't have the best social skills out there. She was confident in her own skin even if other people were not. The fact that the book allows a girl who wears double digits to have a chance at gaining the affections of a class a hottie like Xavier made me really root for her throughout the book. I also personally related to her due to certain elements of the story, allowing me to feel a personal connection to the character. What bookworm wouldn't want to read a book about a bookworm?! As always Evangelista's characters are believable and endearing, whilst the story is well written and enjoyable. This is a perfect summer read!
karyrader More than 1 year ago
This was a cute, beach read. Tamara and Xavier had fun chemistry during a surfing invitational on Maverick Bay. Xavier is the totally hot, rich hunky guy attracted to the full-figured, unsuspecting bookworm, Tamara. All the great makings for Spring Break fun. Unfortunatley things don't go as planned for the Golden Boy. ***SPOILER*** Thanks to his brother, Xavier wipes out in not only in his surfing competition but in love. I liked all the characters. The tension was good and continued to build throughout leading up to the climax. The beach setting added to the fun. I would love to have known what motivated Xavier much earlier in the story so I could understand him more. I think Tamara was a pretty lucky girl to have so many good people around her when she, upto the beach outing, hadn't put a lot of effort into being a good friend. I was glad that she forgave Xavier. All in all, I enjoyed the book and thank the author for letting me read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a really cute story. Xavier likes Tamara but she is too busy reading to notice him. With the help of Tamara's best friend, Xavier sets in motion a plan to win her over. I would definitely recommend this book. It makes a great summer beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
from reading the blurb this book was not quite what i expected (i was expecting this "plan to actually involve more scenes from books rather than just romantic dates {but maybe i just did not get the references}) that being said i really really enjoyed this book. Tamara, our leading lady... well to be honest she is basically an extreme version of me... so i connected with her within the first page. while Xavier was the perfect Male lead sweet, thoughtful and of course smoking hot. throw them together add in a best-friend who only wants what is best, a bad boy brother, season with just the right amount of summer beach fun and you have a steamy romance that will have you laughing on every page. One thing i must congratulate the author on is that while this book defiantly has it's hot and steamy parts it is not overly graphic striking that perfect balance. a book i will read again and again... cause Tamera would want me to.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Fun Summer read Romancing the Bookworm was absolutely delightful and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  When Tamara's friend Ronni dragged her to Maverick Bay for spring break, little did she know what would be in store for her there.  She would much rather live in her world of books where she could escape everything and everyone, rather than deal with the real world.  Nevertheless, she gives in and agrees to go with her perfect size 2 best friend.  The last thing she expected was to find herself in a whirlwind relationship with the uber hottie surfer god, Xavier Solomon, and little did she know this was all part of Xavier's plan.  Whether "the plan" helps or hurts Xavier's cause remains to be seen.  She soon finds Xavier her mind and senses far more that any hero she has read about in her novels.  When Xavier's brother Zander shows up on the scene, it really throws a wrench into things, but sometimes things need to get a little off course to help you see how you really feel.  I loved the premise of Romancing the Bookworm.  Kate Evangelista couldn't have written a more entertaining and fun summer read, especially for those of us who are book fans, like Tamara. I really loved Tamara.  She wasn't perfect, but I so admired the fact that she was comfortable with herself, and her size.  I also liked that Xavier, the hottie that he was, didn't fall into the mold of only liking girls who were bean poles with boobs, and despite everything he screws up, he does truly have the best intentions, so I couldn't help but root for him.  Ronni and her brother Hudson were great secondary characters also, and I was even happy to see where things went with Zander in the end.  The romance was sweet and steamy, but also had some serious moments, and there was plenty of humor to boot.  Overall, Romancing the Bookworm is totally enjoyable, lighthearted, and fun, and if you are looking for the perfect read for the summer, then this is one book you should definitely pick up. 
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. A love story about a bookish girl and a hot surfer guy? Count me in! Tamara always has her nose stuck in a book. She is curvy and not ashamed of that fact, which I really admired. She didn’t obsess over her weight, but she did know that she wasn’t completely comfortable flaunting her curves on the beach in a bikini. Tight clothing made her uncomfortable and tried to hide behind flowy, loose fitting dresses and clothing. I really liked that her best friend Ronni, had confidence in her and wanted her to show off her body. She told her to stop hiding because she really did look good. And Xavier? He found her to be beautiful and didn’t bother hiding his lust for her! Tamara was a somewhat complex character. I liked her but most of the time I wanted to throttle her. At times she acted quite ridiculous and was definitely a bit of a spaz around Xavier. At the beginning she is constantly referring to scenarios in her romance novels: she doesn’t see the point in bothering with the real thing because what happens if it doesn’t satisfy you? At least with her books, she will never be disappointed and can take care of the “job” herself. She tends to get so lost in her books that she doesn’t focus on reality. She inadvertently shut out her best friend when she needed her to pay attention to her and even though her friend didn’t outwardly show it, it really did hurt her feelings. Xavier, on the other hand, is a surfer who from the get-go makes it clear he’s interested in Tamara. He knows about her obsession with books and therefore concocts this whole big plan to reenact romantic scenes from her books to get her to notice him. However, nothing ends up going his way and he’s afraid that the plan is going to fail because he can’t seem to get his act together around her. Hudson, Xavier’s best friend and Ronni’s older brother, is also in on this plan to get Tamara to notice him. I have to admit, the beginnings of their relationship are so awkward you don’t know whether to laugh or groan. I felt so bad for Xavier. He’s a good guy, he’s attracted to her, and really wants to get to know this girl without coming on too strong. Tamara is so oblivious to everything, but it’s not lost on her how hot he is. What I really struggled to understand was why Tamara was so paranoid around Xavier. Clearly, this guy is interested in you- why are you freaking out? Sure, I can understand the first few times, but after awhile, it did become a bit irritating. Ronni, as I said, is Tamara’s best friend and desperately wants her to come out of her shell. She sees how beautiful Tamara is and she doesn’t want her friend wasting her life away, hiding in her books. She’s completely missing out on life: building friendships, exploring relationships. Ronni wants to change that and so she thinks this spring break trip could be the game changer for Tamara. One major point of conflict is Xavier’s stepbrother, Zander. Zander is reckless- his drinking and drug use have gotten him into trouble before and Xavier is not happy that he showed up to surf in the Invitational. Xavier feels a responsibility to his stepbrother, which is why he hasn’t completely said the hell with him. Zander knows exactly how to push his brother’s buttons and is not afraid to do so multiple times throughout the book. Zander is the one person Xavier loses control with and I hate the tension between these two. Zander also broke Ronni’s heart and is still a sore spot for her. She is constantly sucked back into his web, even though she knows it won’t end well, despite her secretly wishing it would. I really felt that Evangelista did a good job with pacing- I read through this quickly and felt it flowed quite well. Overall, I found it be a likeable read, minus a few issues with the characters’ behavior and the rather abrupt ending. (I did feel the book ended at an awkward point and I would have rather seen a bit more plot resolution. ) This was the first book I’ve read by Evangelista and am interested in checking out some of her other books. *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I was intrigued by the premise of this book, a college co-ed more interested in her romance novels than socializing with anyone and the length a man would go through in order to get her attention.  Kate Evangelista managed to create a group of characters and the perfect setting for romance to either swell with the waves or crash and burn.  While they managed to do a little bit of both, to storyline kept me engaged and had me hoping to the very end that our hero finally managed to win the heart of the heroine he tried so hard to get. Xavier Soloman came up with a plan.  He enlisted the help of his best friend and his sister to help him lure Tamara Winters, the girl who wouldn't give him the time of day, to their sleepy little beach town during Spring Break.  He didn't count on Tamara not seeing him at his best or falling at his feet.  But Xavier discovers that what you want most is worth fighting for and he's willing to fight anyone and anything to make sure Tamara ends up with him. From the very moment we meet Xavier, you can't help but like him.  And when his very James Bondish first meeting with Tamara happens, you can't help but pull for Xavier to win Tamara's heart.  He might be a hot, sexy surf God with a ton of cash to the girls in Maverick Bay, but doesn't want the girls who only see what he looks like or how fat his wallet might be.  He wants the girl who has the same taste in book as his mother.  Tamara doesn't fall for his charm and I think the fact that Xavier actually has to work to get Tamara's attention makes him like her more.  Then there is his relationship with his step-brother, Zander.  Despite the open hostility, you can see that he truly does care for his brother he's just not sure how to go about helping him.  It's all those things that make you love Xavier, even when we know he's going to get busted for his deception, you can't fault him for trying whatever he needed to try to get the girl. With Tamara, I think she's a piece of every one of us.  There are many times when I'd rather sit down with a good book than have to deal with the reality of work, kids and life in general.  Tamara took that to the extreme, by not really socializing with anyone at all, but she was using the books to escape the reality of missing her parents.  She may have counted Ronni as one of her close friends, Tamara realized (once she was threatened with losing her books) that she really didn't know anything about her friend and wasn't a particular good friend because she neglected everyone for her fictional characters.  It was nice to see Tamara re-learn to socialize and to stop hiding behind her "tent" and learn to like not only herself but others as well. This was a surprisingly fun beach read.  The awkward attempts from both Xavier and Tamara were endearing and made this the perfect afternoon read.
wiccawitch4 More than 1 year ago
Wow Amazing book! Kate totally rocked it with this romantic story I couldn't put it down! the characters where witty and charming and more then once I found myself laughing out loud to their antics and comments. I was immediately pulled into the story and from the first page and loved every minute spent with the characters. Tamara Winters loves nothing but curling up with a good steaming romance novel, why? because real life is just to hard some times and after the death of her mother Tamara just finds life in a book so much simpler. That is until her crazy friend Ronnie decides to kidnap her and drag her to Maverick Bay for spring break, where she will be waiting tables at Ronnies brothers Snack Shack.As Tamara contemplates the disparaging summer ahead of her out of the water walks the most gorgeous and dreamy man she has ever laid eyes on outside of a book! Xavier Solomon is anything but perfect but he has concocted the perfect plan to get the beautiful and stubborn Tamara Winters to Maverick Bay. After all his plans on Campus to get her to notice him have failed he just knows that the Solomon Invitational Surfing competition and all its amazing events are sure to get her to notice him. What he wasn't planning on however was his past and his brother getting in the way. will he ever get a chance to show Tamara what he is really made of? I loved this book! I loved each and every one of its characters and I especially have a big old soft spot for Tamara! she was shy but at the same time could still give you what for if needed and she loved herself for who she was. I loved that she always had her nose in a book she reminded me of me that way...lol....as I too read way too many books and sometimes it takes me away from other things.  Kate you did a wonderful job on this book and I commend you for it! it was amazing, honest and heartwarming. It made me laugh, cry and laugh and cry again...lol...I loved every page! Brilliant work Kate! A must read for all you summer sizzler readers out there! for there are some steamy scenes in this one...lol
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista Publisher: Omnific Publishing Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Rating: 1 star Source: eARC from the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: I... I don't know what to say for this part. There is always some redeeming quality in a book, no matter how, um, AWFUL, it is, right? But I was so frustrated with this book - it's a VERY surprising thing that I finished it. What I Did Not Like: Where to start. There is so much I want to say. I have it outlined in front of me, I have my Kindle open for spots in the book that I want to point out. HOWEVER. I mean absolutely no disrespect to the author (whom I adore, and love her other two books), or to the publishing team that worked hard to make the book a book. But these are my thoughts, and I'm not going to mince words because I like the author or the publisher. I'm going to start with Tamara, the female protagonist of the story. Not only did I completely NOT relate to her AT ALL, but I found her whiny, reclusive, passive, and air-headed. All Tamara is interested in is reading. Now, chances are, if you're reading this review, you really like reading as well. So, we should understand this, right? NO. Tamara has ZERO life - social life, love life, whatever. She whines non-stop when her friend and roommate Ronni drags her off to Maverick Bay, to help wait tables AND to have a vacation during spring break. Who wouldn't want that, bookworm or not? That covers whiny and reclusive. How about passive. Well, I did just say that she whined about having to go with her friend to the beach. I also said, who wouldn't want to go to the beach for spring break?! BUT, here's the thing: if Tamara had any backbone at all, she would have put her foot down and said, "NO, I'm not going to the beach with you. If I want to waste away reading books, that's MY choice, not yours, Ronni." Well, Tamara never says this, and she totally lets Ronni do whatever. Air-headed. Oh boy. What I wouldn't give to just slap Tamara, if she were a real person. She and I would NOT be friends. I hate air-headed people. Tamara is so NOT real. She has no depth to her personality. For a fellow book lover, I expected her to be a little more intelligent. I almost stopped reading at 8% of the book (well, I almost stopped reading at a lot of places in this book). At 8% of the book, we meet Xavier in Tamara's point-of-view. Or rather, we don't meet him yet. She SEES him. Check this out: "The thought came with a blush, the heat of which I felt all the way between my thighs. I'd read about guys who were sex on two legs before, but to actually be in the presence of one felt unreal. If he touched me now, I'd spontaneously combust." and "The dizzy spell I'd felt building in me since he got out of the water took over now. My eyes rolled into the back of my head as my legs collapsed beneath me."  Oh, really? Would you? Are you not human, then? And. What. In. The World. You're going to tell me that you see some guy that is SOOOOOO hot, and you faint? Seriously, people, I left out most of the descriptions of Xavier. He's godlike, and perfect, and chiseled, and oh-so-yummy, and blah blah blah BLAH. NO. Just... NO. I don't buy Tamara's reaction to Xavier for one second. She's so air-headed and ditsy and all she sees is one male who might be remotely good-looking and she spins the whole thing out of proportion and faints. Do you see how ridiculous that is? And then, throughout the book, she goes to great lengths, great PAINS, so she does not have to see him, or talk to him. WHAT?! You think this guy is crazy hot and lick-able and then you just shut down and ignore him? Last time I checked, that wasn't how it worked. If you see a guy that is smoking hot and he's not a criminal or drug addict or some other negatively seen type of person, shouldn't you be turning on your girl charm and trying to get with him? Or at least, get to know him better? What. The. Heck. So, I hated Tamara. I also didn't liked Xavier, by association. What he saw in her, I have no idea. Why he went to all those lengths to please her, I don't know. Doesn't he see that one, his idea could blow up in his face and two, she's a complete stranger? Whatever. I didn't particularly like Hudson or Ronni, the siblings. Both supporting character were flat and one-dimensional and oh-my-gosh-so-freaking-annoying. All Ronni cared about was Zander (Xavier's brother who broke her heart), and all Hudson cared about was making sure Xavier's plan didn't go wrong, and making sure Zander didn't hurt Ronni. But Hudson seemed to flat as a character, and I did not care about him AT ALL. Zander is the only passably decent character, and it's funny, because he is the "villain" of the story. At least he acknowledges the fact that he screws up, that he's not perfect, that he's not all that (though he may act like it). He might be the only real character in the book. But whatever to him. Didn't care enough about him, either. The next thing that totally irritated me is something that I know is a touchy subject for people (don't understand why, but it is). Tamara is at least a size fourteen  female. The author makes it known that it clear from the beginning that Tamara is not skinny, and that she is a big girl. Okay, great. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is in the next breath, the author makes Tamara seem pixie-light. Xavier carrying her with ease. Tamara surfing. Tamara wearing little, tiny, clothes. I'm sorry, but could you be consistent? Pick. One. The plot. Oh my gosh, the plot. Well, it starts with Ronni taking Tamara to the beach to live in Hudson's house while vacationing and working. Then Tamara and Xavier play cat-and-mouse, Zander comes around and ruins everything, they have a big surfing competition, the end. I still can't believe I finished this book. The plot is so pointless and so trivial and so... uninteresting! I don't make it a habit of not finishing books (I have never not finished a book I started), but this one was just so awful, in plot ALONE, that I had a hard time actually getting through the book. The climax is the surfing competition, which really comes down to Xavier and Zander. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that was the climax. I mean, I understood that the surfing competition was one of the reasons why everyone was at Maverick Bay for that weekend. But seriously? How anticlimactic. I could have cared less is Zander or Xavier or someone drowned while in the competition. That would have at least made it more interesting. Put one of them - and me - out of my misery. Did I already talk about the romance? Not really. Okay, so we know that Tamara is attracted to Xavier. We also know that Xavier orchestrated this entire week for Tamara because he saw her and watched her for a long time, and he finally wanted to meet her. First of all, what?! Who does that?! That's so weird. Second, I couldn't really understand HOW Tamara and Xavier's relationship was developing throughout the book. It seemed like Tamara was constantly running away from Xavier, and Xavier was constantly saving Tamara from face-planting or something. And then they'd meet at random and totally convenient times, and practically grow "steamy" chemistry between the two of them. The chemistry was just sickening. Well. I did NOT find their relationship stable or developed or progressive, and I certainly did not find their romance steamy or hot or sexy. I kind of just wanted to shake Tamara, tell her to go home and forget everything. Then, kick Xavier where it hurts, because he's creepy. But, all is well that ends well. What a kumbaya. let's-hold-hands-and-sing ending. Barf. Would I Recommend It: NONONONONONONO. If you read this book and liked it, great. Good for you. I read it and hated it, and I wouldn't inflict this on anyone (no offense). I loved Ms. Evangelista's other two books - Taste and Reading Me Softly - but not this one. Rating: 1 star - but I'd give it zero if possible. I'm sorry to say that Ms. Evangelista's attempt at New Adult contemporary romance was a complete flop for me, and I highly doubt I'll pick up any of her other New Adult contemporary romance novels. Paranormal books? Sure. She's good with those. But not New Adult contemporary romance.