The Replacement Crush

The Replacement Crush

by Lisa Brown Roberts

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The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

"A smart, charming teen romance." —Kirkus Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633755055
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 4,105
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way. She lives in Colorado in a house full of books, boys, four-legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.
Twitter@LBrownRobertsor visit her at her website,www.lisabrownroberts.com

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The Replacement Crush


By Lisa Brown Roberts, Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2016 Lisa Brown Roberts
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-505-5


CHAPTER 1

Monday, August 25

"What's with the outfit, Viv? Did a librarian and a hooker have a fight in your closet?"

"Love you, too, Jaz." I glared at my best friend. I knew my outfit said hot date way more than first day of junior year, but I didn't want my mom to notice.

My mom glanced at my tight jeans and cropped tank top. And the boring gray hoodie I'd wrapped around my waist in case I chickened out. She raised a questioning eyebrow. Wrapped in her faded plaid flannel robe, her dark curls as messy as mine, Mom looked more like my big sister than a mother. She didn't look mad so much as confused since my outfits were usually unremarkable, just like me.

"Have some sugar." I waved a donut in Jaz's face, hoping to distract Mom from my clothes.

"Thanks," Jaz said. "My mom never buys donuts."

"Tradition," Mom said. "Part of the first day of school ritual." She pointed to the poster board propped against a cupboard. "Speaking of traditions ..."

I didn't have to look at the fluorescent orange cardboard to know what it said: "Vivian Galdi. First Day of Junior Year," decorated with flowers and smiley faces. Mom wouldn't let me leave until she'd photographed me holding the poster like one of those street corner dancers waving gigantic signs pointing toward the nearest sub sandwich shop.

"You gonna do this in college, too?"

"Yep." Mom stood up, tucking her wayward curls into a loose bun. "I'll make you pose in front of a frat house with your poster."

I tugged at my shirt imagining Jake's eyes skimming over my outfit. Jake, who'd suddenly noticed me this summer after years of barely acknowledging my existence. Jake, who'd lured me to a marathon of secret, after-curfew beach kissing sessions.

Jake, who I'd been keeping a secret from my mom. My body flushed just thinking about his body wrapped around mine like a second skin.

Mom frowned. "You okay, Vivvy? You look as if you have a fever."

Jaz snorted and I shot her a death glare. She was sworn to secrecy about Jake. I hoped he'd ask me out for real now that school was back in session, and then I could tell my mom about us dating.

Since my parents had divorced when I was eight, Mom and I were tight. She knew as much about my boring life as most of my friends did. Keeping Jake a secret had weighed on me these past few weeks, but there was something about him that made me hesitate to tell anyone about our secret hookups, except Jaz of course. Seeing the concern in Mom's warm brown eyes as she studied me sent a fresh wave of guilt snaking through me.

"Let's go." Mom reached for the poster and grinned wickedly. "You, too, Jasmine. Some day you girls will thank me for documenting your passage from girlhood to woman-hood."

"That's pathetic, Mom," I pretend-grumbled, following her down the worn deck steps. I actually thought the poster ritual was sweet, but this was a tradition, too: me grumbling, Mom insisting.

"Assume the position." Mom pointed to the rose trellis.

I stood under the sweet smelling arch and held up the poster to block my face. "How's this?"

"Very funny, Vivvy."

I lowered the poster, thinking of all the moments like this captured in the collage frame in our kitchen. The photos showed my metamorphosis from a chubby little girl with big brown eyes and a mess of dark curls to a curvy girl with the same big eyes and curls I still struggled to control. Along the way, I'd suffered through braces and a few bad haircuts. Most days I still felt like that pale, chubby kid hiding in the shadow of Jaz's oversized personality.

"Smile, sweetie."

I stuck out my tongue. The shutter clicked as I laughed and she kept snapping. Jaz joined me and the poses got even sillier while Mom snapped away, laughing.

Mom liked to think of herself as an amateur photographer, but her real jobs were writing a semi-famous series of mystery novels and running her bookstore, Murder by the Sea.

Mom and I were obsessed with books.

Her obsessions included writing complicated psycho-logical mysteries that gave me nightmares and running the only bookstore within a fifty mile radius of our town. My obsessions focused on reading — romances, mostly — and blogging about them. Hardly a day passed without us engaging in passionate and funny debates about what we were reading or had tossed aside in frustration.

"We should go." Jaz brushed crumbs off her vintage Aerosmith concert T-shirt. Jaz loved those old shirts, even though they were usually covered in fur from the stray cats she rescued.

I felt another twinge of guilt as I returned Mom's extra long good-bye hug, wondering if she'd guessed my outfit might have something to do with a guy. I knew she was relieved I hadn't had any serious romances. Yet. "Guys shouldn't become an obsession," she'd lectured more than once. "Think of them as sprinkles on the donuts of life. Fun, but not necessary."

Easy for Mom to say. She had a long-term sprinkle situation going with Paul, the owner of the surfboard shop. Since Paul adored my mom and loved her weird author quirks, I approved. When Mom was so wrapped up in writing that she forgot about their date nights, he just laughed and whisked her away to fancy dinners, still dressed in her uniform of yoga pants and a faded sweatshirt. One time she left the house in her slippers and he didn't tell her because he thought it was cute. On top of all that, he was good-looking in a pony-tailed, leathery old surfer kind of way, and his son Toff and I had been friends forever.

While I packed a few donuts for the homeless guys I knew we'd see on our way to school, Jaz tried to hug our cat Hiddles goodbye, but he hissed and bared his claws. Jaz had forced the rescue cat on us, naming him after Tom Hiddleston, but our cat had none of the actor's charm.

I gave Mom another quick good-bye hug, and then we headed for the raised, paved path that paralleled the water, Jaz on her gazillion-speed mountain bike, me on my old beach cruiser. It was the slowest way to school but the most scenic, and you never knew who you might see jogging along the beach. Occasionally, movie stars escaped L.A. to head up the coast and hide out in Shady Cove. The unwritten town code was to ignore the celebs, which was easy for me but harder for Jaz.

Jaz claimed that celebrity stalking was her one weakness since as an artist she had to stay aware of pop culture. But we both knew the truth was she lusted after hot actors.

"I don't really look like a hooker, do I?" I asked as we navigated around speed walkers and joggers. I was going for sexy cute, not slutty.

Jaz laughed. "Nah ... you're just showing some skin. Usually your outfits are kind of boring. No offense."

"None taken." Unlike Jaz, I didn't have a trademark style; I mostly wore leggings and sweaters or T-shirts. The aura of bookishness clung to me like a musty cape, probably because I spent half my life in my mom's bookstore.

We stopped at the overlook so Jaz could scan the beach for hot celebrities. I dug extra donuts out of my backpack and wandered over to the homeless guys hanging out on the bench.

"Thanks, darlin'," said Reg, one of the regulars. Reg was a sweet guy; he'd fought in the first Gulf War and had a daughter somewhere up in Oregon. He and his friends were as much a fixture of our town as the seagulls circling over the water.

Every once in awhile, new residents to Shady Cove floated the idea of chasing them off with anti-loitering laws, but sympathetic long-time residents like my mom quashed those movements pretty fast.

After Reg and I agreed that donuts without icing and sprinkles were a sad excuse for a pastry, I rejoined Jaz. "Any luck?"

She shook her head, then flashed me a grin. "So how's my outfit? First-day worthy?"

"Your eye shadow matches your shoes and your nails. I don't know how you do it."

She giggled. "I looked everywhere for nail polish in this shade of gold. Finally I gave up and used my acrylic paint."

I laughed, noticing that she had accidentally dipped a tuft of hair in the stuff. "Remember when we wanted to trade hair when we were little?" I asked.

Jaz laughed. "My mom accused me of 'rejecting my Korean heritage' when she caught us with the hot rollers, just because I wanted curly hair."

I was envious of Jasmine's perfectly straight, shiny black hair. "I wish I could reject whatever heritage gave me Slinky hair." When we did the required elementary school family history potluck, I brought Italian and Swedish cookies. Mom said that was close enough.

"I think you should rock what you got," Jaz said. "I love your curls. They're so bouncy and cute. They're my favorite thing to draw."

"After hot actors," I said, and she stuck out her tongue, making me laugh.

We resumed our ride along the meandering path, Jaz still scanning the beach for celebs, while I watched the Tai Chi practitioners moving in fluid synchrony.

As we intersected with the main road that fronted our school, we braked to let traffic pass. Once upon a time, the buildings that held our school had been a Spanish mission housing priests. The adobe walls and red-tile roofs drew a lot of picture-taking tourists, especially because the place was supposedly haunted. Every Halloween someone freaked out and claimed he'd seen something creepy, but Mom suspected the rumors were spread by our town's tourist office to drum up more visitors, which she was all for.

Jaz leaned over to untangle the hair sticking out of my bike helmet. "Don't worry about how you look today. Your outfit's great and your hair's awesome. I bet Jake loved running his fingers through it."

Since we'd grown up together, Jaz knew all about my insecurities. I'd survived the childhood nickname Chunky Monkey, but part of me still cringed when I remembered crying to my Mom that I wished I were prettier. "But, Vivvy," she'd said, looking crestfallen, "you look just like me."

"Come on," Jaz said, jarring me back to the present. "He's probably waiting for you."

My heart rate skyrocketed as I searched the crowd for a glimpse of Jake. I hoped he'd put his arm around me, casually letting everyone know we were together. A kiss would be even better.

After we locked up our bikes, I tugged at my shirt which was barely in compliance with the dress code. I wondered if I'd be able to get in and out of class without my teachers staring at my stomach. This was definitely a new style for me. Maybe my outfit hadn't been such a good idea.

"There he is." Jaz tilted her head toward a crowd of surfers. We didn't hang out much with the hard-core surfers, but we knew them, mostly because of Toff. In a town this small, we'd all grown up together. It was only when we started high school that the groups splintered off as we mingled with students from neighboring beach towns who commuted to The Shady Cove Academy of Self-Actualization and Success. SCASAS. Of course, everyone called it Suck Asses.

Our school was funded by wealthy old hippies and retired movie people. The wealthy donors gave out a lot of scholarships, which was cool since it meant we were pretty diverse for a private school. And in spite of the name, the school didn't suck.

My tiny boost of sugar and caffeine-induced confidence plummeted as I watched Jake laugh with a suntanned girl tossing long blond dreads over her shoulder. She oozed sexy in an easy, beach girl way that made me feel extra pale and chubby.

All those years of love-your-body yoga classes I did with Mom at the Herb Cottage were supposed to brainwash me, but some days I still battled my internal voice whispering "Chunky Monkey" like a lyric stuck on repeat. I reassured myself that Jake seemed to like my curves just fine, based on our time at the beach.

Jaz squeezed my shoulder. "Go say hi. His tongue will be down your throat in seconds."

A blush warmed my cheeks as a guy walking by glanced at me, probably wondering whose tongue Jaz was referring to. Embarrassed, I shot him a mind-your-own-biz glare. He cocked an eyebrow, then his eyes narrowed briefly behind black-framed hipster glasses before he moved on.

Was he new? He must not be from Shady Cove; I'd have seen him around town by now.

"Go on. Rock that hooker librarian thang like you mean it." Jaz hip-bumped me.

Why was I so nervous? Just because we hadn't texted or met up this past week didn't mean things had changed between Jake and me. Every time I'd met him at the bonfire, his eyes had lit up as he pulled me down onto his blanket for mind-blowing kissing sessions.

He'd wandered into our bookstore a few weeks ago looking like an alien scouting a new planet. "Hey, Viv," he'd said, those midnight blue eyes boring into mine. "Can you help me out?"

Of course I'd helped him. I'd collected a stack of previously loved (we didn't call them used) paperbacks for his grandma who was at his house recuperating from surgery. I'd even added one of my mom's books, autographed in her secret pen name.

"You're awesome, Viv," Jake had said. As I'd nervously counted out his change, I'd glanced up, startled to catch him giving me the full-body scope. Then I'd almost fainted at the next words out of his sexy mouth: "What are you doing tonight?"

That night, and every night after for nine days straight, we'd burned as hot as the bonfire. Well, maybe not quite that hot because I wasn't ready to go nearly as far as Jake wanted to. But he'd said it was okay that last night together when I'd pushed on his chest and told him to stop, though his "Whatever, Viv" hadn't exactly been supportive.

The morning chimes sounded and suddenly Jaz and I were swept up in the laughing, noisy crowd swirling toward the main doors.

"Chicken," Jaz teased. "You just lost your shot at some morning tongue action."

"Shut up." I glared at her, accidentally bumping into a tall, solid body as we navigated the crowd. I glanced up to see the same guy I'd noticed earlier, who'd now overheard two embarrassing tongue-related discussions in approximately three minutes.

His lips quirked, then he disappeared into the crowd.

Jaz grabbed my arm. "Who was that guy?"

"I don't know. He must be new." I frowned at her. "He's not your type, though. Glasses."

She rolled her eyes. "I didn't think you were that shallow, Viv. Haven't you heard of nerd-hot?"

That stung. If anyone knew about nerd-hot, it was me, the pasty bookstore girl and romance book blogger. "I know all about nerd-hot," I whispered, sliding into a desk next to Jaz in homeroom, tugging down my skirt. "And that guy wasn't it."

Jaz waggled her eyebrows at me. "Are you blind? Think Clark Kent. Super sexy hiding behind glasses and geeky clothes." She leaned in close. "Like Henry Cavill. Be still my heart."

I loved geek-turned-superhero as much as the next girl, but Jaz was making a big leap. "Celebrity deprivation is affecting your vision."

"Settle down everyone." Ms. Kilgore's glare landed on us, so we stopped whispering. She tossed out names, marking attendance on her iPad. I zoned out, doodling Superman capes in my notebook until Ms. Kilgore threw a verbal flamethrower that caught my attention.

"Jake Fontaine," Ms. Kilgore said as she glanced up over her reading glasses. My head snapped around.

"Present-ay," Jake drawled from the back row, smirking.

I drank in the sight of him, all messy dark hair and sculpted perfection. I willed him to look at me, which he finally did. I smiled, feeling my whole body blush as I imagined his lips on mine.

But instead of returning my smile, he stared through me like he didn't even know me.

CHAPTER 2

After homeroom, Jaz and I split off until lunchtime. She was on the arts track while my schedule was loaded with honors courses. "Don't stress," Jaz said before she bolted for the arts studio. "I'm sure you'll be sitting in his lap at lunch."

The rest of the morning passed in a blur. Instead of taking copious notes as I usually did in my morning classes, I replayed Jake's cold stare over and over in my mind.

When I emerged into the sunny courtyard, my stomach twisted as I caught sight of Jake eating lunch at the surfer table. Somehow I'd pictured a different scenario these past few weeks, imagining him inviting me to join his posse or maybe bringing a few of his friends to join Jaz and me at our table.


(Continues...)

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The Replacement Crush 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
So despite ending our a HEA, this book was very frustrating. You seriously get sick of how dumb she is through the whole story. Though the way it ended was awesome and is why I give the extra star.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This was my first by this author and I absolutely loved it. Total high school drama and predictable but I was laughing out loud through the entire story. It's the kind of book where the girl is always doing or saying something completely embarrassing and the guy is there to witness it. I'm in my 30's and married but I kinda want to go find my own McNerd now. Total swoon worthy.
Danii_045 7 months ago
I really liked the synopsis of The Replacement Crush but found the story just okay. I felt it was a slow starter. Vivian manages to hook up with her long-term crush only to find he is a player. Now she wants to replace him with someone more worthy. She is a nerd and a blogger. She wants to dress more grown up and wants to be noticed by boys. She wants to find a safe boy who is reliable rather than giving her that zing feeling. There's a new boy at school and he seems to be in all the places Viv usually goes. He's a hot-nerd and has just started a job at the bookstore she works at. They come up with the replacement crush mission but maybe Viv can find more than a rebound. This is the second book I've read by Lisa Brown Roberts. They are both nerdy reads and adds sci-fi fans an extra treat. This is a second look ARC. My review is my own and honest. Sorry not for me but an ok read. 3 stars out of 5.
VoluptuousBDiva More than 1 year ago
A well written, tug at that heart string read that captivated me. The story line and the characters are strong and well developed . Nerdy, geeky and full of drama. A must read for YA lovers. {I received an eARC via the publisher and NetGalley when I signed up to host the book tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and my own.}
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH was somewhat unexpected. The heroine is a bookworm who finds that the new guy who helps out at her mom's bookstore connects with her over Star Trek, among other things. There's a great group of friends, a fantastic mother/daughter relationship, some serious book geekishness with a book club and a book blog, one loser of a guy, and then some nice twists and turns to pull off this contemporary romance. If you enjoy your YA reads with some serious chemistry, plenty of geekishness (both of the book and Star Trek variety), lots of drama, and a sweet romance, then you might fall in love with this one. The beginning of this story started right into the drama with Vivian falling for a player when she should have known better. I wanted to so roll my eyes because I thought anyone would see that coming. Seriously, why are girls so silly sometimes and why are some guys such jerks? Anyway, the friends and the humor and the totally hot Dallas with all the banter, kept me going. I also loved the Star Trek quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The play off of Spock's Vulcan advice was also fun (although by the end, it was a little overdone). The chemistry was right on and clean. The drama was definitely present although a little overdone towards the end as the story felt a little stretched out. There were also a few things that didn't quite work for me (like Vivian not talking to her mom about something towards the end or her mom not saying anything about scratches on Vivian's face - it's like that whole thing kind of disappeared). The ending was really fun and I've now got a song stuck in my head (good thing it's a classic). In the end, was it what I wished for? It was a fun and enjoyable read. I would have liked it cleaner and some things not quite so over-the-top, but again, definitely entertaining with a swoon-worthy, but sweet romance as well as plenty of moments that made me laugh. Content: Some innuendo, attempted rape, some swearing (including a few f-bombs), references to gay relationships. Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher on NetGalley through the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Vivian, the daughter of a bookstore owner, has lived her life surrounded by books. She even has a book blog where she reviews books... romance books, for the most part. She keeps this part of her life pretty quiet though, as the idea of reading romance books comes with its own insinuations in her beach town. Most of the other students are surfing and hanging out at parties, while she's living it up in her mother's store, head always stuck in a book. (She's totally my kind of girl!) After Vivian is heartbroken after a recent breakup (if you can even call it a breakup), she comes up with a list of potential replacement crushes. In making this list, however, she avoids anyone that give her a "zing". Basically, anyone that she's attracted to. This includes the new, sweet guy in town, Dallas. Vivian can't deny her instant attraction to Dallas. But with fears of being hurt again, she refuses to acknowledge these feelings in any way. This is where the fun begins. Okay, I'm just going to put this out there... Dallas is MINE!! He's my new book boyfriend. I fell for him, and I fell HARD! Bam, right on the ground. Game. Set. Match. I'm always a total sucker for sweet, nerdy guys, and Dallas was no exception! (Just think Max from The Start of Me and You. I know, right?!) I adored how he interacted with everyone around him, including silly, lost, emotional little Vivian. She was such a dork herself, and I adored her to pieces. These two were totally adorable and I couldn't help but want to smoosh them together. AGAIN!!! Lisa Brown Roberts has AGAIN made me fall in love with her characters to the point that I CAN'T stop thinking about them!!! I've read everything written by Lisa thus far, and I've loved every single one. Guys, if you're not reading Lisa's books, you really should look into them. They're such light, adorable and sweet stories that are perfect to read between much more serious ones. I use them as a bit of a refresher after reading an intense read, and they're just perfect for this!! An author you won't want to miss if you enjoy contemporary YA as much as I do!! (Thanks to Entangled Teen for the review copy!)
ReviewerRachel More than 1 year ago
Book Blogger Falls for the Nerd! Adorable! Aw! This book was adorable! I grinned through the majority of the novel, it was just so…adorable.It had its fair share of issues, mainly that I felt like the ending was extremely similar to the ending of Resisting the Rebel (a previous book by her, released only a month before The Replacement Crush..) The plotline had a few threads that didn’t quite belong with the rest. Also, Viv… I felt like she might be a bit TSTL (too stupid to live…) but then again, Viv admitted this to herself. In fact, she used the exact term because she’s a book blogger! I think Viv just didn’t 100% capture my heart... But that’s one thing the novel did have, it had a lot of heart. I really loved most of the supporting characters, especially Dallas! He was just so adorable! He wasn’t perfect, but he wasn’t so flawed that you hated him. Viv and Dallas’ complimentary nerd-statuses were awesome. One of the things that kept me smiling and laughing was Viv’s internal monologue with Spock. There are LOADS of references, and quotes above the chapter beginnings (I LOVE QUOTES.) One aspect I completely loved, was that Dallas kept walking in on Viv saying embarrassing things (especially when taken out of context.) I don’t find books with spot on humor in them often. So while I did clash with a few characters, and a few plot points, I still adored this novel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fluffy read (with a few serious themes woven in.) Technically speaking, the writing earns a 3.5, but I’ve rated it a 4, as Viv is a book blogger, Star Trek was woven throughout, Dallas is definitely nerd-hot, and he knows how to kiss. I could practically feel his soft hair around my fingers. The book wiggled its way into my heart. **FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way effected my review.**
Stephanie_Kaye More than 1 year ago
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! Originally posted on In Wonderland Book Blog: http://www.inwonderlandbookblog.com/2016/08/the-replacement-crush-review.html
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the arc of The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts! Viv is beginning her junior year of high school with her best friend Jaz. She lives with her single mom who owns a bookstore and writes mystery novels under an unknown pseudonym. Viv likes Jake and then she discovers that he is a hormonal jerk. This makes her decide to create a replacement crush list filled with guys that she has no romantic interest in. During her replacement crush quest, she meets Dallas, a senior from Wisconsin who just moved to town with his family. Dallas begins working at the bookstore with Viv and he has some secrets of his own. Torturous, emotional and romantic turmoil, cute nicknames, references to readers and bloggers everywhere and even some scary, suspenseful drama make me give The Replacement Crush 5 stars!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Vivian AKA "Viv" meets newcomer Dallas when her mom hires him to work at their bookstore. She is attracted to him immediately and wants to avoid falling for someone her hormones lead her to. She is working on finding a interim boyfriend she won't go gaga over. Dallas is a temptation for Viv, and he is attracted to her as well. There are many secrets they are keeping from one another. This does not stop them from starting a tentative friendship. Can these friends learn about love before its too late? I was so intrigued by this story I could not put it down! Page after page of humble and honest feelings, (even if they were being denied) and I ate it up. This author is a pleasure to read. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review only.
CabookleReviews More than 1 year ago
Vivian Galdi spent her summer making out with her school’s resident hottie only to have him ignore her the second school starts up again. Heartbroken and desperate to ease the pain, Vivian comes up with a plan to crush on a guy who can’t hurt her. She’s determined to control her crushes and keep things on a manageable level. She makes a nice list of safe crushes that she knows she can handle. The last person she expects is Dallas, and as they grow closer, she realizes a real crush isn’t something you can control. Vivian’s replacement crush list is safe and top secret. So naturally Dallas finds out about it thanks to her big mouthed friends. Just when Vivian is starting to fall for Dallas, he comes up with his own plan: he’s going to make a crush list too. And Vivian is going to help him with it. This book was really cute though the plot line with Dallas’ crush list was highly underdeveloped. I wanted more of his search for a girl and less of Vivian being annoying but what can ya do? Yeah of course Dallas’ criteria for the perfect crush was describing Vivian to a T but that subplot fizzles out real quick and then pops up again at the end. Disappointing. Anyway, there are celebrity sightings, secret martial arts competitions, and a musical number in this book. If it sounds like a reality TV show or some kind of sitcom, well, you’re probably right. It reads very reality TV to me too. But even though the plots weren’t my favorite, I liked Vivian’s voice. She’s strong willed and big hearted. Her motives were questionable (see next paragraph) but I think her heart was weirdly in the right place with her plan. Sure, the guy who snubbed Vivian on the first day of school after getting hot and heavy all summer was her longtime crush, but I don’t think that’s enough of a foundation for her big plan of turning off all of her emotions and going for a safe, calculated crush. I mean, she literally has this epic kiss with Dallas and then turns him down because that guy hurt her? Seriously? It was a few kisses over the course of one summer. I have trouble believing that was enough to turn her into a cold hearted brat. Overall I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t love it either. It was a sweet read that didn’t take long to get through. Dallas is the ultimate hot nerd. And, there’s a lot of book nerd stuff that any book nerd (cough, me) can respect and understand. I mean, Viv’s mom owns a book store. Can you say heaven? If you’re looking for a book that doesn’t get too emotionally complicated and is a quick read, this book is perfect for you. It’s fun but it doesn’t look much beyond the surface. Still, Dallas and Vivian are super cute so this book is worth a read if you’ve got a couple hours to kill!
SociallyAwkwardBookNerd More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy for an honest reivew Adorably cute romance, about crushes, love and lust and heartache. Quick read... cause you won't be able to put it down
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Having read previous books by the author before, I was really excited to read The Replacement Crush, the cover and the synopsis had me all over the book! It's a start of a new year, in this case it's senior year for Vivian Galdi and her friends, and after having the summer of a lifetime she is excited to go back to school. Yet after spending the summer having kissing sessions with her longtime crush, she is surprised to find that her “crush” has decided to ignore their summer together for a new girl altogether. This completely destroys Vivian and that is enough to get her to plan The Replacement Crush in which she would focus on guys who she has little interest in, in order for her to not get her feeling hurt again. Little did she know that her plan was going to change her life forever. This all happens after a new guy in town shows up at her school, and when her mom decides to hire him to work at her bookstore. As the two start to spend time together, Vivian starts to realize that her plan might just be working too well, and if she wants an relationship she will have to change the course of the replacement crush before it's too late. I really enjoyed reading the book, from the characters to the plot, Roberts did an amazing job creating a realistic story line that's very reminiscing of a typical teenager. Vivian is smart, outgoing, and seems to know what she wants. Her mom's love for books has made an impact on Vivian's life as she is also into books and has a book blog as well. Between going to school and doing all your typical extracurricular activities, she also has a job at her mom's bookstore. It is in that type of environment that she is surrounded by so many stories (romance stories) that have made her a hopeless romantic, so when her crush finally notices her she ignores all the warning signs of the playboy that is her crush and goes against her mom's back to hide her “relationship.” Surrounded by her group of friends who all have very distinct personalities, Vivian has their support, but do not necessarily agree with her going out with the school's playboy. With that said, when she meets Dallas, there is chemistry between them that is undeniable and even Vivian knows that. But sticking to her plan is what she wants to do, and not even the nerdy/hottie Dallas can change her mind. On the contrary, Dallas is cute, funny, smart and can also play the cello. Definitely the guy who is too good to be true! However, he seems to be mysterious as well which made them that much more intriguing. I loved the way they both seem to be in-tune with each other, they has inside jokes and flirted with each other. Their relationship is very obvious, but it takes Vivian a while to realize just how much her plan was working against her from the very beginning. Anyway, there is a sensitive scene towards the end of the story that might turn readers off a bit, but it's part of the story and it all works out in the end. The ending is so cute, it will literally leave you wanting for more! I would highly suggest reading this book and any other book by the author, you will not regret it. :) ***ARC provided by Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.***
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by Lisa Brown Roberts. This is the first book by this author that I have read. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely one of those at the top of my best of 2016. It was adorable, fun, and all kinds of nerdy. Do you like Star Trek? Hot nerds? Adorkable gals? Then you need this book in your life! I loved the plot of this book. The best way to get over someone is to find someone new. It’s a little bit harder when you’re trying to find someone you don’t have major chemistry with. Even harder when you find someone that you have crazy chemistry with, but don’t want to get attached to that person. The headings on each chapter were quotes from Spock and Captain Kirk and each pertained to what was going on in the chapter. My inner Trekkie was squeeing with delight. Vivian may also have internal conversions with Spock that are hilarious. As for the characters, I love them all. Vivian is bookish and funny with her reactions. Dallas is witty and makes Vivian uncomfortable with how much of her he actually sees. Vivian’s friends are a hot mess, but absolutely lovable. This book is a fun read, and perfect for kicking off the school year. I can’t wait for Wee One to get a little bit older so she can read this one.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book and was excited to read it. I really liked Viv when she wasn't focused on her mission. She's smart and funny and loves books. Bonus points for being a blogger. Dallas was adorable and their chemistry was there right from the beginning. There are a lot of great secondary characters: I loved Viv's mom and sort of brother, Toff. Viv makes a lot of stupid decisions {and even mentions that she's acting like a stupid heroine in a book}. Sadly, even though she knows she's being ridiculous, she does nothing to change course. And that's where I started to get lost. Some scenes felt repeated and I found myself putting the book down to do other things. Overall, it was a cute story I was invested in. I could have used a lot more banter and kissing, but the ending was perfect. Just a warning: there is a brief scene of an assault. The intent to rape is said, but it's a drunken struggle that doesn't go anywhere. She knees him in the balls and then he gets the crap kicked out of him. It didn't seem fair to put it on the rape shelf, yet something needed to be said. **Huge thanks to Entangled Teen for sending the arc in exchange for an honest review**