The Book Worm 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 a dream scholarship, and the only way to win is to transform from sidekick to the heroine of her own life. 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?
I just finished reading this book and it was...sigh. I have been shying away from romances as of late - not for any particular reason - I still love them to death. I guess not feeling well had discouraged me from reading about... feelings haha. But anyway, some Tessa Dare books and The Book Worm Crush were apparently just what I needed to get out of the romance funk.
I absolutely adored this book! For awhile I was a bit confused as where it fits into...it's not an adult romance, but it's not entirely a young adult romance either. Perhaps it could fall into new adult...though those characters are usually in college and these individuals are starting/finishing their senior year. Either way - I enjoyed how very much their age did not matter because this book had so much substance to it. From the developing feelings between Toff and Amy to the crushing acceptance that people do move on (and deserve to). It wasn't just about love of a couple, but also of that between friends and family. Amy's brother Brayden provided many comic relief and he totally stole my heart toward the end of the novel when he stood up for his older sister. Ugh. Break my heart!
Most of all I enjoyed the homage this book was to not only reading in itself, but to the genre of romance fiction. Amy is a fantastic heroine - she has always known herself, but grows more confident throughout the novel. Amy is a character who knows her worth and she is so damn smart - I loved her dearly. She also made me want to watch Pride and Prejudice (which I currently am). Toff made a fantastic transition in the novel between a boy who acts on his impulses rather easily to a man who comes to understand his own worth and feelings beyond what he originally understood. What's better than a fun character? One who grows so that you grow to love them *swoon*
I recommend this book to all lovers of books and romance readers alike. There is definitely some intimate scenes and some steamy feelings - do with that what you will :)