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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, Rony, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Rony 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?
Release date: July 9, 2013 **
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
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This book should be labeled a romantic comedy. Or at least come with a warning label that says "May cause sporadic bouts of Laughing Out Loud, Uncontrollable Giggles, and Secondhand Embarrassment, reader discretion is advised." All three of those happened to me. Repeatedly. I like to read at home but I also read while waiting at the pharmacy or at the doctor's clinic. Two places that are never empty and I'm a very "expressive" reader.
Tamara is a totally bookworm. She would much rather spend her spring break reading a good romance novel, so when her best friend Rony drags her along on a vacation, Tamara feels it's a waste of precious reading time. Until she sees Xavier Solomon, a fellow schoolmate and known womanizer. Everything in Tamara warns her to stay away from him but Xavier has other plans. Tired of Tamara ignoring him and more than a little desperate to get her to go out with him, Xavier makes a last ditch effort to win Tamara. He is reenacting scenes from her favorite romance novels. It works beautifully but as they grow closer, Xavier realizes that the truth might push her away. As if that wasn't enough, his drug addict stepbrother suddenly shows up and starts causing problems. Suddenly his easy-as-pie plan turns into something infinitely more complicated.
There's so much to talk about with this book but first, can I thank author Kate Evangelista for making Tamara a size 14 instead of a size 4? Don't get me wrong, I don't mind thin heroines at all but I do like a little size diversity now and again. Besides, if you've ever seen a size 14 woman before, you'll know that's in no way "overweight." I myself am a size 11 and definitely don't look like the stereotype presented in the media. So props to her for creating a very realistic heroine.
Tamara is awkward and at times lacks a verbal filter which lead to the reactions mentioned above. She can be a bit short sighted in the real world, sometimes not paying attention to Rony or what's happening around her and it at times makes her look like a selfish friend. She isn't though, she's just, well, a bookworm. Bookworms don't pay much attention to anything once they start a good book. The world could end and they wouldn't even notice! She is definitely a true representation of a bookworm. Tamara may prefer to have her nose in a book but that doesn't mean she's timid, just unused to actively participating in the real world.
Xavier is a good guy. He's a bit cocky in everything he does and at first he's so sure his plan to win Tamara will work, but after awhile he becomes less sure of himself and more vulnerable. That made him more of a hero in my eyes. No one likes an infallible character. The way he treats Tamara is a mixture of respect, lust, playfulness and genuine affection. Once they got to know each other, they were not only lovers, but great friends who laughed and communicated well with each other.
The supporting cast is quite entertaining as well. Hudson and Rony are your typical siblings with not so typical good looks and good hearts. At times they provide the comedy in the form of bickering and/or basically steamrollering over Xavier and Tamera's objections.
Romancing the Bookworm is what I'd like to read in any kind of romance novel, whether it's contemporary, paranormal, historical, adult or New Adult. The characters are enjoyable, the dialogue is witty and the pace is smooth and quick, no droning on and on until the reader is almost comatose. While I'm still not going to be a regular New Adult reader, I will make an exception for Kate Evangelista. She impressed me with her YA novel Taste and she continues to do so with Romancing the Bookworm.
**Reviewers received a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy by the publisher in exchange for their honest thoughts/review of the book. The provided review copy was not a finished copy on sale. Reviews should be based on content and not editing as some things were changed in the finished copy.
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