Book Review: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

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favoriteTitle: Romancing the Bookworm
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

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?

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! That was me screaming at the end of the book because I didn’t want it to end. I want more Tamara and Xavier moments! Don’t get me wrong. The ending was good. I just really really want more because I loved this book that much.

Tamara is a 21-year-old bookworm who just loves romance novels. She spends hours with her nose in a book. I bet she wouldn’t even notice the end of the world if she were reading a really really good book. But this spring break, things will change for Tamara when her best friend, Ronni, drags her to Maverick Bay for spring break where she’ll find sand, sea, and surfers that will make her feel like she stepped into one of her books. I find it very amusing that it has that feeling of books within a book – like Tamara is a real person talking about her own book experiences.

Xavier was your typical surfer hottie – blonde hair and very toned body. The water relaxes him, and he’s most comfortable in it that I expected him to turn into a fish. He’s also the son of a very rich CEO. But he’s also this really nice and adorable guy who likes Tamara. So he came up with a plan to make Tamara notice him. But not everything goes according to plan.

I really love the whole cast of characters in this book. They’re all imperfect people trying to deal with their own personal problems yet are able to become fun, friendly, and entertaining. Despite all the tragedies that have happened to each one of them, they are able to live their lives. Ronni, Tamara’s best friend, is the perfect pretty party girl, but she’s a really great friend to Tamara even if Tamara ignores her for books. She occasionally tries to get Tamara to live life a little. I would definitely love to have her as my best friend. Hudson, Xavier’s best friend and Ronni’s brother, is the hot responsible older brother. He always acts as the adult even though he’s around their age, which I find cute. He always watches out for everyone. Zander, Xavier’s stepbrother, is a wild card in the story though. Oh, and there’s also Melvin, Xavier’s intern with an endless supply of phones, and Carmela, the amazing house help and cook.

My favorite characters would still definitely be Tamara and Xavier, the narrators of the story. I just love their interactions and inner thoughts in the book. I think my favorite one would be of their first meeting where Xavier wanted to make an entrance like James Bond.

Tamara is a size-14, romance-addicted bookworm who is just so spunky and confident. She is an open book. I love how honest and open she is about her love for romance books and her reading habits (if you know what I mean). It really opened my mind in learning to appreciate those kinds of books. She used books as an escape from her tragic past, but she’s also a really strong character who knows what she wants.

Xavier, on the other hand, is well known for his money, which is something he doesn’t really like. And he always feels responsible for his drug-using alcoholic brother, Zander. But of course, Zander brings out the worst in him. Also, he’s in charge of the really big surfing competition in Maverick Bay that is sponsored by his father’s company. He had a lot on his hands, yet all he wanted was to get to know Tamara, and shower her with romantic gestures. But he’s also helpless against Tamara, and she definitely surprised him a lot.

Unlike most New Adult books, the romance wasn’t that intense. There was still lust and a little smut, but it was mostly an attraction towards each other with the possibility of developing into something more in the future. I personally think that Xavier’s plan was really sweet, albeit seen as a little crazy and creepy, and I wanted to see more of it. There’s a mixture of drama, comedy, and romance in the book, which I really appreciated.

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OVERALL, Romancing the Bookworm is an awesome romance story where a surfer tries to get the attention of a bookworm with the help of their friends and the carefree spirit of spring break. I think bookworms would be able to really relate to Tamara with how she reads so much and compares things to books, and also fall in love with Xavier for being a very dreamy guy. I think Kate Evangelista did really well in coming up with all of her characters in the book. Romancing the Bookworm is a funny, adorable, sweet, and a little steamy read that left me wanting more more MORE. I would definitely recommend this to contemporary romance lovers.

RATING:

4.5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.

 

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

  1. OH MY GOD where can I find a real-life Xavier? I think Xavier’s plan is really sweet too – even if it’s borderline creepy, haha. I want to read Romancing the Bookworm so bad now. 😀

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