“True love can’t be strategized.
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”
This post is part of a blog tour for Chapter by Chapter. I initially was going to do an interview, but that has been delayed until later this month, or October. For now, enjoy an excerpt, two teasers and my review!
“Long-distance relationships are hard.” Dallas shrugged. “But even if I was still there, we wouldn’t have lasted.” He took a sip of his chai, eyes fixed on me. “Just wasn’t meant to be.”
My heart ricocheted in my chest. Why was he telling me this? He wouldn’t tell me about his secret trophies, but he’d just told me about his girlfriend? Ex-girlfriend, I corrected myself.
“Maybe I’ll try your strategy.” His eyes roved across my face.
“What strategy?” My voice sounded raspy.
“Your replacement mission. Make a list of what type of girl I want.” He paused. “But I’m interested in something longer term. Not just a date for a dance. Want to help me make my list?”
I stared at him as if he’d just asked me to plan a kidnapping.
He smirked, then reached for my notebook again and tore off the sheet of paper he’d written on. “So how does this work?” He inclined his head toward my bag. “You have your replacement notebook with you?”
I gaped at him. Who had told him about my notebook? “Um, this isn’t, uh, why we’re here, Dallas. I’m supposed to be interviewing you, not helping you find a…a…”
“Replacement girlfriend.” Laughter danced in his eyes as he watched me squirm. “Why not? Don’t you want to help out the new guy?”
I huffed a sigh of frustration. “You’re mocking me.”
“No, I’m not. Think about it logically, Spock. You know everyone. You can help me narrow the field.”
I sucked down cold tea, trying to compose myself. Help Dallas narrow the field? Introduce him to potential girlfriends? Everything in me protested, and I knew why.
Because I wanted to be the replacement.
But I couldn’t. That was the whole point of my own mission: not to fall for someone who could make me lose control. Because even if that someone seemed like an amazing person…well…letting myself get carried away again was just too scary.
“We can help each other,” he said. “Since I’m new here, I can give you an outsider’s opinion on your…what do you call them?”
“Targets,” I whispered.
His dimple flashed, deepening as he chuckled. “Targets. Right. So yeah, I’ll give you the outsider’s opinion on your targets. And you give me the inside scoop on my targets.” He paused. “Logically, this should work, Spock.”
“But…but…” I sputtered like a cartoon character. “I don’t know you well enough. To help.”
“You’re getting to know me. Working together in the store. Asking probing interview questions.” He flashed another grin. “And I’ll tell you some of my…criteria. That’s what you call it, right?”
I nodded. My hormones pounded on every nerve in my body, dying to escape and capture Dallas as their personal love slave.
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.
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