The Replacement Crush (Lisa Brown Roberts)


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.

I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, make sure to check out her blog in the next couple of days for her take on it.

I was initially excited for this book, because I usually love Entangled Teen romances, the cover is super cute and the premise sounded super good. Unfortunately, the end result wasn’t my favorite thing.

The book was cute and OK for the most part, and I enjoyed the writing, as I had previously, since this isn’t my first book by Lisa Brown Roberts – I loved Resisting the Rebel. The book is told in Vivian’s POV though, just hers, which doesn’t really allow for us to get to know the romantic interest, Dallas. This was too bad, because Dallas was, for most part, quite mysterious, and that wasn’t always a good thing to be honest.

Vivian was the kind of female MC that was frustrating as hell for most of the time. I liked her passion for books and her love for logical thinking, but she took things to an extreme, and ignored feelings and ended up hurting a lot of people, which didn’t exactly made her likely. Dallas was a little better, for the most part, because he did know what he wanted and he sort of went for it, but then he kind of got lost there at some point, and I didn’t really like his actions for a moment.

The whole Replacement Crush mission was a bust, in my opinion. The beginning was kind of fun, but it went super downhill from there. The characters on the list did little sense, and I’m still not over the fact that Jaz MADE Viv put Toff on the list, and then told her off for doing it… I mean… seriously?!

There was some unnecessary drama, and the plot dragged out a little bit more than it should, which took a bit of my enjoyment for this book. Also, the characters were annoying sometimes, and their decisions and actions were out of my comprehension sometimes too.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this one, because the MC was quite frustrating, but in the end, it was an OK book, and it might appeal to a lot of you.