{Review+Giveaway} Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

July 17, 2013 Giveaways, New Adult, Reviews 6 ★★★★

Welcome to my stop on the Romancing the Bookworm blog tour
Romancing the Bookworm is a New Adult contemporary romance and may not be suitable for readers under 17To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpts click here

Author: Kate Evangelista     
Release date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Source: eARC from Publisher
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Synopsis:

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?


I have been very into new adult beachy reads this summer, and Romancing the Bookworm completely satisfied my beach reads craving. It was great! Totally sweet, fun and romantic. The story follows around Tamara, who is a bookworm to the point of being a hermit. She hardly ever interacts with people and she doesn’t have many friends outside the pages of her books. But one of her only friends gets her to come along on a spring break trip with her and the story really jumps off from there. There are plenty of funny scenes and antics and the book kept my attention the whole time. I really loved it.
Tamara loves to read, and being a book blogger it gave me an instant connection to her. She reads everything, but it seems like she has a soft spot for romance books. I thought it was hilarious that both of the main guys in the book also fessed up to reading romance novels. One of the things I loved about Tamara is that as the story progressed you could literally seem her “layers” being pulled back. She started to get bolder, she started doing more and more things with other people, and she started really coming into her own. It was great to see her development and to watch her bloom into such an awesome girl.
Tamara’s friend, Ronni, is also pretty awesome in her own regard. I loved that she is so there for Tamara. She really did a lot to try and get her out of her shell. One of the great things about Romancing the Bookworm is that even though Tamara is the main character and Xavier is clearly her potential love interest, but the book does not just focus on the two of them. Ronni and her brother and Zander all have pretty significant roles in the story and readers get to know all the characters really well. Kate Evangelista does an excellent job with her character development.
As I said earlier, Xavier is Tamara’s potential love interest and right off the bat he has this “plan” to get Tamara and he seems so smitten. Its beyond adorable. For the longest time I didn’t know exactly what his plan was or why the plan was in action. Why Tamara? Well, you will have to read to find out. But be prepared to wait for most of the story before all is revealed. I loved that Xavier loved Tamara just for being herself. Tamara is a size 14 and he was crazy for her curves. It was such a nice change of pace from the average pretty thin girl that all the guys go crazy for.
Romancing the bookworm is a total beach read. It is so much fun. There is plenty of comedic relief as well. Im one of those people that will get embarassed for the reader and a few times I caught myself blushing or pushing the book away when something particularly compromising happened to Tamara. Come to think of it, most of those things happened in the bathroom. Haha. If you like New Adult books and you like romantic comedies and beach reads, Romancing the Bookworm is the perfect book for you!

 

4/5 Gavels
 
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. Ms. Evangelista lives in the Philippenes.

You can find Kate on twitter at @KateEvangelista

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About Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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