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Romancing the Bookworm

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  849 ratings  ·  162 reviews
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 fo
Paperback, First, 309 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Omnific Publishing
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Midian Sosa
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
See, I really liked this book, but it kind of affected me, why? I saw myself in that bookworm.

I always have my kindle, and probably a paperback with me, ALL THE TIME.

The heroine pissed me off, shockers. But it's because I don't think our hero was bad, in fact, he was indeed very romantic.I mean, look at my updates:

08/12 page 9 "OMG I CAN'T BREATHE!! This girl is so damn funny!! XD"
08/12 page 16 "If she doesn't stop her stupidity soon I might pass out too, what the heck, running from a gu
*This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, and may contain spoilers*

Tammara, would rather spend her time reading rather then going out and being social. In fact some days she can finish 3 novels. It's her escape. Books don't cause her pain, they are always there for her when she needs them.

This is why I'd rather read! Real people come with too much bullshit.

Ronni, her best friend decides it's time Tammara gets her nose out of her books and starts living at little. And now is the
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-fun-reads

3.5 stars

Imagine meeting a guy who looked like someone straight out of of the romance books you read, interested to get to know you, and willing to do things for you to like them. Too good to be true, right? And then later you find out that all your meetings and scenes were all his doing, it wasn't coincidence, nor destiny, just him, wanting you. Sure, it sounds stalkerish and creepy trying to get to you but I believe that with all the efforts, it actually sounds sweet for a guy to make effort
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Rating: 1 star
Source: eARC from the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 pictur
Read this if you've ever wanted to be transported into your favorite romance book.

I have to admit that the title is what originally drew me to this book but then the synopsis intrigued me. I had to read this at some point and I am so glad I read this when I did. I was burned out on other stories and didn't think I would ever find one that captured my attention and reminded me why I started reading in the first place.

We meet Tamara, our heroine and fellow avid reader, as she and her best frie
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my sort of read so I gobbled it right up. A really great chick lit beach read. The character of Tamara is loveable with a capital L. I know that if this is your genre, she will get an A+ for character creation. Amen! A girl who loves to read and has her nose in a book. I think millions of us can agree that is relateable. I think it helped from the start to identify with Tamara.

The part of the story focusing on surfing was cool. I love to watch it and being in California, it is everywher
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, new-adult
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to read it. A love story about a bookish girl and a hot surfer guy? Count me in!

Tamara always has her nose stuck in a book. She is curvy and not ashamed of that fact, which I really admired. She didn’t obsess over her weight, but she did know that she wasn’t completely comfortable flaunting her curves on the beach in a bikini. Tight clothing made her uncomfortable and tried to hide behind flowy, loose fitting dresses and clothing. I rea
Bookworm Tamara Winters reluctantly agrees to accompany her best friend Ronnie to Maverick Bay for the summer. Little does Tamara realize that Xavier Solomon, a man whose reputation for being a player, has set the wheels in motion for her visit.

Xavier has a plan to woo Tamara, just like the characters in her books. Everything is falling into place or perhaps not, Xavier seems to put his foot in his mouth frequently, his heroine faints, misunderstands, and has one of the most unusual reactions t
I read the blurb and had to read this which got my hopes up which was failed shortly 'cause the book sucks no matter what the numerous reviewers say.

It's supposed to be a new adult one but the guy seemed more mature and the girl more childish than their respective ages. That girl is stupid and that guy is creepy.

There were so many flaws that I almost lost my footing in the acknowledgments part when the author stated that this book is way too different than her first draft and is in its best pos
Michelle Welsh
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I was pretty excited to read this book after seeing the description since the main character is a major bookworm and it seemed a bit different from the new adult books I've read.

My feelings after reading this book: I liked the storyline, but I didn't like how vague the author was about key things in the book for the majority of the story. I felt like some of secrets/plans needed to be known a little earlier. Overall, this book
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really sweet beach read! I love that the heroine is a size 14, not a size 4. And I think we can all relate to just wanting to stick our heads in a book for the rest of our lives, but it's great when we have friends to pull us out from time to time. And if a hottie surfer wants to re-create some of our favorite books in order to woo us? All the better.

Kate does a great job making the sport of surfing seem dangerous and sexy and exciting. I was on the edge of my seat during a few scenes! This i
Adria's Musings
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

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 totall
Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
If there was ever a story tailor made for booklovers, it would be Kate Evangelista’s Romancing the Bookworm. Protagonist and self-proclaimed bookworm, Tamara, has spent years with her nose in a book, preferring to escape reality by getting lost in the land of fiction. Tamara quickly shot to the top spot as my new favorite heroine, not just because of her intense love of books, but because when she finds herself starring in her very own romance novel, she seizes the opportunity to live a life she ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, blog-tours
Romancing the Bookworm was absolutely delightful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When Tamara's friend Ronni dragged her to Maverick Bay for spring break, little did she know what would be in store for her there. She would much rather live in her world of books where she could escape everything and everyone, rather than deal with the real world. Nevertheless, she gives in and agrees to go with her perfect size 2 best friend. The last thing she expected was to find herself in a whirlwind relationship ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
OMG CAN YOU SAY BEACH READ! Kate Has done it again with another story to blow you away. I am all about the summer loves and summer beach reads. I love to go to the beach and read and watch people flirt like crazy! It is so funny how the girls try to get the guys attention and the guys try and get the girls attention. I have been to some WILD beach parties recently and I must be getting old because some of the things that were worn or lack of and some of the things that were displayed but holy fr ...more
Beth McCraw
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Author donated a copy in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed "Romancing the Bookworm"! This was such a sweet story that really gives hope to all of us bookworms out there! Tamara would rather read a book than really almost anything..wouldn't we all? She has had so much hurt in her life that she really uses her books for her escape from life.

Ronni, her best friend, drags her out to Maverick Bay for spring break; to get her out and help her to live a little. There, she meets Xavier, wh
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Contains small spoilers:
What a wonderful story by Evangelista. It has so many aspects that made me fall in love with the plot and the characters. Tamara was my absolute favorite however. She would have me giggling during her internal monologs and then I would get so embarrassed for her when she would open her mouth and say something insane to Xavier. I would have to put down the book and walk away because I was so embarrassed. There is a time where she is thinking that she would like to lick Xav
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I received an ARC of this book for my honest review; my review is based on content only. The copy provided to me was not the final copy.

Tamara spends her life caught up in her romance books; she is so oblivious to everything around her she doesn't notice Xavier keeps trying to get her attention. Xavier concocts a plan to get her to Maverick Bay and have her notice him. Once Tamara is there it seems that nothing will go as planned, even with everything going wrong the two of them manage to get t
Karina Ramirez
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, arc
4 Start!

As an avid reader myself her love for books was amazing. The story revolves around Tamara and Xavier, and well her love for books! It takes place over the span of a week, which seems super short but it really works for this books and I loved it.

Now some books really annoy me when I feel like it takes me one day to read well one day in the book, that's just way to long, but this books had such a good flow I really enjoyed it.

I mean I get why she was angry that no one told her the secr
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
I was given this book by the author for an honest review!

My honest review??? I loved it! I thought it was a sweet/classic love story!

In a way I can relate to Tamara being so involved in her books where you get lost and the outside world doesn't exist, its like an escape to you!
Xavier was a sweetheart, I think the best guy for a first boyfriend! He was sweet and romantic and how he got her to pay attention to him, so ROMANTIC! (dont want to give it away)

I would have so loved it if a guy romanced
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was provided for an honest review. Wow. I have to say out of all the books that I have read this one was just special on an entirely different level. I feel like I related to Tamara on a lot of different levels. The only thing that I didn't like about Tamara was her need to analyze everything down to the last letter.
I thought what Xavier planned was extremely sweet and romantic. I even enjoyed the story we learned about with Ronnie and Zander. I'm really hoping that Hudson gets a stor
Jackie - Fire & Ice Book Reviews
Romancing The Bookworm is a nice pool/ beach side read. The plot of the book is based around the beach, and a surfing event. I liked the fluffiness of the book. It was something I could pick up and read when I wanted something light to read.

The characters of this book were college students. I thought it was cool that one of the main characters in this book was a bookworm. I love that the author reference everything that the main character said to a book she read!!

This book has a great plot, and
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very different plot from most chick lit I read. Xavier was perfection. I don't think anyone like him exists, his plan was so thought out, he really cared about Tamara which was creepy and romantic. Tamara was brave and confident about who she was yet her obvious giggling and attraction to him made it too easy for this whole thing to happen. I completely understood Tamara's reaction to the plan, but Xavier was a really nice guy. This was a very enjoyable read and it was adorable and funny, realis ...more
Jana (The Booksnob)
Sep 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was utterly terrible. I have no idea why I was eager to read this in the first place
Jun 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Liked the idea, disliked the delivery. End of story.

I don't feel like going into explicit detail if only because I don't want to hate on the author. So I'm refraining.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Got me laughed at the beginning but the ending is mehh
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually didn't enjoy this as much as I did last time. It was still enjoyable though, although the creepiness of the whole set up was a bit too much for me!
Atalia • FMR Book Grind
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
*Received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

"I had my spring break already planned out. One whole week of having the dorms to myself and a buttload of the trashy romance novels I was hopelessly addicted to. My personal version of heaven." -Tamara

Romancing the Bookworm tells the story of a girl who never thought romance could exist outside her books and the boy who will stop at nothing to show her just how real it can be. With its humor, romance, and an array of complex characters, thi
Apr 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Good lord where do I even start... It feels like this book was written by an actual alien who has never ever interacted with a human being and based his perception of humans on bad fan fiction written by a frantic 12 year old he read while being high on cocaine.
The first chapters is already a disaster. I thought "ok maybe it is a bit quirky and weird for the sake of introducing us to the characters", but no, the whole book is a train wreck.
Wild Wordy
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Saffron - This book was such a great read! I had never heard of Kate and was really surprised how much I liked this book!

Jillian - I got sucked into this book right from the beginning. This story was so good!

Noemi - I absolutely loved this book. It had me hooked from the beginning

Saffron - Well, we are bookworms! But I'm pretty certain I wasn't as bad as Tamara.

Jillian - I was just going to say the same thing. We are bookworms as well so we could for sure relate with her.

Noemi - Tamara and I are
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Kate Evangelista is a young adult writer, creative writing teacher, and a mother to six rambunctious cats. Born in the Philippines, she attended college in De La Salle University – Manila and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Literature and a Master’s in Creative Writing. She got her start publishing with small presses like the now defunct Crescent Moon Press until she moved on to medium presses like ...more

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