Size Doesn’t Matter (69): The Replacement Crush; Lord Dashwood Missed Out

I received this book for free from ALA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (69): The Replacement Crush; Lord Dashwood Missed OutThe Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
Published by Entangled Teen on September 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: ALA
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three-half-stars

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 often forget about Entangled Publishing, partially because if they do promo I rarely see it and partially because their covers tend to be horrible. Still, I had heard of this book and it looked like a fluffy contemporary romance so I picked it up when I saw it at ALA. Excellent choice, past Christina. Excellent choice.

I binge read The Replacement Crush all in one night after work. It’s one of those books I couldn’t put down because right from the start the adorable nerd ship was in the air (does that make it a dirigible?) and yasssss. There’s a whole host of nerdery in here. Vivian’s a romance blogger who works in her mystery writer mom’s bookstore and regularly advocates for the value of ships. Her love interest, Dallas, is a coder who loves Star Trek and makes a whole host of his own nerdy references. Basically, we book and pop culture nerds will find a lot to appreciate in here, though, I warn you book bloggers, that there’s actually not a ton of discussion of book blogging. The romance book club is much more to the forefront and their discussions are so cute.

Dallas and Vivian are so freaking cute together. I will never ever get tired of the nerd boy subgenre and I’m glad it’s picking up steam against the broody Heathcliff type love interests. Nerd boys bring the banter, and it’s all that I dream of ship-wise basically. Dallas and Vivian alternate between cutely into one another and a bit antagonistic, which also totally works for me.

However, it’s a ship of frustration too because of the rather silly plot which involves a bunch of needless drama. After Vivian’s summer fling ditches her rudely, crushing Vivian’s heart and making her feel like an idiot, she decides to become a Vulcan about romance and distract her hormones with some boy she’s not into as her new crush. This is stupid because a) Vulcans would just not have romance most of the time and then have mega-intense passion every seven years because repression and b) obviously hormones would not be distracted like this. Because Dallas makes the zing meter go off the charts, she doesn’t want to be with him, so they have a bunch of really stupid fights. It’s the premise, so you just have to roll with it and the book’s definitely worth it anyway, but yeah that was not my fave and is why this book got a 3.5 rather than a 4.5.

The secondary characters lack a bit of development, but they’re enjoyable. There’s even a cute, very minor, m/m ship in the background. Toff’s the secondary character that really steals the show, though. I wouldn’t mind another book about him and Amy.

The best compliment I can offer is that, upon finishing, I immediately added Roberts’ prior novels to my to-read list. If you love cute, shippy, nerdy books as much as I do, you’ll want to check out The Replacement Crush.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (69): The Replacement Crush; Lord Dashwood Missed OutLord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #4.5
Published by Avon Impulse on January 19, 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

A snowstorm hath no fury like a spinster scorned

Miss Elinora Browning grew up yearning for the handsome, intelligent lord-next-door…but he left England without a word of farewell. One night, inspired by a bit too much sherry, Nora poured out her heartbreak on paper. Lord Dashwood Missed Out was a love letter to every young lady who’d been overlooked by gentlemen—and an instant bestseller. Now she’s on her way to speak in Spindle Cove when snowy weather delays her coach. She’s forced to wait out the storm with the worst possible companion: Lord Dashwood himself.

And he finally seems to have noticed her.

George Travers, Lord Dashwood, has traveled the globe as a cartographer. He returned to England with the goal of marrying and creating an heir—only to find his reputation shredded by an audacious, vexingly attractive bluestocking and her poison pen. Lord Dashwood Missed Out, his arse. Since Nora Browning seems to believe he overlooked the passion of a lifetime, Dash challenges her to prove it.

She has one night.

I don’t often bother with novellas, and I often regret bothering when I muster myself to. “Lord Dashwood Missed Out,” however, was so completely necessary. It’s really amazing how much ship Dare manages to pack into this brief novella.

Basically, this book is such Christina bait. Elinora Browning has been in love with Lord Dashwood since they were both kids, having grown up as neighbors and friends. When he left England without saying goodbye or making promises, she was heartbroken and she channeled her pain into a pamphlet called “Lord Ashwood Missed Out.” The pamphlet urged women to value themselves and not need a man’s validation.

In the novella, George is back from his travels, now a successful cartographer, and they are trapped in a carriage together as she heads to Spindle Cove for a book event at Pauline’s bookstore. George challenges her head on about “Lord Ashwood” and contentious sparks fly. Then, oh then, they get trapped in a bad storm and seek shelter alone together in a cabin. It’s A+ banter combined with several of my favorite tropes and just yassssss.

There are adorable cameos from the rest of the Spindle Cove crew to round out the experience. I read this novella with a huge smile on my face the whole way through.

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