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Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Sniffs Review: THE ROMEO CLUB by Rebekah L. Purdy #Giveaway

Title: The Romeo Club
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Links: Goodreads  Amazon

THE ROMEO CLUB is Hitch meets The Secret of My Success.

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.

But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

The Romeo Club all started when Delyla simply helped her brother Drake update his image and up his confidence to ask the girl he liked out. When Drake's friends found out and saw how well it worked, they asked Delyla to help them too. And they were willing to pay her, so that she can buy her prom dress. What's not to like about that deal? The fact that she's starting to fall for her brother's best friend, Trey, who she helped get a girlfriend.

I absolutely loved THE ROMEO CLUB! The simple innocent act of helping her brother and his friends "de-nerdify" so that they can get the girls they want to take notice of them, turns into an emotionally charged roller coaster ride that leaves her emotionally drained. BUT not for long, I promise.

There are some really humorous moment that had tears streaming down my face, and then there were heartbreaking moments that had me desperate for things to work out in the end. So THE ROMEO CLUB has everything from gut-busting humor to hopeful romances, action-packed sports scenes and devious sabotage.

Delyla: All she did was help her brother when he asked her to help him ask out his crush Chloe. She didn't expect to be helping out his friends find girlfriends, too. But she needs money for her prom dress, and they offered to pay her to help them. So she agrees. It's not easy, but each of them are improving from taking her advice. What she didn't expect was to start falling for her brother's best friend, Trey, along the way. But now he has a girlfriend, one she helped him gain. So she plans to sabotage their budding relationship.

Drake: Delyla's older brother has had a crush on the popular, Chloe Anders, but didn't have the courage to approach her, so he asked his little sister Delyla for help.

Trey: He has been best friends with Drake and Delyla since they were small children. They've been through all the embarrassing childhood phases together and share a lot of the same interests. When he sees how well Delyla's makeover of Drake went, he suggests that she help him and their other friends get girlfriends too. And he wants Delyla's help landing Portia Rickard. There's a lot more going on with Trey than I'm going to say here, because I don't want to give anything away!

Kevin: Kevin is the shyest member of the Nerd Herd. He has a crush on one of his co-workers named Melanie. He actually has a lot more courage than he realizes.

C.C.: Where Kevin is the shyest, C.C. is so confident that it borders on the obscene, except when it comes the Liza. With Delyla's help he gains the courage to audition for the male lead in the school play opposite Liza, instead of remaining backstage.

This is a hard section to talk about, because if I say too much I could ruin the ending of the book for everyone. So I might seem kind of vague at times. And there might be tiny spoilers that are unavoidable.

Okay, so Delyla was completely happy with her relationship with her boyfriend, Rex. They both are popular athletes and they aren't lacking in the looks department. But their relationship becomes strained when she starts The Romeo Club to help out the Nerd Herd. She's lying about what she's doing, and dodging him whenever he shows up out of nowhere at the places she's at with the Nerd Herd. And then Trey says something to make her question her relationship with Rex. The final action that seals the end of her relationship with Rex is when she agrees to help teach Trey how to kiss...and she starts developing feeling for him.

This is where I'm going to get a little vague. After some time where Trey completely acts like the kiss meant nothing and his relationship is growing with Portia, Delyla plans to sabotage their relationship. But when that doesn't work, she decides to just go for it and confess. But it doesn't go over well. Trey is angry and Delyla is left heartbroken.

This is the relationship throughout the whole book that I was desperate to work out in the end. Trey and Delyla seems so perfect for each other. The have practically everything in common and they've known each other for like ever. They know all the embarrassing things that could pop up in learning about the person you're starting a relationship with, and they are comfortable around each other.

There is an interesting little suggestion that Delyla could possibly have a future relationship with her neighbor Carver when he comes home from college in the Summer. So that leave you wondering who she'll end up with.

Whether anything with Trey and Delyla improves, you'll have to read the book to find out!

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Mano Billi March 29, 2014 at 9:16 AM

It sounds like a great book :)

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