Published by T Gephart on February 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Famous, Romance
Tia Monroe was smart, sassy and successful. Sure, she could get a little crazy at times—life around Tia was never boring—but that was part of her appeal. And while she didn’t see herself as ‘classically beautiful’, she had no shortage of options in the boyfriend department. She just hadn’t found one who held her interest.
Until she laid eyes on Eric Larsson, and then it was lust at first sight.
He packed the perfect mix of smoldering sexy and unapologetic cool into his blond-haired, blue-eyed, ridiculously hot six-foot-four frame. One smile from him was enough to twist her insides, making her girlie bits tingle in the most delicious way. But it wasn’t just his looks, he was smart and funny—charming in the most a-dork-able way.
The only problem was . . . Tia had never actually met him.
Eric Larsson was one of Hollywood’s hottest movie stars, rising to the top of his game and leaving a trail of disintegrated panties in his wake. Tia’s were no exception—but she wasn’t delusional. Love, marriage and happily-ever-after were not part of her fantasy; she just wanted to meet him. Just one time. One time. Confident that just seeing him in the flesh would get him out of her system.
So, with her resolve steeled, Tia set off on a quest to make it happen while avoiding her mug shot being splayed across the five o’clock news.
The journey no doubt will make for one hell of a story.
So this is going to be more so on the short and sweet side, because it’s mostly me just telling you why I loved this book. This author definitely made me a fan! This was so, so much fun to read. I want a paperback copy now for my shelf. <3
“The way his lips pressed against my neck, he could have convinced me of anything. Want to go see if we can find Atlantis and live underwater? Sure, show me the way.”
You know when something as simple as the authors note can make you laugh, that you’re in for a real treat. And with #1 Crush? The author had me chuckling before I even got to the first page.
Tia… Oh Tia. This chick is certifiably crazy but she’s so awesome at the same time! Insane, but ingenious, how she comes up with these plans or scenarios, I’ll never know and frankly don’t care, she was just so much fun to read about! Even her inner monologues and conversations with Lila were priceless. On a side note, I think maybe the name Tia makes people crazy? I had a roommate in college named Kristina (we called her Tia) and she was a little crazy too. 😉
I breathed into his face. “Or else.”
To his credit, he didn’t laugh. I’m not sure how serious you could take a person when they were three sheets to the wind wearing an animal costume.
Comedy is a HUGE part in this book, and when the heroine is quirky, I’m always a little afraid of what type of humour she’ll have. Tia though? Wow, she’s my kind of girl! I thought she was hilarious. Quick wit, thinking on her feet, her jokes were awesome, and all that coupled with her flawless banter with Eric had me head over heels for these two early on.
The bromance between Ryan and Eric was AH-MAY-ZING! Seriously, I want these two as best friends. They were awesome together, down to earth and completely genuine. I loved the friendship they had going on and how important Ryan was to the story.
“…ignore Ryan, he has problems with social boundaries.”
“Ryan? Your name is Ryan?” I didn’t even try to hide my eyes almost bulging out of my head. What were the chances? Lila was right, there really always is a Ryan. “That’s me.” Ryan’s grin widened as he moved closer to me.
“Have to admit that being with this guy,” he thumbed over his shoulder toward Eric, “isn’t easy. But that look you are giving me is doing wonders for my ego.”
“Easy boy, this is a nice place and I’m sure Tia doesn’t want her leg humped. And there is nothing wrong with your ego.” Eric folded his arms across his chest; the fabric of his shirt barely containing the muscles I knew lingered underneath.”
I can’t think of a way to describe this other than calling it the perfect example of fiction. It’s exaggerated and extreme, but it’s sweet and charming. Who wouldn’t want to fantasize about their #1 Crush turning into their love interest? I’d be okay with that! After perhaps toning down the crazy just a teeny, tiny bit. Has anyone seen Ryan Guzman around lately? I feel like we should chat.
“Cinderella never turned into a pumpkin, her carriage did. Her fancy dress disappeared and she lost a shoe. Which honestly could happen to anyone after a massive party. I see a lot of it Saturday mornings on the subway.”
“Well, we’re both still clothed so I guess we dodged that bullet.” His eyebrow rose, a smirk spreading across his lips.
“It’s probably for the best we leave then.” I nodded, wondering whose life I was currently living. “Be a shame for something bad to happen to your suit.”
Like me licking it.
Okay, yes, this book is a little ridiculous. Yes, some people won’t understand or connect with Tia’s special brand of humour, but for those who do, hold on because this is an exciting journey! I feel like the people who liked Violet in Pucked by Helena Hunting will like Tia in #1 Crush. Believe it or not, I connected with Tia’s brand of crazy more.
This is kind of odd but for ARCs, I make notes while reading. I very rarely write a review after I finish a book, but more often I wait for a few days until I have a better sense of my true thoughts and feelings. Everyone is on. A high after finishing a book so I want to be sure that I’m relaxed and able to assess everything in a clear light. With that being said, one of my notes is simply “OMG, I just squealed.” LOL, um, okay? Who knows what I squealed at but clearly I was swooning and crushing on Eric too! That’s good stuff right there, because I rarely squeal, and even more seldom do I admit to it. 😉
I’m finding it very difficult to concentrate when you sound . . . so relaxed.”
“I’m very relaxed.” I eased my head back on the pillow, stretching out against my soft cotton sheets. “And like you, I am finding it difficult to concentrate. Would it help to tell you that I’m in bed, naked?”
“No.” He coughed, his voice hoarse. “That wouldn’t help at all.”
“Ah, well that’s too bad.” My hands trailed lazily against my naked skin. “Sadly I’m all alone which means I will probably have to entertain myself.”
“Hmmm. Another disappointment.”
“What is?” My hand swept lower, lingering on my stomach. “That I have to entertain myself?”
“No, that I’m not there to watch you. Although I have to warn you, New York.” His gravelly voice was making my skin tingle. “I’ve never been good at being a spectator.”
Did it just get hot in here?
So you know from early on that this relationship is build on a throne of lies (Buddy the Elf, anyone?) and you’d expect it to get quite messy at some point. I certainly did! I kept waiting and waiting for everything to blow up, but man it was not what I expected! The antics of Tia and Eric are downright addicting.
Okay, so, the big conflict. *cue dramatic music*. I was so not expecting this. And hey it actually got angsty for a second! Haha I love it!! There is nothing that I didn’t love about entire situation. It’s everything that I didn’t predict and it was worked out in such a clever way, I was speechless! It was clever. I completely understand the actions and subsequent reactions of the characters after this conflict and if I wasn’t already in love with them, I would’ve been at this point!
“I WASN’T A RUNNER.
Hell, to say I was even fit was probably a gross understatement. So when I decided running was a good idea, I knew it was going to take me no longer than ten seconds to regret that decision.
Firstly, because I didn’t have enough of a head start.
Eric was ginormous; it would take me three strides to every one of his. Not ideal.
Secondly, I had no fucking idea where I was or where I was going. We’d already established I had a questionable sense of direction and even poorer mapping skills. And in my rush to get away I’d left my phone—as well as everything else—behind. So I was Siri-less and shit out of luck.
And thirdly and most importantly, I. Was. Not. A. Runner.”
Even at the end of a fairytale story, there’s a cute little life lesson. I actually highlight it in hopes of sharing and just telling people to wake up! If Tia can hunt down her Prince Charming, why can’t you? Don’t wait for the guy to make the first move, who knows, he could be stuck in a tree or something because he didn’t want to ask for directions. Take a page out of Tia’s book and go get him instead. <3
“He had been my number one crush. A man who had captured my attention before I knew he was destined for my heart. Which just proves that even if your dreams are insane, so far removed from reality that even you don’t believe they are possible. Do it anyway.”
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.