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Title: The Romeo Club
Author: Rebekah L Purdy
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: 25 March 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

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Oh you guys are going to love this one. Imagine if you will the cast of The Big Bang Theory as teens and Penny is really a closet geek. Got your attention now 😉

Delyla is dating a hot senior and is hiding her true nerdy self, I can’t say she’s really pretending to be someone she’s not as she is sporty and quite girly, however, she isn’t being her whole self, if you know what I mean. A case of lack of disclosure.

With prom coming up, Delyla’s brother enlists her help for a make-over in order to land his dream date. It is such a success that his friends, ‘the nerd herd’ also request Delyla’s help in exchange for payment to purchase her prom dress.

The only problem is that the transformation works better than anticipated making Delyla realize she’s overlooked one of her best friends for far too long. The chemistry between Trey and Delyla was electric yet Delyla was still afraid to admit how she really feels in case it ruined their friendship. It was hard to watch Delyla help Trey court another girl. You really felt Delyla’s dilemma caught between her own feelings and the need to help her friend.

Resorting to sabotage added an additional level of humor to the story, throw in a very horny, underwear stealing dog and you have many laugh out loud moments peppered through the narrative. The story also touches on some deeper images but the most outstanding was loyalty and friendship in all its forms. This was truly heart warming.

Delyla’s character progression was lovely to watch, proving that no matter what you should be yourself, despite the lure of popularity and peer pressure.

The Romeo Club is cute, funny and more than a little swoony 🙂