Book Review, Romance Review

Review: Buck Up, Buttercup by Anna Alkire

All’s fair in love and war.
With Randi and Buck, it’s hard to tell the two apart…

An uptight, self-contained college girl, Randi Becker just needed one thing: a room. Somewhere she could study, and keep away from the things that most confuse and frighten her: people.

Unfortunately, the “nice quiet place” she reserved turns out to be a room in the campus’ most raucous house. A place seemingly designed to make studying impossible, made even worse by the other girls’ non-stop drama.

But then Buck, a fun-loving cowboy whom all the ladies love, shows up…and everything gets much worse.

Buck seems to have it all: friends, fun, and a never-ending line of admirers. But what he most desires is a break. So when Buck spots Randi, he figures she’s a perfect decoy: he can play up a “crush” on her that will take him off the market; buy him some breathing room. And if he can tease her a bit, and get under the skin of the uptight busybody? Well, that’s just gravy.

But Buck is about to find more than he bargained for. Randi’s strong-willed, opinionated, difficult—and maybe just what he needs. And Buck isn’t alone. Soon Randi wonders as well…if the world she wanted is really the world she needs. If her future is nothing more than a diploma on the wall. And if the most important thing in her world isn’t a grade, but the cowboy who’s planted his boots firmly in her heart.

This one was different. Randi and Buck are adorable together, no matter how much she tries to resist him. Everyone else in this book is a train wreck. Their housemates all have serious drinking problems and they’re all completely intolerable. Randi knows she can’t live there as soon as she sets eyes on the place, but the roommate she was dealing with isn’t around for the blowout bash that’s happening when she arrives. Without an immediate refund of the rent and security deposit she paid, she can’t afford to be anywhere else.

She intends to leave as soon as the roommate returns with her refund but Randi ends up being trapped there since there’s a huge housing crunch all around the vicinity of the university. She’s livid at being stuck there but Buck goes out of his way to improve her situation, even if he’s not sure why, at first. The two slowly become friends, which is surprising considering that Randi’s practically feral. She doesn’t seem to like anyone or anything.

I enjoyed the interaction between Buck and Randi but the supporting characters were hard to tolerate. They’re all about the drama and I would’ve liked to see them get some sort of comeuppance in the end but we never get that closure. Their love story is fun and witty with some steam and a lot of laughs. I received a copy of the book Xpresso Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Buck Up, Buttercup Blog Tour:
August 8th
book junkie reviews >> Excerpt
Jen’s Reading Obsession >> Top 10 List
A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog >> Excerpt
The Avid Reader >> Interview
Paws.Read.Repeat >> Review

August 9th
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Excerpt
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt
Viviana MacKade >> Guest Post
SplendeurCaisseBooks >> Excerpt
diary of a wannabe writer >> Review
SCotton Reads >> Review

August 10th
Varietats >> Review
Iron Canuck Reviews & More >> Excerpt
Lisa Everyday Reads >> Top 10 List
Becky on Books >> Review
June Reads Books >> Review
Daisy Knox’s Tales of Love, Life and Murder >> Review

August 11th
Moonlight Rendezvous  >> Review
The Romance Book Fairy >> Guest Post
Dawn’s Reading Nook >> Interview
Book Briefs >> Review
Whispering Stories >> Excerpt

August 12th
Quill and Ink Book Tours  >> Excerpt
@dee_reads_2413 >> Review
Moohnshine’s Corner >> Review
Plain Talk Book Marketing >> Excerpt
Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read >> Review

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