I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Whoa by Cambria Hebert
Series: Westbrook Elite #6
Published by Cambria Hebert Books LLC on December 8, 2023
Genres: NA Romantic Suspense, NA Sports Romance
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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Tropes: Friends to Lovers/Fake Engagement
Most people think I’m a moron. In actuality, I’m a man with a plan.
It’s one of those three-year plans that takes longer than three years.
Still, I’ve been making it happen. Checking off those to-dos and turning them into to-dones.
Everything is almost lined up.
And then my phone rings.
By the time I get to Jess, she’s unconscious and bleeding.
My carefully crafted plan blows up in my face.
I tell the hospital we’re engaged. We aren’t, but apparently, in that place, you need a permission slip to see your most important, so I do what has to be done.
I toss together an epic apology salad for when she opens her eyes, and when she does…
She asks me who I am.
I’m willing to overlook the insult since, you know, head injury, but then Nurszilla spills the beans on our pending nuptials.
And just like that, my friend turns into my fiancé, and I’m not even mad at it.
How could I be? Her curves fit in my arms perfectly. Kissing her is like whoa and makes me forget I’m living a lie.
I know I have to come clean, but someone dirtier than me is stalking my final girl, and until she remembers who, it’s on me to keep her safe.
The closer we get, the guiltier I feel.
When all this is over, will she forgive me? Or will everything I’ve done cost me everything I’ve always wanted?
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I haven’t read a book by this author in awhile, although I do love her #Nerd series. I’ve been seeing the fun special edition covers for the other books so far in this series, the ones not with the naked men on them like this one, and finally had some time when I saw a blog tour that I could jump in and check one out. Although I did already buy one of the others just because I loved the special cover so much, lol. And after reading this one I definitely want to go back and get the stories for the couples we met here.
The story started off with a crazy scary moment, and then we got into a “fake” dating type of situation, although because Jess wakes up with amnesia, it is only fake for Ben, even though it is all real for him, the feelings he’s had for her since as long as he can remember. He’s an alpha, possessive male, and at times it was a bit annoying how he would jump all over even his friends, and his gay male friends, who might touch “his girl.” That bugged me a bit. I don’t mind a tiny bit of jealousy, but in some of the cases it was a bit over the top for me, and I’d have been annoyed. Now if he’d seemed a bit more joking in the way he did it, it would have gone over better for me.
Not that Ben wasn’t great other than that though! And when the first really steamy all the way scene happened, well let’s just see I didn’t see the twist that came with that! The bad guy was kept a mystery for a long time, although Jess got certain feelings even with her amnesia, when certain people were around, and that led to all the pieces of the puzzle falling into place with the right words from someone who knew what had happened.
As I said, I really did like the characters, and actually feel that while this is standalone for sure, there are a few things that might make a tiny bit more sense if I go back and read just what else has happened to this cast of characters in the other books.
About the Author
Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than fifty titles. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a pumpkin spice latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching K drama until her eyes won’t stay open. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chihuahuas (the real bosses of the house).
Cambria has written in many genres, including new adult, sports romance, male/male romance, sci-fi, thriller, suspense, contemporary romance, and young adult. Many of her titles have been translated into foreign languages and have been the recipients of multiple awards.
Awards Cambria has received include:
Author of the Year 2016 (UtopiaCon2016)
The Hashtag Series: Best Contemporary Series of 2015 (UtopiaCon 2015)
#Nerd: Best Contemporary Book Cover of 2015 (UtopiaCon 2015)
Romeo from the Hashtag Series: Best Contemporary Lead (UtopiaCon 2015)
#Nerd: Top 50 Summer Reads (Buzzfeed.com 2015)
The Hashtag Series: Best Contemporary Series of 2016 (UtopiaCon 2016)
#NERD Book Trailer: Best Book Trailer of 2016 (UtopiaCon 2016)
#Nerd Book Trailer: Top 50 Most Cinematic Book Trailers of All Time (film-14.com)
#Nerd: Book Most Wanted to be Adapted to Screen: (2018)
Amnesia: Mystery Book of the Year (2018)
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.
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