Review: #Swag (GearShark #3) by Cambria Hebert

#Swag (GearShark, #3)It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted a review because life has been kinda crazy lately and right now I’m reading so many books at once it’s not even funny, but I love how blogging has become a stress reliever rather than a cause of stress. It’s nice.

Anyway, I read this beauty at the beginning of the year and didn’t have time to review it, but today I finally said: “enough!”

It’s probably kind of all over the place and not as quoty as usual. I decided not to get too fixated on quotes in the future because it takes me a long time to copy and paste them and I’ve noticed that it takes something from the review, at least for me. So we’ll see how it goes.

 

#Swag by Cambria Hebert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finally I got to read the last book missing for me in the GearShark series!

And it did not disappoint in the least! As a woman, I loved the underlying issue of this novel, and definitely liked Joey, or Josie, as a character. She’s independent, strong-willed and talented.

Her hate-to-love relationship with Jace was fun, hot, and also sweet at times. Without contradicting her nature, it was good to see her lowering her guard with him and letting herself be vulnerable.

We also get to see my favorite couple, Trent and Drew, as well as Arrow and Hopper, which are the protagonists of the following novels in this series. Needless to say, every scene involving one of the abovementioned characters was priceless.

What I really appreciated was the fact that despite the first sizzling and teasing encounters driven by irritation, attraction and a mild form of hate, we also get many moments in which Josie and Jace are purely themselves with each other. Without any armors on. Just… two people who are quickly falling for one other.

On the other hand, I think I had expected a little more on Lorhaven side. He was undoubtedly rounded, swoony, protective and the whole shebang, but all the main problems in the narration revolved around Joey and I felt a sort of imbalance because his character would have been a perfect one to “trouble” a little. I felt like his bumpy relationship with his father was not enough to rock the boat.

Still, this was just something I noticed and not really a big flaw.

Oh, another thing I loved between them, besides the sizzling banter lined in shallow hatred and attraction, is how special and unique their connection felt from the very beginning. What could have possibly been a no-string attachment arrangement was made clear to be something they were both experiencing as something more, on a deeper level.

I shouldn’t even say this, because it’s already a given with this author, but I appreciated how Hebert didn’t shy away from the ugly side of this story. And I found it amazing how Josie never dwelled on all that had happened and that we only find out in the end the real extent of the “issue” (trying not to spoil here!). It added that final thrill and action that made for an original ending.

Lastly, there’s a lot more racing in this book than in the previous two. If normally I would not particularly care about it, not being a fan of the sport, I loved how Hebert’s style made me care about it. How she explained the dynamics rather than the single manouvres. And the way Jace and Josie stood together against the bastards wanting to endangers her warmed my heart.

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