Friday, February 21, 2014

Tricks by Cambria Hebert Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway



Title:  Tricks (Take It Off #6)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Release:  February 16, 2014

Synopsis:
Love can play tricks on your heart… After serving several years in the United States Marine Corps, Sergeant Tucker Patton decides to hang up his uniform and go to work at a private investigative firm owned by his buddy. His boxes are packed and he’s got one foot out the door when a phone call changes everything. 

Instead of going to North Carolina, he heads to New York City to literally step into the life of his twin brother, who died under suspicious circumstances. But pretending to be someone else isn’t easy. 

Especially when the person you’re supposed to be is wanted dead. 
Not only that, but he’s going from being blissfully single to living with his brother’s woman. An uptight, no-nonsense lawyer.

Charlotte Rose Carter doesn’t have time for fun and games. She graduated with honors and made all the right moves fresh out of college to jumpstart her career as a successful young lawyer. She even snagged the most eligible bachelor in New York City’s corporate world.

So what if her and Max’s relationship isn’t burning up the sheets? So what if their life doesn't read like a chapter from a sizzling romance novel? This is the real world, and in the real world that stuff is just fantasy. 

Until it isn’t. 

Suddenly, just the slightest touch or a single glance from Max has her heart doing somersaults. Suddenly, the lackluster relationship begins to spark, and Charlotte finds herself tied in a knot of desire.

But she has no idea about the tricks being played right under her perky little nose.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19343909-tricks?from_search=true


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My Review!

I think Tricks may be my favorite standalone of this series! I absolutely loved the characters, and it was the perfect mix of suspense and romance. I adored Charlotte, and Tucker had me swooning with his bad boy charm and genuinely funny POV. This is one romantic mystery that you don't want to miss!

Rating: 4.5 stars!


I love how Cambria Hebert uses double POVs to tell the story, because it's so nice having both of the main characters' thoughts and feelings. Also, I totally loved their POVs and personalities. 

Charlotte is a no-nonsense lawyer who doesn't know how to let her hair down. She's pretty much stuck in a rut with her life; her job takes a lot out of her, and she's slipped into a comfortable relationship with her boyfriend, Max. But there's a spark within her, and it takes one leather-jacket wearing soldier to unleash her inner wild.

Tucker was all set on moving to North Carolina when the Feds show up at his door to tell him that his brother is dead. They want him to finish the job, and Tucker is all too happy to comply. He wants revenge; he wants justice done to the men who killed his twin brother. But revenge and rage are not the only emotions consuming this man. There's also grief, and pain, and an all-encompassing desire for the pretty lawyer he finds in his brother's home.

I think the characters, and their relationship with each other, was my favorite part of this story. I loved how the author developed their relationship. At first, Charlotte is unaware of Max being dead and that the man standing before her is, in fact, his twin brother. A brother she's never met. I'm glad Cambria didn't draw out that aspect of it; she timed the plot point where Charlotte finds out that Max is really dead and that the guy before her is Tucker perfectly. It fit into the story-line, and after that, their relationship feels more genuine (not that it wasn't before, but there was that whole secrecy on Tucker's part). Even though this was fast-paced, I thought that the feelings that developed between them were real and raw. 

Grief is raw. Honest. Intense. I really loved how the author drew from Tucker's and Charlotte's grief to make them seem more real. To make their feelings more heartfelt. I know that Cambria was worried about how people would feel when Tucker and Charlotte have sex after Charlotte learns that Max is dead. (See, Cambria, I DO read your acknowledgments! :) But, to me? I thought it fit the story-line. And I also know that, while Charlotte felt incredibly guilty, it's natural to seek out companionship when grieving. It's natural to look for life. I loved how the author showed that side to the characters, the part where they just give into their desires without thought, without reason. It was raw. It was honest. It was real. 

Like I said, the plot was fast-paced. It was a mix of suspense, romance, cute moments, and heart-stopping action. It was the perfect blend of thriller and contemporary, just how I like them. 

This series just keeps getting better and better. And Tricks is, by far, my favorite. :) I can't wait to see what else Cambria has up her sleeve with Tattoo!!!



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Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). 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. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

Social Media Links:
Cambria’s website: http://www.cambriahebert.com

***GIVEAWAY!!!***
(US ONLY) – Basket with Diamond Candle, Signed paperback, and swag.
Romance Basket Includes (A $75 value): One Diamond Candle in the Desire fragrance (features a ring inside the candle!) A signed PB of Tricks A heart filled with chocolate A set of 5 Edible Massage Oil for Sensual Intimacy Kissable Oil Gift Set by Earthly Body I Dare You: 30 Sealed Seductions - a box that has 30 seductive prompts and dares each in their own sealed envelope.

(US and International) - $10.00 Amazon Gift Card

***Disclaimer***
US only due to shipping costs. No purchase necessary to enter or win. There is an option to purchase the book for extra entries but it is not required. Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway. Amazon is not responsible for this giveaway. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older to win.