Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Text Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Title: TEXT (Take It Off novel)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Release Day: November 2013

One text can change everything.
Honor Calhoun never thought her life would ever be like the books she writes for a living. One morning while out for a run, she learns not all bad things are plots in novels. Some horrors can actually come true.
She faces off with a persistent attacker, holds her own, but in the end is taken hostage and thrown into a hole. In the middle of the woods.
But Honor didn’t go down there alone.
She took her kidnapper’s phone with her. With a spotty signal and a dying battery, her hope is slim.
Nathan Reed is an active duty Marine stationed at a small reserve base in Pennsylvania. All he wants is a calm and uneventful duty station where he can forget the memories of his time in a war-torn country.
But a single text changes everything.
Nathan becomes Honor’s only hope for survival, and he has to go against the clock, push aside his past, and take on a mission for a girl he’s never met.
Both of them want freedom… but they have to survive long enough to obtain it.

***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***

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My Review!

4.5 stars!

Text was by far the best one in this standalone series. It had the perfect blend of suspense and romance, something I'd been missing from the others. The character development, and the relationship between Nathan and Honor seemed real and genuine. I was hooked and didn't want to stop reading.

The book starts out with Honor being kidnapped while out on a run. But she's no weakling. She fights like hell, almost escapes. But he still manages to dump her in a hole and leave her there for God knows how long. However, Honor is one smart cookie. As soon as he leaves, she pulls out the cell phone she stole from his pocket. When someone texts this guy's phone, Honor takes the opportunity to explain her situation. Even knowing that this person was a friend of her kidnapper's and that they could very well be in on it, she sent the person a text. Praying, hoping that they'll listen. That they'll send someone to rescue her. 

Nathan thinks it's a joke at first, a prank. But he knows it isn't his friend, Lex, who is texting him because they're playing poker and Lex hasn't been using his phone. When he realizes that his friend really had kidnapped someone, he takes action. And action is what he knows, because Nathan is a Marine, trained and armed. He takes matters into his own hands and rescues Honor. But Lex gets away, leaving them all wondering where he went and if he'll be back to finish what he started.

The damsel in distress and the rescuer form a bond, a connection. Nathan and Honor become extremely close in so little time. He saved her, and ultimately, she saved him. Even with what happened, Honor knows she's safe with him. That she can trust him. He proves, over and over again, that he's a stand-up guy, a real-life knight in shining camouflage. As their bond deepens, they start to fall in love. Real, deep love. 
"Baby, I would go anywhere for you. I would drop everything and come running." -Nathan
And it worked for these two! Most of the time, I'd be screaming insta-love. But these characters, with their strong personalities and maturity, made the relationship and bond seem genuine and normal. I suppose it is normal for people to bond like that in intense situations. 

But their new love is about to be tested. Lex hasn't given up, and because of Honor's escape, it's given him a challenge. A challenge he won't back down from. But he underestimates Honor's strength and Nathan's determination. And it's they who win the end.

Like I said, this book is my favorite of this series. I loved Honor's and Nathan's relationship and their characters' personalities. Text had the perfect blend of romance and suspense, a wonderfully written love story interwoven with the horror of being kidnapped and almost being killed.



Nathan flashed a grin in the darkness. I longed to see him in the light. I wanted to know the angles and planes of his face. I wanted to take in his features and truly see the man who had literally saved my life.
Nathan seemed oblivious to my thoughts as I watched him tidy up the first aid kit. Before he put it on the floor, he glanced at me. “Where else are you hurt?”
“I won’t be requiring any more Band-Aids,” I quipped.
He turned to look at me fully. His hand closed over mine and he gently took the flashlight from my grasp and clicked it off. “What about your ribs?”
“I don’t think you have anything in that kit for them.”
“Let me see them.”
“Wh-what?” My mouth ran dry. He wanted to look under my shirt?
“I want to see them.”
“That’s not really necessary—”
He studied me and then thrust his hand out in the space between us. “Hey, I’m Nathan Reed. It’s nice to meet you.”
I wanted to laugh. We were a little beyond a formal introduction. But it was fun (hey, you try being kidnapped and beaten and see what you consider fun), so I slid my hand into his. “I’m Honor.”
He held my hand a little longer than he needed to, his thumb brushing over the inside of my wrist. I caught myself right before I started purring like a cat.
That would have been hella embarrassing.
“I’m a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. My favorite color is green, and I like football.”
“What are you doing?” I asked, thoroughly charmed by him.
“Formally introducing myself so you’ll let me under your shirt.”
I laughed. “I usually don’t let men I just met under my shirt.”
“I’m irresistible.”
I smiled. “And so modest.”


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

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  1. thank you so much for being part of the tour and taking time to read TEXT and write a review!

    1. You're so welcome! I LOVED the book! :)


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