Monday, February 17, 2014

TRICKS by Cambria Hebert

(Take It Off #6)
by Cambria Hebert
Published: February 16, 2014

My rating: 5 of 5 ⭐️

Ex US Marine, Tucker Patton, on his way home from an anonymous one night stand, is intercepted on his doorstep with news that shakes him to his core. His twin brother Max, whom he had not seen in quite some time, had apparently been killed while involved in some kind of investigation. Being an identical twin, Tucker could quite easily take his place and find out what and who got his brother murdered. But no one bothered to tell him, that when taking over his brother's life, he would also be taking on his live-in girlfriend....

With her life working out according to plan, Charlotte Carter could not complain. She was steadily climbing the ladder at her law firm and life with Max was.....well, it was comfortable and good. They didn't see each other that often, since both were working all hours of the day and night, but they got along really well and had the same drive and dedication. Surely passion was overrated. But something has changed since Max came home unexpected, she can't stop watching him.

Whatever caused the change has Charlotte quite worked up. Every gesture, look or touch of his sets off a response in her body unlike anything she has experienced before. But it isn't until she gets a glimpse through an open bathroom door, that she realizes something is very wrong.

Tucker did not expect his brother's uptight girlfriend to harbour such a simmering fire under that buttoned up exterior. Nor did he expect to respond to her with such a fierce and protective need. Knowing he had put himself and possibly Charlotte in danger only fuelled his instincts to stay as close to her as possible, but it made keeping her in the dark difficult. 

In a decision to share whatever information he has, Tucker leaves Charlotte shocked and torn between guilt and happiness.


I swear the books in this series keep getting better and better!! 

Each book is easily read as a standalone and although there are brief references to characters or events from previous stories, they do not have any true impact on the current book.

Cambria Hebert once again reaches a fantastic balance between a scorching hot romance and a wickedly sleek suspense novel. Add to it a dollop of heart-felt emotion, and you have the recipe for a fabulous page-turner!!

Tucker is absolutely scrumptious from tip to toe..... A 'bad boy' with morals and principles, who simply has never met the right woman to make him even think of more than a passing fancy. Until Charlotte, who is absolutely everything he never thought he'd ever want. 
Living according to a well-planned out script, created to achieve maximum approval, Charlotte is intent on doing everything right. But she never really stops to think what it is she wants. She simply assumed those things were one and the same. Until Tucker shows her that she has had blinders on for most of her life and too much has been left unexplored. 

The contrast in characters and yet the perfection of their fit, is phenomenal. Both are intelligent enough not to let first impressions rule their opinions of the other for too long and discover a treasure of depth and context hidden underneath the thin layer of initial observation.

Ms. Hebert's writing becomes more smooth and easy with each subsequent book, flowing so natural and effortless, it is a pleasure to read. Although sexual tension is present throughout the story, sexual situations don't overcrowd it but enhance the intriguing tale. And most importantly, the actual story line that brings the two protagonists together is not forgotten at any time, in favour of the developing romance, something that unfortunately I see happen all too often. Ms. Hebert stays true to and follows through on the full scope of the story, which gives us some high intensity action as well.

Even if you have read any of the previous books in this series, read this one! It is absolutely worth it!

✨This is sharp, steamy, sensational romantic suspense!!✨

**ARC provided in return for an honest review.** 



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