It started with unspoken animosity. The bitter bite of jealousy. And now its full blown
It was during my first football game that I first felt the first chill of hate. I looked it
right in the eyes and felt its sticky tentacles reach out for me. I’d never experienced
something so cold and empty before.
The effect of that look lingered, like an unspoken promise, long after it was gone.
Becoming a couple – becoming the other half of a campus celebrity wasn’t easy. I let down
walls guarding my heart and he looked past my glasses and accident prone tendencies. Romeo
and I are an unlikely match, a #nerd and a jock. But we made it.
And we’re happy.
Zach doesn’t want us to be happy. He wants Romeo to pay for getting him kicked out of
Omega and for the night he spent in jail. He’s going to use anything and everything he can to
get his revenge. Including me.
As the weather on campus grows cold and the days become dark, revenge becomes the
center of someone’s life and the happiness Romeo and I worked so hard for is threatened.
I can’t help but worry that our love is going to be overshadowed by hate.
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The distance between us was getting wider.
She thought I would just drive her back to campus, that I would just let her walk
Hell to the no.
I still remembered the night she got out of the Hellcat and walked away from me.
The night I had to tell her getting close to her had only been a bet. The hurt in her eyes
still cut me to the core.
I didn’t want a repeat of that night. Not ever again.
Zach had been the cause of that night, and he was pretty much the cause of the
space between us now.
He was a hater. Plain and simple.
I couldn’t. I wouldn’t let the hate he spewed so willingly overshadow everything I
had with Rimmel. I agreed with my dad.
She was a keeper.
Her hand was stiff as I pulled her along toward my place, but she still allowed me to
lead her. When we got close to the pool, she moved closer to my side, and I angled my body
in front of her to block the sight.
Once inside, we didn’t speak. She took off her heels and coat, and I went to turn
on the fire in the bedroom. When I came back, she was crouched down in the living room,
petting Murphy, who was zigzagging around her feet.
“You took pictures of me when I was sleeping.” Her voice was calm and quiet, but it
filled the room.
“Yeah, I did.” I wasn’t going to apologize for that. Deep down, I must have known
things might come to this. I was a lawyer’s son after all. I knew things needed to be
“You could have just asked.” She straightened up from Murphy and looked at me.
“Instead, you took advantage of me and never said a word.”
“I didn’t take advantage of you. I was just doing what I thought was best.”
“Well, you don’t get to decide what’s best for me!” Her voice rose, and Murphy
paused in purring to look up at her.
“I don’t get a say?” I shot back, trying to hold on to my temper.
She took a deep breath. “Of course you do. But you didn’t say anything. You just
did. Just like at dinner. You just announced I was getting a restraining order. There was no
I opened my mouth, but she kept talking.
“How am I supposed to trust you when you do things like this without me knowing?”
“You don’t trust me anymore?” I said the words with quiet calm. Surely this wasn’t
enough to ruin the trust between us.
She blew out a breath and paced across the room. “I didn’t say that.” She spun away
from me and looked at the wall. “I’m just upset.”
I strode across the room. It was darker where she was. The lights were off in here,
and from this position in the room, the crackling fire in the bedroom didn’t cast much light.
My feet stopped when I was directly behind her. Usually, I would touch her without
thought. But right then I paused.
I wrapped my hands around her wrists, then loosened my grip to slide my palms up
her arms to rest at her shoulders. I felt her exhale, and I wrapped one of my arms across
her chest and pulled her back against my front.
“I could tell you I’m sorry,” I whispered in her ear. “I could whisper how much I love
you and that I won’t ever do something like this again.”
The back of her head hit my chest as I spoke. The silky strands of her perfectly
straight hair tickled my lips as I talked, and the scent of her shampoo enticed me closer.
“But I’m not going to apologize.”
She stiffened, but I strengthened my hold, unwilling to let her pull away. I kept my
voice whisper soft and my lips right beside her ear.
“I’d do it again, in a friggin’ heartbeat if that’s what I thought you needed.”
Haters going to hate, but I found little to hate in #HATER by Cambria Hebert. #NERD was one of my top 10 reads of 2014 so I was super excited to have its sequel #HATER be my first read of 2015. Full of romance, excitement, and danger I was not disappointed.
#HATER picks up right where #NERD left off, with Romeo and Rimmel defying the odds and returning from winter break still a couple, and still very much in love. But as the weather at Alpha U. turns cold, the hate that sparked between Romeo and former Omega fraternity nemesis Zack has now grown into a full-fledged fire. It’s a fire that will consume the one thing standing between Romeo and Zack … Rimmel.
What I Loved: In #HATER Cambria Hebert has crafted the perfect sequel to #NERD - her leads Romeo and Rimmel have established a beautiful chemistry and their individual POV’s both show significant character growth. There’s pulse pounding action on the football field and even more exciting action off of the field. Five star reads for me are books that move me on different levels, where I can feel happy, sad, mad, and back to happy in one read and when I finish I just want to jump back into the story to feel all of those emotions again. Five star reads don’t have to be perfect, they just have to feel that way. #HATER sure feels perfect to me.
What I Didn’t Love: I had just one teeny tiny complaint with #HATER. No spoilers, but Rimmel is accused of something that puts her academic future at Alpha U. in jeopardy. That accusation is made by a professor who is verbally and almost physically abusive in confronting her. Alpha U. takes those
accusations and essentially cuts ties with Rimmel until she and Romeo can find a way to prove her
innocence. Rimmel may have been a ghost on campus before Romeo, but ghosts with 4.0 GPA’s and full academic rides matter to somebody within an a College/University. (Side Note –When I’m not
reading/reviewing books I spend my days working for a University, a fairly historic one in Maryland that Alpha U. reminds me a lot of – End of Side Note). I might be feeling slightly over protective of Rimmel as a character but I’m hoping some character other than Romeo steps up for her in #PLAYER.
“I’d missed her even more than I’d let myself realize. But seeing her sitting there taking up so little space in my bed but so much room in my chest was sorta something I couldn’t deny.”
“He looked at me with so much affection in his gaze that emotion caught in my throat. He didn’t have to say anything because I heard everything just by looking in his eyes.”
“I loved Romeo. More than anything. But sometimes when he opened his mouth pure stupidity fell out.”
I recommend #HATER without reservation. #HATER should not be read as a stand-alone so if you haven’t read #NERD you will need to before jumping in. Please do, this series is phenomenal. I will just be here not so patiently waiting to see what Cambria Hebert has in store for Romeo and Rimmel in #PLAYER.
Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. 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 caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching
movies. 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 chorkie (the real
boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal
and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few
of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.
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