Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…
In more ways than one.
She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.
But that’s about to change.
It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.
Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.
Stick to your circle.
And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.
I have to admit, I was really glad that this author started a new series. I was beginning to feel the old series being a little overdone and enjoying each installment less than the previous one for the most part. With this new book in the #hashtag series, consider my fangirldom renewed.
Rimmel is a girl at college on a scholarship. She is not in the “in” crowd. She is tasked with tutoring Romeo, the school quarterback. She needs to tutor him in order to keep her scholarship; he needs to be tutored in order to keep playing. They don’t want each other, but they need each other. When they develop a friendship, the story really takes off. But when Romeo is tasked in secret by his fraternity to use Rimmel in some way, it gets complicated. At its core, it’s a story about social norms. Can you cross the boundaries of your social group to find love? Should you?
This book had the potential to be like a lot of books already out there. I mean, we’ve heard this story before…nerd meets jock and falls in love. But the author did a great job of updating this story with the idea of the hashtags in this book and the #buzzfeed (campus gossip) at the beginning of every chapter. It can be a bit juvenile, but we are talking about college age people here, so I guess that is acceptable.
I thought the characters were really great in this story too. What I really, really liked was that the characters, especially Rimmel, didn’t have to go through some dramatic change in order to get the guy. She was just who she was and that was good enough. I think that’s a great message for girls/women that is missing from a lot of books in this genre. Granted, Rimmel and Romeo have their ups and downs, and there are duplicitous activities because there has to be some kind of drama, but the story flowed well and I thought that seeing both of their perspectives really added to the story.
Overall, I’m excited about this series and enjoyed this book very much. I can’t wait to read the next book! 4 stars.
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.