Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: #Swag by Cambria Hebert

#Swag (GearShark, #3)
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Title: #Swag
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: GearShark #3
Version Reviewed: Finished, eBook
This book was gifted to me by a friend.

GoodReads Synopsis:
These drivers got #swag…
Racing is in her DNA.
Right alongside money and power.
When you’re the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country,
you have to work harder for success.
Joey Gamble’s a girl on a male-dominated track.
With a daddy who can buy whatever she wants.
But she doesn’t want anything… except to EARN her reputation.

Racing is his passion.
Trouble follows him everywhere. Some even say he invites it.
When you’re nipping at the taillights of the best driver in the new NRR,
you have to fight and claw for each and every success.
It’s never been easy for Lorhaven.
That’s why he doesn’t play by the rules.
He’s a man with a serious chip on his shoulder against the pro racing circuit.
We at GearShark want to know what’s up with that.
We’ve also been hearing rumblings…
of a pro who wants to go indie.
We’ve invited racing royalty and the driver from the wrong side of the tracks to sit down and talk to us about a possible crossover.
We expected sparks to fly when Joey and Lorhaven crossed paths.
Will those sparks ignite into a full-on inferno?
Oh, Cambria. She does it to me every time. I don't think I have ever read a book written by her that I didn't enjoy. And this one definitely doesn't disappoint.

I won't lie, I was a little worried when I found out that #Rev was going to be the last GearShark book to focus soley on Trent and Drew. I loved my boys and I didn't want to let them go.  I was even more worried when I found out that the third book in the series was going to be about Lorhaven, my least favorite character from the series so far. It's obvious to me now that I completely pictured Lorhaven wrong. I imagined his character to look almost the exact opposite of what he actually looks like and I have no idea why I got that impression. So I was nervous when I found out that the next book was going to be entirely about him.

And then I saw the cover. And oh em gee, I think I fell for Lorhaven right then and there.  I hadn't even read the book yet but I knew that this cover was perfect. I knew it fit perfectly with the characters and with the story and, even though I love my Trent and Drew, this is my favorite cover in the entire series so far. It's absolutely beautiful.

#Swag took me some time to read. Not because it wasn't good but simply because I started reading it around the time that I would be travelling alone with my two year old from Texas to Kentucky. So we had a lot of packing and stress and three cancelled flights and a whole lot of craziness. But I finally got to finish it and it was absolutely amazing.

I'm so happy that Cambria gave Joey and Lorhaven their own book and that she let them come together the way that she did.  I think that these two characters had so much to offer each other and were able to help each other in so many ways.

It was interesting to learn more about Lorhaven and what his life was like outside of his rivalry with Trent and Drew.  We went from thinking about Lorhaven as a douche bag, to seeing him as an actual human being with real emotions and legitimate issues.

I'm also glad that we got to learn more about Joey. I was curious about her from the very beginning and she brought a lot to the story. Reading everything that she had to go through is, sadly, very realistic in today's world and I can only imagine what a woman would have to go through in a man's sport, like Joey did. But she was a strong character with a lot of determination and a knack for self preservation.  She was a dainty little princess (not that there's anything wrong with that) and she knew how to take care of herself. Joey is a very admirable character.

I loved, even more than anything, the further glimpse into the life of Arrow. Other than Trent and Drew, Arrow has been the character to catch my attention and hold my curiosity the most in the GearShark series. It's hinted in the second book that Arrow has had to deal with some shit and it's sad to learn what this kid has had to go through (don't tell him I called him a kid!) and the things he's had to deal with. It makes me so sad that he, just like Joey, is a fictional character representing a very real problem in our world today. I can't wait to read #Blur. I know I'm going to fall in love with Arrow and, to be perfectly honest, I have a little crush on him. ;) I'm excited to see where his story takes him.

Overall, this book was absolutely amazing.  A beautiful, heartbreakingly real story with amazing characters that deal with real issues.

Rating:  5 Stars.

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