by Cambria Hebert
Series: Hashtag #2
Published by Cambria Hebert
on January 5, 2015
Genres: New Adult Romance
Narrator: Chandra Skyye, Eric Michael Summerer
It started with unspoken animosity. The bitter bite of jealousy. And now its full blown hate. 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.
Ms. Hebery created these two amazing characters who easily capture a reader’s heart. Romeo and Rimmel were the most unexpected match. Ever. But that’s why it works. When Romeo was just a campus king and football god, and Rimmel was just a overlooked nerd, they were already great characters. But when they fell in love, well, I just couldn’t help but root for them and cheer them on.
What I love about this book was that the main characters were solid together. Yes, there was this issue of Romeo’s mom not liking Rimmel, the pair were secure in their love for each other. I love how Romeo was really into Rimmel, how dedicated he was, how loyal. Yes, he was a player, he has been with many girls in campus, but when he really fell in love, he was all in. I love that about him. It made him a contender for a book boyfriend.
Another thing that I love about this book is the escalation of the suspense. In the first book, Zach’s antagonism was manifested over a few semi-harmless pranks, but it wasn’t anything that was too alarming. If anything, it just showed just how similar to high school college life can be. However, in this book, his creep-factor went up, and I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to find out just how far he’d go. Also, I hope Rimmel gets to have a relationship with Rome’s mother because she deserves a mother figure in her life.
I was into her and it was creating some kind of war inside me. A war between the guy I was and the guy everyone wanted me to be. It never used to be a competition. I was happy to be that guy. The player, the football star, the charmer. I was those things. But I was more.
I’d missed her.
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.
She tilted her head and looked at me, wrinkling her nose. “Do I look a mess?” she asked.
I shook my head, unable to speak. I never thought this would happen to me. I never thought I would love someone so much. So fast.