Today we are helping author Cambria Hebert celebrate the release of her newest book, Wish, book three in her Westbrook Elite standalone series!
For me, choice might as well be a wish.
My parents died in a fiery car crash when I was barely sixteen.
I’m also totally in love with my brother.
I didn’t choose any of that. In fact, I’ve tried like hell to deny it. But here I am in all my gay, brother-loving, no-parentals glory.
Technically, Max isn’t my brother. Not by blood anyway. That should make it less ick, right?
Considering he calls my parents mom and dad, probably not.
Also, did I mention he’s straight?
So that’s me: the freestyle swimmer doing my best to keep my sexuality on the down-low while simultaneously wishing my feelings for Max will evaporate into thin air.
Too bad he acts like he’s my keeper and my heart shakes every time his eyebrow ring glints in the sun or he levels his opaque stare on me with an intensity matched by nothing else.
My desire to keep my personal life personal drowns at the bottom of the pool when a fellow Elite lets everyone in on my business, which throws Max into macho protective mode all over again.
Enough is enough, though. I’m forcing myself to move on.
Maybe the best way to forget about my forbidden crush is to find a new one.
I have options. More than I realized.
Unfortunately, none of them are leather-wearing, tattoo-sporting, motorcycle-riding grumpholes.
So here I am wishing for Max while someone else wishes for me.
Someone who decides if they can’t have me…
No one will.
Please note that WISH contains homophobia. There is also mention of off-page child abuse and parental death. This book also contains a male/male sibling-esque relationship and mentions of male assault. Some readers may find these things uncomfortable
I have been waiting for Max and Wes to have their own story since the beginning… It was well worth the wait.
While there was emotion in the previous two books, Wet and Wingspan, it’s a shallow puddle compared to the emotion in Wish. The forbidden angst and secret, seeming unrequited longing that had been building for YEARS. Both Max and Wes had their own obstacles to overcome, both internally and externally. They was Hebert wrote these two characters stories, interwoven the way it is, was heart breaking.
Herbert still included many humorous moments spaced in-between the tougher moments the characters had to face. Jamie and Ryan are still around, especially with their bros need them most. The friendship between the four is wonderful, I loved seeing Jamie break down Max’s walls and draw him into their group. I know we are going to see more of Win (Wes’s brother), but I’d love to see Krueger and Prism’s story too, they’ve been on the fringe, and we are slowly seeing more of them. Oh, and we cannot forget the Bro Jeeps.. that was classic and I absolutely loved them bring Wes into that fold.
Wish is a slow burn romance, with the build up being perfectly paced. But when Max and Wes finally get together, it’s explosive. Hot and possessive, messy and fierce. If you get flustered reading sexy scenes in public, I’m warning you now to keep it at home and save it for bath time.
I felt like there was a lot going on with the plots, not only was there the angsty romance, but we also have two subplots for added drama. One being the homophobia subplot that has been slowly following the books since the beginning. We also have the obsessive stalker. One would have been enough, but Hebert combines them in the end and it works out okay.
I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the “taboo romance,” as I don’t enjoy reading things about siblings getting together, but this honestly wasn’t what I was expecting. Hebert takes care with both the familial bond and budding romance.
Taboo (Familial Bond)
Male Sexual Assault
Off Page Child Abuse
I rated Wish four stars. If you’re looking for a sweet and spicy new adult sports romance, and don’t mind a few triggers, this is a book for you!
About Cambria Hebert:
Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than fifty titles. 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 pumpkin spice latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching K drama until her eyes won’t stay open. 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 chihuahuas (the real bosses of the house).
Cambria has written in many genres, including new adult, sports romance, male/male romance, sci-fi, thriller, suspense, contemporary romance, and young adult. Many of her titles have been translated into foreign languages and have been the recipients of multiple awards.
Awards Cambria has received include:
Author of the Year 2016 (UtopiaCon2016)
The Hashtag Series: Best Contemporary Series of 2015 (UtopiaCon 2015)
#Nerd: Best Contemporary Book Cover of 2015 (UtopiaCon 2015)
Romeo from the Hashtag Series: Best Contemporary Lead (UtopiaCon 2015)
#Nerd: Top 50 Summer Reads (Buzzfeed.com 2015)
The Hashtag Series: Best Contemporary Series of 2016 (UtopiaCon 2016)
#NERD Book Trailer: Best Book Trailer of 2016 (UtopiaCon 2016)
#Nerd Book Trailer: Top 50 Most Cinematic Book Trailers of All Time (film-14.com)
#Nerd: Book Most Wanted to be Adapted to Screen: (2018)
Amnesia: Mystery Book of the Year (2018)
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.
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Series: Westbrook Elite #3
Author: Cambria Hebert
Genre: MM College Sports Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2023