★ SYNOPSIS ★
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.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Goodness gracious, mercy me! Have you ever had a book hangover? If not, expect one from this book. It is an amazing continuation of the story of Romeo and Rimmel. I absolutely loved it. Let me back up a tiny bit, however. #Hater is the second book in The Hashtag Series, by Cambria Hebert. It’s told from alternating first person point-of-view and while I suppose you could read this as a standalone, I wouldn’t suggest it. I’d actually tell you turn around right now and go read #Nerd first. I personally feel like so much of the story would be missed if you didn’t read the books in order.
I don’t even know how to really write out the review for this. So much would be spoilers and believe me, I want to gush about this book. What I am going to do is direct you to my review of #Nerd, you can find it here. These books do have the same main characters, which means it’s good to start at the beginning. This review will likely spoil the first book for you if you haven’t read that, or just be confusing. (I’m going to try to keep that from happening.)
As with the writing in the first book, the writing in #Hater literally sucks you in. I didn’t stop to even eat while reading this. I sat hunched over the table, with my Kindle propped up. I sat it down to sleep, and that was only when I could barely keep my eyes open to follow the story anymore. Cambria has a way with words and a way of making the characters you’re reading about feel like someone you actually know. You do get to know them, you gain ideas of them in your head, you can actually hear it when Romeo and Braeden pop off with, “Hells yeah!”. They become real.
In #Hater specifically, you see Romeo and Rimmel take on new challenges. You get to know them better, you become far more immersed in the world of Alpha U. (The BuzzBoss is still awesome, by the way! And unknown!) It’s not just the main characters either, you get to know Braeden better, Ivy, Trent, and most of the “Inner Circle” around R&R. Life is happening at Alpha U, and these characters are living it. Football Championships, classes, papers to do, oh and Christmas break thrown in. (That’s about as spoiler as you’ll get.) It picks up right where #Nerd leaves off.
As you’ll find out from the synopsis. Zack is back, and to sum that boy up in one word, he’s crazy. I’ve never had a character that is the villain make me boggle so much. He’s cocky and arrogant, and somehow gets away with things. (Probably because of his pretty face.) I am both in love and hate with this character, because the writing is brilliant. I hate him, and I love that I hate him. As I’ve said in the fan club, and I’ll repeat myself here… #ZachAttack now has a whole new meaning for me.
I do want to point out, that if you’re reading this, you’re going to want the next book almost instantly. There isn’t so much of a huge cliffhanger in this book, but there is enough of one that you will want to know what happens next. That all being said, this is another five big stars for me. 😀 And I’m sneaking #Player into my pile to read!
**The dossiers, teaser come directly from Cambria Hebert’s website. You’ll find the hashtag heart in the book repeatedly.**