★ SYNOPSIS ★
One text can change everything.
Honor Calhoun never thought her life would ever be like the books she writes for a living. One morning while out for a run, she learns not all bad things are plots in novels. Some horrors can actually come true. She faces off with a persistent attacker, holds her own, but in the end is taken hostage and thrown into a hole. In the middle of the woods.
But Honor didn’t go down there alone. She took her kidnapper’s phone with her. With a spotty signal and a dying battery, her hope is slim.
Nathan Reed is an active duty Marine stationed at a small reserve base in Pennsylvania. All he wants is a calm and uneventful duty station where he can forget the memories of his time in a war-torn country. But a single text changes everything. Nathan becomes Honor’s only hope for survival, and he has to go against the clock, push aside his past, and take on a mission for a girl he’s never met.
Both of them want freedom… but they have to survive long enough to obtain it.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Known those books that are so good that when you sit down to write about them, talk about them, or even try to think on them, that you just go back to “Whoa.” in your head? That’s how Text is for me. It is the fourth book in Cambria Hebert’s Take It Off series, which is a series of standalone novels. To date, it is probably the one that has had me on the edge of my seat the most, devouring the pages and not able to put the book down. It is written in a dual first person POV by the main characters, it does have an HEA, and no cliffhanger.
Very likely my face the whole time I was reading Text.
I had actually heard a LOT about this book before I ever even started reading it. People I knew that had read it would mention it with a bit of awe, and at that point I didn’t get it. Text is definitely a book that you have to sit down and read it to understand the hype behind it and why people love it so much. You can read the synopsis, and it’s intriguing but it doesn’t get across to you just how crazy, yes crazy, that this book can get.
When I first sat down and started trying to write this review, all I kept seeing in my head was this movie montage of moments from this book. That is as literal as I can get it because this book to me, read like a movie. A really damn good movie. It is riveting, intense, suspenseful, romantic and so many other things that I can’t even come up with for it still. It’s just damn good. It doesn’t pause, it doesn’t lull or lag out either. It is action packed, it hits the ground running from the very first chapter and makes it extremely difficult to put the book down.
Then we move to the characters! Honor was amazing! If I were put in her situation, which I’m not going to explain in-depth because I’m very afraid I’ll leek spoilers on this one, but if it were me, I don’t know if I’d have handled it as well. So really? How would you react to being thrown in a hole, in the woods? Honor shows that she has heart, and she’s stubborn. An iron will to survive and she’s resourceful.
Nathan might be one of my all time favorite book heroes at this point. He’s not cocky and he’s not arrogant, what he is, though is strong, steady, and honorable. He’s willing to drop everything for a single text to go out of his way to save someone he’s never even met. You could say I’m completely enamored with this character and that might cover it.
Aside from the plot line in this book, and the romance and chemistry between these two characters, it just had and underlying sort of “feel good” to the book. Yes, even with everything going on, and how nuts it seems at time, the book will give you the feels. It’ll also make you crave apple pie.
Solid and absolute five star book for me. I have no doubt I’ll be rereading it again at some point also!
“One text can change everything.” – Text by Cambria Hebert