★ SYNOPSIS ★
Love can play tricks on your heart… After serving several years in the United States Marine Corps, Sergeant Tucker Patton decides to hang up his uniform and go to work at a private investigative firm owned by his buddy. His boxes are packed and he’s got one foot out the door when a phone call changes everything.
Instead of going to North Carolina, he heads to New York City to literally step into the life of his twin brother, who died under suspicious circumstances. But pretending to be someone else isn’t easy.
Especially when the person you’re supposed to be is wanted dead.
Not only that, but he’s going from being blissfully single to living with his brother’s woman. An uptight, no-nonsense lawyer.
Charlotte Rose Carter doesn’t have time for fun and games. She graduated with honors and made all the right moves fresh out of college to jumpstart her career as a successful young lawyer. She even snagged the most eligible bachelor in New York City’s corporate world.
So what if her and Max’s relationship isn’t burning up the sheets? So what if their life doesn’t read like a chapter from a sizzling romance novel? This is the real world, and in the real world that stuff is just fantasy.
Until it isn’t.
Suddenly, just the slightest touch or a single glance from Max has her heart doing somersaults. Suddenly, the lackluster relationship begins to spark, and Charlotte finds herself tied in a knot of desire.
But she has no idea about the tricks being played right under her perky little nose.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Whoa… Hello Tucker… That is the very first thing that comes to mind when I think of Tricks, by Cambria Hebert. This is one of those books that I read a few months ago, and it’s been sitting on my review queue for awhile now. Does that mean I’ve forgotten anything about it? Heck no! Every time I read a new book in the Take It Off series, I think, that is my favorite one! They keep topping each other though and I couldn’t remotely pick one now. Cambria has a writing style that is all her own. One that I’ve not seen before and anytime I get to read a book of hers, it is a treat.
The best thing about this book, right off the bat, is that the synopsis does an amazing job of letting you know what you’re in for. What you won’t find out from that is the level of chemistry and angst between the main characters. I loved Charlotte, and I adored Tucker. You also meet Tucker first in Text, if you’ve ever read that. It was nice to see him get his own story because he set me on my ear just with the small glimpses you get of him. It’s almost a complete tease.
Not only is this a great romance, but it’s full of intrigue, a bit of mystery, action that will have you flipping pages, but also twists and turns that leave you wanting more. I was engrossed in it myself and as with all of Cambria’s books, I couldn’t put it down.
A full five star rating from me. The story is told from a first person POV between the main characters. I loved the writing, the cover, the content, the characters, and the plot. I can’t find a single thing I did not like. The book is a standalone novel, it does have an HEA and no cliffy. You will find characters in it from Text, but you don’t need to read Text to read Tricks. It’s a definite recommend from me, and it is on my reread list!