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Meet the Author:
Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). 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. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book.
(A Public Enemy Standalone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Drunken brawls. One-night stands.
No-show interviews. Toilet-papering my hoity-toity neighbor’s house.
Insulting my fans. Trashing hotel rooms.
What’s it take to become public enemy number one?
I just told you.
I’ve done all that and more.
My poor conduct got me on the Celebs Behaving Badly list
and ultimately ruined my career.
From the world’s number-one popstar to world’s most hated.
That’s me. Ten Stark.
Go underground, they said. Stay out of the spotlight.
Most importantly, stay out of trouble.
Everyone loves a good comeback story.
For once, I listened.
I met someone who didn’t know my name,
my face, or the bad behavior that defined me.
She taught me I wasn’t who everyone thought I was—everyone including me.
Then someone whispered my name and things got messy, as they always do.
Now I want her back.
I’m not a caterpillar, but a butterfly.
My wings are in full color, not just black and white.
But first, I have to shed my cocoon and fly.
F A B U L O U S !!!
This book was fantastic and nothing like I expected. Cambria Hebert took a favorite trope and put it upside down – and I LOVED it!! It’s hard to surprise me anymore, most tropes and genres have been used and written hundreds of times. Finding a book that takes a beloved genre and puts a twist on it – is RARE!
Cambria Hebert did just that.
First there was a caterpillar…
Stark was a fabulous character. A pop star that reached his limit, lost his way, and floundered badly. While hiding out he realized that the one thing he loved above else – was music. Finding his roots and being seen and treated as a real person, not as a star, was what was missing in his life.
Stark/Ten had me swooning from the very beginning. He was caring, passionate, possessive and a wonderful friend. I loved his interactions with his cousin, his sweet side when he was around Violet, and of course his alpha tendencies. Honestly Stark was pretty much PERFECT!!!
Then there was a butterfly…
The transformation came slowly but nevertheless less powerful. Stark found a reason to change, not only himself but his life as well. Having someone to connect to, as Stark and not the pop star, left a strong impression on him. Strong enough to willingly make changes. It was a real pleasure to see his development throughout the book.
Stark had this passion for life, music and Violet. It was all consuming and jumped literally off the pages. It was addicting.
What transformed this book into a MUST READ was not only the plot and characters.
Even though Stark’s character development was the real transformation, for me something else made this book a standout novel.
It was a dose of real life, in particular the daily struggle that Violet had to endure.
It didn’t take long for me to connect with Violet. She was a regular girl, like you and me. Nothing special expect for her drawing skills. Otherwise she struggled like everyone else. Weight, skin, health – I could relate with her. She felt REAL!!! I have NEVER read a female character that felt as real as Violet. Her struggles tugged on my heart-strings.
I must applaud the author for writing such a complex and multilayered character, with real life struggles, down-to-earth personality, and an endearing and sassy attitude.
Add Stark and his cousin Nate and Butterfly had one amazing cast that I fell in love with immediately. This book was character driven, fast paced and incredibly well developed. It’s so far my FAVORITE book by Cambria Hebert, and I would recommended it to anyone that loves a good college romance, with a bad boy pop star and a heroine that is easily relatable.
ALSO – how gorgeous is this cover??????? I’m buying it as soon as it’s available in paperback. I just love the simple lines and design, it’s eye popping and I’m loving it!!!
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.