Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Title: #Player
Series: Hashtag #3
Author: Cambria Hebert

Posers gonna pose 

I am a man who had nothing, but found everything.

I'll never go back to nothing ever again.

I vowed to protect her, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do.

The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still, the secret I shoulder is heavy.

They say secrets put distance between two people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it will ever be.

I won't ever tell. She can't ever know.

When I look in the mirror my reflection is of who I'm afraid I'll become and not the man I am.

It makes me feel like a poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren't.

How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands?

I didn't start any of this.

I never asked for it.

But it came knocking at my door.

When secrets and threats knock, I don't hide.

I open the door.

Because the best way to take down a poser is to be one.


The Hashtag series continues with the second book in Braeden and Ivy’s story. Please be warned. This book is difficult to read at times. For some, some very traumatic triggers are within the text (i.e. rape, physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental instability).

Braeden Walker is a man who has everything. Finding the woman he loves has given him so much more than he ever thought he would have, or deserve. He won’t ever go back to nothing. To ensure he keeps a tight hold on what’s quickly become his whole world, he vows to protect Ivy with everything that is him. Including keeping a devastating secret and facing his past. Could the truth be just what Ivy needs to truly heal, or will it only be more destructive? Ivy Forrester found her perfect man. She should be blissfully happy, and she is. Most times. Other times she battles brutal flashbacks and nightmares, struggling to feel safe. Who knew one night, one mistake, could cast a darkness over everything. Why can’t she get over the past? How can a couple so new hold it all together when they are both unraveling in different ways? Secrets hardly ever stay buried for long. Tragic revelations and the past come knocking with a vengeance. The fallout could be deadly.

I have fallen deep into the Hashtag series, first with Romeo and Rimmel and now with Braeden and Ivy. I’m so happy we got more of Braeden and Ivy as a couple. In the previous book, they were still mostly in denial and intent on hurling insults, so by the time they acknowledged the inevitable, the book was over. I really love Braeden. He was so protective, funny, and for a guy who claims he’s no good with words, he could say the sweetest things. Braeden experienced a lot of growth in this book. He faced down his demons and came out stronger. Up until this point he struggled with who he was. He initially pushed Ivy away because of who he thought he was or could be. Ivy’s growth was mostly in the previous book, and #Poser saw her trying to heal. It was terrible watching her mind and body fight against the turmoil trying to take her over. I adored them together. Braeden treated Ivy like a queen. His fierce need to protect her was sweet and sexy. My only disappointment is that I felt their connection more in #Selfie. While it was still here in this book, I think it was easier for me to connect with before. This was an incredibly difficult book to read. It held so many distasteful and heartbreaking revelations. Zach is back with all his crazy, and we get a look inside how he came to be who he was. It wasn’t pretty, and didn’t absolve him of his actions, but it did give us an explanation. I still think he’s evil, despite his mental instability, but we aren’t left in the dark as to why he did anything. Missy is also still around, and I truly hate her. I can’t believe she’s gotten away with everything she’s done. She may not be like Zach, but the damage she did was abhorrent and unforgivable. We got a little more of Trent, and were introduced to Ivy’s brother Drew. Overall, this was a hard, but informational read. So many questions were answered. There are a few loose ends, but the family is still together, and that I love. Only three more books until the end of the series, and I’m already sad I’ll have to say goodbye. ♡
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