She’s trying to move on, but the past won’t let her go.
I fell in love once.
It was a big mistake, but the biggest mistake of all was staying with him.
He pushed me around. He cheated and treated me like trash.
I don’t feel sorry for myself, because I let him.
But no more.
I moved out. I'm saving my stripper's salary for an education that will get me somewhere better.
But breaking the chains of a shitty past isn’t easy. He says I owe him. He says we aren’t done. I don’t care what he says anymore.
I do care about Adam.
But my history tells me I’m not the best judge of men. And the fact Adam’s been married four times tells me he probably isn’t a safe choice.
I need safe. I need better. I need out.
***Arc Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***
Trashy is a novel in the Take It Off series by Cambria Hebert, I haven't read any of the other novels and this one can be read as a stand alone with no confusion! I'm gong to start this review by saying that I really don't understand why this book is titled Trashy, there is nothing trashy about the story or Roxie. I suppose it's because her ex thought of her as trash but really its a great love story. The plot of this novel is pretty simple, Roxie is working as a stripper trying to get her life back together after breaking up with a scumbag ex boyfriend. She has a crush on her boss Adam who just might feel the same way but how far will her ex go to keep them apart? Just how evil can one man be? So while the plot might not be that out of this world it was very well done, the characters are interesting and relate-able and the story has enough detail and twists to keep the reader entertained. I would probably put a trigger warning on this book since there are some episodes of domestic violence and that bothers some people more than others.
Roxie was an awesome character, she was young and naive when she got caught up in the trap of a relationship with Craig. He sweet talked her, manipulated her and by the time she realized how bad things were she was so in love she didn't know how to get out. I totally understood her character and really respected the fact that she did gather the strength to walk away from the abusive jerk. She'd lived in a nightmare for a long time but she didn't let it break her, she still had her dreams and was going to do whatever it took to reach them. Her interactions with Adam as they began their relationship broke my heart, he wasn't do anything extraordinary but it meant everything to her because she'd never been shown simple kindness before! Adam is they very definition of an alpha male, he's possessive in a good way, protective, and sweet. He takes care of his woman whether he is holding her while she cries or fixing her car, he does whatever he can for her. I really liked that this wasn't an "insta love" situation, these two actually knew each other for a while and were friends and coworkers before anything happened.
Overall this was a sweet love story with some drama and a few crazy twists to keep the story moving along and to keep the reader engrossed in the book. The psycho ex really makes this story totally addictive, you just don't know what he is going to do next. There was one point where I actually desperately wanted to commit murder, you'll see when you get there! I really enjoyed this story and plan on reading some of the other novels in the series to see what they're about.
Storyline: simple but good
Female Character: innocent, strong
Male Character: Sweet Alpha
Author's Writing Style: well developed
Plot Twists: enough to keep you hooked
Laugh Factor: none
Cry Factor: some sad parts but no tears from me
Steam Factor: pretty sexy!
Violence: Some, including domestic
He didn’t need to be told twice. In seconds he was standing to his full impressive height and towed me up along with him. Adam released my hand and cupped my face. His hands engulfed my jaw but he was so gentle. His eyes swept over me like I was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen and around us sparks flew like snowflakes in a blizzard.
Instead of crushing his mouth to mine like I expected, like I wanted, he took his time. His heated gaze dropped to my lips, then back to my eyes. His fingers spasmed against my head and tightened ever so slightly.
Slowly, slowly he lowered his head, cupping my jaw so that I could do nothing but hold still and wait for him to arrive.
The anticipation of his lips on mine was almost my undoing. Everything going on inside me head floated away. I became aware of the moment, of the quietness in the room, of the way my body swayed wanting to get closer.
Adam’s lips brushed over mine, a gentle caress, once, twice and then a third time. He lifted his head just slightly and stared down at me, his thumb climbed up and caressed my lower lip.
He smiled softly and then joined our lips once more.
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult 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. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com