Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Review: Torch (Take It Off #1) by Cambria Hebert

Torch (Take It Off, #1)

Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: Take It Off
Pages: 252
Publisher: Self
Genre: Adult contemporary
Release date: 13th August 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

If you can’t take the heat… stay away from the flame.

Katie Parks has been on her own since the age of fifteen. All she’s ever wanted is a place to call her own—a life that is wholly hers that no one can take away. She thought she finally had it, but with the strike of a single match, everything she worked so hard for is reduced to a pile of smoking ash. And she almost is too.

Now she’s being stalked by someone who’s decided it’s her time to die. The only thing standing in the path of her blazing death is sexy firefighter Holt Arkain.

Katie’s body might be safe with Holt… but her heart is another story.

As the danger heats up, sparks fly and the only thing Katie knows for sure is that her whole life is about to go up in flames.

Review: 2 ½ out of 5 stars

Torch by Cambria Hebert was a quick and easy read and follows the story of Katie Parks who is a bit of a loner until she meets fire-fighter Holt Arkain who rescues her from her burning house fire.

Katie has never allowed herself to form attachments; everyone she has loved has left her so she has learnt never to depend on anyone so when Holt starts showing a keen interest she becomes quite unsure about her feelings. Katie came across as a na├»ve character and although she was likeable there wasn’t a lot of depth to her as a person.

Holt was a dominant hero with a kind, selfless nature, I liked him despite him coming on really strong, he had goals and I liked the way in which he pursued them.

Torch has a severe case of insta-love, lust, attraction! I enjoyed the chemistry between this couple but it was pretty much right from the get go unfortunately, there was no slow to build romance which I tend to prefer. Holt offers Katie a roof over her head and to take care of her whilst she is still in the hospital, being a complete stranger I found this aspect a little odd since someone had just tried to kill her.

The plot was interesting and flowed well, there was someone out to murder Katie and to be honest throughout the course of the book I had no idea of who it could possibly be since she was more or less always by herself with no friends or family so I was surprised by the outcome.

This is my first Cambria Hebert book, the very beginning of the book was chilling and I found the writing to be engaging with witty banter and vivid imagery; I liked the premise of the story, smexy firemen always appeal to me but overall it just didn’t wow me.

Thank-you kindly to Cambria Hebert and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy of Torch to read and review.

Cambria HebertAbout 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. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting 

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  1. Ahh bummer that you didn't like this a bit better. I am a big fan of Cambria's and I have read everything of hers to date. I have my copy and haven't read more than the first chapter. I can handle insta love but I hope it is believable.

  2. I am sorry you didn't like this better and I appreciate your honest review. I haven't read anything by this author yet, though I considered requesting this from NetGalley, but I just have so many to read already.

  3. Hmmn, I was really looking forward to this one. But I was rejected for it at NetGalley, I felt lame. Sucks that you didn’t enjoy this one :(


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