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.
If the past is any indication of my future, getting out isn’t going to be easy.
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.
It felt like old times going back to the Mad Hatter in Myrtle Beach. I love when stories are interconnected and you feel like you know the area, the surroundings that the characters are in. You definitely have that with this story, its like coming home.
Trashy was a great 5 star read from Cambria Hebert. I really enjoyed the connection and the chemistry between Adam and Roxie.
Roxie is a stripper, who left behind a troubled relationship in search of something more, something that would make her, well, her own person. Working at the Mad Hatter is a stepping stone to her dream for higher education.
Adam is the club owner who deeply cares for Roxie. He wants to protect her, to love her, to try and build a life with her, but there are things that stand in the way that certainly can make that difficult. Roxie’s past can’t stay there and it’s dangerous enough to hurt them both.
The TIO series is such a great series to read and this tenth story was worth the wait. Ms. Hebert is great at writing romantic suspense and this is definitely one of my new favorites. I look forward to seeing what Ms. Hebert releases in the future with the TIO series as well as her other works in progress.
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