Tuesday 11 April 2023

✪ WTF (Westbrook Elite #4) ✪ Cambria Hebert ✪


 I don’t do commitment. And though I swing both ways, I don’t do men either.

It’s too messy, too stressful, and just asking for trouble.

I’d rather shine bright like the sun than drown in the rain, so I adopt a pounce-and-bounce lifestyle for which my sparkling charm keeps me from being hated.

When I show up in Sweden for a semester abroad, I expect a roomie. What I don’t expect is Lars. The storm to my sun. The test of my patience. How easy he makes it to forget all my reasons for staying away from guys.

No big deal. I’ll just pivot from pounce and bounce to roomies with benefits. I’ll get to indulge in that side of me, then leave it half a world away. What happens in Sweden stays in Sweden… until he follows me home.

Lars shows up at Westbrook looking like my little brother’s new swim bro. Just as alluring as he did before.

And all I can do is ask myself, WTF?

My resolve for an uncomplicated, stress-free life isn’t something I’m willing to give up for anyone, even if his icy-blond hair begs for my fingers and those pale-blue eyes are haunted by shadows.

I might be the sun, but I am not his sun, and it’s not my job to chase away whatever sent him running here. He swears it isn’t me. But I’m calling bullshit. Why else would he show up on my turf?

But then shit starts happening, and the shadows in his eyes turn to panic. I catch a glimpse of the bruises on his creamy, flawless skin.

I can’t keep him at arm’s length anymore. I don’t want to. Protecting him means surrendering to everything I always refused. His destruction or mine.

The choice is simple, so achingly absolute that I can’t help but wonder once more…
Please note that WTF contains stalking and domestic abuse (not between the main characters). There is also mention of (off-page) parental death. Some readers may find these things uncomfortable.



  ARC received for an honest review

It has been an age since I have read a Cambria Hebert book, and this is the first of the Westbrook series, and I am now kicking myself for not reading the first 3 books before now (and I am rectifying it!)

WTF is a beautiful second chance story for Win and Lars.  I mean, we hear people say that being an exchange student changed their lives, but in this case it really, really did.

There are a few flashback scenes, which for someone like me who has not read the other books, this was the perfect amount of background information that I did not feel that I was missing out on anything. I read it not realising it was part of a series, and to me it could have been read as a standalone also.

I love stories about "found family", and these Elite guys really are a family.

There are some darker issues in the story that made my heart hurt so much, but I knew that Ms Hebert would set things to right, and I was on the edge of my lounge as I was reading

I loved all the guys, and am looking forward to going back to read the previous books, and hope there are more in the future.





Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than fifty titles. 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. Besides writing, Cambria loves a pumpkin spice latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching K drama until her eyes won’t stay open. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chihuahuas (the real bosses of the house). Cambria has written in many genres, including new adult, sports romance, male/male romance, sci-fi, thriller, suspense, contemporary romance, and young adult. Many of her titles have been translated into foreign languages and have been the recipients of multiple awards.