Thursday, November 6, 2014

BLOG TOUR: #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.

But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge. 

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple. 

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

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BOOK REVIEW: #Nerd by Cambria Herbert
4 Stars

Sophomore Roman “Romeo” Anderson is Alpha U’s star football player, and because his grades stink, he’s being forced to meet with a tutor.

Studious Rimmel Hudson is a lover of animals more than people, and because her grades are so good, she’s being forced to tutor to keep her scholarship.

At first they are like oil and water—they just don’t mix. Romeo is the college heartthrob, popular in every sense of the word. Meanwhile, Rimmel goes unnoticed, except for her poor fashion sense.  So that makes Rimmel the perfect target for Romeo’s initiation into the prestigious fraternity, The Omegas. The frat president doesn’t want Romeo in, so he’s doing everything he can to make Romeo’s challenges tough.

Bedding the nerdy tutor should be a tough initiation challenge, except it becomes tough for reasons completely opposite of the intended purpose. While at first Romeo has no interest in Rimmel, as he starts to see beyond her nerdy exterior, he’s faced with a new challenge—how can he get the one girl who doesn’t want something from him without reducing her to a petty initiation game?

In the beginning I felt the stereotypes were a little heavy. Perhaps not unrealistic, but just a little textbook nerd, jock, socialite mother, etc. And sometimes the attitudes felt more high school than college. But this is a new adult book and one of the great things about that genre is that the character grows, evolve, and mature, and Roman and Rimmel do just that, especially perhaps Romeo.  Once they get past the public fronts they put up and the reader starts to see a little more of what’s underneath Romeo and Rimmel, they have a cute college romance.  I was skeptical of Romeo in the beginning as he seemed pretty shallow and superficial but as the story progressed I was pleased to see he was actually smart and resourceful. I particularly appreciated how, for the most part, he nipped a lot of problems that could have become drawn out issues right in the bud. That’s pretty refreshing and helped the plot avoid misunderstanding simply for the sake of angst. In fact, the plot moves along well and it is really more Cinderella than Romeo and Juliet, which is a good thing as the ending is much happier that way ;-)

This light-hearted college read, told via alternating 1st person POV, is the first in the #Hashtag series. #Hater is the next book, and a teaser is included at the end. I’ll admit I was a little disappointed that it will be a continuation of Romeo and Rimmel; I rather liked where they left off so I was hoping the next book would be focused on one of their friends who were introduced, but that’s further down the road.  

So want to know a little more about Rimmel and Romeo? Keep reading for the blog’s exclusive character interview…

“Five Questions with Rimmel and Romeo from #Nerd

Hi Rimmel and Romeo, and welcome to Book-Bosomed Book Blog! Glad you two could take some time away from studying and practice to join us. We’ll get right to the questions so you can get back to Alpha U campus…

Romeo: *Smiles that charming smile* What’s up? Thanks for having us.
Rimmel: *Smiles politely and adjusts her glasses on her nose*

Q1. So now that you’ve gotten to know each other better, what would you say each other’s best quality is?

Romeo: All my qualities are good. *grins*
Rimmel: *Snorts and smacks him in the stomach*
Romeo: *Laughs and puts an arm around Rimmel and pulls her into his side.* Rimmel’s best quality is her genuineness. She’s real. And she’ pretty freaking hot. Look at her. *points at Rimmel*
Rimmel: *blushes and clears her throat* Romeo’s best quality is his charm. It pulls people in. It makes people comfortable around him. He’s accepting of just about anyone.
Romeo: Accept assholes.
Rimmel: *Rolls her eyes* And of course there are those blue eyes of his…. *looks up at him and smiles*
Romeo: *Kisses her on the nose*

Q2. Rimmel—If Romeo was an animal, which one would he be and why?

Romeo: This is way easy.
Rimmel: *giggles* He’d be a wolf. Not just any wolf. He’d be the Alpha of the pack. Kind of fitting that he goes to Alpha U and plays for the Wolves….
Romeo: My girl knows me. *Shrugs*

Q3. Romeo—If Rimmel was selected for the cover of Sports Illustrated, how would she look as your cover girl? Describe the swimwear you’d want her to wear and how you’d want her to style her hair.

Romeo: I’m not so sure I like this idea. I don’t want a bunch of dudes drooling over my girl.
Rimmel:  Please. We both know it’s hypothetical. I will never be a cover model.
Romeo: *Narrows his eyes and looks at Rimmel* You could totally rock a magazine cover. *Looks up.* Okay, let’s see. I’d put her in a string bikini the bottoms a golden yellow and the top a deep royal blue. That’s the Wolves colors. Instead of on a beach I’d put her in the center of a football field with the lights all lit up. I’d want her to put her hair in a ponytail up high on her head and then stand with her back to the camera and look over her shoulder. One her bare shoulder I’d put #24 so everyone knows she mine.
Rimmel: You always gotta have your name on me somewhere don’t you?
Romeo: Hells yeah.

Q4. If you had to pick a theme song for your relationship, what would it be?

Rimmel: You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift.
Romeo: *Makes a face* That song is girly.
Rimmel: I’m a girl. *Crosses arms over chest*
Romeo: *Slow smile comes over his face* Thank God for that.
Rimmel: *blushes*

Q5. Where do you see yourselves five years down the road?

Romeo: I’m gonna be in the NFL
Rimmel: I’m gonna be a veterinarian.
Romeo: But we’re gonna be together, no matter what.
Rimmel: *smiles and nods*

Thanks Romeo & Rimmel (and Cambria!) for stopping by and giving readers a chance to know more about you. Great answers! Good luck with school, your relationship, and accomplishing all your goals. 

Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. 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 caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. 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 chorkie (the real boss of the house). 

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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  1. I love this post!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

    1. Thanks! I loved their interview answers. That was so much fun!