I Kind of Loved It!
Toad by Cambria Hebert is definitely a book about opposites attract, and redemption!
If you’ve read Butterfly (another Public Enemy stand alone by Cambria Hebert) you’ve met Nate before, as Ten’s cousin, and the one who helped him write some songs for his hit album. Now Nate is back and has his own book, and it is amazing! Nate has the opportunity of a lifetime to write a song for Aerie Boone who has had it rough the past few months. She’s been in the spotlight and not for her music. She trusted the wrong man, and he’s taken her reputation down, and now Aerie is drowning and trying to redeem herself. Her tough exterior is just a facade and not who she really is, she’s been beaten down and just trying to survive most days and find herself again.
Nate is trying to make a name for himself and to start his career, while Aerie is trying to get out of a marriage she doesn’t even remember getting into, and saving her career. She doesn’t want anything to do with Nate at first, but to save her career she knows she has to work with him, and the more she’s around him, the more she begins to find herself again. I adored watching her start to loosen up and not be so uptight when she was with Nate, and I loved Nate’s carefree banter with her, and how he didn’t treat her like she was the superstar that she is. Nate knows she has something she’s hiding but doesn’t push to get it out of her, he knows she’ll come to him when she’s ready.
Watching Aerie struggle with everything Will has put her through and continues to put her through was hard to read. No one deserves what she has gone through and my heart broke for her, but throughout this book she starts to find her strength and she realizes that not every person is out to get her. Watching her start to fall for Nate when she least expected it was beautiful, especially since these two are complete and utter opposites on paper, but they just seem to work together.
Seeing how protective Nate was of Aerie and how he’d do anything for her, even after just meeting her, made me swoon and I fell hard for his goofy boy next door character. This story was unique, and beautifully written. I loved how Cambria Hebert developed these characters and how they both got their HEA together and individually. We got to see them both chase their individual dreams as well as figure out where they belong in each others lives and deal with the struggles that brought them together to begin with.
If you’re looking for a new adult romance that has a bit of angst, suspense, and a lot of laughs, then Toad by Cambria Hebert is definitely the book for you. I truly adored Aerie and Nate’s story!