REVIEW: Moth to a Flame by Cambria Hebert


The only thing drawn to her more than danger is him… 

Danger isn’t Zoey’s middle name. But it is something she can’t forget, something she’s reminded of every time she looks in the mirror. For those reasons, Zoey has become an expert at creating the perfect illusion. Her ability to fool the eye, to create truth where there was previously none makes her the best in the business.

Working as a makeup and special effects artist for Hollywood combines her two life must-haves: her passion for makeup and hiding in plain sight. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s safe within the heavily secured and secret studio sets, away from the public eye.

Then her perfect job becomes her perfect nightmare.

Not only does her illusion slip with the blast of icy water, but it does so in front of the country’s biggest action hero and the gossipiest of celebrity TV shows.

At first, Zoey thinks danger hasn’t caught up to her and the worst thing about her mishap is the world’s most perfect man sees her in all her not-so-perfect glory.

Until a series of unexplained “accidents” begins on set.

That’s when Zoey knows.

Danger has caught up to her… and this time she fears death has, too.

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My Review 

The meaning behind the expression ‘like a moth to a flame’ is described as ‘irresistibly and dangerously attracted to something or someone.’

But while its interpretation is easy to understand on a basic level, the actual situation can be hellacious and devastating and in Cambria Hebert’s newest release, her heroine, Zoey, would much rather stay away from the danger that seems to seek her out regardless of what she does to hide from it.

Cambria Hebert does a great job of illustrating all the sides to Zoey’s personality and all the reasons why she lives her life they way she does. And as everything is fleshed out about Zoey and how much she’s struggled, it becomes clear just how amazing it is that she’s still making it day by day, and while some would argue that that’s not true living, it is once it’s shown what life has thrown her way.

Zoey’s past and the trauma experienced is told in a series of flashbacks, and while these scenes are difficult to read due to the events that occur and the cruelty and brutality that she endures, the description Cambria Hebert uses to capture these trails are what allow readers to understand just how scarred and damaged Zoey still is from those uncontrollable situations and the fact that they’re still following her around and the threat still exists in her present life is paramount to understanding just how strong and determined Zoey is to keep moving forward any way she can.

Nick is not a quintessential Hollywood actor; there’s so much more to him than his good looks and his ability to act, and the fact that he shows those traits to Zoey, protecting her, shielding her from all that he can, and proving to her that he is the real deal will endear him to readers and have us crushing on this amazing man from the start.

I have to admit…there was one point-of-view provided that disturbed me and terrified me in equal parts. And while I would have much preferred not to get inside the head of someone so deviant and deadly, it was absolutely necessary in order to get a full view of everything that Zoey is up against as she attempts to hide without really hiding up until the point she’s found.

With everything that Zoey must combat, it makes sense that any romantic relationship between her and Nick would be a slow burn, especially given the Hollywood setting and the difficulty in knowing who and what’s real or fake. It’s also portrayed in such a way due to the suspense and drama that’s strewn throughout the entirety of the story, which makes the multiple plot lines in it mesh well together and work together to reach a satisfactory resolution for all aspect displayed.

I’ve been a Cambria Hebert since her Take It Off series and through the years, I’ve read a variety of her book, enjoying the different types of romances she writes with a variety of tropes embedded throughout and it’s her diversity as a writer that will keep me coming back for more.

4.5 Poison Apples

Author Bio

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, 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: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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