#Poser by Cambria Hebert

25559513Posers gonna pose

I am a man who had nothing, but found everything.

I’ll never go back to nothing ever again.

I vowed to protect her, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still, the secret I shoulder is heavy.

They say secrets put distance between two people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it will ever be.

I won’t ever tell. She can’t ever know.

When I look in the mirror my reflection is of who I’m afraid I’ll become and not the man I am.

It makes me feel like a poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren’t.

How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands?

I didn’t start any of this.

I never asked for it.

But it came knocking at my door.

When secrets and threats knock, I don’t hide.

I open the door.

Because the best way to take down a poser is to be one.

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My Review:
3.5 stars — There was so much I still loved about this book, but there were a few choices that the characters made along the way that I just can’t abide by, so it took me out of my enjoyment a bit.

I appreciated all the struggles that Ivy and Braeden were going through, and I especially thought that the portrayal of Ivy’s confusion and symptoms of PTSD from the rape were very realistic (and horrifying and heart wrenching).  I can’t even imagine what it was like to have your body remembering things that your mind cannot, and having no context for why you’re reacting the way you are.

I thought Braeden’s struggle with his Dad was put off and just sort of a small aside.  I don’t know what more could have been done, but it just felt very unimportant when it seemed more important in previous books.  And Braeden’s decision not to tell Ivy didn’t sit right with me….ESPECIALLY as he’s watching her get confused by her reactions.  I just couldn’t ever get behind that decision of his, and I still don’t understand why he made it.  I would want my significant other to be able to heal, and how can she heal when she doesn’t know it happened?  So that was choice #1 I couldn’t get behind.  So it kind of made me have a lack of empathy towards Braeden.  I mean, I know it was hard keeping the secret, but when you think it’s the wrong choice, it’s hard to feel bad for him.

I do love a lot of the rest of Ivy and Braeden’s relationship.  They’re really adorable together, and despite my other feelings, I could feel how much Braeden loved her and hurt for her.  And I forgot to mention this in my previous review, but Braeden loving sprinkles pretty much kills me.  LOVE it.

The Zach stuff was weird.  I haven’t decided how I feel about being in his head.  I had problems with my suspension of disbelief in certain parts of this book, and I guess part of that was in what happened with him.

There were some issues with the climax as well that had me rounding down instead of up.  (see full review with spoiler tags on my Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1441333354?book_show_action=false)

So it had lots of goodness, but there were just a few things that made it difficult for me to enjoy it as much as the rest of the series.  Still looking forward to #Heart though.