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#Junkie

(GearShark #1)

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Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie.

His high of choice?

Cars.

The faster, the better.

He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.

So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is th
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Kindle Edition, 542 pages
Published January 20th 2016 by Cambria Hebert Books, LLC
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Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m


➦Soooooo... I didn't realize this wasn't a standalone... as in, there's a "to be continued" at the end.


➦This book is pretty much everything I love in my M/M novels. Double GFY, friends to lovers - yes puhaleaseeeee. Both guys race cars, while one is trying to make a career out of it. Can't say I've read a lot about car racing. So if M/M is your thing and you're a fan of a bit of car chasing this one might be for you. :) Also these two are pretty steamy together and there's a whole lot of explor
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~Mindy Lynn~
While reading the Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert I was wishing and hoping that the friendship between Trent and Drew would turn into, as Braeden says it, man love. I didn't even realize she had this series out until I finished the other one because I was on my MF only reading month and didn't pay attention. But when I finished the series and ended up enjoying them so much I decided to see what else this little lady had written and stumbled across this book. I was THRILLED then I was instantly ...more
Catarina
4 Sweet Stars.

Drew and Trent are best friends. They stick together and they have their backs. So it takes a while for both of them to realize that they have some hidden feelings, and not all of them are friendship. But when Drew is under the public eye, and Trent is the president of a conservative Greek House, their feelings aren’t hard to admit. Especially when they can’t even admit them to themselves. But when said feelings start to get even stronger and growing harder to hide, how long can
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Nazanin
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, m-m
4.5 Frat Boy & Adrenaline Junkie Stars

"Love does take.
Loving someone takes strength.
Love takes hard work.
And sometimes… Love takes sacrifice."


Cars and racing are Drew’s passion. He loves speed. He likes breaking the rules. He loves driving freely. When he’s driving it’s like he’s flying! He’s fearless and he doesn’t follow the rules of the road! He is an adrenaline junkie! He's the possessive one!

Trent is an Alpha football player and he’s the president of Alpha Omega! He’s the frat boy! He and D
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Christy
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars
“Love does take. Loving someone takes strength. Love takes hard work. And sometimes… Love takes sacrifice. I remember thinking, feeling the only thing worse than being with Drew was being without him.”

Welp… this one disrupted my whole audio plan for the month. I hadn’t planned on listening to book 2 right away and assumed this one was a stand-alone. It’s not LOL. I loved Trent and Drew and their friends to lovers romance. It was also great to see some favorites from the hasht
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Meags
4.5 Stars

This first Hashtag spin-off book was everything I wanted for long-time favourite characters, and besties turned lovers, Trent and Drew.

I already hard-core loved these men before even reaching the GearShark series, so expectations were high. I legitimately read seven other books with the explicit goal of getting prepped for this one particular story. I’m clearly a reading order freak, because so many people have read and loved this story without having read the Hashtag books, and that’s
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Candy M.
⭐ 3.5 "but if I was only rating this solely based on the main couple, this would be getting a 5+++" stars ⭐

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Too bad the whole racing side plot had me becoming reacquainted with the inside of my eyelids. But let’s not go there just yet.

Trent and Drew aka the main pair are still going straight into my favorite couples shelf. Theirs is an epic tale of (b)romance and one of my new preferred examples of best friends to lovers done exquisitely right.

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But to provide some extra context before th
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Wendys Wycked Words
I really liked this one. I will write my full review when I'm done with the next book because I want to jump into that one right now since this one ends with a cliffy ;)

This is a sweet friends to lovers story that has a background story about racing and college (football/frat). There is some mild steam, which I'm hoping there will be more of in book 2.

These men have not been with other men before, but I wouldn't really classify it as a gfy. To me, it seemed more like both of them were bisexual,
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Karla
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Re read May 2019!
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Forth re-read: 23.04.2021
Drew and Trent's friendship is quite beautiful. I wish we had gotten more angst and sexual frustration but it's still a good read.

Third re-read: 08.08.2019
You know, some relationships (even friendships; ehem Lucas and Snow) just takes ahold of your heart and never lets go. Drew and Trent are one of those relationship. It's a deep, real and absolutely beautiful. Their each other's person. No label needed. Gorgeous. Overall, their story is absolutely worth reading
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tappkalina
DAMN.

This was hot and sweet and best friends to lovers, so everything I love. The trust between them was absolutely heartwarming and that first-time awkwardness was so cute.

Also, sometimes I felt like it is a Ronan/Adam, other times like it is a Ronan/Kavinsky fanfiction, but probably just because of the cars and races. But in my defence it has a Camaro and a Mitsubishi, so.
*TANYA*
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow I was not expecting to like this book as much as did. I decided to read this book because one of my favorite YouTube book reviewers #gabbyreads mentioned this book on her channel. I looked at the cover and decided I was in, skipped the review part (I usually go back and see if I agree with her review/thoughts. Lol)
#JUNKIE gave me the feels, the camaraderie between Drew and Trent was sweet. I liked how their story began, how it developed, grew and solidified. #TREWLOVE
I have to read the fo
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Gigi
Nov 14, 2015 marked it as back-burner-for-now
Shelves: mm-ftl-bisexual
This looks good, but there are WAY too many 5 star reviews from people I don't know. Like, over 200. And the book has only been out a few days. I'm going to hold off on this one until a few friends have read it. ...more
DarienMoya
So I wrote a review this and some things got shut down and I’m crying cus it was epic because I really liked this bro juice story.


The Story: 4 Pants Off
Trent and Drew were adorable as hell and while it took me awhile to get into the story I really enjoyed it. Loved the cars, the racing, and all the bru dude college lifestyle.

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Looking forward to experiencing more of Drew and Trent’s new and fresh love!

FYI: There’s a gay bashing scene in this that just rubbed me the wrong way. Trent should have bu
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Talia (Red Hot Ink)
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awe. This is the word. I'm in awe of Ms. Hebert.

It astounds me how with every book she manages to intertwine heart-tugging, eyes-itching, mouth-watering romances with important current issues. Always adding this personal touch, this delicacy when dealing with sensitive topics that makes her stand out.

Junkie doesn't disappoint. It started a bit slow, but then Trent and Drew's story really picked up and I found myself spell-bound to their romance, to their way of being together that is at the same
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ȷαεlα
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I started this book, I knew it was a spinoff of another series, but anyway I chose to skip the original, because it was MF and I'm interested in MM lately.

I knew many readers were invested in the characters and the story wayyy before, hence the high ratings and good reviews. I know when you anticipate a story, you're kinda biased in the rating.

But this book was very good, indeed. Even for me, who had no idea who Trent or Drew was.

I'll start from the cover. Drew is sooo handsome. A real hott
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
So this happened. My M/M cherry has been popped.

I can't even begin to say how much I enjoyed this. This is my first book by Cambria Hebert and I'm pretty sure it won't be my last - especially since the author hints at events happening in an earlier series called #hashtag.

Trent is a mild mannered, protective, good natured guy who loves his family, his best friend and his car. Drew is said best friend - they love to hang out, especially at underground races where Drew is an independent driver. H
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Darcus Murray
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, oh man. Seriously, be still, my beating heart. These two boys definitely stole it and put it through the ringer. I find it kind of fitting that #Junkie is the very first book that I've finished of 2016. This book is a spinoff of the Hashtag series, which began with #Nerd, the first book that I finished in 2015. A whole new year, a whole new series, and a whole new genre.

As I was reading the Hashtag books I immediately new that something was up between Drew and Trent when they first began
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Dia
5 stars full of adrenaline
I liked Trent and Drew so much!
I love friends-to-lovers books and this one was really good.
Both guys were straight, but attracted to the other, both scared they'll ruin their friendship.
This book was so easy to read, I just didn't want to let it go.
At first the action went too slow for my taste, because I couldn't wait for them to face their attraction and their feelings. The scene in the bar made me smile and say "at last"!!
So, a lot of tension and a lot of racin
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Natasha
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
OH, SHIT.

That was fun.

This review has spoilers.

And the first spoiler I'd like to start with today is that this book is a HFN book.

HAPPY FOR NEVER.

Seriously, wtf?

Also, I really enjoyed this. It's different for me. I almost exclusively read M/M written by M/M authors. You can tell Hebert isn't an M/M author, but a romance author. I found this interesting. She has a very unique writing style and I think she probably had a lot of help with the sex scenes.

Overall, totally enjoyable, and of course I
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Jaime
So good!!

This is book one in the GearShark Series by authorCambria Hebert and her first m/m romance. I went into this story not having read any other books by this author and not knowing much about this story other than I was intrigued by the cover and the reviews looked good. To say I was blown away would be an understatement. I am a huge male/male fan and it is primarily what I read as of this time so I am pretty critical in what I like and don't like in a book. This book didn't have anythin
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Corina
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
In 2016 I was introduced by a fellow reader to the hashtag series by Cambria Hebert. I tremendously enjoyed #Nerd (Hashtag, #1) , #Hater (Hashtag, #2) , and #Player (Hashtag, #3) BUT #Junkie (GearShark #1) was soooo much BETTER!!

I have to admit that I have always been PICKY about the M/M books I read. It took me a very long time to pop my M/M cherry and now I love it – BUT I’m still picky. Usually my go-to authors are Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy or C.S. Pacat. They have a wonderful way of taki
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Jinx
I don't like when a book is labeled a stand alone and I end up feeling lost and confused when certain secondary characters are mentioned. This book left me dazed and on the verge of DNF-ing.

It's supposed to be the first in the series but I felt these giant plot holes like everyone else knew something I didn't and that was that the two couples mentioned in this book are from a different series making this less of a stand alone and more of a cross-over. That really bugged me and detracted from th
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I~❤️~Books
💗 ✮5 Stars✮ 💗

I loved, loved, LOVED this book!
This a story about two best friends who fall in love with each other. Trent and Drew are amazing together. Chemistry, between Trent and Drew ... and the slow burn..damn..it was so sexy. :D Can't wait to know what happens next!

love anime crush valentines day hearts
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

Frankly there just isn’t much new stuff out to read right now. My book babe Lili put this one on my radar and I figured why not?

And while I *did* like it, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t bad. But I found the writing to be overly detailed. Which made it read really slow.

And there was a lot of racing speak the first half, almost too much. And the burn was a bit too slow. But it picked up the second half and I enjoyed things developing between Drew and Trent.

This one does end on a bit of a
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Fabi
OFY/GFY, Sports, Car Racing, Alphas, Friends to Lovers, Hot & Steamy with a big dose of Sweetness.

Immediately on to book 2!
Gabby
4.5 stars
"Kissing him was like seeing the ocean for the first time. Meeting something so big it made you feel small. It was like finally understanding the answer to an impossible question."

SHIT, this book was so cute. This is a M/M romance that follows two best friends, Trent and Drew as they start to unexpectedly fall for each other. I've been reading a lot of M/M romance lately, and I'm still a sucker for the friends to lovers trope, and this one was done so well and so realistically. I can ho
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Vini
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 French Fries & Tomatoes / My Person Stars

Ok….. so before I make progress with this review I will make it known that this was my first M/M Romance Book and it was Utterly Gorgeous; Amazingly Beautiful; And Extremely Sweet

Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline #junkie. His high of choice? Cars. The faster, the better. He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon. He’s g
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❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Pure Organic Adrenaline


Wow, a wee bit unfinished, like I need book 2 now, but over all this book I liked ALOT

Adrenalin Rush!

Sooooo my thing.

This book ,OMG....there was so much sweetness, chemistry, shy looks and loving cuddles. Little to no angst. And, pure adrenaline was added as well.

A Double GFY!

Totally MY thing.

Dat’ first kiss *sizzle mush!*

Took my breath away.

The kiss went like this....shh, it’s in the spoiler don’t open, if you plan on reading the book. It really is a spoiler (view s
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Makhda
What I liked :
- Slow burn.
- Believable GFY. For Drew, anyway. Trent? I think he's bi.
- Pent-up sexual tension. (Damn right. You know what I mean. Sensual-you-could-taste-it.)
- Once they settled into relationship, they become so f***ing sweet. It might be a little sappy. I warn you. But it's no problem with me. I'm in the mood for it.

What I disliked :
- Cars and racing. I have no idea what they're talking about. Guess I'm not into that.
- I know this is a spin off from another series. You could
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