Review: Wish by Cambria Hebert

Rating: 4.5/5  PoP: 57%       Westbrook Elite, #3

If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be unexpected. I have read almost all of Cambria Hebert books and her MM romance have been some of my favorites. I thought I knew what to expect from the blurb and her previous work but I was pleasantly surprised. This book could stand alone but it is best read after the first two Westbrook Elite books. From those we know that Wes is gay and also harboring a crush on his lifelong friend Max. 

On the surface this seems like a familiar tale of unrequited love but it is not. It is so much more. Wes and his brother Win, along with Max have experienced life changing heartbreak. As the emotions of the past resurface with new events, Max and Wes must confront their feelings for each other while reconciling it with their past. Meanwhile, others outside of their circle of trusted friends are not accepting of Max’s new relationship status and decide to take matters in their own hands. 

I was surprised by how deep this book was. The heartbreak these characters experience is palpable and makes their actions understandable. There are a lot of subtropes going on throughout this book but I think they worked in favor of the overall story. It is not completely predictable and reaches a satisfying conclusion. There is an underlying theme of acceptance in this book that I think is very important to the healing of the main characters. I think it will also carry over as the series moves forward. This is a drama filled college romance series with an interesting cast of characters that I will continue to follow.