Series: Undone #1
Release date : June 1st, 2015
Source: The Author | Format: eARC
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I vow. I crave. I give in.
I used to be a nice, normal girl. I had dreams. Good, happy dreams of a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever. Nobody ever warned me that sometimes, the prince dies three weeks before the wedding.
Like any addict, I swear this time is the last….
Now, I go through my days, a shadow of my former self. I pretend I’m okay, and the people in my life pretend to believe me. But, sometimes, when I can no longer stand the craving, I roam an underground sex club looking for my next hit. It’s dirty and wrong, but I can’t stop, and my only line of defense between them and me, is the rules I’ve designed to keep me safe. The men always abide by my rules. Until I meet him.
And, like any addict, I’m wrong.
I don’t question the instincts that tell me to run. One look at him, standing there, power radiating off him in waves, tells me all I need to know. He will make me crave those happy dreams I’ve left behind. And that is not an option.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
THIS.BOOK. *fans self*
Crave, is a book I like to consider a rare find. It’s not one that I would have easily stumbled upon, but I am so glad I did. There is so much Crave has to offer, and not the intense sexual tension and eventually, hot scenes. This book is about guilt, grief and moving on. Discovering yourself and living your life, second chances.. And, love.
Since losing her fiance weeks before their wedding, Layla has been barely living. She has pushed everyone out of her life – including her family – and visits a popular underground club for her own punishment and desires. That is, until Michael.
Let’s talk about Layla. She is swimming in guilt and grief. Not only for the loss of her fiance, but the loss of herself. There was a lot more depth to her pain than we are initially introduced to and the build up of her character and growth was just one of the beautiful things about Crave. There was a lot she had to overcome – but before she could do that, she had to open up to it. Part of this, I do believe was due to the lifestyle that her and John lived, but not all of it.
Michael, is one of those extremely arrogant characters you want to punch in the face at times. But what some might find offensive, sparks something in Layla. Although he IS arrogant; he is also kind, sweet and actually willing to help Layla overcome her pain and help her live again. I also appreciate that Michael wanted to know more about John, because he was such a huge part of Layla and her life before him. He wasn’t jealous, but understanding, and accepted who John was. He has a soft side that is displayed in a different way, and I loved every bit about their romance.
Their relationship, physical aspects a side, is a low build up of trust and love. It’s quite obvious from their first encounter that the sexual attraction is there (hello, intense & hot tension) but as I mentioned before; Layla had a lot to overcome. Michael held a lot of himself back too, to show Layla that she COULD trust him. Their life style isn’t hard-core BDSM, but there are some aspects that are there. Layla likes the domination but it isn’t wholly submissive. She is spunky, fierce and loves a good challenge.
I also quite loved the secondary characters. Layla’s best friend, her sister and Michael’s family too. Although there are not many scenes, it was enough to show us the deep love of family and friendship.
Overall – I loved Crave. It’s intense, emotionally sweet and hot as hell. I highly recommend it!
His thumb presses into the curve of my jaw, forcing my head and my gaze to meet his. When I finally look at him, his expression is deadly serious, holding not even a trace of lightness or amusement. “Because there’s something between us I can’t ignore and neither can you……”
“I don’t know you.” I pause and weigh my answer carefully. “But you seem like the kind of guy who doesn’t waste your time.”
“Layla, you might be a pain in the ass, but you’re not a waste of time.”
A smile tugs at my lips before I’m able to help myself. “What is wrong with you?”
“Nothing at all,” his voice drops. “I like a good challenge and I’m not about to skip out before we’ve had the chance to do battle.”
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