I haven’t reviewed a lot of Adult Romances here on the blog but I do enjoy reading them now and again. So when I saw that Kim, the Caffeinated Virtual Assistant was organising a blog tour for this one, I decided I was craving a scorching hot read and jumped on board.The Winner Takes It All by Jennifer Dawson
Published by Zebra Books on December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Blog Tour
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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 white picket fences, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever. Nobody warned me 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 my dead fiancée left behind, 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. With free, no-strings attached sex; 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 forget. And that’s not an option.
My Thoughts on Crave by Jennifer Dawson:
The main reason that I haven’t reviewed a lot of erotica books on here is because I somehow feel a little shy about putting my thoughts on them into words. But when well written, I enjoy them and a spicy read can sometimes be just what’s called for. However my one proviso is that there has to be a proper story arc and not just sex scene after sex scene as that to me gets boring very quickly.
And Crave gets the balance between lust filled scenes and a meaningful plot just right. Neither takes from the other and together they just add up to a very satisfying and emotional read. Layla’s fiancée died 18 months ago and she is struggling to move on with her life especially as the circumstances that he died in were very traumatic.
She numbs her pain in clubs, seeks relief with strangers, throws herself into her career as a distraction and keeps contact with family and friends to a bare minimum. Basically she doesn’t allow herself to feel and she uses the clubs to punish herself even further. My heart ached for Kayla, she is a torrent of turbulent emotions and I felt every one of them as I read.
And then she met Michael and despite her reservations about letting him into her life, the feeling that he is exactly what she needs, drives all other emotions away. Physically and emotionally, they are just so suited and their chemistry was sizzling. I love that they didn’t go back and forth with a push/pull relationship but that they were brave enough to talk about the deeper issues right from the get go.
Not that they didn’t have issues, they did but communication was a strong point between them. I loved also that Layla wasn’t naive as it felt like she was making well-informed decisions about the lifestyle that she chooses to live. And as her character was so ably developed, I really got that this was a perfect choice for her.
Overall if you are looking for a cocktail of steamy and poignant, then I’d recommend Crave to you. Not all erotica books can do tender but this one does to perfection.
|Did I feel it?|
Teaser: Crave by Jennifer Dawson
The scream leaves my throat, echoing on the walls of my bedroom, as I start awake. I jerk to a sitting position, sucking in great lungfuls of air. Drenched in sweat, I press my palm to my pounding heart, the beat so rapid it feels as though it might burst from my chest.
I had the dream again. Not a dream— dreams are good and full of hope— no, a nightmare. The same nightmare I’ve had over and over for the last eighteen months. An endless, gut-wrenching loop that fills my sleep and leaves my days unsettled.
I miss good dreams. Miss waking up rejuvenated. But most of all, I miss feeling safe. I’d taken those things for granted and paid the price.
1 US Winner will receive gift basket that contains a signed copy of CRAVE
Prize package contains:
Decorative reusable storage trunk
Signed copy of CRAVE
$25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
4 Premium Chocolate Truffles
Argan Oil Sugar Scrub w/shower scrunchie
Pink & black Pillar Candle
Black & Pink Chalk Board Flower Pot
Hanging chalk board
Candle Holder with pink sparkly battery votive
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