Happy Monday, everyone!!!
I hope you had a great weekend and that the new week is being good to you so far! 🙂
Today I’m going to review B.J. Harvey’s new standalone book, Crave.
I have a craving.
A dark urge I’ve failed to resist despite years of trying to do that very thing.
I’ve forced myself to hide behind a mask, a perfect orchestration to hide my true self.
After I met her, my wants and needs, my inner most desires changed.
She encouraged me to embrace who I truly am, and she was willing to do anything and everything I wanted, giving herself to satisfy my most carnal appetite.
Then everything in my carefully managed world came crashing down around me. A moment in time, a loss of control, and the very thing I cherish was nearly taken from me.
My fate now lies in her hands.
The very life I’ve built for myself…everything I’ve ever done now waits in purgatory, all caused by a lack of focus at a time when my most concentrated attention was needed.
The very thing I crave may now be the end of me.
MY RATING: 4 Beastly stars
***ARC received in exchange of an honest review***
Crave is the type of book that lovers of romance can’t not like! It has romance, but it’s laced with some darker aspects. Crave is not a dark book, but we can see how the characters test their own barries and how they deal with it is what makes it different than the usual love stories.
I loved Callum Alexander and how he is a walking dicotomy. He is the perfect son, he was raised in church, with a loving family, but inside he has a craving. Something his upbringing would consider “dark” and something he didn’t even know how much he needed until he meets Lucia.
Lucia is a great heroine. She is very direct, goes after what she wants and doesn’t apologize for how she is or what she wants.
And one of the things I most liked about Crave is that it doesn’t have any additional drama. Everything in the story is there because it has to be there, there’s nothing for shock value or drama for sake of drama. And B.J. Harvey NAILED it!
I LOVED that Callum isn’t the typical alpha male (nothing against them, I like most of them – I don’t like “fake” alpha males though). He is all dominant, but with in a understated way. At least until you really meet him. He is a total gentleman and yet, he is hot as hell. I LOVE when authors write those kind of characters. Characters different from the norm, dominant without being real jerks. The characterization in Crave is flawless! From the main characters to the supporting ones, everyone one of them has a role in the story and is written in a way to make it work.
And because the story also has a mystery going on, that is one of the things that makes it work. So we get a romance, some HOT scenes between Cal and Lucia, mystery, action… and on top of that, we get great characters! And it’s all B.J. Harvey’s merit! She’s been writing this story for 2 years and I have to say it was worth the wait!
Now for the mystery part of the book…I really enjoyed it, and even though I got it from the beginning of the book (although I didn’t get the reasons behind it), I liked that it wasn’t overly dramatic. It has the right ammount of it, specially because besides the mystery, there is also a conflict playing in Cal and Lucia’s relationship. Something happens and on top of everything something serious is happening to Callum professionally. It seems like it’s a lot, but in truth, it all worked out great. Everything make3s sense in this story.
Both the hero and the heroine aren’t perfect, they have their flaws, but it’s great that together they can finally overcome what alone they can’t even accept! I love that Lucia brings the darkness in Cal to the light, so he finally sees his cravings aren’t wrong. Specially because he found the right person to share them!
I can’t wait to see what B.J. Harvey has in store for us next!!! 🙂