Review: Crave by Adriana Locke

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What It’s About:

Hadley Jacobs is over Machlan Gibson.

Sure, she’ll always be a little weak to the dimple in his right cheek and the way his five o’clock shadow makes him ruggedly handsome. But that’s not enough to cover every other thing about him because they all drive her nuts. Like how he’s won’t admit he’s wrong even when he knows it and how he drives his stupid car a million miles an hour on wet asphalt. As she rolls back into town and takes a seat at Crave, she won’t take the bait. She’s over him. Mostly.

Machlan isn’t over her.

It’s not because he hasn’t tried. He reminds himself over and over that she’s not the girl for him. After all, she drives him insane with her sassy attitude and the way she calls him out on everything. She beats him at poker, even though she doesn’t know the difference between a straight and a flush, and when she looks at him with her bright, blue eyes, it’s unnerving. When she climbs onto that bar stool and orders a drink, he puts it in front of her and ignores the sparkle in her eyes.  He’s not over her, but she won’t know that.

But she does know that. And he knows she’s not as over him as she’s pretending to be. When life forces their hand this time, there’s more on the line than a pile of poker chips. It’s their forever.

Crave is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.

Machlan isn’t over her.

It’s not because he hasn’t tried. He reminds himself over and over that she’s not the girl for him. After all, she drives him insane with her sassy attitude and the way she calls him out on everything. She beats him at poker, even though she doesn’t know the difference between a straight and a flush, and when she looks at him with her bright, blue eyes, it’s unnerving. When she climbs onto that bar stool and orders a drink, he puts it in front of her and ignores the sparkle in her eyes.  He’s not over her, but she won’t know that.

But she does know that. And he knows she’s not as over him as she’s pretending to be. When life forces their hand this time, there’s more on the line than a pile of poker chips. It’s their forever.

Crave is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.

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Guest Reviewer Lisha’s Thoughts:

Crave is book three in The Gibson Boys Series.  This time around it’s about Hadley, the sister of Cross, the fighter from book two in the series and Machlan, the broody and youngest Gibson brother.  This book felt heavier than the other books and dealt with some deeper emotional situations than the earlier books. It was told in an alternating two person point of view so we are able to see both Hadley’s and Machlan’s viewpoint as the story unfolded.

 The story begins with Hadley returning to back to Linton, to meet with Machlan who has broken her heart.  She is resolved to move on with her life.  Her heart is in Linton and with Machlan, but she is tired of waiting for him and is ready to make a fresh start somewhere else.  This really isn’t technically a second chance romance since Hadley had given Machlan many chances and he continually pushed her away. Machlan made a lot of poor decisions in his life and it was frustrating that Machlan’s sense of failure kept him from committing to what he really wanted and was so obviously right in front him. Hadley was honest with her feelings, even going so far as to propose marriage to him.  He admired that Hadley knew what she wanted and was true to her feelings but was unable to believe that he was deserving of her love. 

I really enjoy the author’s writing style and her sense of humor.  As always the addition of Machlan’s cousin Peck, his brothers Lance and Walker, and Nana kept the story engaging and entertaining with many humorous moments. Nana kept the characters grounded and her wisdom was fundamental for both Hadley and Machlan.  But it was heartbreaking when a secret  revealed from Hadley and Machlan’s past was shared that isn’t often found in many romances. I was really looking forward to reading Machlan’s story but was disappointed in his character development.  These two characters were completely at odds in their relationship timing and both needed to be ready for it to work.  But it felt one sided with Machlan constantly pushing Hadley aside and not realizing that he was committed until she decided to break away for good.  I only gave it three stars because it felt like a relationship that was established on his terms only.

 

 

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About the Author: USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

Keep up-to-date by visiting the author’s website: http://www.adrianalocke.com.

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