Monday 14 August 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Crave Part One (Crave Duet #1) by EK Blair

Title: Crave: Part One
Series: Crave Duet #1
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2017

Book Description:

Kason and Adaline.

From the moment they met, they started to fall. Neither of them predicted just how far the drop would be, though.

Loving Adaline was all Kason had ever wanted to do. But layer by layer, he started to unravel, forcing Adaline to face an addiction she never could’ve imagined.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“When I think about how pure she is, it only reminds me how dirty I am.”

EK Blair shows another side to her writing with Crave. This was so not what I was expecting. EK Blair to me, is dark, a little taboo, with erotic adults who like to explore their sexual side. Crave is about young adults (although this is NOT a YA book) as EK Blair still regales us with her trademark sex scenes. Crave was emotional, of course a little screwed up, I mean EK has to show her face somewhere, but it explores a side to teenagers that is not often explored in books.

“I don’t ever want you to feel insecure with me, because you are exactly what I want. Because when you touch me, it means so much more that what anyone else could ever give me…”

Adaline is the new girl in town, relocating due to her mother’s work. Starting a new school near the end of the school year is always difficult. Cliques are already in place and being in a private school, social tiers are prevalent, a hierarchy of sorts and a newcomer is never welcome. Ady falls into friendship with one of the popular boys and soon finds herself attracted to one of his quiet, unassuming friends. Ady, albeit from an affluent family had her own issues. Abandonment issues were at the top of them. Having been rejected by her father after once being the apple of his eye has been hard for her take and understand, and now him having a new family only exacerbates the chasm that has already formed.

“The two of us stare into each other’s brokenness, and I swear I can feel him breathing through the holes of my wounds when he begs…”

Kason is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, only attending school due to some strings pulled and a scholarship. Kason is extremely intelligent and sees this opportunity as his ticket out of poverty. Kason is a hard worker, putting in all the hours to earn enough money to then fund university. Kason was intriguing from the get go, there was something about him that you knew made him vulnerable and it was this vulnerability that made the reader want to protect him at all costs.

“It wasn’t until Adaline came into the mix that I started to see how corrosive this craving was. It’s made me lose the one thing I never wanted to lose.”

There is a reason that this synopsis is really vague and as such, my review, too, will be vague. The author has cleverly concealed the true direction of this book and that is something I want to preserve as the journey that these characters take is one you need to experience as the author intended. As ever with an EK Blair read this book is chock full of emotion, but of a totally different kind to her norm. It is this emotion and intense character connection that makes you experience the highs and lows, you run the gamut of emotions with these characters and I often found myself trying to relate their journey to the experiences that I went through in my mid to late teens too. I felt everything that these two went through, their pain, their guilt, their insecurities, their vulnerabilities, their connection, their love, but most of all, I believed in them as a couple.

“She understands me when I don’t even understand myself. She’s forgiving when I refuse to forgive the things I’ve done. And she gives me hope in the eye of hopelessness.”

I adored every single character in this book. EK Blair really plays her trump card by delivering real, relatable characters that are fun to be around and despite their wealth have that air of normality. The dialogue and the banter between them was perfect, suited their age and their situation. When this author writes her more adult books I find myself totally consumed by her words, even if I do have to look a few up in a dictionary. With Crave, the prose was tailored to the age of her characters while still retaining the trademark EK Blair style.

“My body hunches over, and I cry because the one man who was never supposed to break my heart is the man who completely shattered it.”

I cannot wait for the concluding part, seriously, EK Blair knows how to get her hooks into you and leave you hanging for the next morsel she dares to chuck your way. These characters literally entrench themselves into your heart and Kason, in particular, was a character where my mother bear instincts went into overdrive. I am desperate for the next one, it seriously cannot come quick enough. Fabulous job EK Blair.

Coming Soon:

Crave: Part Two releases October 16


About the Author:

E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

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