Thursday 22 October 2015

Blog tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway ~ Crave by BJ Harvey

Title: Crave
Author: BJ Harvey
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Release Date: October 20, 2015

Book Description:

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.

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“What was that thought?” she asks curiously.

I lift my eyes from her hand resting on the black leather seat between us to her face to see a sly smile has appeared on her lips. “What thought?”

“The one that just had dirty written all over it.” Her smile grows wide, her eyes glittering with heat and a touch of amusement at the position she’s cornered me into.

“It’s a thought that would be more suited to the end of the date, if we are following your predetermined description of a how a first date should be, that is.”

Heat overtakes amusement as the air inside the car crackles with the right type of tension, the exact type of mood I have been hoping for and dreading. Our eyes remained locked, like neither one of us is able or willing to look away from the other.

Knowing I’d need to acquiesce, I look back down to where her hand rests beside her leg and bite the bullet, reaching over and lacing my fingers with hers.

“See?” she says as I catch her smile out of the corner of my eye. “Wasn’t that hard, was it?”

“It’s like that, is it?” I say, my voice filled with humor. She leans over, turning her body toward mine and rests her mouth against my jaw, just below my ear.

“If you want something from me, Callum, you just need to ask for it or take it. I highly doubt any of the thoughts running through that very handsome, highly intelligent head of yours could put me off.” Her breath warms my skin, sending the nerve endings into overdrive. “You’re welcome to try though . . .”

Before I can attempt to put my public mask in place, I tilt my head until we are cheek to cheek. Presented with an opportunity, I follow my instincts and graze my teeth slowly against her ear lobe. “I was thinking how your hand would feel touching me again . . .”

Her breath stutters momentarily, before quickening. She pulls back, leaning her shoulder into the seat but not returning to her side. “I’m sure we can arrange to hold hands again, Callum. It’s all part of getting to know each other.”

I mimic her pose, our bodies still close but not touching, as I let out an uncharacteristic chuckle. “You’re trouble with a capital T.”

“And I’m thinking, Mr. Alexander, there’s something about my brand of trouble that you’re drawn to.”

Our Review:

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

“I’ll live every day for the rest of my life knowing I will never again deserve you, but I’ll fight to the death to have you anyway.”

This is not our normal BJ Harvey read, this is more suspenseful and a little darker but we still have that trademark BJ Harvey heat. This book was full of suspense and intrigue, secrets and forgiveness. A book full of plot twists that will have your mouth gaping and heart palpitating. A fair few OMG moments and a few tears but most of all a rollercoaster ride that I just couldn’t put down.

This book reminded me a little of BJ Harvey’s Lost series which is how I first discovered this author. It had that same air of suspense yet the writing was more matured, accomplished and developed. I also loved that the couple in this book were in their thirties, I miss reading about the more mature characters that I can relate to, you can’t beat experience!

Callum is a highly regarded architect and is addicted to his work. Being so dedicated leaves him little time to indulge in relationships so his sexual appetite is quashed with brief “affairs” that never last long. He is distant and aloof and never gets too close, his work doesn’t allow it or does it? This man lives behind a fa├žade that he has carefully constructed, he wears his mask well. There is something in his past that seemingly keeps him from taking that next step in relationships, something that he wants, no needs to keep hidden.

“You’re a dark horse in a tailored Tom Ford suit, and I love knowing I’m the only one who gets to see behind the armor.”

Lucia is successful in her own right as a restaurant owner with her brother. She was professional, yet homely and she had a heart of gold, yet she was also strong, feisty and extremely stubborn. Maybe Callum had finally met his match? 

When their paths cross, sparks fly, this is alien to both of them and takes them both by surprise. It is no secret that Callum craves something that he cannot have. Not so much that he cannot have it, but more he daren’t unleash it. Throughout the book I was trying to wrack by brain around what it was that he was hiding. I had no doubt that it was sexual in nature and knowing how alpha he was and his current sexual proclivities my mind was running a mile a minute. I will admit that when it was revealed I did find it a bit anti-climactic, but I feel this is more because I have read some bad shit and my imagination just went way off the scale.

“You’re the first woman who I’ve ever wanted to accept every part of me.”

I am not going to say any more about the book, because the plot that runs throughout is more mystery, intrigue and suspense and you need to read it the way the author intended and let it all play out in front of you. I thought of this book as a tub of Pringles, once I popped I couldn’t stop and BJ Harvey really reels you in from the very beginning. With theories aplenty, I found myself plotting and scheming throughout this read.

“Without her, I have nothing. Without her, I am nothing.”

Once again, BJ Harvey delivered and while this book has been a long time in the making, the teasers and the wait have been worth it. For those that love an edge to their romance with a twisty, mystery/suspense type read, then this will be the ideal book for you.
About the Author:

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She writes contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense. An avid music fan, you will always find her with headphones on while writing, and the speakers blaring the rest of the time. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and when she’s not writing – she’s reading.

BJ resides with her family in what she considers the best country in the world—New Zealand.

She describes her writing as a little swoon, a lot of heat, a bit of drama and a whole lot of love.

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