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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: Crave by Jennifer Dawson

This was not what I normally choose to read but I had to check it out because I loved Jennifer Dawson's other series. I was surprised that I enjoyed a BDSM romance!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: June 1, 2015

I vow. I crave. I give in.

I used to be a nice, normal girl. I had dreams. Good, happy dreams of a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever. Nobody ever warned me that sometimes, 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, 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, are the rules I’ve designed to keep me safe. 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 crave those happy dreams I’ve left behind. And that is not an option.

It was only because I love Jennifer Dawson’s Something New series that I took a chance on this totally different series. Because it IS something different for me for three main reasons:

  1.  Crave is in first person. I really don’t care much for first person.
  2.  It’s a BDSM romance. I am not a fan of this sub genre.
  3.  The narrator is not a sunshine-and-rainbows character. She has real problems with real consequences. A happy ending for her isn’t a sure thing.

But guess what? I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the journey that Layla went on; including reliving the hell she had already been through before the book began. I always have trouble bonding or relating to characters when a book is told in first person like Crave is. There’s always that chance that the speaker, in this case Layla will be the only character readers truly get to know. However in this case I felt that Layla was pretty fair in her observations of other people around her. She gave me a clear picture of who else was involved in her life and her journey towards forgiveness. Layla’s view of Michael was in my opinion, honest. She didn’t see him as a flawless man or even a superhero that was going to save her. I got a clearer picture of who Michael was from her than I think I would have any other way.

Through Layla’s eyes I got to see Michael as a flawed man who cared very much not only about her but about the people he protected through his work. I think I may have fallen in love with this man way before Layla because he was more than just a sexually dominant man. He was a kind and caring person who pushed Layla out of her comfort zone in a way that left no doubt that he was thinking long term with her. My favorite thing about Michael was that he didn’t overwhelm me with his dominant personality; he knew when to tone it down and when to turn it up. I never felt like he was controlling every aspect of Layla’s life.

Layla’s relationship with Michael was always one step away from ending to me. Layla carried around a lot of tragic baggage that influenced every word, every move and every thought she had. Someone that messed up was bound to have a difficult time just letting good things happen. I understood it and I sympathized with her to a point. After awhile I felt the need to shake her and tell her to either get her butt in counseling ASAP or let Michael go and continue living her life only halfway. Her choices in some matters were questionable and further proved what a good man she had in Michael because I would not have blamed him if he threw his hands up in the air and gave up on her. Layla had too much emotional damage and guilt going on for one normal guy to handle and my patience with her was stretched pretty thin by the end of the story.

Final Verdict: Jennifer Dawson managed to get me past my aversion to first person point of view with Layla who seemed to see everything as it was, except for herself. The emotional rollercoaster that makes up the majority of Crave can get a little tiring but it helps paint a clear picture of the heroine and her life.

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