Book Review: ‘Crave’ by Kiara Delaney

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Title: Crave

Published: 28th April 2014

Author: Kiara Delaney

Synopsis:

Lilly Jacobs certainly hadn’t had an easy lot in life. Leaving behind everything she’d ever known was the hardest thing Lilly had ever had to endure. Until she’d met Jake Cavanaugh. He was an arrogant, chauvinistic jerk that barged into her life one day, and like a bad rash, just wouldn’t go away.

Jake Cavanaugh was living the dream. As CEO of Cavanaugh Industries and a well-known eligible bachelor, Jake was living the high life…and enjoying every minute of it. When Jake ended up having a less than stellar encounter with Lillian Jacobs, she’d rubbed him the wrong way from the get go.

When danger shows up on Lilly’s doorstep, will Jake put his ego, and their differences, aside to be the hero Lilly needs? Would a shocking revelation be the tipping point that brings the couple together?

Perhaps there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Jake and Lilly. Then again, being a self-proclaimed playboy, Lilly may just be Jake’s latest craving…

Review:

Crave by name crave by nature. As soon as you start this one you will be craving to finish it in one sitting. Which I would have done had I not looked at the clock and noticed that it was 1am making me stop as I had work the next day (or rather later that day!).

Loved how Lilly’s day starts, it was just one thing after another and getting worse the more time that went on with the amount of bad luck being thrown at her. So when she first meets Jake she is not in the best of moods and as he seems to feed of confrontation he ends up acting like a complete jerk to her to get a fun reaction. Which would be fine if that was the last time she was going to see him that day but when he comes into the dinner she works at she can not hold back her frustration with him any longer – only problem is that her boss hears this little confrontation and soon fires her. So out of a job and almost out of chances her friend Tracy sets her up with an interview for her post she is leaving at the end of the month. The job is perfect, she is to be the personal assistant to Jake Cavanaugh and after having the first week without the boss there things seem great. That is until her new boss shows up in all his glory and turns out to be none other then the jerk who got her fired from her last job. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate already she now has to deal with Jakes daily mood swings. If he wasn’t so good looking she might find the energy to hate him more.

Jake Cavanaugh knows what he wants and goes out to get it, in business and in life. He knows he is an alpha male and takes everything opportunity to show his nature to unsuspecting women who take his fancy. From the first moment he laid eyes on Lilly he wanted her, firecracker nature and all, even more so when she starts to play his little back and forth game – passion bubbling under the surface. When he returns from a business trip to find that she is his new assistant you would think he would be pleased but he is more shocked than anything and goes right into jerk mode – almost making her leave for good.

The chemistry back and forth between them is great and when they start to get close you can see where it could build too – they definitely both crave each other! They both have secrets though that have kept them from having lasting relationships in the past and Lilly’s could see her hurt. When someone from her past makes an appearance again Jake goes into full on alpha male mode with trying to protect her. Only problem is that he soon becomes more domineering than caring and ends up pushing her away, right into danger. They say never judge a book by its cover and the same goes for men. The ones who seem too good to be true just might be and I think Lilly needs to open her eyes a bit more to really see what is in front of her.

I liked the back and forth between Lilly and Jake and found that they worked well together. I would have liked them together a bit longer before all the chaos begins so you could really see the feelings developing a bit more between them. Their inner thoughts were a good way of delving deeper into the psyches of their personalities though – very funny at times. The ending is one hell of a ride and you will be on the edge of your seat wondering how it will all play out (would have liked to find out how Tracy and Barry got on though). First book I have read by this author but it won’t be my last.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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