Monday, October 16, 2017

#NewRelease #PartTwo #Reviews CRAVE: Part Two by E.K. Blair @EK_Blair_Author @GiveMeBooksBlog

Title: Crave: Part Two
Series: Crave Duet #2
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Romance/Coming of Age
Release Date: October 16, 2017


Weeks became months, and months became years. Each day nudged Kason deeper into his addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could never have again. 

Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet scars were forever left behind.

But some scars feel like kisses.

When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring.

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

There is so much going through my mind right now. So much I need to release. So here goes:

I don’t know who E.K. Blair is. I don’t know if the E stands for Erica, Ernesto, Emma, or Edmund. I don’t know how I have never managed to actually pick up one of E.K.’s books (though several are on my TBR and at least one is on my kindle). I don’t know why this duet screamed to me- not called. No, screamed at me that I needed to read it. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it and forcing it on their friends.

What I do know is this: 
E.K. Blair is a talented wordsmith. There is absolutely no way to avoid the intense emotions dripping from these pages. They bleed. Bleed. The agony, the longing, and the utter devastation will ring in your ears and vibrate through your mind long after you have finished this duet. I can’t even begin to describe the feels in these pages. The love, the heartache, the confusion- all torment the reader as much, if not more than the characters. I can’t imagine the satisfaction an author must feel when they learn the story they crafted makes others live it. E.K. Blair earned that satisfaction.

I read the first book in this duet and was tormented. I went through the seemingly endless cycle of soul-crushing shame, heartache, and desperate need. Only to have it be an endless loop. The characters hurt and I hurt but Crave Part Two was my complete undoing. It obliterated my heart. It destroyed my faith and hope. It hurt me to read and it hurt me to consider not reading.
If you haven’t read Part One, you cannot understand. The ending was traumatic. The beginning of Part Two is more so. The emotional upheaval hurts. The story hurts. And the love…the love hurts more.

I cannot even begin to describe the intensity of my reactions. I was confused, upset, and longed for something more. Do NOT!!!! Do not take this as a disagreement with the book. I just couldn’t accept the characters decisions. It hurt too much. But have faith because the author knows. This book had butterflies jumping in my throat. Not my stomach, my throat…they went way past my stomach and were causing sheer worry to eat away at my fragile hopes.

With quotes like these, you can’t help but feel the cutting edge of a knife into your heart. 

“Now, here I am, a foul excuse for a human, who’s hopelessly in love with the ghost of my past.”

“I feel the wetness from a teardrop when it falls onto my chest. It burns into my skin, creating yet another scar of my love for her.” 

Seriously, shredding my heart and soul one word at a time. This duet is eye-opening to a problem that no one wants to address. It gives understanding to something most would want to hide from. But most of all it shows LOVE. Love for all. Love gives strength. And sometimes that’s all we need.

I have no idea if the author’s intent is to shed light on an addiction most right off as a person being a deviant, instead of needing help. I don’t know if it was just a story that E.K. Blair needed to write just to silence the voices. What I do know is that Crave parts One and Two are a painful and real love. This story is so much more than my words can express. I just hope that you decide my rambling is enough to read one (meaning the duet as a whole) of the best books I have ever experienced.

Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood

This is the second book of an unforgettable duet that I’ve been waiting to read since the heart-stopping ending of book one.

This one was different because we now have two vulnerable people. Ady is in pain she’s floundering but can’t bring herself to talk to anyone. Kason is still that messed up young man trying to live with his addiction but without Ady’s support he’s cut adrift and drowning.

I understood Ady’s actions but that doesn’t mean I liked them, in fact, I was so angry with her at first. Can love survive for this young couple who have already faced so much pain?

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Author Bio

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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