Series: The Gibson Boys #3
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hadley Jacobs is over Machlan Gibson.
Sure, she’ll always be a little weak to the dimple in his right cheek and the way his five o’clock shadow makes him ruggedly handsome. But that’s not enough to cover every other thing about him because they all drive her nuts. Like how he’s won’t admit he’s wrong even when he knows it and how he drives his stupid car a million miles an hour on wet asphalt. As she rolls back into town and takes a seat at Crave, she won’t take the bait. She’s over him. Mostly.
Machlan isn’t over her.
It’s not because he hasn’t tried. He reminds himself over and over that she’s not the girl for him. After all, she drives him insane with her sassy attitude and the way she calls him out on everything. She beats him at poker, even though she doesn’t know the difference between a straight and a flush, and when she looks at him with her bright, blue eyes, it’s unnerving. When she climbs onto that bar stool and orders a drink, he puts it in front of her and ignores the sparkle in her eyes. He’s not over her, but she won’t know that.
But she does know that. And he knows she’s not as over him as she’s pretending to be. When life forces their hand this time, there’s more on the line than a pile of poker chips. It’s their forever.
Crave is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
CRAVE is book three in The Gibson Boys series. Of course, several of the characters are interconnected since the series is based off of one family but no worries…it’s easy to pick this one up without having to read the others. (Though, the entire Gibson family is awesome!)
Hadley Jacobs returns home for an extended visit before beginning a new job. She needs to put her on again, off again boyfriend completely behind her before she starts this new part of her life. Unfortunately, Machlan Gibson is also the only man she’s ever loved and it won’t be easy to get over him. Mach is the youngest of the Gibson siblings. He’s a bar owner and a good one but he’s never felt good enough for Hadley. Can they move on from their pasts to find their future?
Ever heard that expression: if you love something, let it go? That’s what Mach was constantly trying to do with Hadley. Letting her go for her own “good”. But the other half of that saying: if it comes back to you, it was meant to be? Yeah, that was Hadley. There was this constant push and pull between them that went on for years. They hurt each other with their actions and words but Hadley and Mach were continuously drawn back together. As the past unfolds, the reasons for this back and forth become evident. It was heartbreaking and yes, I may have shed a tear or two! That being said, my gosh, I NEEDED these two to find their HEA.
Mach is at first kind of portrayed as the typical bad boy. A bar owner, a manwhore with attitude. But as we get to know him, it’s apparent that he’s considerably more. He loved Hadley completely and totally, the kind of love that makes your heart pound. But he couldn’t trust that love, he couldn’t find his way back from the past. Hadley loved Mach with her entire soul but she just couldn’t get past the wall he put between them. It tore my heart apart watching these two stubborn characters fight for what they thought was right (and Mach was totally wrong, just sayin’).
Not gonna lie, Adriana Locke is one of my go to authors for a reason. The words flowed so well, I found myself finishing the book at 4 o’clock in the morning! It’s an angsty, emotional second chance romance with a touch of humor to keep it from getting too heavy. Mach and Hadley will draw you into their world and keep you captivated until the end. I just wish that Mach got MORE in his HEA, I wanted to see his OTHER dream come true (no spoilers). Told from dual POVs with a sweet but too short ending! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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