Review: Crave by Jennifer Dawson

Posted December 15, 2015 in Review / 4 Comments

Review: Crave by Jennifer Dawson


Series: Undone #1
by Jennifer Dawson
Published by Self Published on June 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 308
Format: eBook
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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.

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, is the rules I’ve designed to keep me safe. The men always abide by my rules. Until I meet him.

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.

2015 Fave Page-Turner Sexy Well Written


Completely different than any romance I’ve ever read before…

How many times have you read those words in a book review?  Probably quite a bit.  But I have no other way to say it – Crave had an intense, emotional story I wasn’t expecting.

What do you do when the love of your life is violently ripped from your world in front of your eyes?  How do you recover from that?  Layla has no idea.

This is a story about healing the loss of your soul mate and how you move on.  And what do you do when you find another – is he a replacement?  Do you forget your first love?  Ahhhh!!!  So much romance and goodness to this story!!  ∗head explodes∗

Okay, I’m calm now.

Layla is in an impossible situation that broke my heart from page one.  She’s punishing herself (IMHO) for her fiance’s death by seeking out meaningless hookups at an underground sex club.  But she’s caught the eye of Michael and he’s been watching her for a while.  When he finally takes a chance and approaches Layla, Michael is in complete control and Layla has no idea how to deal with him.  He is completely unexpected.

Looking at this cover, you’re probably thinking erotic romance, am I right?  You’d be slightly disappointed if you went into this story looking for lots of sex scenes.  I don’t think anything really happens until the book is about halfway through.  It’s amazing what an author can convey with only words.

Besides Layla and Michael trying to figure out how to deal with each other, there are so many other facets to the story and characters that I thought were so well done.  Layla’s relationship with her sister was one such side story.  And then there was Layla’s therapist Dr. Sorenson.  All I will say about her is that she is portrayed extremely accurately and she really came through in the end.  Oh, I can’t forget Chad!  I’m actually a fan of his and hope he gets a story all his own 😉

There are so many great things I can say about this story but I don’t want to spoil all the page-turning goodness.  If you like your romances intense and story driven, I think you will really enjoy reading Crave.

About Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog. Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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