Monday, August 14, 2017

Release Blitz: Crave Part One - E.K. Blair

Title: Crave: Part One
Series: Crave Duet #1
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2017

Kason and Adaline.

From the moment they met, they started to fall. Neither of them predicted just how far the drop would be, though.

Loving Adaline was all Kason had ever wanted to do. But layer by layer, he started to unravel, forcing Adaline to face an addiction she never could’ve imagined.

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

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4.5 Stars
Adaline and Kason gravitated to one another like planets do to the sun, their worlds simply meant to collide, brought together by fate. Florida is like nothing Ady knows and being the new girl her senior year is sure to be a disaster. Her terrible fate is changed though, when a group of handsome, popular men take her under their wing, bringing with them Kason, a brooding boy she wants to know more about. They come from opposite worlds, it's more than money that divides them, but in one another they find friendship, trust, and love. Kason would do anything for her, he'd stop everything for her, and he tried, but the craving only gets worse. As it takes over his world, Kason may find that not even love can kill a craving.

"But the more she gives, the more I crave."

Crave Pt 1 is not only a unique book in E.K. Blair's long line of excellent novels, it's unique in the New Adult Romance genre as well. E.K. Blair's portrayal of young adults is excellent, their young age is obvious through their thoughts and their actions. The situations they face, though we never wish them on anyone, are real and the angst that spills out of this book felt so much like I was truly living the situation as a teen myself. I loved Kason and Adaline, the main characters whose alternating POVs tell the story of high school, friendship, lust, love, addiction, and more. Riddled with twists and turns, the days aren't always easy for Kason and Ady and the scenes that tore them up made my heart ache in my chest. The characters are innocent in many ways, but also exposed to the bad that lurks in the world. It's so easy to turn a blind eye, to pretend that things must be good for everyone if they're going well for you, and Crave doesn't allow you to do that. They face that bad just as you'd expect teens to, with trepidation, anxious of what they might find, they don't go in with all the answers and what they find shocks and changes them. Both Kason and Ady grow increasingly more complex with each twist that they go through. The authenticity of this entire novel was so amazing, the characters and the conflicts really were outstanding, and E.K. Blair brings to life the high school environment. 

"When I think about how pure she is, it only reminds me how dirty I am."

If I had known what Crave was about prior to reading, say it had been spoiled for me, I might not have read it. Part of why this book is so stand out is E.K. Blair's ability to write about incredibly difficult situations, they're painful and real for many people, but what I usually consider a trigger for me was not in this case. I didn't feel like I was reading a book that an author set out to write to make money, that she was cashing in on a subject that is controversial, I felt like I was reading a book with an author who knew she was going to face a tough crowd and wanted to give 100 percent to. E.K. Blair writes with detail and complex emotion, making the characters empathetic and in turn making the book a better read. It highlighted the difficulties emotionally and physically and it's obvious E.K. Blair gave it her all to put meaning into the hows and whys.

"I swear I can feel him breathing through the holes of my wounds when he begs, 'Tell me what I can do. Tell me how to fix this, because I can't keep pretending I don't need you.'"

Crave was different than I expected, there's so much more to it than the blurb gives away, and it will keep you glued to the pages no matter what goes on around you. I was captivated by the story of Kason and Ady, I loved that Crave read like a true YA book while dealing with very adult situations. It's just an INCREDIBLE read. This story is unlike anything else out there right now, I promise. Readers, you don't want to miss this one. I already cannot wait for Crave: Part Two, Part One ends in such a dramatic, intense fashion and I already know E.K. Blair is going to give us an end to this story that proves once again what an incredible author she is.

Coming Soon

Crave: Part Two releases October 16


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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