Monday, October 16, 2017

Release Blitz & Review: Crave: Part Two - E.K. Blair

Crave: Part Two (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.

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4 Stars
Crave: Part Two is just that, the second book in the Crave Duet about Adaline and her young love for Kason, a struggling addict. Part Two picks up where Part One left off, following Adaline as she faces her fear of what happened at that first party at college and as she runs away from everything. She feels shame and fear, she's failing classes, failing to connect to anyone but her roommate and old friend Micah, and she's cut off everyone except for her mom. She finds comfort in a new life, in finding something more than friendship with Micah, but when she finally faces her past she finds that she never really let it go.

"She's drifting, and I don't know why. It was sudden at first, a quick change, a fast drop. But now she's on a slow descent, slipping even further away from me."

Crave: Part Two is Adaline's story, we learned all about Kason and his addiction and struggles in Part One and in Part Two we see how one night changed Adaline's life forever. She's a completely different person, the book reads so differently than Part One, and the heaviness of the weight she holds on her shoulders comes through the words. I felt exhausted as I read, aching for Adaline, hurting for Kason, and struggling to see how this novel could possibly work out. E.K. Blairs strength as a writer shines through though, especially as the characters deal with the impossible question of what if. I could feel their heart's hurting, I could see how difficult the decisions Adaline had to make were, and I felt like I was another part of the twisted, tangled story. The love she felt for Kason and Micah were so different, her before and after were almost like separate lives, and her personal struggles were like the icing on a confusing, love triangle cake. 

"And that's where it happened-somewhere between the breaking and the healing, I fell in love."

Crave: Part Two is filled with angst and emotion, the subject matter is heavy and it absolutely is a harder read than the usual HEA duets out there. As a reader I was all over the place with this book, at times upset with Adaline and others overjoyed. Her character development is astounding, I loved her progress and growth, but at the same time we know that like us, she too is waiting for the other shoe to drop. When it does, everything flips upside down. Though she has healed and moved on, the wounds are still there and coming back home, to the life she left behind, is overwhelming. I was really interested in reading how Adaline's world broke down when she returned home, but it was harder to read than expected. The final conclusion was too easy and not enough for the epicness that is the Crave Duet. The duet spans several years and beyond Adaline and Kason, I have grown so fond of Micah, Trent, and Kate. E.K. Blair created a world beyond just the two main characters and Crave will unfortunately not satisfy your desire for happiness for all.

"With everything that has changed, this feeling still remains."

The Crave Duet is about weaknesses, about overcoming life's biggest hurdles, about forgiveness, trust, and most of all love.  It's a stunning duet and it has left me craving more.

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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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