Review: Crave by Jennifer Dawson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted June 8th, 2015 in Blog Tour, book review / 25 comments

Review: Crave by Jennifer Dawson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Review: Crave by Jennifer Dawson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)Crave by Jennifer Dawson
Publisher: Self-Published on June 1, 2015
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Pages: 308
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

I vow. I crave. I give in.

I used to be a nice, normal girl. I had dreams. Good, happy dreams of white picket fences, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever. Nobody warned me the prince dies three weeks before the wedding.

Like any addict, I swear this time is the last….

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 my dead fiancée left behind, 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. With free, no-strings attached sex; men always abide by my rules. Until I meet him.

And, like any addict, I’m wrong.

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 forget. And that’s not an option.

At A Glance

The beginning was great, then it became repetitive.

The Good

Let’s get something straight, I really liked this book. I had so much fun with it. I don’t think the execution was right, but that’s for The Bad section.

I really felt for Layla. Her story made me actually feel the feels. It’s heartbreaking in everyway and I totally understood why she checked out of life for a bit and just went on autopilot. I grieved with her, I resented with her, I had hope with her. I felt like I became her with how much we get in her head. It was an emotional but awesome experience.

Michael was that perfect mixture of alpha male and caring/supportive boyfriend. I like how he pushed Layla because it was for her own good. I respected how he didn’t give up on her (though sometimes I thought he should). If I was into being dominated 24/7, I would totally go for his type.

The story kept my interest and the characters made me feel like I was a part of their story.

The Bad

The whole book became about Layla running away from ‘happiness’ aka Michael, and Michael chasing after her because he liked a challenge. I’m sorry, but I don’t think any guy is going to keep chasing a girl that he just met, that fights him every step of the way, and acts like a petulant child half the time. Too much damn work. The back and forth between these two characters was cute at first, until it wasn’t. It made me not want to support their relationship.

I would have loved to know the FULL story about that fateful night and what the hell happened to the assailants. Did I miss it? It seems like a big thing not to mention since Layla spends half the time thinking about John and what happened.

The Snuggly

I loved the sex. Very hot with the rough play and the light dom/sub aspect, but I wish there was less time spent on Layla second guessing herself.

Final Thoughts

Even though I liked a lot about this story, the execution of the characters got a bit exaggerated and annoying. But I might continue the series. Recommended.


And, then I see him. My heart slams into my chest, my pulse kicks up, something akin to panic rushes across my skin. He’s staring right at me. My throat dries up like the sierra and every cell in my body knows he’s the one.
I want him. More than I’ve wanted anyone in a long time.

Out of nowhere, surprising me as nothing else about this night has, a smile twitches at my lips. A real, genuine, spontaneous smile that hasn’t graced my face since John died. I clear my throat, as a small bubble of laughter fills my chest. I cough it down. It unnerves me, frightens me.

His thumb presses into the curve of my jaw, forcing my head and my gaze to meet his. When I finally look at him, his expression is deadly serious, holding not even a trace of lightness or amusement. “Because there’s something between us I can’t ignore and neither can you……”

About 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 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. These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her.


These are tour wide giveaways

1 US Winner will receive gift basket that contains a signed copy of CRAVE

3 INT/US winners will receive an e-Copy of CRAVE

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25 Responses to “Review: Crave by Jennifer Dawson (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Red Iza

    Mmm, I don’t think this one would work for me, not only the 24/7 domination part, but also the guy chasing a girl who keeps pushing him away ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. ailyn

    unfortunately, because of fifty shades everyone is writing the same kind of story. I would like to see something different in the same genre.

  3. Lekeisha

    God, the synopsis makes me want to devour this book. Not a bad cover either. I really hate that it got repetitive after so many chapters.

  4. Lily

    Books along this genre are all starting to sound an awful lot the same but i’m glad you were able to still enjoy this one.

  5. kindlemom1

    I’ve seen so many people review this lately but after reading your review, I don’t think this series would be quite right for me. Wonderful honest review Jennifer! If you do decide to continue the series, it will be interesting to see if you like them more than this one.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It’s so odd because I really liked reading it while I was reading it, but the writing got to me after the fact.

  6. Benish

    I get fifty shades of vibes from this book, the genre is great – I just wish the books were more meaningful.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, I wouldn’t suggest this being your first erotica book. I am trying to think what I would suggest… Need to think about it.

  7. Jaclyn Canada

    It definitely sounds like it could be emotional, but I think it’s great how close you feel to the character and what she’s going through. I’m glad you enjoyed it overall even with the negatives. Great review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Seriously, she was so SAD, I couldn’t help but be sad with her.

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