Crave the Rose by Karen Kincy **Review**
She’s not a good girl. He’s not an alpha male. This isn’t your ordinary love story.
Cassia’s a tattooed bad girl, a bitch, hurt one too many times to believe in a happy ending. While studying abroad at Oxford, she loses her boyfriend in an accident--the night after she catches him screwing another girl.
Bram’s an Irish charmer whose wolfish smile hides his darkest secrets. He knows how it feels to be broken. He’s no alpha male, but he’s sweet, sexy, and the only man who makes Cassia feel anything but numb.
Together, they work on Wolfenwold Hall, a crumbling manor house tangled in a garden run wild, while the attraction between them blazes out of control. This is sex, nothing more, with three little rules:
No falling in love.
But rules are made to be broken...
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Bram is a good looking, ginger, Irish young man who met Cassia, an american girl with tattoos, when they were both students at Oxford. After several months, circumstances bring them back together and he offers her a chance to remain at England, working on the garden of the Wolfenwold Hall.
Cassia is carrying with her a guilt that concerns her previous relationship, so when the chemistry and the sexual tension between them gets even more intense, they make a deal and establish 3 rules.
"No cheating. No lies. No falling in love."
What I appreciated in this book was a matter that I haven't met before in books, so it felt real whenever I was reading about it and getting stressed where would this lead. I'm talking about the health issue of the hero. Although, I don't know a lot about it, it was shocking for me when at some point this problem led to another (view spoiler). I felt like I needed more info about it and especially close to the ending, when he announced to her the news about his condition. What did that mean for them? That was something that didn't get answered in my opinion.
That was also one of the reasons that this book felt short for me. I didn't really enjoy the writing, it seemed to me that it wasn't coherent enough. It was like it was lacking. One moment he seemed like a sweet,shy character, the next he was different and nothing big happened for this transformation. Also, the heroine's behavior I just couldn't understand her. I get that what happened with her ex wasn't the best thing, for her to move on on such a short notice, but I also can't excuse her either. (view spoiler) And the fact that she left him twice?? Why? I still can't understand the way she acted at certain moments.
What I really enjoyed was the dialogues between the hero and the heroine. They could be so flirty, sexy and funny. God, I laughed so hard with the glowing condom scene!! I have to admit, it was the scene that made me pick this arc up. So funny! :)
When he turns around, his cock glows vagualy green.
I start laughing. "Oh my God. It looks radioactive.""Like a lightsaber."
This book had great potential and has some great sexy and funny moments, based in beautiful english & irish settings.
Copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.