Thursday, 4 September 2014

Review ~ Crave (Fire and Ice #1) by Violet Vaughn

Crave (Fire and Ice, #1)ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: May 15th 2014

Casey Cassidy is a girl who gets what she wants. 

Determined to get over Jason and find a man that wants a family, she moves to Breckenridge, Colorado.

Landing a job skiing every day, Casey finds Blaine Johnson - a wish come true. A hunky surfer turned ski instructor, he checks off every requirement on her list.

Except for the one she forgot to add.

Blaine has a secret. A secret so big it keeps intimacy smoldering, when Casey needs fire. No matter how hard she tries, the embers won’t ignite. Can she live without passion to get the family she craves?

When Jason comes to town, Casey questions everything she wished for. Their consuming love threatens to explode and ruin her dream. Will she have to choose between a family and the love of her life?

My Opinion

I've seen this book around a few times and it's been one that I haven't been able to make my mind up about reading. This was mostly down to the "wanting kids" aspect as it's not my favourite topic. Anyone who knows me will know that I'm not the biggest fan of children (might be my age) so this put me off reading Crave for a while as I thought it would be hard to identify with the main character. However, when I saw it up on NetGalley the cover pulled me in and I couldn't resist requesting it.

Overall I enjoyed the story. The focus on the children wasn't as prominent as I'd expected and when kids were included, they were cute--especially Benjamin. I also liked the romances and thought the development with Casey and Jason was good. I didn't think I was going to like him at the start due to being there for Casey, who dumped him, and I thought her leading him on would bug me, but it didn't. It all worked out in a beautiful setting and I liked the playfulness between them. When they had a laugh it put a smile on my face as they grew.

Saying that though, despite enjoying Crave, I really think it needs to go through some content editing. There were parts that dragged on and seemed unnecessary. Sometimes there was great length of detail on such ordinary tasks that I felt could have been summed up in one sentence without losing any imagery. Because of this, the pacing was a bit off which wasn't helped by the short chapters and jumps in time. The timeline is logical, but I felt as soon as I was getting into a scene it cut off and I was suddenly reading about a month down the line. The book has potential, but I think it could lose some of the more day-to-day activities to make it flow better.

Similarly, I think it would have helped with the Blaine situation. It was obvious what was up with Blaine and I seemed to be waiting forever for Casey to get it. I'd have either liked more secrecy or for the book to get to the reveal quicker.

In general though, Crave was a good read. The setting is beautiful, the characters are interesting and it did put a smile on my face at times. I'm still on the fence about reading Release but we'll see as the author and series definitely has potential.

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