Review: Craving-Helen Hardt


Book 1

Pgs: 288

Genre: romance

Rating: 3.0

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After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend's ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn't expect to be attracted to her friend's reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off. 
Talon Steel is broken. Having never fully healed from a horrific childhood trauma, he simply exists, taking from women what is offered and giving nothing in return...until Jade Roberts catapults into his life. She is beautiful, sweet, and giving, and his desire for her becomes a craving he fears he'll never be able to satisfy. 
Passion sizzles between the two lovers...but long-buried secrets haunt them both and may eventually tear them apart.

*I got this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


I was pretty excited to read this one. It seemed like something I would read when browsing through Amazon and didn't hesitate to get. 

Jade is left at the alter of her wedding and unable to stay in the same place, heads to her best friend's ranch to heal and get away from the whispers. She certainly wasn't expecting to fall for her best friends brother, but life is made to throw wrenches in your life!

Talon had a horrific childhood and hasn't healed from it it. He takes what's offered and gives nothing in return, but soon he's craving more than just a few nights, and hes unsure what to do with that. 


The Good:

I loved the family mystery, it kept my attention. I wanted to know more about it all and was craving the moment I would be able to understand it all. And the descriptions of the ranch and the small town (which I live for!) are beautiful! I felt like I was right there and it made me so happy to imagine it. Also, the steamy scenes between Jade and Talon were veeeery nice ;)

The Bad:

Unfortunately, the bad definitely outweighs the good with this one. I didn't feel like Jade's reaction to being left at the altar was realistic. Sure, she knew she wasn't in love with him, but shouldn't she feel a little bit sad about it? I mean, you've been with this guy for a while, he leaves and you aren't upset? Just humiliated? I also didn't like how we learn thew Steel family had a wealthy upbringing and Jade had a modest one, yet we learn her mother was a supermodel and lost the money. Not sure how I feel about that one. The editing in this was a bit rough. There are words that are way overused, and it was so frustrating and annoying to keep seeing those words. 

And the worst part, this has a cliffhanger! Here I was thinking after reading through all of this disaster, I thought I'd be able to learn the big mystery only for it to end with a cliffhanger. I figured the next one would be about the next brother or even Marj, but no. 

This book has been talked about being the new Fifty Shades and while I haven't read them (ok, the first few chapters in book 1) I don't think they're alike in story but there are spots that are the same and not in a good way. 

-The Avid Reader-