Title: Crave the Rose
Author: Karen Kincy
Genre: New Adult Romance
Number of Pages: 333
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review.
While studying abroad at Oxford, Cassia loses her boyfriend in an accident–the night after she catches him screwing another girl. Only Bram, an Irish charmer whose wolfish smile hides his darkest secrets, makes her feel anything but numb. Cassia refuses to be hurt again. This is sex, nothing more, with three little rules:
No falling in love.
But rules are made to be broken…
I’m on a very strange British kick. Seriously, everything I’ve read recently has been set in Great Britain. Not sure what that has to do with anything, but it came to mind while I was typing this review.
I really enjoyed this book. The story was pretty good, and I connected deeply with the characters. Speaking of the characters, I felt like they were the strongest point of this book. The two main characters are literally polar opposites of each other. Cassia is just wonderful. She’s damaged, screwed up, and entirely inappropriate in every sense of the word. However, she’s also strong, smart, and unapologetic. The death of her boyfriend affected her deeply, and you get to see her dealing with all of these dark feelings throughout the book. For a while, the only thing that makes things bearable is Bram. Bram is adorable. He manages to be sweet and bashful but still sexy and masculine. He has his own set of issues, one being family problems. It was wonderful to see these two very damaged people come together, and to see how they interact and try and heal each other.
The only reason that I gave this title four stars instead of five was the fact that I feel like more could have happened. The story almost felt a bit rushed at times, but still enjoyable.