by Jennifer Dawson

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I vow. I crave. I give in.

I used to be a nice, normal girl. I had dreams. Good, happy dreams of a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a fairytale love that lasts forever. Nobody ever warned me that sometimes, 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, 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, are the rules I've designed to keep me safe. 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 crave those happy dreams I've left behind. And that is not an option.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151331678
Publisher: Jennifer Dawson
Publication date: 05/28/2015
Series: Undone , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,615
File size: 642 KB

About the Author

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 husband.

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Crave 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
This was a unique great read! Layla's fiancé dies 2 weeks before they are to get married. Her fiancé was a sweet man but he was "cruel" during sex. Although it's never labeled. I would call him a dom in the bedroom. When he dies, Layla craves that "cruelness' and goes to clubs to find men who will give her what she needs. She is a shell of her old self and keeps to herself. One night while clubbing she runs into Michael. Michael is a homicide detective and has an alphaness about him that scares Layla. Once Michael finds Layla, he isn't willing to be a one night stand. With her therapist and Michael's help, Layla starts living again. GREAT read and I can't wait for the next book about how MIchael's brother and his wife met! *I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So gooc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark hardcore read. Very hard to watch her struggles. Loved Michael.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hot Michael and Layla are perfect so steamy and powerful loved this book. Well written and very intense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me interested throughout. Easy characters to fall in love with and the emotions portrayed really come through. I did enjoy how Layla went between her feelings, to me it made it seem more realistic and easier to connect. I know some authors over do it too much and it gets old, but with this I feel that it just made it all more real :) Would recommend for anyone into BDSM, although in some aspects it is on the lighter side, it shows some dark side as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed book couldn't put it down would have liked more pov from Michael
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
hmmmm....This just wasn't really for me. Layla is the type of character I don't really like reading about, so with her being the voice of the story, makes liking this difficult. Her personality is just not for me, from the beginning of the story till the end, and I know there's a type of growth she has in the book, but she still never grew on me, and not liking the main character of a book makes caring about anything to do with her. Although, Layla is definitely a woman I don't connect with, I did like some aspects of this story. I liked the having to deal with Michael as a cop storyline, and Michael may seem to be too much for some readers, I didn't mind him and all his major alpha-ness. I also didn't mind the sex scenes, I'm not huge into BDSM books, but I liked that the scenes were just about them. I just wish Layla wasn't so annoying, and it's great to go for what you want, but when you are so needy that you can barely function without it, I find that to be a problem. She was just too needy, almost ruined the book for me. I get that she's grieving, and some of how she is can be put on that, but some of it is just how she is. Yeah, she just wasn't for me. I liked the secondary characters, and so I might read the next books in the series because I didn't mind the writing, and hopefully the rest of the heroines aren't like her. I did get a sense that they are all beyond submissive though, so I'll have to think longer on it.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Layla was engaged to John, but then he was killed outside the club she wanted to go to. Now she feels guilty she's alive and thinks she's the reason John had gotten killed. If she'd only wanted to stay home and not go out to the club, then maybe he'd be alive. Now she can only go to the club looking for her next perverted fix. Sex with strangers who will control her, but live by her rules. She feels abnormal and can't seem to find the right person…until she sees "him". He won't play by her rules though so she knows she can't be with him. She craves things her way, but doesn't want any ties, no commitments. He has to play by her rules or no dice. Michael knows what Layla needs, but he's not playing unless it's by his rules. His rules or nothing. He won't back down and since he's a cop, he can read her like a book. He knows she'll eventually come to him because she needs what only he can give her. Crave was a little bit hard for me to really get into. I think Layla was overly needy and that seemed to draw the story out way too long. It was a tough situation to deal with, her fiance being killed right in front of her, but that made everything too dramatic for a "romance". It was also a little curious that Layla seemed unsure of what she actually wanted sexually. This story was very emotional and very deep. It was intricate and tedious, but I didn't feel a whole lot of romance. I just felt a struggle for control. I'm certainly glad I had the opportunity to read Crave, but it's really not quite what I expected. Crave was well written, just not my favorite subject matter. This was the only book of  Ms. Dawson's I've ever read, but I'll definitely give another book a try in the near future. 3.5 Stars
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BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
*4.5 Stars* Crave is a beautifully rendered, sometimes shocking, aching, and yet ultimately heartwarming story. It's a story of one woman's journey back to life after suffering unspeakable trauma. Her journey is fraught with emotion but awe-inspiring in her eventual choice to live. Layla has spent the last 18 months barely existing - punishing herself for events outside er control, drowning in grief. The night she meets Michael, all her carefully composed rules and constructs begin to crumble. It's not insta-love, but Layla and Michael recognize something in each other -- something they both need, something Layla craves. You may be thinking this sounds familiar, but Crave has a very different feel. I can't put my finger on the why -- but it does. you're thinking -- this sounds familiar. But Crave has a very different feel. This isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea since it does deal in D/s but it's not a story spent on scenes in clubs or dungeons. There are no toys for props. Dawson does an incredible job in conveying the dynamics in a D/s relationship -- explaining the inexplicable need and freedom found for people who are wired this way. At it's heart, it's a story of a woman finding her way through her grief and getting a second chance at love. We see all the inner turmoil Layla experiences as she rebels against the idea of getting a second chance. We witness her struggle with feelings of betrayal. And we see the beauty of the inner strength she has which enables her to fight for acceptance of who she is, forgiveness for what she perceives as her fault, understanding, maybe even redemption, and the realization that "Life is risk. Unless you want to go off by yourself and live in the woods, disassociated from all your loved ones, you will experience loss and sorrow again. Grief is inescapable." and "Michael loves you."  "I know."  "And you love him."  I nod.  She takes a deep breath. "Sometimes it's really that simple." Obviously Crave affected me. It's deeply emotional and intense. Dawson's writing is well paced and she even uses some of Layla's emotion as plot devices because just as I was agreeing with Michael's observation that Layla was wallowing and finding it annoying, Layla annoys herself. Michael is a generous and compassionate man. Yes, he's dominant, but he's patient with Layla and really does give her what she needs. This was my first read from Dawson and it definitely won't be the last. In fact, I'm rather eager for the second novel in the Undone series, due out in August. **I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**
tinaleeharris More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This book was absolutely thrilling.  It had twist and turns and some raw moments that had you wondering if you would do this yourself.  I wanted Michael and all the choices that he offered.  But Layla does not know if she can go to him.  He is everything that she needs but can she walk away after one night as this is her number 1 rule.   Layla has been trying to put her life back together but having a hard time doing so.   She looks to be ok on the outside but inside she is falling apart.  There are times that she has to allow someone else to take control of her to make her get right with herself.  But she is losing a part of her each time.  She needs to move on but how do you do that?  As she ventures into the club, she feels him.  She knows he is there but she is scare of the desires and emotions that he enstills inside of her.  Why does she feel this way toward this stranger?  Is he what she needs to heal? Michael is alpha, hot and determined to show Layla what living is like.  He knows that there is something about her that calls to him.  He will wait his time to show her exactly what he can do for her.   When they finally give into each other, it is beautiful.  It is heartbreaking.  It is full of life.  Can Layla learn to live again?  Will Michael be the one to help her?   This was an amazing journey of self discovery for Layla.  Her character grew so much through the book.  I cried for her.  I laughed with her.  I felt the desire she had.  And I wanted to be her so that I could have just a piece of Michael.   I look forward to reading more from Author Jennifer Crave.  She is off to an amazing start with this book.  
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
This was a new author to me and therefore I am happy to state the following. There are books that captivate you with their way of writing from the first line and this author managed to do that. The dialogues were believable and the storyline was good. I really liked the developing relationship between the lead characters. So I would like to recommend this book warmly. > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is an emotional roller coaster that gripped me from beginning to end and I am so looking forward to more. Layla was on the verge of her dream life, married to the man she loved, white picket fence, kids and then one night changed all that. In the 18 months since her fiancé died all Layla feels is pain and heartache. The only way to make the pain go away at least for a little while is meaningless sex, with the rules she has set up, until Michael. The story is fast paced and the characters excellent. Great Read!