Saturday, June 13, 2015

Review: Crave the Rose by Karen Kincy

Crave the Rose
by Karen Kincy 
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.51
Published on: February 14, 2015
Pages: 117

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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 cheating. 
No lies. 
No falling in love. 

But rules are made to be broken...

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was very different than I thought it would be. First, I was way off on the timeline of this story. Second, I thought this would dive into the characters more. Third, I thought that the novel would happen more on a college campus; it didn't. 

I thought this story had a lot of potential, but it just fell a little flat for me. I didn't feel like the characters had a lot of chemistry and it was too instant love.

The synopsis made me think I was getting an emotional, intense read as the characters dealt with illnesses and overcoming those obstacles to fall in love. I thought those parts of the plot were covered superficially at best.

However, I thought the writing was good and I did enjoy the novel. It isn't one I'd probably recommend to most people or one I'd reread, but I don't regret reading it.

For fans of new adult who don't mind a little bit of instant love and superficiality, then give it a go. 

The Characters: I felt like they could have been more developed. I felt like the author did a good job of creating interesting backstories for the characters. I just would have liked to see a little more depth as they worked through their issues and a little bit more chemistry. 

Major Strengths: Great backstory and good writing. 

Major Weaknesses: Lack of chemistry between characters and explorations of characters' pasts. 

So why 3 stars? Enjoyable but not one that managed to suck me in. 

Warnings/Side-notes: References to sex and drinking. Instances of drunkenness. 17+.  

The Wrap-up: It had potential, but I just expected a little bit more.


Danica Page

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