Review: Crave the Night by Lara Adrian

crave the nightReviewed by Jen

It took me a while to warm up to this book. I have made no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of D/s themes; in fact, I actively avoid them. Unless, of course, there is no indication in the blurb that it’s going to be in the book. Guess what?  All that tortured hero angst I was looking forward to from our steely Nathan, manifests itself –wait for it– by an overwhelming need to dominate and an inability to accept a loving touch. (*Le sigh*)

Nathan has no plans to ever surrender to tender emotion. But when Jordanna laid a kiss on him back in the last book, she created a tie between them that neither can ignore. She is the perfect daughter of a nearby Darkhaven; practically engaged to a clean-cut male of high social standing. But nothing can keep her and Nathan from acting on the desire they have for one another.

I love a good forbidden romance, but the first half of this book was tough for me to push through. I did not enjoy the way Nathan treated Jordanna at all. I didn’t like the way he talked to her. I didn’t like the ultimatums. I didn’t like the fact that he restrained her and refused to let her touch him. These were all big turnoffs. Add to that, the fact that I didn’t feel emotion from these two.  There was a sexual attraction, to be sure, but love just kind of appeared. I kept reading, though, hoping it would get better.

Thankfully, it really did, but not until about the last third of the book.  That is when the larger story arc started kicking in. In the background of the romance, we had some interesting Order business surrounding the La Notte club and its mysterious owner, Cassian.  When this storyline came to the foreground and became incorporated with the romantic leads, the book rallied.  I can’t say that Cass’s identity was a surprise, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of how it played out. Jordanna’s secret WAS a surprise, however. That Lara Adrian can still shake things up this way makes me want to give the next book a go. This, despite the fact that the last two romances thoroughly disappointed me.

I actually want to read a Carys/ Rune book. But I want it to start in flashback, so I can see how they got together. Can this please happen? I think that would be super hot. I need this series to return to the kind of romances that made me swoon for the heroes, not make me want to punch them in the ‘nads. Remember Rio? Those were good times. The new main story arc is set up to be as good as the Dragos one was. Now the romances just need to get in line.

Rating: C/C+

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Crave the Night
by Lara Adrian
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Random House

Comments

  1. Haha! Love this review. To be honest, I completely forgot about the D/s feel of the book, I think because Nathan isn’t a true Dom, he’s just dominating her because “he is flawed.” Which now looking back, I don’t really like… I’ll have to go back and read my review to see what I said about it.

    I like your idea for Carys/Rune, because honestly, the secrecy kinda pisses me off. What is there between them? *shrugs*

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      It’s interesting that you say you forgot this, because Jennifer (The Book Nympho) said the same thing when I was complaining about it. Maybe this wouldn’t be a thing for people who don’t actively dislike the theme.

      • That could be.

        I have to laugh because this comes straight from my review:
        “I really liked Nathan. His character is very much like those Breeds highlighted in the earliest books. He’s focused and hard, but when he falls for a woman, it’s all the way. ” and there is no mention about his dominating behavior.

        So… we shall see what happens in the next book…

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