Review: Crave by KM Scott

Reviewed by Shelly

This is my first book by KM Scott and the first in the Addicted to You series. While I enjoy reading from new authors I found myself slightly disappointed based completely on my own failings. I should have done some research before tackling this novella. I knew it was part of a series; however what I didn’t know based on the blurb is that it’s primarily erotica. I’m a big fan of that category but I’m also a big fan of a good and compelling story.

Told in alternating first person point of view, Ian and Kristina are a couple of young people who have a chance meeting – not really a chance meeting at all. Ian’s a well-known, published author living in his $5 million New York apartment (I’m already seeing an issue here because I gave up the (.)illionaire stories a long time ago). He’s an admitted addict. Right now, he’s an alcoholic who’s okay with that addiction because his other addition (heroin) is much more deadly to both his person and his career. His recent stint in rehab is still fresh in his mind and he’s committed to staying off the dope.

To keep his mind off of heroin, Ian develops new addictions – his latest is Kristina. Kristina’s an actress of undetermined success or talent. I say that because before meeting her, Ian watches all of the movies he could find where Kristina had a role, but after watching each several times he has no idea what the plot or if she’s convincing or not because he’s 100% focused on her looks. Finding her too captivating to hold back, Ian calls in a favor and meets the actress. She’s a fan of his so the meeting happens very quickly.

After a public meeting and their mutual admiration of each other, Ian and Kristina head back to her place under the guise of ‘would you please sign my copy of your book’ for some unprotected sex. I should have known something was up when the no panties conversation started. But I thought, no way is that going to happen so quickly. I was wrong.

I took a lot of notes for this novella, much more than I would in a novel length book; I thought for sure the character development would have started by their second encounter, but it was just more sex and some internal dialogue about mutual secrets.

By 42% I was sick of the sex and skimming through those scenes looking for actual dialogue. By the end of the story I still didn’t know these characters and I certainly didn’t like them. It’s more of on an indifference. But the sex was copious so that should count right?

I can’t help myself I have to share. My favorite line from Kristina is.

“At first I felt ashamed by my desires, like I shouldn’t have needs like these, but over time I’ve accepted them. If men can jerk off every day, multiple times a day, and still be considered normal because they have urges, why can’t women?’

WTF are you talking about, woman? She’s literally by herself having a private moment by herself and that’s the thought that pops in her head. Why? Who said anything about women feeling bad handling their personal business?

Then there’s Ian.

“For now, all I want is her, but the time may come that I want alcohol or junk more than her. Who am I kidding? It’s not a matter of if but when.”

In all honesty, for now Ian only wanted Kristina (and the sex she willingly provides) because she took his mind off ‘junk’. He certainly didn’t want her because she’s a good, smart, nice person.

This is a serial and the ending is neither HEA nor HFN.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: C-/D+

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Crave
by K.M. Scott
Release Date: July 6, 2017
Publisher: Copper Key Media, LLC

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