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They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension, and neither will give in.
Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, and takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All 16 times.
Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin, too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and, seeing the librarian in skirts, drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that, and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years. These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?
Note: This can be listened to as a standalone novel.
What members say
By bookbruin on 05-22-18
Hot for Teacher!
Craft is a sexy and playful enemies to lovers story. It's book 2 in the Gibson Boys series, but can be listened/read as a standalone.
I really enjoyed the sexy banter and innuendo between Lance and Mariah. It made this such a fun listen! Some of the text exchanges had me giggling and laughing out loud, while others had me blushing like crazy. Lance honestly had some of the best come backs and dialogue. Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott narrated it so wonderfully. Wen especially was just the right amount of cocky and vulnerable. Even though I'm not a big fan of the manwhore hero, I loved Lance's amazing chemistry with Mariah and how supportive he was of her throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the build up between these two and the will they/won't they really set the stage for that absolutely scorching scene in the pantry.
Though I loved seeing Lance and Mariah navigate the road between co-workers, friends, and more, I did feel that the overall pacing of the story was a bit slower than the author's previous books. I'm glad there wasn't any true other woman/man drama though and that the push and pull was all internal to Lance and Mariah. The epilogue felt just right for our characters and I'm really excited for Machlan's story next!
*Note: I heard a bit of feedback or echo while listening to this audiobook. It didn't detract from the story or actual narration, but because I'm a big fan of these narrators, I did notice a slight difference from their previous titles.*
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By Heather North @AudiobookObsession on 07-18-18
I loved this!
Amazing listen with loads of emotion, humor, and romance. Lots of fun characters and a great friends-to-lovers story. Amazing narrators, I love their duet style and they bring the characters to vivid life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
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By Jocelyne on 02-26-19
This is the second book in the Gibson Boys Series. This is a beautiful story, so well written. Lance and Mariah are both great characters. The story has it all: fun, sweet, twisted, steamy, heartbreaking, heartwarming, with a great and satisfying happy ending. I love the Gibson Boys! Now, I can't wait for the next books in the Series, Cross and Crave. Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott did an amazing narration! This is a great team author/narrators.
By Joyce Hiebert on 01-15-19
Lovely and fun!
Lance and Mariah are more fun than should be legal! Sexual tension aplenty, cupcakes galore, and unexpected words of wisdom from all corners. There’s a lot to love about this book, including the great narration that brought the story to life!
By Pam T on 09-26-18
I enjoyed the push and pull of this couple. Mariah had a down on your luck attitude toward men and a terrible family relationship. Her fiancé left her under questionable and shocking circumstance's. Her mother was over bearing and critical, favoring her older sister in all things. And her older sister was not a nice person to her from an early age. So Mariah boxed herself off from that negativity to try to live a more positive life away from the heartache, but with many reservations. Lance had the best things going for him, at least it seemed so in the beginning. He could have just about any woman he wanted and, at face-value, took advantage of the opportunities when they presented themselves. But you actually find out there is more to Lance than first expected. He is a little insecure himself, but in opposition, he has a very big ego. Mariah and Lance have an attraction that they both are afraid to act on so it takes some time and a cute little dating app to bring them together with fireworks exploding! A nice romance that highlights the act of trusting someone when it's hard and opening yourself up to love even if you're afraid. The narrators where ok for the story.
By Sophie Koufes on 09-21-18
Stud History Teacher VS Cupcake Baking Librarian!
Craft is a flirtatious & frolicsome frienenemies to lovers romance. Lance Gibson and Mariah Malarkey are just so adorable together. The banter between these two is so sweet, humorous, & highly entertaining. Lance Gibson stole my heart with his sweeter side. I absolutely adored Mariah & want to be her best friend.
The narration of this novel was flawlessly portrayed. Character's leap off the page and become part of real life. Wen Ross's voice is so absolutely sexy & so swoon worthy. This dual narration is perfect for this series as they truly capture the character's thoughts & personalities. Absolutely love these two narrating this series.
Overall, Craft is a fun romantic read with a bit of angst. A perfect addition to this fun, entertaining series.
I cannot wait to listen to Crave Gibson Boys #3 which is Machlan Gibson's story once it's available.
By Jen Zingaro on 09-18-18
<3 Lance and Mariah
The narration on this story, as usual, was perfection. Wen and Kai just always embody all of Adriana's characters.
The story was so full of heart and feelings. In the beginning of the story, Lance comes across as this man whore just looking for the next good time. But as you go along, you find out what his real story is. He finds himself crazy about the school librarian that he works for named Mariah. I found myself completely invested in this couple. You know they are just perfect for each other but have to watch them figure that out for themselves. I have the best time with the Gibson family. The camaraderie amongst the boys is hilarious.
By Lovinghotbooks1 on 09-13-18
I liked this story, it’s sweet, fun and entertaining however I found it a little repetitive. I felt like the characters was stuck in their minds going on with the same thought over and over. But good storyline otherwise.
No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings and plenty of dialogues makes it entertaining.
Well described characters.
Lots of feelings and at one time tears where in my eyes.
Performance was excellent, I absolutely loved it. The dual performance, the laughing and all the feelings is so good
Clear pronunciation make it easy to listen to.
I recommend this audio very much.
By H. Faulkner on 09-02-18
Hot for Teacher!
I didn’t think there could be another group of boys that I would love as much as the Landry’s but these Gibson boys are giving them a run for their money!
This is the second book in the series but they can all be read as standalone. But I totally recommend reading them all!
This book is about Lance Gibson and his love-hate relationship with Mariah Malarkey. Lance is the super cocky playboy History Teacher and Mariah is the sweet, little baking librarian! Love their back and forth banter! Such a great buildup! I could wait for these two to finally give in already!!
As you read you find out there’s so much more to Lance’s past and can see what an actual softie he is! and we get briefed on Mariah’s strained relationships with her mom and sister. I just couldn’t stand them!! I loved how Lance stood up to them for her. And I won’t even get into the pantry scene!! Omg super sexy!
I was rooting for Lance and Mariah to the end!! Great read and I can’t wait to see what Gibson hottie’s story we get next!
I listened to the audiobook and the narrators did an awesome job! Love the dual narration!
By Suzyplums on 03-22-19
I really enjoyed listening to this broken couple rebuild and fall in love.
brilliant narration from wen and kai
By 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧 on 06-26-18
Nice and easy
This is a nice easy read. Not too involved. The plot line could of been a bit more involved but I did enjoy it. Performance’s wonderful by Kai and Wen.
By PATRICIA on 05-12-18
Book 2 is so good!
There is just no way to that all these Gibson boys can be so wonderful! Or is there? Well, Nana has done an incredible job of raising these three, and this book is the story of Lance. Lance is a school teacher who is smitten with the Librarian, Mariah. There is definite attraction, but neither acts on it. When the two finally do get together, it's combustible. They are meant for each other. Lance carries some heavy baggage with him though, and does not want a serious relationship. But can he help it? I love the way Locke always weaves some realness into her stories. The secret that Lance carries is big and can really effect his future with a woman, and the way she handles it beautifully. The best part of this story I found is the relationship the brothers have together and with their grandmother. The true adoration they have for each other, and the love and respect she has raised this family with oozes through and you can feel how it affects their decisions. And the baking...YUM! What fun that is! This is a loving, warm and decadent story and left me wanting to hear Machlan's story.
That warm voice of Wen Ross becomes Lance in this book. He is able to catch the essence of Lance, both the passionate and the vulnerable, and there is a lot of of very emotion with this man. Kai Kennicott flawlessly takes on Mariah, not with a typical librarian tone, but with a truly caring vibe that carries from the students to Lance. Truly a wonderful listen.
By Stef kowalski on 07-09-19
Great story line loved it so much
Strong characters hateful mother with a screw loose great romance story not to over processed loved the foster children outreach too well done.
By Jade B on 01-10-19
I had such a goofy grin on my face reading this book. I loved the relationship between Mariah and Lance, their story was great and I can't wait for more of the Gibson clan.