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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.

©2018 Adriana Locke (P)2018 Adriana Locke

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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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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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Great co-worker love story

This is the second book in the Gibson Boys series. Lance is a teacher who likes to flirt and is a serial dater and not looking to get serious. Mariah is the school librarian and has been hurt in the past. They have a flirtatious relationship but have never acted on it since Lance knows he is not what she needs. I really enjoyed Lance watching as we find out more about the why behind him not wanting a relationship and watching Mariah gain confidence in herself. We also get cameos of all the Gibson boys, which is always fun. As always, Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott do a fantastic job as narrators.

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A really fun book and series!

I absolutely loved Craft! It is easily one of my favorite books from Adriana Locke.

Mariah and Lance had so much chemistry despite annoying each other. They are frenemies who have an attraction to each other that grows into more, and it's so much fun watching their relationship develop. They were both likable characters who were easy to connect with.

The characters, the plot, and the writing all come together here to create a fun, sweet, funny, and entertaining read that I couldn't put down. If you are a fan of small town and/or friends to lovers romance this is a book you definitely need to pick up!

The narrators did an excellent job bringing the story and characters to life. Narration can make or break an audiobook for me and here it really added to the experience!

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Craft

Craft is the second book in The Gibson Boys series. This book is told from dual perspectives from Lance Gibson and Mariah Malarkey.

Lance and Mariah work in the same school. Lance is a teacher, and Mariah is the librarian. Lance tends to show up in Mariah's office to take personal calls and eat all the baked goods Mariah makes.

I loved the banter between Lance and Mariah. The way they go back and forth was great. We learn things that happened to both characters in the past that have shaped them into who they are today. They start to have a fling, but Lance doesn't want to tie Mariah down with his baggage.

They end up helping a child who grew up in the foster system, and it made both of them re-evaluate what they want in life. Will Lance tell Mariah his secret? Will Mariah understand where Lance is coming from? Will they get their happily ever after?

I loved every minute of getting to know Lance and Mariah. Both of their characters were great! I can't wait to see what happens with the next Gibson boy!

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loved it

I really enjoyed reading this book. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the near future.

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4 Stars for the History Hunk!

*I received an audio code for Craft and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.* Lance is the only Gibson whose book I hadn’t yet read. I’ll be totally frank- I couldn’t get invested in his character while reading Walker, Mach, and Peck’s books. He was very take-it-or-leave-it for me. However, I am pleased to say that I was oh so wrong. The depth of this character absolutely blew me away! I’m a longtime fan of Adriana’s writing, so I knew it would be a good story, and I’m so thrilled that there was more to Lance than meets the eye. I loved all of the tender moments with his family, with Ollie, with Mariah. I loved their connection, their strength, their defense of each other. Mariah is the perfect heroine for him, and their story made me giddy quite a few times while listening. They evolve as individuals and as a couple, and that’s truly one of my favorite things to see in romance books. I’m very glad I finally gave them the chance they deserve. And Wen & Kai brought it home, as always! Give this one a listen if you haven’t yet.

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  • 02-29-20

Great story

This is a great story and the duet narration is the best!! Can’t wait to listen to next book!

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Beautiful Story!

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.

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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!

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  • Suzyplums
  • 03-22-19

great story

I really enjoyed listening to this broken couple rebuild and fall in love.

thanks Adriana
brilliant narration from wen and kai

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 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.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 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.

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  • Stef kowalski
  • 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.

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  • Jade B
  • 01-10-19

Craft

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.