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Hadley Jacobs is over Machlan Gibson. 

Sure, she’ll always be a little weak to the dimple in his right cheek and the way his five o’clock shadow makes him ruggedly handsome. But that’s not enough to cover every other thing about him because they all drive her nuts. Like how he won’t admit he’s wrong even when he knows it and how he drives his stupid car a million miles an hour on wet asphalt. As she rolls back into town and takes a seat at Crave, she won’t take the bait. She’s over him. Mostly.

Machlan isn’t over her. 

It’s not because he hasn’t tried. He reminds himself over and over that she’s not the girl for him. After all, she drives him insane with her sassy attitude and the way she calls him out on everything. She beats him at poker, even though she doesn’t know the difference between a straight and a flush, and when she looks at him with her bright, blue eyes, it’s unnerving. When she climbs onto that bar stool and orders a drink, he puts it in front of her and ignores the sparkle in her eyes. He’s not over her, but she won’t know that. 

But she does know that. And he knows she’s not as over him as she’s pretending to be. When life forces their hand this time, there’s more on the line than a pile of poker chips. It’s their forever. 

Crave is a second-chance standalone romance in a new small-town, blue-collar series from USA Today best-selling author Adriana Locke. Join listeners everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.

©2018 Adriana Locke (P)2018 Adriana Locke

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  • Marina
  • Spring Lake, NC, 28390
  • 01-04-19

Such amazing narrators, wonderful story!

I have never listened to books narrated by Kai & Wen. As soon as I started listening, their voices drew me in, as did the storyline. I have found my new fave narrators, most definitely and will want to listen to more audiobooks done by them. The way they did this story each doing the male and female characters respectively was the highlight for me and Kai's beautiful deep voice just sealed the deal!! I kid you not.
So much to love about this amazing and beautiful story of family, love, the past, the present, what ifs and whats to come!
Machlan, what on earth are you doing??!! I often wondered this but then he would endear himself and all was right again!
I really loved both Machlan and Hadley! We learn some things that occurred in the past and you get the feeling they really are not over things between them but can Machlan go after what he wants or does he run?!
Lets just say this story has quite a few bumps and some drama but what it all comes down to is family and who you need by your side!
I also absolutely loved Nana and Peck! Everything they said was just so good you cant help but want to know more from them both!
Crave is a heartfelt read that will pull you in till you come out at the end feeling like all is hopefully right in the world!
The support network in this book is gold and I think the author has nailed this story to perfection!
An absolute must listen audiobook!

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Love This One in Audio!

Dual narration is normally not my thing, but I love it with Adriana Locke’s stories, and I love these two narrators!

I have a "thing" for bartenders, so I have been looking forward to Machlan Gibson. We know him as the youngest of the Gibson boys, the owner of the local bar- Crave, and the quiet and moody one. What we don't know, until this story, is the heartbreakingly beautiful story of why Machlan is so quiet and moody, including the story of his relationship with Hadley.

Hadley comes back to town to tie up loose ends with her brother's best friend, and her childhood sweetheart, Machlan. Of course, things don't go as planned for Hadley. It's fun to watch the banter and passion between the two as they both, in their own way, try to deal with the past and present feelings.

With each of these stories, we get amazing relationships with family and friends. I love how they are all intertwined. You get an amazing setting that makes you feel in the scene with the characters. This is one of Adriana Locke's better stories, and I highly recommend it, as well as the series.

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Hadley and Machlan Will Tug At Your Heartstrings

I've been a fan of Adriana Locke's Gibson boys since way back in CRANK (Book 1). Hard-working, hard-loving, bad boys gone good, these brothers (well, and their cousin, because who in the world could forget Peck?!) captured my heart. In CRAVE, we finally get Machlan's story, and it is so worth the wait, because Machlan Gibson will win you over in a big way.

As second-chance love stories go, CRAVE knocked my socks off, with Adriana giving Machlan and Hadley a love story not soon forgotten. They share a history that is both heartbreaking and unbreakable, keeping them tethered together no matter how hard each of them tries to move on. These characters drew me in, winning my heart at every turn with their depth and their passion.

Adriana writes small-town romance with heart and heat, and CRAVE is one of her best. An easy 4.5 stars, my bet is that you'll be smiling through your tears and rooting for love to win. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross do their usual wonderful job capturing the spirit of the story, and the personalities of the characters. Listening to them bring to life a story that I already loved was extra enjoyable. Suggestion, though...make sure that you have the Kleenex handy before you start listening.
And, if you haven't yet met the rest of the Gibsons, do yourself a favor, and get to know them all. You'll be glad that you did.

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My first Wen/Kai narration and I loved it!

Crave is the third book in The Gibson Boys series. I read the book then listened to the audio and I even though I knew what was going to happen, I was sucked into the story listening to Wen and Kai. I loved how they brought these characters I already loved to life!
Ya'll, these brothers. I can't even with them! When I first started this series I didn't have a favorite and that's very unlike me. Now that I've met Walker, Lance and now Machlan, I still don't have a favorite! (Cross too!) I love them all for such different reasons. Walker is tough and mouthy. Lance is smooth and sexy. Machlan is broody and tortured. I have a soft spot for the tortured soul and Mach just needs a really big Kara hug! Machlan and Hadley have a long history. Not only is she his first love, she's also his best friend's sister, so this one got me right in the feels with the second chance romance and the best friend's sister! At first you think it's love hate, but there's zero hate. It's all foreplay. Sizzling chemistry, wounded hearts. Lust, love, promises. Machlan has always loved Hadley. They were happy years ago, but he never thought he was good enough for her and he let her walk away. Now she's back to prove to herself that she can be over Machlan. But seeing him isn't helping the way she thought. His protectiveness and jerkiness isn't a turn off at all and what does that say about her? Machlan can't stay away from her. He knows he should, but he always knows when she's close to him and he can't deny himself anymore. One kiss lights their lives on fire again, but can it last? Will this finally be their time? Can they get over their shared past and hurt and make the leap? This story! I cried for them. I laughed with them. I swooned with Hadley and I smirked with Machlan. There's so much more to Machlan than I thought. I loved watching him realize his worth and finally making a decision. Of course, I loved seeing the Gibson brothers again along with a few surprise visitors. The Gibsons give each other such a hard time, but they love each other! I love the way they interact and I just have to say I love the way they curse even when Nana smack them. I loved seeing the girls again and see what's going on with them. Overall, it was like visiting with old friends. I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and smiled. A lot. I can't wait to see what Peck gets up to next!

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Raw emotion

WOW is not the word truly to explain the way Kai and Wen read this story. It was absolutely one of RAW EMOTION. Hadley and Machlan's story is very angsty and they have to overcome so much to get to the end. As you listen to the story you can feel each character growing and healing. The way Kai and Wen read it gave it so much more depth and meaning to the characters healing. BUT to have Peck and Nanna in it also gave us humor and life.

I always think that these two narrators can't top their next story, then I get their next story by Adriana Locke and they proved me wrong. AMAZING performance on all accounts!

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Kai Kennicott & Wen Ross make the hot factor go up

Machlan and Hadley will make you feel everything! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read

Machlan and Hadley have a lot of baggage in their past and it all involves each other. As you learn of the secrets the hold together your heart will break a little. But you can’t expect to get your happiness easily; and theirs comes with a lot difficulties.

In this story you get all the Gibson boys and a lot of Peck... you may even see some Landry’s too!

Kai Kennicott & Wen Ross make the hot factor go up

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wow!!

I loved this!!!
I already loved this book!
Kai and Wen done an amazing job!
they really brought this story to life!
I didn't think it could get any better but it did!

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Amazing!!!

I listen to every audio from this author, not only because I love her books, but because I LOVE LOVE LOVE her narrators. Kai and Wen knock it out of the park every single time! They are so believable that you truly think they are in love with each other based off how they communicate and tell the story. I love dual POV'S in audio books BECAUSE of their narrating abilities.

Hadley and Machlan have been in love with each other since high school. But their relationship is one that ebbs and flows throughout the years. Hadley is ready to move on and fall in love, but she can't do that until Machlan is in the past, and that can't happen because she's still in love with him.

Machlan is in love with Hadley and doesn't think he is good enough for her. This is not a duplicate type book as everyone else's second chance novels. NO. JUST NO. This story is finally being told, and we've known it was coming since Crank. This is a must read, must listen to book.

I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook from the author. I had already read the book months before listening. I implore you to do both !!

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Second chances

Machlan and Hadley,have a second chance at love. Or will they get one? When Hadley comes back to town, her sole mission it to give some closure to her relationship with Machlan. She needs to get over him so she can go on with her life. But Machlan has other plans. When he sees her come into Crave, all the feelings he has for her come back full force. With his commitment issues front and center things can only go one way. Or can they? There is something about this couple that crawled into my heart. I love that they have history, and it's not all simple and easy. Their secret is big and their pain shared. It's evident their love for each other, but with their past, it's hard to find the new normal, and help Machlan gain the confidence he needs in himself. With good advice from the Gibson boys, and especially their grandmother, for both Hadley and Machlan, we get to see how they navigate their past to find their future. It's truly a wonderful story, and Adriana Locke has another winner.

Narrated by Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott, I fell into the story with ease. They are the Gibson family, their familiar voices making me feel at home. Each brings their own talents giving the characters such personality, it's like we know them. I love their narrations.

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Wonderful story and Perfect naration

Listening to Crave was such a fun experience. The story and characters are utterly delightful and realistic. I think Peck and Nana are my favorite characters. They kept me laughing throughout the story and constantly put a smile on my face. Not only was the story Adriana Locke created fantastic, but the narration was wonderful. Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross brought these characters to life. It was like I was sitting next to Hal and Peck at the bar visiting Machlan for a drink.

Even though I jumped right into the middle of the Gibson brothers series with Crave, I wasn't lost or confused. Now I just need to pick up the rest of the Gibson men's books.

I voluntarily received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.