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Crave: Part Two

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Weeks became months, and months became years. Each day, nudged Kason deeper into his addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could never have again.

Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet scars were forever left behind.

But some scars feel like kisses.

When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.


First published October 16, 2017

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October 13, 2017
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CRAVE: is ‘Part Two’ of a duet and is not a standalone. You need to read part one first.
This is the conclusion to Adaline and Kason’s story which is spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives.’

This starts off right where the previous book ended. This is Adaline's story, it’s not an easy story to read, but she needs to tell it.

In the previous book whilst at a frat party she was victimised, her drink spiked, waking up with no recollection of what had happened, where she was, or who the guy was beside her, the only thing greeting her was a used condom packet and naked from the waist down. Not even a solid twenty-four hours at college, and everything is so screwed.

The debilitating shame has her flunking classes and turning her back on all her friends but not only them but Kason too. He has no idea what happened to her. But he knows something terrible has come between them. He tries to break down her walls and get her to open up to him to no avail the end result just made her push him away even harder. Until she can’t bear it any more.

She's drifting, and I don't know why. It was sudden at first, a quick change, a fast drop. But now she's on a slow descent, slipping even further away from me.


Fleeing her home town and running to Miami seemed like the only option to her, leaving Kason behind. A disconnected cell phone and no idea where she is has him turning back to his old ways.

Years go by and a phone call from her mother out of concern has Adaline coming back home. Things aren't the same as when she'd left, Kason has slipped further into his addiction, I'm constantly fighting against old habits she's the only one that can help him. A second chance romance between them reignites but along the way she has to break someone elses heart to lay claim to Kason's again. I will love you until the sun dies.

MY THOUGHTS: Along the way I kind of lost all respect for the heroine, one wrong decision created so much heartache, not just one heart was destroyed by her reckless decision, if she had've stayed and given him a chance I think I would've connected with her character on a whole different level. My heart broke for Kason, like literally broke. Here’s a guy that would literally take a bullet for Adaline and that’s what made this so unbearable to read.I can understand and appreciate why the author went the way she did though.
I just hope many devices are insured, because like me I think many would have toyed with the idea of taking a hammer to it or throwing it at something.
Admittedly the angst and emotional turmoil had me turning the pages like a junky getting her next hit. That roller coaster of wrongs and rights that had me glued to my ipad lapping up everything this author threw at me, moments I hated, but moments I loved. The feels were wrung out of me, and at the end of it I really hope we get Micah's story. I loved his strong mature character, and am hoping we get to read more about him.

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October 29, 2017
3.5 ★'s

The first book left Ady in a bad place and this book picks that right back up...and continues until half the book! I wasn't a happy camper about this because we trade one depressing thing for another. Plus more unhappy news happens...and then the twist! (but we all saw that coming right?)

E.K. Blair really takes us for a ride with Ady and Kason. It was a lot for these young people to go through and as the years pass by more drama happens. I wasn't sure how she was going to fix things and naturally, she does it with even more drama. (my heart really went out to a certain someone.)


Luckily, I was happy with the way things ended and I was happy with the strides that Kason made. Ady's Mom, Cheryl, is a saint! I can't believe what all that woman did and how much she supported her daughter. It was really sweet.

One good thing was reading the acknowledgements and finding out that E.K. Blair wants to write stories for quite a few characters...that made my heart happy!

Obviously, this isn't really a review as I couldn't do it without spoiling things. Suffice it to say if you read the first book, you're probably going to be reading this one. Just hang on and be patient!
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573 reviews336 followers
October 18, 2017
***** 4 Stars *****

Cannot be read as a standalone

This is the conclusion to Kason and Adaline. Adaline is struggling with the terrible events that occurred in part 1, and Kason is struggling with his sex addiction.

The first 20% of the book is about Adaline's emotions. She feels lost, dirty, and alone. To start her healing process, she feels like she needs to start over. A different city, a different scene, a different college.

Kason gets left behind and gives into his addiction completely. Without Adaline, he is alone and has no more drive to get better.

Days turn into weeks, and the weeks turn into years. But the craving for each other never goes away. Kason and Adaline aren't done.

I really enjoyed this book, but a part of me wanted to shake Adaline. If she made different choices, a lot of pain could have been avoided. I wouldn't say this was my favorite series by E.K. Blair, but this was still a very good read.

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933 reviews304 followers
November 14, 2017
“Maybe we were too perfect, and because of that, we were meant to be pierced by thorns.”

I wasn't a big fan of Crave: Part One, but the cliffhanger at the end was what pushed me to pick up the sequel. I needed answers. I needed to know what would become of Kason and Adaline's relationship. I needed to know if the sequel would be any better than the first book. Let's just say that I may have set my expectations a bit too high with this book. There will be minor spoilers in this review so don't keep reading if you still want to read the first book!

Crave: Part Two picks up right where Part One left off, with Adaline waking up and having no memory of what happened the night before. She feels embarrassed and blames herself for letting a guy she barely knew take advantage of her while under the influence. Adaline starts on a downward spiral and she begins to isolate herself from everyone, including Kason. Can these two survive this trauma or will secrets be the end of their relationship?

Like with the first book, Crave: Part Two also touches upon a difficult subject matter: rape. Majority of this story deals with Adaline coming to terms with her rape and realizing that she is not to blame. The thing is though, I didn't like the fact that rape was used as a plot twist. It just rubs me the wrong way. That was the first thing that made me not like this book. The second was THE UNNECESSARY ADDITION OF A LOVE INTEREST MAKING THIS A LOVE TRIANGLE!! Gosh, I hate any type of geometrical relationships in romances and considering everything Adaline had already gone through, I don't think there needed to be another love interest. It was pointless because if she wasn't ending up with Kason at the end, then WTF would be the point of all of this?!

As for the characters, their POVs didn't do anything for me. I just disconnected after I realized that there was probably going to be a new love interest. I really wished that both these books had more POVs with Kason. I wanted to get to him more and I wish that his addiction was discussed more. I'm hoping my next read by E.K. Blair will be much better because this series is definitely my least favorite by her.
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2,761 reviews317 followers
November 8, 2017
Crave Part 2 (Crave Duet #2) by EK Blair
4.5 stars!!!

“You might have run away, but you never left me.”

OMG, EK Blair brought out her full emotional arsenal with the concluding part of this duet. Heart meet wringer with EK Blair cackling as she turns handle. This was another one of those books that left me emotionally drained, completely and utterly. This was one heck of a roller coaster; the highs were adrenaline high but the lows were emotionally terrifying.

“I get one thing and wish for the other, only to get that and wish for the opposite. Then I grow frustrated and pray for an escape I can’t seem to find. I’m stuck in perdition’s labyrinth with no way out.”

EK Blair has that knack of tying her characters to my fragile heart strings and having followed Ady and Kason’s story in part one and what with that ending, I knew that this was not going to be a walk in the park. What I didn’t realise was just how hard EK Blair would make it. EK Blair threw every single emotional bone in her body into this book and the reader feels it, every twist of the knife hurts like a mofo.

“I would’ve done anything to be in that nightmare with you just so you wouldn’t have had to be alone.”

After the ending of part one, we all knew what had happened to Ady, I’m not going to mention the word, just in case someone hasn’t read it yet, but it was this defining event that paved the way for book two. Here EK Blair excelled herself, the pain and agony that bled through the pages literally destroyed me. The anguish, the guilt, the ramifications were soul destroying, there wasn’t just one victim in this book, the reach was far and wide. At times, it was torture to read, but the more you fell into the dark abyss that Ady found herself in the more entrenched in the story you became. I couldn’t put it down.

As with any EK Blair read she makes you work for it and angst is her middle name. I loved these characters but some of their decisions did leave a lot to be desired. Frustrating and infuriating, but unless you have been in that situation I don’t think you can truly appreciate how thoughts and feelings, no matter if warranted, can warp your judgement. Yes, I wanted to bash heads against brick walls, but deep down I could understand somewhat even if my heart and soul didn’t like it one little bit. This was typical of EK Blair though, the road to her happy ever afters are fraught with obstacles, curves and bends, peaks and troughs, I lived and breathed them and was emotionally exhausted by the end.

“You were made to be healed and loved by me.”

My only gripe was Kason and his addiction. Introducing this affliction had me all excited in book one, but I never really felt we got to the crux of it in this book. I really wanted his back story explored, maybe as he healed, but we never really got that either. This book centred around Ady, but I would have loved to have had more Kason at times. Kason was such an interesting character, so broken in his own right, that I just wanted more of him. The relationship that Kason had with Ady’s mum brought me to tears and I was so glad that he truly had someone in his corner.

“I’m so alone, so miserable, so damn pathetic. Shameful, uncontrollable, and possibly even unlovable. Maybe it just took her this long to realize it.”

I loved this conclusion even though it killed me to get there. Kindles were thrown, tears were shed, but that is the sign of a good book. I ran the gamut of emotions, but I expect nothing less from EK Blair. Another great story from this author.

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956 reviews246 followers
October 16, 2017
Crave: Part One MUST be read before reading Crave: Part Two. This review may contain spoilers if you have not yet read part one.

Crave: Part Two is just that, the second book in the Crave Duet about Adaline and her young love for Kason, a struggling addict. Part Two picks up where Part One left off, following Adaline as she faces her fear of what happened at that first party at college and as she runs away from everything. She feels shame and fear, she's failing classes, failing to connect to anyone but her roommate and old friend Micah, and she's cut off everyone except for her mom. She finds comfort in a new life, in finding something more than friendship with Micah, but when she finally faces her past she finds that she never really let it go.

"She's drifting, and I don't know why. It was sudden at first, a quick change, a fast drop. But now she's on a slow descent, slipping even further away from me."

Crave: Part Two is Adaline's story, we learned all about Kason and his addiction and struggles in Part One and in Part Two we see how one night changed Adaline's life forever. She's a completely different person, the book reads so differently than Part One, and the heaviness of the weight she holds on her shoulders comes through the words. I felt exhausted as I read, aching for Adaline, hurting for Kason, and struggling to see how this novel could possibly work out. E.K. Blairs strength as a writer shines through though, especially as the characters deal with the impossible question of what if. I could feel their heart's hurting, I could see how difficult the decisions Adaline had to make were, and I felt like I was another part of the twisted, tangled story. The love she felt for Kason and Micah were so different, her before and after were almost like separate lives, and her personal struggles were like the icing on a confusing, love triangle cake.

"And that's where it happened-somewhere between the breaking and the healing, I fell in love."

Crave: Part Two is filled with angst and emotion, the subject matter is heavy and it absolutely is a harder read than the usual HEA duets out there. As a reader I was all over the place with this book, at times upset with Adaline and others overjoyed. Her character development is astounding, I loved her progress and growth, but at the same time we know that like us, she too is waiting for the other shoe to drop. When it does, everything flips upside down. Though she has healed and moved on, the wounds are still there and coming back home, to the life she left behind, is overwhelming. I was really interested in reading how Adaline's world broke down when she returned home, but it was harder to read than expected. The final conclusion was too easy and not enough for the epicness that is the Crave Duet. The duet spans several years and beyond Adaline and Kason, I have grown so fond of Micah, Trent, and Kate. E.K. Blair created a world beyond just the two main characters and Crave will unfortunately not satisfy your desire for happiness for all.

"With everything that has changed, this feeling still remains."

The Crave Duet is about weaknesses, about overcoming life's biggest hurdles, about forgiveness, trust, and most of all love. It's a stunning duet and it has left me craving more.

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Author 51 books613 followers
April 10, 2018
Se nella recensione del primo volume avevo affermato di non essere in grado di trovare delle parole adatte per farvi capire quanto mi fosse piaciuto, ora rischio davvero di fare scena muta. Perché questo romanzo è stato MAGNIFICAMENTE DOLOROSO. Se avete seguito i miei stati d'animo su Goodreads durante la lettura, sapete che questa storia MI HA TRAVOLTA con la forza dirompente di un uragano. UN URAGANO DI EMOZIONI che mi hanno ridotta in briciole.


Non posso parlarvi nel dettaglio di questo secondo romanzo, ma non perché dovete leggerlo: dovete viverlo. KASON E ADELINE SI VIVONO. Dovete vivere la loro immensa sofferenza. Dovete assistere impotenti al male che si insinua nella mente di Adeline e la allontana a poco a poco da Kason. Dovete disperarvi, urlare. Dovete maledire il destino.

 «Ti prego, non farlo. Non assumere che io non possa risolvere tutto questo, quando non mi hai nemmeno dato la possibilità di farlo. Sai che lo farei. Sei il mio fottuto sole, Adeline. Puoi allontanarmi, spezzarmi, ferirmi, uccidermi e io crederò ancora in te. Ti amerò ancora. Ma ti sto supplicando di non farlo. Dammi solo una possibilità.»

Vedere come ciò che accade alla fine del precedente volume segna irrimediabilmente la giovane e innocente Adeline mi ha distrutto, tanto che, a lungo andare, tutto ciò che speravo era che questa povera ragazza ritrovasse la pace. Ma non ero assolutamente preparata a come la ritrova. Al colpo di scena che, a poco più del 20% dal termine del romanzo, mi ha colpito in faccia come uno schiaffo che non ho visto arrivare.


Una delle molteplici cose che ho amato di questa INCREDIBILE STORIA è il rapporto che si viene a creare tra Kason e la mamma di Adeline. È stato MERAVIGLIOSO e TOCCANTE. Tutto, di questo libro, lo è stato. Dall'inizio alla fine. Ci saranno scene che vi devasteranno, altre che vi daranno un poco di sollievo, altre che vi metteranno in ginocchio. Kason lo farà. Vi trascinerà giù con lui e voi lo seguirete, perché non potrete lasciarlo solo. Non vorrete.
Kason non si abbandona.
Kason non si dimentica.
Kason non si cancella.

 Non siamo nient'altro che cuori spezzati che sperano di salvarsi in questa monumentale onda di confusione.

Grazie dal profondo del cuore all'autrice, per aver dato voce a questi due giovani. La sua scrittura, così intensa, mi ha stregata e commossa. E i ringraziamenti finali ai personaggi... oh, chetati, mio cuore! Sono come quelli che faccio io nei miei romanzi T_T Bello bellissimo. Orsù dunque, cosa state aspettando? Correte a leggerlo, perché Kason e Adeline vi entreranno nel cuore e non vi lasceranno più ♥


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564 reviews267 followers
October 19, 2017
Review: 4.5 STARS
"Do you have any idea what it's like having to watch you slowly unlove me?"

This book seriously went full circle for me in the emotional department!!! If you read my REVIEW for CRAVE Part 1, you can see how messed up I was after waiting for the next installment. I was D-Y-I-N-G for the next book. This one did NOT fail to deliver on an epic tale of pain, fear, love and devotion. What an emotional rollercoaster!!! Heartbreaking, nerve-wracking, anxiety driven read....hold on tight.

I can probably count how many books have had me pacing while I was reading it, and now I have to add another one. Crave was already a different kind of read, but written with the same intensity and depth Ek Blair provided with her other books. I loved the pictures she painted with her words, and it made all the emotions jump off the page as if they were tangible. I was gasping as I read, covering my mouth in awe. I honestly couldn't wrap my mind around everything going on. Was the angst there? Yes? No? I'm not sure, but it was more of an anxiety inducing read to me, and it was definitely one that had me freaking out. I was an emotional basket-case while I read this one. Heartfelt emotion, intense drama, and questionable stability in the main characters had me turning the pages with a sense of urgency. One of my favorite parts was the the POV shift in this book. It was methodical, and led me to wonder about quite a few things as I took their journey through love and loss, fear and joy. But I have to say, this duet is my favorite from her. High praise, but most definitely warranted.

Sometimes we see in our head how we want a story to go. I do it -- I freely admit it. BUT, I don’t hold up my thoughts on the book if it takes a different route. After all, it's not my story to tell, right? It sure makes me pay closer attention to all the surrounding action and drama that is happening though. All in all, this book had me freaking out. I was on the edge of my seat or pacing as I read the entire thing. I was so anxious to get through it, but I couldn’t do it in one sitting!! I honestly couldn’t. Since the first book ended so abruptly with that cliffhanger that had me reeling, this one was the balm....after a lot of nail biting. This one picked up where that left off and we were in the deep dark recesses of Ady’s mind, and she was not doing too well.

"It's a pain so excruciating that you don't want to believe it exists. But it does, because I'm living within its cage."

Oh my gosh, seriously. I have no idea how to explain the pain Ady was in, but I wanted to shake her out of it too. Ady was dragging herself down, and that made me so sad for her. She wallowed in such self pity, in the dankest pits of despair, and while I understood what Blair was doing with this....it almost grated on my nerves. But I couldn't allow that to affect my reading pleasure, because that was her pain, and I didn't have the right to quantify it. So, I sat by and read with a hurting heart while she tried to come to terms with her new reality.

I can appreciate when an author is willing to step outside of the box and go against the grain. That's exactly what Blair did with this duet; pushing the boundaries of a comfort level having to do with very young characters. Throughout the story, the characters were faced with an agonizing reality for decisions made in the past. I liked that this has the potential to rub some the wrong way, but there was always a reason for everything happening the way it did. I liked that it challenged me to see things from a different perspective and to think it through. I think this story played out rather well and Blair did this storyline some serious justice. I was a complete mess!! My anxiety was SO high while reading this, I kept messaging Ek while I was reading it, afraid to go on!! Again, it wasn't an angst that was gut-churning; it was more an anxiety that made me antsy and fidgety. I truly loved it!!!

The only part I didn't appreciate about this book was rectified by the time I got to the end. I know that is vague, but I can't tell you too much because of the epic twist she threw in there, but it made my heart DANCE!! I loved the twist so much, because it showed the heart's ability to switch course to detach and persevere. It is a rough one though....not for the faint of heart. I had to talk myself down a few times because again, what I saw happening and what actually happened were two totally different things, and I am so glad I got to take this journey. Such a wonderful love to witness. I loved this story and I cannot recommend it enough. With two shots of tequila.

"Maybe we were too perfect, and because of that, we were meant to be pierced by thorns."

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1,227 reviews1,046 followers
October 16, 2017
I need to digest it all. The second book is very intense. E.K kicked up a notch on the emotional front. I wanted to kick my Kindle or the characters at a few points lol. Book two was my favorite out of the two. I don't have a book hangover. I think I need a drink though lol. Full review to follow.
There were times I wanted to hug Kason and Ady, and there were times that I wanted to smack them upside the head while reading Crave. Come to think of it, I wanted to drop kick my Kindle!  These characters were scarred and imperfect, and the book was packed with real and raw emotion.  Look, this book might piss you off, and you might not agree with the characters, but try not to dislike this book because you found yourself mad at the characters.  E.K. Blaire’s writing is solid.  I loved this book more than the first! 

Kason, Ady and Micah’s decisions made me stabby, and I found myself anxiety ridden. I had such trepidation that I wanted to put this book down, but I couldn’t do it.  It was like watching a car accident in slow motion.  I couldn’t turn away, and I had to see who was going to survive. I love when a book makes me feel; even if I’m frustrated with the characters' behavior and decisions.  That's how I know it's a well-written story.  I was so emotionally invested in finding out that I binge read this book in almost a day. 

You must read Crave 1 before you read Crave 2. This is all I'm going to say because I don't want to give away to much away. 

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October 4, 2017
This is the Conclusion to Ady and Kason’s story and it was a good read. The vulnerability was real and raw for these two characters and I felt sorry for them but at times I felt a disconnect because of the decisions that they make. The secondary characters brought a lot to the table and didn’t over shadow Ady and Kason.

Good read!

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October 12, 2017
5 Emotional stars

This is the second in the crave duet.
After where, book one left us I could not wait to get my hands on this book and it didn’t disappoint but my heart hurt most of the way through. I found this part more emotional than the first I think I went through a box of tissues while reading.

Kason and Adaline story is not an easy one. This one was just full of emotion; I think I felt so much while reading this one...
What Adaline was dealing with but I will say she did annoy me in parts not her fault but she did I was like why don’t you just... ( spoiler) but I love how strong she grow as the book went on and I was so very torn between what she should do. However, in the end, she made the right decision well in my heart she did others might not agree.
Kason oh, that boy has my heart in the first book and he has not let it go... I broke for him I was so sad for him you could tell he was struggling big time... I loved how Adaline's mother looked after him I really liked her character so much.
I loved all the other characters too and hope we get more books with them in I would love Micah to get a HEA I really loved him in this book... With such hard subjects to read about but E K Blair done it beautifully.

E K Blair has done it again written a book so well you feel like you are there with the characters living through what they are dealing with. I have loved every part of Kason and Adaline story. The writing flows perfectly.
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October 17, 2017
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 4 Emotional Stars ~

Crave : Part 2 takes off right where we left off in Part 1. I have to say I loved that about this story because there is no time lost. I also really loved that we got to grow with these characters in this part. In Part 1 we only read about them in high school, in Part 2 we get to see them travel through the years of college and then going into to the real world after school is finished.

I knew after reading Part 1 that Part 2 was going to be an emotional rollercoaster and pretty heart wrenching, and I wasn’t wrong at all. This book will definitely have your heart going in all kinds of directions. My heart broke, but then got put back together only to get heated and I wanted to do was throw my kindle. Even though I went into this book guessing what was going to happen, and I was correct on some of it, EK Blair still took me by surprise with the direction she took with these characters.

I can’t explain what I mean by this because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. I also can’t discuss this storyline without spoiling Part 1. Just know that you are in for an emotional and wild ride with this story.

I thought this was a great conclusion to Adaline and Kason’s story. Their journey to finding happiness is not an easy one and it has many ups and downs. This is definitely a marathon and not a sprint.

I will admit that I liked Part 1 better than this one only because we get more of Kason and Adaline together and we also got more of Kason’s POV. In this book the focus is more on Adaline’s journey and dealing with what happens at the end of Part 1. Now don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed this book and would 100% recommend this book/Duet and if you have read the first book you NEED to read this one. I just wasn’t sucked into this book like I was with Part 1.

As with the first book this story was so well written you couldn’t help but feel everything the characters felt. I felt their happiness, the sorrow, the anguish and of course their heartache.
EK Blair is such a wonderful storyteller. I look forward to reading more books by her in the future.

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3,505 reviews68 followers
October 12, 2017
There is so much going through my mind right now. So much I need to release. So here goes:

I don’t know who E.K. Blair is. I don’t know if the E stands for Erica, Ernesto, Emma, or Edmund. I don’t know how I have never managed to actually pick up one of E.K.’s books (though several are on my TBR and at least one is on my kindle). I don’t know why this duet screamed to me- not called. No, screamed at me that I needed to read it. I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about it and forcing it on their friends.

What I do know is this:
E.K. Blair is a talented wordsmith. There is absolutely no way to avoid the intense emotions dripping from these pages. They bleed. Bleed. The agony, the longing, and the utter devastation will ring in your ears and vibrate through your mind long after you have finished this duet. I can’t even begin to describe the feels in these pages. The love, the heartache, the confusion- all torment the reader as much, if not more than the characters. I can’t imagine the satisfaction an author must feel when they learn the story they crafted makes others live it. E.K. Blair earned that satisfaction.

I read the first book in this duet and was tormented. I went through the seemingly endless cycle of soul crushing shame, heartache, and desperate need. Only to have it be an endless loop. The characters hurt and I hurt but Crave Part Two was my complete undoing. It obliterated my heart. It destroyed my faith and hope. It hurt me to read and it hurt me to consider not reading.
If you haven’t read Part One, you cannot understand. The ending was traumatic. The beginning of Part Two is more so. The emotional upheaval hurts. The story hurts. And the love…the love hurts more.

I cannot even begin to describe the intensity of my reactions. I was confused, upset, and longed for something more. Do NOT!!!! Do not take this as a disagreement with the book. I just couldn’t accept the characters decisions. It hurt too much. But have faith because the author knows. This book had butterflies jumping in my throat. Not my stomach, my throat…they went way past my stomach and were causing sheer worry to eat away at my fragile hopes.

With quotes like these you can’t help but feel the cutting edge of a knife into your heart.

“Now, here I am, a foul excuse for a human, who’s hopelessly in love with the ghost of my past.”

“I feel the wetness from a teardrop when it falls onto my chest. It burns into my skin, creating yet another scar of my love for her.”

Seriously, shredding my heart and soul one word at a time. This duet is eye opening to a problem that no one wants to address. It gives understanding to something most would want to hide from. But most of all it shows LOVE. Love for all. Love gives strength. And sometimes that’s all we need.

I have no idea if the author’s intent is to shed light on an addiction most right off as a person being a deviant, instead of needing help. I don’t know if it was just a story that E.K. Blair needed to write just to silence the voices. What I do know is that Crave parts One and Two are a painful and real love. This story is so much more than my words can express. I just hope that you decide my rambling is enough to read one (meaning the duet as a whole) of the best books I have ever experienced.

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1,513 reviews813 followers
October 8, 2017
Adeline is a victim. In the end of book 1, she's victimised and this book starts from there. The horrific assault she suffers leaves her body and soul shattered . She withdraws in her shell, gets depressed and starts avoiding people. Her mom, her lover, her friends , her classes. And she fails on every count. This is what happens to assault victims.

She’s drifting, and I don’t know why.

The pathos is the central heroine of the story. For The uphill ardous task , that is recovery ,The courage has to come from within. Ady is not in a state of togetherness of her mind yet. Shes going through the stages of post trauma
The toughest being bargaining, cause she bargains her heart to the abuse. She literally crushes it under her own foot.
I was flabbergasted, hated Ady so much. She had so much support and love all around her, but I guess her trust was broken and she lashed out and recoiled from it.
Kason Stratton. O. M. G. Whenever he came to the scene, I cried my heart out. This guy has suffered so much .. his own horrific past and now Ady withdrawing, it's like God is stabbing and then twisting the knife ! He's seeking solace and reprieve but it comes wrapped with shame and guilt
I cried and sobbed and bawled for him
I kneeled and pleaded and begged with him
I crumbled, I went to hell, I lost myself after him

I’m so alone, so miserable, so damn pathetic. Shameful, uncontrollable, and possibly even unlovable. Maybe it just took her this long to realize it.
My body is its own machine, and I gave up on it a long time ago. It calls the shots, not me. It drives me from one high to the next. When I’m not high, I’m consumed with shame. And when that happens, I drink to become numb. And it’s somewhere between those three emotions that I bury myself in work and school.

He's a fantastically created tragic hero. One you want to cuddle, hug and envelop in your arms.
EK has angst pouring out of her proverbial pen. The discerning grief just casts a gloomy grey cloud over the story and excruciating pain is just soaked with tears.
The central theme is courage and conviction, to fight your demons, you have to leave the dark and step into the light , as excruciating as the steps maybe. Just one foot after the other !
I'm not a YA / NA fan at all. Yet this story touched me. Especially Micah and Kason.
It's a cry fest so get the tissue box handy people.
4 Kleenex Stars
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608 reviews13 followers
November 9, 2017
Hmmm...not really the ending I was expecting or even really wanted. I'm kind of disappointed in Ady.
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This was a hard review to write…at the beginning of the book Adaline is dealing with being drugged and raped. She wants no help and is embarrassed by everything that has happened. She truly believes she has cheated on Kason. That she is no longer the girl he fell in love with.
My problem is the choices that she makes afterwards. After refusing help or any kind of support she turns to her one best friend, the one friend she could always rely on, Micah. The events that take place to help Adaline recover is where I start to have major problems. I thrilled Adaline finally finds the help she needs but I’m refusing to give away any secrets but I’m just disappointed with her actions near the end of the book. I know I’m probably one in a million on being disappointed with Adaline’s choices and actions. I also realize the book probably had no other ending that would have made sense. But my heart also breaks for other characters.
Don’t miss the second part of Crave because it is a true story of healing and becoming whole again. And I love how E.K. Blair brought so many issues to your attention. It isn’t a book you can easily forget.
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1,469 reviews17 followers
October 20, 2017
I like this author, I really do. I thoroughly enjoyed some of her other stuff. But this one is absolute rubbish (like that?).

This conclusion picks up where we left off with Addy having just woken up from a party with another guy. She struggles with it in the most basic way, blaming herself, not able to see the reality of the event. That was all fine. She keeps it from Kason, because she doesn't want to seem soiled, doesn't want to add to his problems, etc. and the ultimately decides to abandon him and try to move on without ever addressing her issue. While this was extremely juvenile, I guess you could see where she would think her actions were okay. But the constant inner musings and repetitive justifications got old fast. Kason for his part was so hurt and chased after her. Then stayed stagnant in his personal life. Addy was a dope. She missed the cues with Micah and just was a totally self-absorbed and ditzy character. I actually hated her about halfway through. She started off simple, and then went off the cliff of complete moron. I'll be honest, I stopped at 79% because you'd have to have the IQ of Addy to not see where we are headed, and I just couldn't deal with her wish washy ass anymore.

The synopsis for book one is a little misleading. For instance, the mains are juniors in high school dealing with some major adult stuff. I don't usually like books with the mains in this late high school early college age group, because their usually very shallow and ditzy. I have very little patience for stupidity in the real world, so why would I choose to read about characters who are seriously just that, stupid.

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Author 6 books106 followers
October 11, 2017

Where do I even begin? The second half of this duet has completely drained me of all coherent thought. Emotionally, I am exhausted. This conclusion has given me one doozy of a hangover...one I'm in no hurry to get rid of.

The mental anguish and heartbreak I've experienced in this book are of epic proportions. The way my heart was ripped open and mended has completely changed me in a way you can only begin to understand if you read this book. No, scratch that. EXPERIENCE this book. This love story. This second-chance at...well, everything. Because it's nothing short of an experience.

"I love him so deeply, but this fear of mine reaches even deeper. The fear of him finding out and having to watch his love for me morph into blame and contempt."

Kason and Adaline face their darkest days in this story...together and apart. I was equal parts furious and distraught as I flipped the pages. The selfishness and seemingly selflessness were almost unbearable at times. I wept. Openly. I wanted to walk away, I wanted to be done with this emotional rollercoaster. Yet, I kept going because I just had to know. I still have questions. I still want more. It may be over, but to me, it may never be.

"We're unfinished."

This isn't just a tale of a man and woman who find their way back to each other after years of separation. No, it's deeper. Darker. And so much more complex than that. This is a story of boundless love that transcends beyond time and miles. There are no limits to this kind of love, the bone-deep, pulse-pounding, infinite connection cannot be ignored...or erased. It can only fade...until the craving gets too much and someone gives in.

"And that's where it happened--somewhere between the breaking and the healing, I fell in love."

Walking away from this story, I feel I've not only learned just how addiction of any kind can affect everyone involved, but what strength and determination it takes to not just share in your deepest shame, but to seek help. And to stick with it. To learn and grow from it. To beat it. Taking back control is half the battle...both Kason and Adaline learn that the hard way.

Pick up this duet. Find out how Kason and Adaline maneuver through life, love, loss, and addiction...it's a tender topic with hard-to-read scenes, but what you get from it is so much more than just that. You see what true, soul-bending, heart-wrenching love is like. And how much it hurts sometimes.

**5 The High is Worth the Low, Stars**
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517 reviews14 followers
October 16, 2017
This book picked up right where the first one left off – thankfully. I was eager to get back to Adaline and Kason’s story, although, I’ll admit that my eagerness was also met with a healthy dose of trepidation and unease.

This book is dripping with emotion. E.K. Blair didn’t hold back. She delivered a story that was raw, ugly, and painful. There was no way around it. With the subject matter and the way the first book ended, this part of the duet had to hurt. My heart broke for the characters, I felt their heartache and pain right down to my toes. The author didn’t just tell the story, she described every feeling and scene so that you could visualize and feel everything right along with the characters.

This duet deals with sensitive and difficult subject matter. It’s not a pretty or easy love story. I didn’t expect it to be. I didn’t even want it to be. E.K. Blair told this story in a genuine, realistic way. There was never a moment where I felt that the story was farfetched or unbelievable. If everything had been resolved smoothly and perfectly, I would’ve had a problem.

Whenever I read a book, I like to try to put myself in the characters’ shoes. How would I deal with their problems? Would I react in a similar manner to the characters in the book? Quite honestly, I would’ve run for the hills during the first book in this duet. I would have been living a quiet life somewhere in the hills before the first book even came to a close. With that being said, I truly believe that the actions and feelings that the characters had in this duet were completely authentic and honest. I never doubted the possibility or the plausibility of this story. The hardest part for me to swallow is that these are real issues that real people suffer with, not just the characters in a work of fiction.

This was a great conclusion to the duet. It was a very bumpy road, but I was completely satisfied with the way the author ended Adaline and Kason’s tumultuous story. It was a wild ride of emotions that left me feeling spent and worn out, but I’m glad that I took the journey with them.

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540 reviews
October 5, 2017
To some this review may constitute a spoiler.... so I'm giving warning. No specific details are given just my feelings as I read the book. But just in case I don't want any of it showing in preview.

Ok...Where to begin with this..... ok lets start at the beginning. The book starts out where book one left off. Its the next part of Adaline's story. Where I thought the book being title Crave was more about Kason's cravings....so i was like hmmm... of course she's a big part of the story but, I was hoping for Kason and Adaline. Don't get me wrong, her story is an important too but felt that book took a left turn instead of a right turn. Also don't get me wrong, I'm still loving the book... just not what I was thinking was going to happen.

There comes a point in the story where i'm straight pissed off, yet i'm happy. Such crazy feelings so far in this book. At this time I'm 56% into the book. I'm a mixed bag of emotions... now that it went left instead of right, I'm like well lets stay left. I've been happy, sad, crying, pissed, tense... you name it. I have NO idea what's going to happen on the next part of the ride, which I'm sure is going to be awesome too...I'm totally committed to this book.

WOW, still feeling like i want to scream, shake someone at the same time cry and want a hug. You cant deny the feelings you feel while reading this book. You will feel. ALOT. 86% in and I don't want it to end anytime soon. I do wanna say Adaline, Adaline, Adaline.... girl, you need a hug.

Well crap! its over... NOOOO. Im happy and sad. Damn Adaline! I love your character and I want to shake your character too... Now Kason, I've always just wanted to hug that guy.
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2,814 reviews157 followers
October 16, 2017
Wow, EK Blair you broke me! I seriously had to walk away from this one for a couple of days; the emotions were just too much for me. I could feel the pain, heartache in these characters and the emotions were carrying over into my real life.

The characters feel so real, I felt like I was going through this with them. It was such a long journey for both of them but Adaline’s avoidance as she struggled through this healing process made this one tough to read. The tears are still on the surface for me, she had some very tough choices to make.

Oh Kason, I love this damaged character. His pain, his lifelong struggles of constant self-loathing…..he has so much to give, so much good inside of him. I’m so glad he had Ady’s Mom to get him through this.

Micah…..I hurt for him, hope he’s doing well. He played such an important role in this story and he gave everything he had to help her through this.

Thanks for an amazing, heart breaking and heartfelt story EK Blair, I love reading your stories with all their feels, tears, tortured hearts and all. As painful or heavy as it is, I love that you always tell your character’s story as it’s meant to be told; they are always complete and give me the closure I need. This is one I won’t soon forget
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677 reviews23 followers
October 16, 2017
With the way part one ended, I knew part two had to be an emotional read. But HOLY HELL, I was not, WAS. NOT. expecting this story to take the turn that it did. E.K. Blair had my emotions all over the place. This truly is a read like no other.

I love/hate/love this story. It absolutely broke me. My poor little heart broke for Kason and Adaline. Adaline suffers emotionally and poor Kason is left to suffer heartache on top of all his other struggles alone and I wanted to hate Adaline for it. Kason who loved her with every fiber of his soul and was so honest and open with her and she shuts him out. Ugh! I hated. I got it. I understood it. But I still hated it!

There are always certain things or different ways people use to cope with traumatic events. I think that this author did an outstanding job portraying Adaline's struggles. The way she conveyed her emotions, heartache, pain and turmoil just flowed so flawlessly off the pages. I was glued to my kindle and consumed by this story from the very beginning.

An epic conclusion to Kason and Adaline's journey. A story well written and exceptionally delivered.

** ARC received in exchange for an honest review **
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1,580 reviews52 followers
October 7, 2017
This book starts right of where the first one ended. This is the conclusion to Adaline and Kason story. It’s raw, emotional and very angst. Adaline I have a hate, love feelings towards her. Adaline drove me crazy how she hurt her family, friends anyone you could think of over and over again where I wanted to yell at her myself. Then Kason I felt his pain and yes even he drove me crazy at times until the end when it all came together. Adaline and Kason such opposites but both dealing with there own cravings that you wish you could crawl into the book and help them yourself. A very gritty story that makes you think what would you do for someone you love. Make sure you have Kleenex and sit while reading so you don’t throw your kindle across the room. 4/5 craving stars ****Reviewed for Sweet & Spicy Read provided for a voluntarily Advanced Reader Copy of this book ****
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3,374 reviews117 followers
October 17, 2017
This is the second book of an unforgettable duet that I’ve been waiting to read since the heart stopping ending of book one.

This one was different because we now have two vulnerable people. Ady is in pain she’s floundering but can’t bring herself to talk to anyone. Kason is still that messed up young man trying to live with his addiction but without Ady’s support he’s cut adrift and drowning.

I understood Ady’s actions but that doesn’t mean I liked them in fact I was so angry with her at first. Can love survive for this young couple who have already faced so much pain?

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5,813 reviews26 followers
October 4, 2017
Crave: Part Two is part of a duet and not a standalone. You must read part one first.
Part Two picks up where part one ends up. Adaline left Kason without explanation and moves away. She hides out by friends and refuses to grét in contact with Kason.
He´s devastated and goes back to his addiction.
Years later they meet again and all the betrayal and pain are a fresh wound again.
Adaline and Kason are soulmates and destinated to be together. But is it really worth the price?
I can´t say that I liked Adaline. She hurt everybody, Micah, Kason, her family and her friends. I can´t say I pity her. She´s a weak heroine and at some point in the story I was really angry at her. I get that she was hurt, really truly hurt. And I get that everybody deals with this hurt his own way. Adaline´s way is painful for everyone.
The writing is great and I love the words. I give 4 stars. Thank you, EK Blair.
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245 reviews258 followers
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April 18, 2018
Part 1 is horrible and I didn't bother to read it. Do you think I'm going to read this? Nope.
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1,056 reviews
October 17, 2017
Great story! I loved Kason and felt every tear and pain he did. He went through so much in his life. Adeline I liked and disliked. She just kept hurting people who cared about her. Micah was a truly amazing man and friend. My thoughts on Micah is that he truly deserves love! I’d love to have a book about him.
*Magic Beyond The Covers
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13 reviews1 follower
June 1, 2020
Non riesco ad esprimere quanto mi sia piaciuto. Ho sofferto tantissimo. È una storia dolorosa che ti spezza ma poi riesce a salvarti.
Kason, sei il mio preferito ❤ avrai sempre un posto nel mio cuore.
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686 reviews23 followers
October 16, 2017
4.5 Stars
E.K. Blair did not disappoint with Crave 2!! After I finished, Crave I was beside myself. I knew Crave 2 would be rough, but rough is an understatement. This was one hell of a tremulous ride! EK took me to hell and back. My heart was pulverized, leaving me exhausted for most of the book. As heavy as it was there were glimmers of hope...

These books are so much more then just an epic love story... EK Blair transports us into the mind of an addict and a victim. With her powerful words, we live through all their agony, despair and helplessness right along with them. OH-MY-GOD There were scenes where I literally could not breathe.

Sweet, loving yet messed up Kason won my heart in the first book. In this book, he KILLED ME. Dead. Done. Even with all his issues and at his lowest lows, I could not help but keep falling for him. His soul shined brighter then his darkness. I felt all his heartbreaking anguish as he spiralled out of control. I cried for him....

Innocent, pure and naive Ady my heart ached for her as well. She lived through every girls worst nightmare. Trapped within her mind. Riddled with guilt and fear. All of which made her make horrible choices. She frustrated and broke me. I cried for her....

Two young people who already had so much against them, except for their extraordinary love. But is love enough? How can they possibly survive all this? I cried for them!

EK took turns in this book, I did not see coming. She got me good. This duet is simply unforgettable!
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278 reviews61 followers
October 17, 2017
5 Any Life is A Life with You Stars

E.K freaking Blair, WOMAN, you continue to WOW me. Many fell in love with E.k.Blair's dark, twisted tales. I fell in love with her emotional heart breaking Fading series. Once again she has struck gold. Crave Part One was a beautiful love story that bloomed before the readers eyes. Then all of a sudden, an addiction of a taboo kind, takes front row. But just as the couple begins to navigate the water into this addiction, an event happens, one that no one saw coming, one that shock even the readers to the core! Now here we begin Crave Part 2.

Adaline's life is not what it used to be. Trying so hard to hold on to Kason her rock, she questions everything and everyone. But is Kason strong enough to handle her issues? Adaline must make hard decisions, ones that could destroy the people she loves, to protect herself and her mind. E.k. Blair writes another gut wrenching, soul defining, soul twisting, heart breaking journey of self doubt, self loathing, and utter despair. Yet out of the bottom, sometimes rises a phoneix, one that is stronger than before. When the tough times get even tougher and more emotional, whose heart will survive? Will they find out what the meaning of true love is? I cried and ached for these two, Adeline and Kason. I promise the journey is worth the ride.
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