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(The Gibson Boys #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  5,981 ratings  ·  717 reviews
**An Amazon Top 10 Bestseller**

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, 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 t
Published March 14th 2018 by Umbrella Publishing Inc. (first published March 12th 2018)
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Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazon US * Amazon UK

Lance Gibson can steal my cupcakes any day!

Lance quickly became my favorite Gibson brother (that title will change as the series goes on since I'm an unashamed fictional hero ho). I loved the playful banter between him and Mariah and they had that type of close relationship that makes my heart grow warm. I just adored seeing how they were so close even as they bickered about almost everything.

This author snuck in some emotional moments that I wasn't really expecting
Adriana Locke
Dec 27, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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“If I wasn’t completely clear, I want you. Only you. For as long as you’ll have me.”

OMG! OMG! OMG! Lance Gibson and Mariah Malarkey are two of the BEST characters that Adriana Locke has ever created! They are so freaking adorable, it hurts! Their relationship was such a fun, sexy, and emotional rollercoaster ride…I never wanted it to end! CRAFT made me want to shout from the rooftops my insane love for this author and her ridiculously fantastic talent! I knew going into this enemies-to-lover
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMGGGG! I’m feeling MAJOR friggin FEELS right now. That was lush, dreamy, decadently romantic. My cheeks hurt from smiling so hard. I am absolutely ENCHANTED with Craft! I knew I was going to love Lance Gibson (I fell for him while reading Crank) but holy books, I had NO IDEA that I was going to be practically vibrating with ADORATION for him. He is irresistible. The sexiest, funniest, most captivating and charming hero Adriana Locke has given us to date. From start to finish I CRUSHED on him! I ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love.... unconditional or otherwise. What does it mean exactly? You might think you know but let me tell you, Lance and Mariah will give you one heck of an answer if you need to know and then some!

Lance, we’ve met him and I love him. What’s not to love? He’s a nerd in the best way possible, a teacher which is just sexy as all get out, and a guy who cares about the kids he’s around every day and his family without a second thought. Again, what’s not to love?!?

Mariah, she’s feisty, she’s kind, h
Kayleigh Woods
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing. I devoured this book in 3 hours, it was that perfect. Just- wow.

They aren't quite friends. They aren't quite enemies. They're more like magnets that are complete opposites of each other- but they work so well together, it's nearly impossible to stay apart for too long.

Lance Gibson knows exactly what to do to press Mariah Malarkey's buttons- use her office as a phone booth? Check. Come into her office uninvited? Check. Steal any of her sweet treats, especially ones that have
Raine Miller
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
CRAFT is an example of "small town romance" at its very finest. Lance and Mariah are romantic perfection from beginning to end, with so much heat and humor they had me burning through the pages far too quickly. I loved this story so much.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Mariah and Lance are healing each other in ways they didn't even know they needed in this sharp, funny, and sexy tale of life, love, and cupcakes. Mariah has always been the girl left in the corner. It's been easy for everyone in her life to leave her feeling slightly inadequate. If a childhood filled with her mother constantly playing favorite with her sister wasn't enough to give her a complex, her boyfriend choosing to marry and start a family with her perfect sister was enough to seal the de ...more
Elizabeth Swain
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Craft was an unexpected rollercoaster of the Love train. Lance’s will he or won’t he fall made you love him even more. Elizabeth @ White Hot Reads

Adriana Locke’s crafty way that she makes you interested and fall in love with her characters makes you never want to miss a release.

Lance and Mariah’s sexy banter was hot, sweet and sassy! They were pulled together from the start. The love app was absolutely hilarious and unexpected! #moregibsonbrothers
Lu Bielefeld
#manwhore + #shyheroine + #librarian

I confess I did not like the hero. He is a very annoying hero.
He marks sex dates with other women in our heroine's office and also makes calls to these women in front of her. I found that disgusting.
But gradually he redeems himself and I find him acceptable.
It's a sad day for us readers when we settle for an okay hero.
But that's what's happening lately.
Our heroine has mom issues and suffered a great betrayal by her sister who is a bitch.
Overall it was an okay
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: March 12, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance. Humor.
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Craft is an adorable and funny, enemies to lovers romance. I suppose it could also be considered a co-workers romance and/or friends to lovers as well. It depends on how you look at the relationship I guess. Anyway, this is a really cute book with very likable characters and moments that were LOL funny. While I wish the plot had a richer description of the setting, I got enough of a feel for it to want
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4 stars

I met Adriana's work at CRANK. I found her writing very nice to read. The first book of this series had more drama, in this one she got a little lighter. Both Lance and Mariah wasn't looking for anything serious. The two of them knew each other because they work together on a high school. He, a professor. She, a librarian. Their relationship was more like a frienenemy type. This second book in the Gibson Boys series was a quick and sexy read about two people who ended
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly, missy
There is a special place in my heart devoted to irreverent, incorrigible, irresistible rascals.

So, welcome home Lance Gibson. You’ll find yourself in good company in this little chamber of my heart.

Seriously, y’all. What kind of magic exists in Lance Gibson? I found myself wanting to slap him and kiss him (and slap kiss him) throughout almost this entire book. He’s the perfect bad boy shielding that brilliant soft underbelly and – my God, I just want to get lost in that soft underbelly.

Is that
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lance Gibson (with glasses, totally with glasses) is everything you'll need!

And as usual, here is a 5 star review. I'm not slightly surprised by that. Since the first time I read a book by Adriana Locke (Sacrifice), I was a goner for her writing.
She is a story teller, an awesome one, her writing is impecable, her characters are solid and addicting, her plots are involving and so full of emotions, many different emotions: love, lust, sadness, happiness, anger, hatred, angst, fear, longing, joy, h
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gah...this book!!! Craft is the flawless story of Lance and Mariah, two co-workers who are not quite friends but sure do have a thing for each other, whether they’d like to admit it or not!

Lance, I just don’t even know where to begin. A sexy, nerdy teacher who is all heart when it comes to his students and his family. With sexual innuendos for DAYS (which was hilarious), Lance is smitten with the librarian, Mariah, in his school and loves to push her buttons, especially since he know she can def
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
DNF @ 8%. Can’t stand manwhores. Or too flirtatious men in general. And the texts taking up pages and pages with generous spacing and large font is a rip off.
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First person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone.

Okay. I just need a minute because the feelings... the feels experienced reading this book were too damn strong.

I loved it. All of it. I'm talking abandon-your-responsibilities-to-read-it kind of love.

Both characters were lovable, believable and their chemistry was OFF the charts. Sexy, sarcastic librarian? A hot history teacher that likes her as a bookish recluse, or the vixen messaging him via a dating app? It's such a great set up for a
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Brilliant! Another brilliant Gibson brother to swoon over! I love all the twists and turns packed into this amazing book! The issues raised and how beautifully they were handled!

Mariah is a girl who hasn’t been shown what love feels like but has so much of it to give! Lance isn’t your typical alpha male! He’s a sexy teacher who loves his history! He’s smart and confident (maybe too confident at times lol) but he has a heart of gold!

When Mariah and lance come together it’s a push and pull that
Inked Avenue
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I have to break my own heart, so that I won’t ever break hers.”


Is that my cheeks that are all flushed and blushed? *fans self* Move over Walker because the oldest Gibson boy is finally here in all his lip-biting, squeal-inducing sexiness. In only her second installment of the Gibson Boys Series, Adriana Locke delivers another all-consuming, steamy standalone that will leave readers soul’s melting.

We first meet the oh-so-naughty high school history teacher Lance Gibson in Crank, book one of the
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Small town romance with a sexy librarian, and smart mouthed sexy history teacher. This book had all the things I love, but what struck me the most was how laugh out loud fun it was. These two, the banter, the obvious feels had me racing to the finish line.

In fact, I read so fast I forgot to highlight all my favorite parts but that’s ok. I’m late to this series but it didn’t matter this story can be read as a complete standalone. The pages sizzle between these two in all the chapters. The tensio
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
This was so much fun to read! A great romance story between a sexy self proclaimed manwhore history teacher and a school librarian.

Lance and Mariah start out as bickering colleagues. Lance sneaks into Mariah's office to hide and make phone calls to his "many girlfriends" and ends up stealing her sweet treats that she does not make for him.


These two hook up in the cutest way. I won't expand to avoid spoiling it for you. Mariah has a lot of insecurites because of her mother and sister that have
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hot for Teacher anyone? Lance Gibson can school me any-day. We know he’s got the looks , the brains did I mention dirty mouth and that sense of humor! Well one problem he doesn’t do relationships! Oh Lance . Mariah our subtle sexy Librarian (do you see where I’m going here?) well yeah catch up people! Yes they have chemistry to bad Mr. Gibson is into History maybe he could figure this out ! I loved it witty funny and when we get into some serious subject matter you need a moment . Well done . I ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
i’m still waiting for the day adriana locke writes a “5 years later” epilogue.
Fiona Fog
Lance Gibson flirts with librarian Mariah, stealing her baked goods and the banter between these two is hot. But Lance also flirts with Nerdy Nurse on a dating app he has on his phone. The banter here though is downright dirty! He's the more laid back of the Gibson boys. But he has a secret. One he hides behind with his dirty thoughts and mind.

Mariah can't help but have baked goods for Lance, not that she lets him know that she bakes them just for him. She has had a crush on the history teacher
Becky Rendon
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lance Gibson is the nerdy one of the Gibson boys. I say "nerdy" but he's also a play boy with zero remorse about his need to never have anything that ends with "ship". He is ridiculously hot. Like ovaries melt on sight regardless of marital status, kind of hot. But he is also smart, kind, and caring- in short he's freaking kryptonite to every woman on the planet and even some floating in space. This intelligent, cocky man has it all figured out or he did before Mariah.

There are plenty of things
Paula D
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sexy, sweet, hilarious and sometimes serious romance book! Lance doesn’t do relationships he uses a app and just screws around never anything serious. Mariah is a strong woman but Lance annoys the heck out of her but she can’t deny the sexy appeal he does to her but of course Mariah keeps it to herself. When everything collides will Lance open up or close himself forever. I love this book, many times I laughed out loud at the bickering. Even broke my heart at times and then made me swoon! 5/5 ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author***

The librarian and the playboy. The serious and the frivolous. The focused and the scattered. Is this a match or are they 2 people with an attraction that they are not able to work? They flirt, but both know (or do they) that it's just flirting, and baked goods, and that this relationship isn't going anywhere.

Or is it? Are they possibly more compatible than they thought?

I liked the story of the relationship between Lance and Mariah, overall. There were a few mome
Cassandra Taylor
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of Amo’s Book Corner

5 Stars

I loved Lance’s book!

Lance is a teacher, he loves his job and the kids he works with. He is also a one night kind of guy, he has his reasons but keeps them close, the only issue is the school librarian he loves being around her and flirting with her.

Mariah loves her job, she has never been very close with her family so has dreams of building her own family with a man she loves. She doesn’t really get out very much but the highlight of her day is whe
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I LOVED Craft! Lance and Mariah’s story was just fabulous!

Lance isn’t looking for love. He just wants lust. He’s good at lust. I loved his character. A bit flawed, but swoon worthy. Mariah’s been burned, and not looking for it to happen again. She and Lance have a chemistry between them that I could feel. They can bicker, but that chemistry between them is a great foundation.

Craft is a standalone within a series. It’s easy to follow, and the characters are so much fun. The story was interestin
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adriana Locke is at the top of her ‘craft’ with this novel. This was a fast read as I couldn’t put it down.

Oh, Lance, you might be my favorite in the Gibson Boys series. Ms. Locke’s characters gets better, hotter and sweeter with each installment.

Meet Lance and Mariah, both hiding secrets, both needing love, but scared they don’t deserve it. The getting what they deserve is fraught with humor, angst, heat, and a soul-melting sweetness. You will wish, with all your heart, that you lived among thi
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USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the

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