Crave Me? Why yes, I did. I love the O’Brien series and anticipate each new story about how an O’Brien sibling finds their way to love. In this story, we get Wren, the only sister and tough gal. Who would be the special man who could accept an openly strong, brash alpha female and see through the obvious to the beautiful woman inside, too? Well that was the million dollar question, wasn’t it? And I worried a little, but Cecy Robson has a gift and she gave us a hero that Wren and every other woman will swoon over- dear Evan…
Crave Me is book three in the O’Brien series which spins-off of the older Shattered Past series. While this one would be doable as out of order or standalone, it does build on the earlier books as Wren was revealed in her brothers’ romances.
The story opens with new to town and overwhelmed, Evan Jonah trying to traverse winter on the Philly streets and finally deciding he needed a better car for this. He pulls into the first car dealership that catches his eye. And that was the moment he met the colorful and brazen, but generous and fun, Wren O’Brien. Wren sells him a car and leaves him with a new private project- figuring out how he can coax Wren into seeing him again.
Wren has been struggling privately getting over a huge mistake when she trusted the wrong man with her heart. He abused more than her heart and now, he won’t let her go even after the big dust up and she can’t go to the cops or her brothers because the jerk is a cop and will not hesitate to bring harm to her family or cause her family to get into trouble going after him. So when gorgeous, attractive, and sweet gentlemanly Evan Jonah comes along, she is tempted, but gunshy.
Evan is in Philadelphia because he is trying to turn around the failing US branch of the family tech business. For so long his father was too ill and had to trust managers, but now Evan is of age and ready to save his father’s dream. Because he won’t deal with unethical buyers, its a long slow grind back into the black. Too many employees have gotten away with doing little and doing whatever they want. He needs staff he can count on and begins going about it, but he’s alone and nobody has his back until Wren O’Brien strides back into his life.
Wren gives into her wants and decides to take on helping Evan bring his business back online. Oh and who is she fooling, she wants Evan too. Only her past will not let her go and now has Evan in his crosshairs too. Wren can no longer hide her weakness and mistake from her family or Evan if she wants to stand a chance at future happiness.
Alright, this was another fantastic O’Brien story. I adore the setting of Philadelphia, old family and friends, and plots that blend personal growth, a romance that is layered and true, and the ongoing story of family. This story didn’t miss a trick and hits all the emotions and the senses.
Wren is the tough gal and only girl child of the O’Brien family. This keeps her from going to family and letting them soothe her wounds when she picks the wrong guy (a sociopath) and he abuses her emotionally and mentally while stalking her after she broke away and tried to move on. She’s a self-defense instructor and comes from the hard streets of Philly so she struggles to believe that she let herself be the victim. This is her survivor story and how she grew to understand that she made a mistake when she shut everyone out. It was thoughtfully and beautifully written.
Evan is a brilliant man and is a hard guy in the office, but Wren is the one who gets past his defenses and does it with her brash, funny ways and her honest approach to life. He knows that this is the woman for him, but must figure out to how to balance work with life outside the office. And he has his own painful past that he must learn from while figuring out how to be the man Wren needs when he learns her story.
The overall plot of Wren’s stalker and Evan’s race to save his business were the perfect action to blend with their romance. It kept the pace moving and offered excitement, but I was happy for the scenes when all the O’Briens came together, too. The romance is the big draw to the stories, but the family togetherness is integral and the heart of these stories.
In summary, this built on the overall amazingness of the series. Wren and Evan’s story made me laugh, sigh, swoon, hold my breath, and tear up once. All that a contemporary romance fan could ask for. Ready for the next O’Brien to get his story…
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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