Review: Crave Me by Cecy Robson

Review: Crave Me by Cecy RobsonCrave Me by Cecy Robson

Series: #3 O’Brien Family
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on February 28, 2017
Pages: 238
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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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.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #46 CR
Literary Pickers #45 skyscraper
New Release #22

About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • What a great review! I have never read a book by this author but it looks good. Thank you for sharing.

    • You’re in for a treat then, Cindy. 🙂

      Thanks!

  • I’m a bit late I confess and I’m reading Let me but I’m really curious about this one as well

    • Definitely better late than never, Melliane. And you’ve got a good one to anticipate. Love this series and the Shattered Hearts one from earlier. 🙂

  • So glad you loved CRAVE ME Sophia. I adore the O’Brien Family and Wren’s sassy attitude. Evan of course was swoony 🙂

    • I really did. And yes, they were a great couple.

  • Awwww, this sounds like a good read. I’ve not read any of the books in this series, nor have I read anything by this author. But I remember another blogger enjoying a book by Robson. Mmmm, Evan does sound pretty swoony. ;D I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Oh yes, this was a delicious treat and I adore the whole series. Hope you get the chance, Alyssa.

      You have a good last half of the week, too. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Great review Sophia Rose so many of my blogger friends love her I need to get on board 🙂

    • Most definitely, Debbie. I think you would love her books. 🙂

  • I read one of her books for the first time last month and really liked it. I’ll definitely be reading more. Loved the review.

    • They’re addicting. I started with the Weird Girls and then headed into her contemporaries. She just keeps wowing me. 🙂

  • This sounds fun. I’ve never read anything by Cecy Robson but I’ve heard good things. Glad you loved this one.

    • Oh yes, they are solid and worthy of the whispers, Quinn. 🙂

  • Great review, Sophia! I can see why you enjoyed this one so much. Evan sounds like a keeper! I think it would have been cool to have a woman on the cover of the only book in the series that had the female relative in it, but I guess pecs and abs sell better! LOL

    • You know, Angie, that’s a good point that at least a couple on the cover would have been good for Wren’s book. But yes, Evan and the whole story and series are so worth the read.

  • I do enjoy her writing and I need to check out her contemporary work. I do think I need to add this series on my wishlist.

    • Love her Weird Girls series. Yes, this one is a spin-off of The Shattered Hearts series so start there first, Melissa. Hope you enjoy when you get the chance. 🙂

  • I don’t think I have read Cecy Robson but have definitely seen her books around. I am definitely intrigued by this one with your 5 star rating. It sounds wonderful. Great review!

    • Oh, you’re in for a treat when you try your first one, Carole. If you get to grabbing your first one, start with the Shattered Hearts series since this one, The OBriens is a spin-off.

      Thanks!

  • Ahhhhh! I need to read this! I love the 1st book in the series, but totally moved to loserville and slacked with the rest. I’ll need to fix that soon and read them.

    • LOL! For shame, lady. Yes, you need to keep going. Wren’s story has been the best O’Brien story yet. 🙂

  • Yay! I’m glad to see you enjoyed! I really enjoyed her Weird Girls so I’ll definitely have to check this out! Awesome review, Sophia Rose!

    • Yes, do, Cyn! Start with her Shattered Hearts trio first though because this one is a spin-off.

  • Every time I see her books and one of yall raving I’m like I have GOT to read these. But I just haven’t squeezed them in yet. I think I’d enjoy this family 😀

    • We’re awful, aren’t we, dangling goodies under your nose like that. LOL

      But yes, you have a rare treat in store when you get the chance for these, Anna. 🙂

  • It sounds like this book gives you all the feels here and of course Robson is so good at that right? I can’t wait to grab this one up.

    • It really did, Renee. I think you will totally swoon over Evan and get a kick out of Wren.

  • Sounds like Evan is a good match for Wren. I am glad to hear you’ve been enjoying this series so far! I can see why Wren would be reluctant to let another man in her life after how the previous ones treated her, sounds like a nasty situation. It sounds like a great story with all the emotional layers and the romance. Great review!

    • He was. He was amused and proud of her when most men wouldn’t be able to handle her take charge ways and straight to the point talking. Yes, Wren did struggle but mostly because that nasty situation was still giving her a hard time during the story.

      Loved it! Thanks, Lola!