Title: Constant Craving
Author: Tamara Lush
Publisher: Tamara Lush
Release Date: November 1st 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Justine is shocked when her first love appears at her newspaper, offering to bail it out of bankruptcy. She’s even more shocked when Rafael makes a proposition: spend the next month together, allowing him to do anything he desires with her, and her newspaper gets everything it needs.
But is Rafael only back in Justine’s life to show her what she’s missed all these years? Or is he out for revenge? Justine isn’t sure, but Rafael is still devastatingly sexy — and she knows that his touch, his kisses, his body, leaves her powerless.
She knows that opening their hearts and giving their bodies to each other a second time may destroy them forever…especially when the pain of the past and difficult choices for the future collide.
I can’t count how many times I cried reading this.
*ARC Recieved via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
It’s a long story, truly it is. No scene is useless, no scene is redundant because every scene has a purpose. I could consider this work as a masterpiece. It’s written so well that I have no complaints. In the beginning I was super eager to know why and how they broke up. I had a lot of guesses and theories and all of them were right.
I was hurt when I first met Rafael and he is this cold, arrogant man. I understood why he’s become that way, why he acts as such. Clearly he has been hurt deep. Most guys I met who have been hurt tend to turn into Rafael. Without knowing how he was in the past and only just meeting him, I tend to feel offended and hurt on behalf of Justine.
Justine on the other hand tends to get annoying sometimes but that’s just how her character is designed. I’ve never met a person someone like her who doubts so much and goes to a conclusion immediately. She tends to be close minded and only sees one path for the future. It’s not a character flaw, it’s just unique for me. Most people I’ve met aren’t like her.
However, both clearly have changed over time. For better or for worse. I love stand-alone books with character development for acceptable reasons.
The story is written in Justine’s POV only but it shifts between past and present events. With this it has made the reading experience more intriguing and the emotions more raw. The present events reflect to past events and it makes the entire thing a treat to read.
I am torn between wanting to read more second chance stories or not because it’s bittersweet and I have a soft heart. If two belong deserve a second chance and I would want nothing more but for them to get back together. Purely 5 out of 5 stars, no, make that 6 out of 5 stars. I love this book so much and this will not be the last Tamara Lush book I’ll read.