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*New Review* Blog Tour: Crave Me by M. Robinson12:14 PMAlma Lopez
Title: Crave Me
Author: Bestselling Author M. Robinson
Cover Model: Mitch McKersie
Cover Design: The Final Wrap
Release Date: May 10th
They say in order to find yourself you have to go home.
What if home was what you're running from?
Where did that leave you?
Always on the other side of the fence.
Always looking in.
Always wishing you were someone you couldn't be.
Until one day you meet her.
She was my high, but she was also...
"Heaven and Hell. God and Satan. Love and hate. It all blended together. Forming a clusterfuck of hope and despair."
F*ck my life. M. Robinson is literally trying to kill me with her words. I feel like I've been giving my heart a pep talk about finally reading Austin's story since the first book dropped. I just knew it was going to be a rough ride, and M didn't hold back, no hand holding or coddling in sight. We finally get to dig in deep to the depths of Austin's heart and soul. He's not just a bad boy drug addict on a mission to rebel, he is damaged by guilt and a heart breaking struggle to be loved for who he is.
"It was too late. It had me. The addiction. A tight grasp on my soul, pushing me further and further into the black abyss."
Gah...you can feel his desperation gripping you to your very soul. Drug addiction isn't a glamorous or easy topic to read about for most people, but M did such an amazing job at drawing you into the dark side and pushing the boundaries of love--proving that passion and love is limitless. I had to grab for my heart multiple times, just to hold myself together.
"For a moment I had silence. For a second I found my peace. Even if it almost just cost me...my life."
From the moment Austin met Briggs, he knew his life would change forever. She made him feel things he never thought he was capable of...acceptance and understanding. Briggs' story was heart clenching on a whole other level. They may have connected with their shared painful pasts, but the feeling of finally not being alone anymore was what made their hearts flutter with hope.
"I saw something familiar in her eyes, something I had always seen in mine, reflecting back at me. Pain."
Of course, things aren't that straight forward. Outside influences come in to wreck havoc on their fragile and new bubble of love and passion. Austin falls down the rabbit hole, takes every potion, and struggles to climb back out to reality. Is Briggs enough to help him win the fight and finally face his demons? Or will she end up collateral damage in the destructive downfall? Can they untangle themselves from the web of hurt and face all their truths head on? If they do...will it be too late?
"As much as he wanted the truth, I wanted to remain in the lies."
This story wasn't just about pain and struggle, it was about hope, preservance, and...here comes the gushy stuff...true lasting love. It was so hard to see all the eternal love that Austin had for Briggs get all muddled up with his addiction. The fight was difficult, with many defeats that kept knocking him down. I was actually mentally giving him the coach-half-time-hang-in-there speech so many times throughout the book. Both Austin and Briggs were incredibly strong characters, despite their many weaknesses. Sometimes those weakness are what makes you stronger in the end, and their story is the perfect example of that. Well done once again M!!! You really knocked it out of the park. Each book in this series just gets better and more emotional. You probably have quite a collection of all our hearts proudly displayed on your night stand. I can't wait to see what she writes next...because you know you have a fan girl for life over here! If you haven't read this series yet...stop what you're doing and get those one click fingers flexing.
4.5 out of 5 Intoxicating, Captivating, Hope-filled Stars!!!
Colors blended together making it hard to focus on one thing. I blinked a few times and just like that…
I saw her face.
As if she was standing right in front of me.
My whole world…
I felt my lips curl up slightly at the vision as I reached out for her. Wanting to touch her, needing to hold her, yearning to kiss her. Craving, God, craving to fucking love her.
“I’m sorry,” I murmured out loud to no one but the illusion of my drug-infested mind. “I’m so fucking sorry,” I repeated repentantly, longing for her to believe me.
Aching for her to love me again like she used to.
I don’t know how long I sat there, staring at her beautiful face before my eyes, subconsciously rubbing the tattooed key that was placed over my heart. I couldn’t take it anymore, and the desire won over the haze.
It was too powerful.
It was too vivid.
I grabbed my phone. “Baby,” I said into the speaker. The ringing quickly followed, going straight to voicemail. I hung up and tried again. “Baby,” I urged with desperation in my tone.
I tried again and again and again.
I would try until the end of time if that’s what it took for her to answer.
To talk to me.
To save me.
To crave me.
Time just seemed to standstill, as my life slowly played out in front of me. Trying to balance in between the light and the darkness when all I could see was gray.
“What?!” she screamed into the phone, finally answering after I don’t know how many failed attempts. “What the hell do you want now?”
“Mi cielo.” I breathed a sigh of relief.
She ignored my term of endearment. I hadn’t called her that in such a long time.
“What do you want, Austin? Why are you calling me? We’re over! I can’t do this anymore!”
I shut my eyes and let my mind wonder, allowing it to go to another place in time where she didn’t hate me.
“I remember the first time I made you smile,” I chuckled, as if it had just happened.
My nerves were on fire. The mere sound of her breathing through the phone was too intense for me. I licked my lips, my mouth suddenly dry.
“I remember when you used to smile just for me. Do you remember, baby? Do you remember what my love feels like?”
I heard her faintly breathing.
“Do you remember my hands on you? My lips? My tongue? The first time I made you come with my mouth? Do you remember all the times since? Tell me I’m not forgotten. Tell me you remember, baby.”
“I love you, Briggs. I love you so fucking much. You’re killing me, don’t you see that? I’m dying without you.”
“No, Austin. You were dying with me,” she rasped, knowing that it killed her to say that.
“The first time I saw your face, I thought to myself, damn, this beautiful girl is goin’ to be the death of me. You were perfect in every way. I was a cocky son of a bitch who needed you then, as much as I need you now.”
“I had a dream about you, baby. I always fucking dream about you. In my dream you had a ring on your finger. A ring I put there. You belonged to me. Only mine. Forever fucking mine. You were pregnant, Briggs. You looked so goddamn happy. I saw light at the end of the tunnel for the first time in years.”
She sniffled into the phone.
“I made love to you. Slow, just the way you love. Taking my time to touch every last inch of your body. Memorizing every last bit of you. Making you come until you begged me to stop. I didn’t.”
“I can’t—” she tried to interject, but I didn’t let up.
“I kissed your stomach. Our baby. Letting my lips linger there, whispering sweet lullabies, letting her know daddy will always be there. Baby, it was so real. For a second I gave you the one thing you so desperately wanted, the one thing I can’t give you.”
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Bestselling author of The VIP Trilogy, Tempting Bad, Two Sides Gianna, and The Good Ol' Boys series. M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein. She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat.