Author: B.J. Harvey
Genre: Romantic suspense standalone
Published: October 20, 2015
A dark urge I’ve failed to resist despite years of trying to do that very thing.
I’ve forced myself to hide behind a mask, a perfect orchestration to hide my true self.
After I met her, my wants and needs, my inner most desires changed.
She encouraged me to embrace who I truly am, and she was willing to do anything and everything I wanted, giving herself to satisfy my most carnal appetite.
Then everything in my carefully managed world came crashing down around me. A moment in time, a loss of control, and the very thing I cherish was nearly taken from me.
My fate now lies in her hands.
The very life I’ve built for myself…everything I’ve ever done now waits in purgatory, all caused by a lack of focus at a time when my most concentrated attention was needed.
The very thing I crave may now be the end of me.
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The same word that kept coming back to me all night. Lucia Harding came across as nothing but genuine. Her reactions, her body language, the way she spoke of her brother, the restaurant, and an apparent love of classic design principles. Her laugh, her smile—everything about her was genuine. Real.
“Besides, don’t you need a date to that charity baseball game next weekend? I know you love me, but somehow I think Lucia would look better on your arm than I would. She’d definitely look better in a dress.” I roll my eyes, happy in the knowledge that he can’t see me do it because of the shit he’d give me. However, he’s not wrong about the dress.
“You think you’re funny, don’t you?”
“I know I am. And anyway, it’s not like I called Mrs. Alexander last night and suggested she start planning the wedding and ordering nursery expansion plans, is it?”
“Grant, there’s nothing to talk about. Especially not to my mother. Jesus!”
“Tut tut, Callum Matthew Alexander. Whatever would Father Duncan say if he heard you take the Lord’s name in vain?”
“He’d whack me around the ear then make me say about a hundred Hail Marys.” I grin to myself at the thought. “But then again, if I told him you made out with Marilyn Tompkins in the boys’ restroom, I think you’d come off second best. Just a hunch,” I add.
“You don’t play fair,” he retorts.
“Never claimed to be a saint, my son,” I say with a laugh.
“Hell! Far from it, with the kind of dirty dreams you have. That’s half the fun though, isn’t it?” And there it is. Like a Mack truck to my chest.
“Grant,” I growl. “Let’s not ruin the nice morning I’m having.”
“Did you have a choke ‘n’ stroke in the shower or something?”
He laughs in my ear, and I have to brake suddenly, almost running through a red light. “On that note, since you almost made me kill myself and possibly a few others, we’ll end this call and I’ll see you in the office.”
He sniggers and I release the breath I was holding, shaking my head at him even if he can’t see me. We know each other’s good, bad and downright ugly. Twenty years of friendship has to count for something, including not getting offended with whatever comes out of each other’s mouths.
“Dude, I didn’t mean—”
“Grant, never done a choke ‘n’ stroke, before so I’ll have to take your word for it. See you at the office.”
“Hey now, I never said—”
I push the end button and burst out laughing. I may be serious and I’m more than aware of my propensity to come across as overly intense, but never let it be said that I can’t hold my own in what could easily have turned into an awkward conversation.
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"This book for me was B.J Harvey at her finest. If you like a story that is sexy dark heartfelt intense at times and with an element of mystery then you definitely need to read this book."
"Crave kept me so enthralled, I found it hard to put the book down. Totally in love with Callum & Lucia. Thrilling ride, I can't wait for more!"
"These two together were perfection. Even when things didn't look to good for them, I knew they could surpass anything. But this story is not just about a love story. There's sabotage, angst, jealousy, slander, violence...so many feelings and events. I just loved everything about this book!"
"At first glance Crave looked like a book about two characters battling with their intense sexual desires and falling in love. However, This book was so much more in every way.”
"This book is dark and erotic all wrapped up in a very well told package. It provides a great tension-filled read that gives a glimpse into the lives of two very determined people who have an intense attraction for each other. The action is solid, the pacing terrific and there is a cast of very intriguing characters."
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An avid music fan, you will always find her with headphones on while writing, and the speakers blaring the rest of the time. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and when she’s not writing – she’s reading.
BJ resides with her family in what she considers the best country in the world—New Zealand.
She describes her writing as a little swoon, a lot of heat, a bit of drama and a whole lot of love.