Craft by Adriana Locke

Craft

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They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.

This book will make you hungry. If you don’t end up wanting peanut butter frosting, lemon bars, and Coke with the good ice, then you have amazing willpower. The kind of willpower that Mariah and Lance definitely lack…

This couple had a really good chemistry level, and it was appropriate for their story. Another aspect I loved about this story was, as readers, we really get to see how this couple draws each other out. Lance pulls out Mariah’s sexier side, and it’s not because he’s trying to do it, but because she has a comfortable with him. Mariah pulls out Lance’s more serious side, and again, it’s because of his comfort and trust in her.

This couple isn’t without their conflicts though. Mariah and her mother have a strained relationship and Lance has his own secrets that he’s hiding. I appreciated that while there are conflicts, they don’t all get resolved and I felt like that made sense for the story. I never felt like the author rushed through anything in order to make everything absolutely perfect for this couple. Mariah and Lance have to get to their own kind of perfect.

This book is the epitome of what I think of when I picture a small-town romance. It’s sweet; an easy read that I ended up reading in one sitting. The story has characters that show growth for themselves, not just each other. You can feel their love grow and you truly experience it happen. This will go down as one of my favorite books from Adriana Locke.

 

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