Craving Lily by Nicole Jacquelyn
Series: The Aces' Sons #4
Also in this series: Craving Trix, Craving Molly, Craving Hawk
Published by Self-published on April 27, 2017
Genres: Biker / MC
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I grew up hearing about my parents’ love story. How he’d fought for her when she’d refused to fight for herself. The way she’d fought for him when she’d feared that all was lost.
I wanted that.
But for some reason, I’d always imagined that my love story would be different. That it would be easy.
No, our story was intense, and convoluted, and frustrating.
But it was ours.
In the end it all came down to one thing…
I’d loved him since the very beginning.
Even when he wasn’t mine to love.
Craving Lily follows the early years of a young Lily who is growing up with the loss of her sight. She’s an interesting character who doesn’t let her blindness quash her spirit. In a way, it protects her from a lot of the goings on surrounding her. I was thrown initially by the slow burn MC romance driving this story but I was so caught up in the characters I just enjoyed the story.
What struck me several times was the respect Leo showed to Lily, her father and the club. Usually it’s the other way around, not because respect is being held back, but the timing to incur the least amount of drama. I smirk as I even think of lessening the drama in an MC romance because that’s part of what I enjoy in them. Drama for the sake of ticking a box is not what I look for and I am always excited to get a book that travels down the less trodden path.
So I loved the characters, enjoyed the slow burn and appreciated the story, what held me back from loving this book as much as the others in the Aces’ Sons series? I wanted more LOL. Yes more time with the characters after they got together but I also wanted more of the time when they were apart. Am I greedy? Of course, I searched high and low to see if I could find another book to read next in this series. While I didn’t find any, I do believe there will be more written.
The other struggle I had was reading the prelude which depicted a terrifying scene not again visited for a considerable time into the story. While I soon put the incident off to the side, when I did come across it I felt we were told more than shown for certain aspects of it. If I could have read the initial information in sequence with the timeline depicted in the book it would have been easier to process. .
I can’t finish without giving a special mention to the secondary characters especially her family and her best friend Rose. The stand out, heart melting scene in the story was the beautiful father daughter chat about how to not let frustrations in life turn you into someone you don’t want to be. His advice on how she could expel her energy were from a father who gave her unbiased, gender neutral advice that made me smile.
This has been another great addition to the series, full of challenges depicted in a matter of fact way. The line that comes to mind is life happens or words to that effect. And when life happened to Leo and Lily they worked through it as friends do. Well, sometimes, other times not so but the strong foundations their friendship was built on withstood the knocks they encountered.
3.5 Still Craving More Stars!
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