Thursday, 2 July 2015

Review - Crystal Jake: The Complete EDEN Box Set by Georgia Le Carre

Title: Crystal Jake: The Complete EDEN Series Box Set 
Author: Georgia Le Carre 
Release Date: May 2, 2015

The Bestselling Erotic Romance Series. Sexy & Suspenseful a whirlwind of steam, romance, and suspense. Meet the commanding, charismatic, Alpha - Crystal Jake Eden. 

Book 1 
Haunted by memories of her brother’s death, and searching for answers,Lily Hart embarks on a career that takes her into a seedy underworld, where she is exposed to wealth, greed, lust and the reign of gorgeous, powerful, and dangerous men—one man in particular wreaks havoc on her emotions. 

At thirty Jake Eden has everything: looks to die for, money, power and a never-ending line of twisted, fucked-up women willing to do anything to get with him. Love? Love was for pussies…until a woman with the stage name of ‘Jewel’ arrives on the scene. She alone is different from all the others. 

Oozing pure, unadulterated sex, strong, intelligent and independent, she is everything he should stay away from, but she makes him itch to tame her and keep her for himself. 
Her lure is addictive and undeniable and soon he is hooked. 
But when the line between betrayal and loyalty is put to test… 

Will love be stronger than revenge? 

Book 2 
Lily: It wasn't supposed to be like this- I came ready, determined, but nothing could have prepared me for Jake Eden. 

Engulfed in his power, his lust and his primal need for me, I've become ever more helpless in his hands. I love the way he touches me, holds me, protects me. I feel alive in ways I cannot explain. I know I am giving my body to a criminal...week after week, but I can't stop. 

I'm addicted. 

He has no idea. 

It's all wrong, but I'll stay with my plan until I figure out a way around the conflict I'm facing... 

Jake: I never knew that looks could blindside a man the way Lily Hart's beauty did me. When our eyes collided that first time, the connection was instant, I knew, that she was like no other. She was something special, uniquely different. 

But I've discovered since then that there is a secretive side to her, and now I fear deception stalks her eyes. 

I know I must keep my distance, but she keeps persisting that I have her heart, so how can I push her away when all I want to do is tie her down and make her mine? 

Book 3 
Lily: I've been such a fool. Such a fool. He saw me coming and tied me up in knots. And I let him. After Vegas, my heart and mind have been thrown into complete disarray. Is it really possible that what we had— all that blazing, unquenchable passion—was just an illusion? 

I know I've lost his trust, but somehow I must find a way to repair the damage I have caused and find my way back to his heart. 

I have to make it right… whatever it takes. 

Jake: She is my wife now, but I know she's not mine. Not really. Not properly. Not the way I want. You see, I want it all. Every last bit of her: heart, mind, body and soul. 
And I'm prepared to move heaven and earth to make that happen. 

This is my mission and my promise. 

Watch me make her mine or die trying...

WOW… what did I just read???

I thought I would have time to read maybe the first book. Then I thought I could give up a bit of sleep and maybe squeeze in the second one. Well, forget all that! There was no sleep until the last page was turned! This series was one of those rare times where I had no prep going in. I didn’t read the blurbs, hadn’t read any reviews and I didn’t know anything about the author. And I still don’t really, except the fact she can weave an incredible, twisty tale of love, lust and devotion. This set contains three novels of a complete series that still has my eyes watering and my stomach knotting… just a wee bit.

Book One 
The opening scene is heart-wrenching as Lily Hart realizes her beloved brother is gone. Picking up some time later it seems her despair has brought her down a rocky path, one that has lead her unexpectedly to Jake Eden. While her job may not be at a nunnery, she is not a criminal though that brush taints Jake’s reputation. 

Whether insta-love or insta-lust, these two were drawn to each other immediately and when they get together it is an interesting mix of heat and discomfort. There were so many nuances and unspoken truths; it seemed to bubble to the surface when his mother, of all people, expresses her doubts. Well, Mom is usually right and the cliffhanger to the first installment explains that unease in one fell swoop!

Book Two
After the bombshell of Lily’s motivations and goals seem to be explained, the romance between her and Jake takes on new meaning. His devotion to her seems to be all the more poignant when Lily’s part in their relationship is seriously in doubt. Lily struggles to stay true to her goals, while Jake is dealing with family and serious business problems. 

When all that is put aside for the two to come together and pledge their true love for each other, another twist is introduced to have you rethinking all that you know once again. How does the author dream up this torture? Another doozy of a cliffy will have you forever grateful you have the whole set at your fingertips!

Book Three
Did Jake and Lily love each other or was it a ruse on both their parts? It seems everything about their relationship is a sham but it’s hard to reconcile the cold hard facts with what we see happening from page to page. Physical lust can be explained away but what about the sharing of feelings and protectiveness they both display for each other? 

This last book truly had my stomach in knots trying to figure out what was the truth and where it would all lead. Betrayals seemed to be never-ending and the two will face, once again, threats from outside which will test their true feelings for each other.

Crystal Jake is an incredible series that kept me riveted from beginning to end. This author has plotted her way to the front of my ‘must read’ shelf. 
~ Review by Diane

I must say, once I started reading the prologue, I knew I was hooked and there was no way I would be putting Crystal Jake down until I had read all three books. Can I say, WOW, what a roller coaster ride it was!

Book One
The chemistry between Jake and Lily is hot and the mystery surrounding both of them kept me on pins and needles, as they say. Now, the ending had me gasping and hoping it wasn't what I thought it was.... Whew, on to book two! 

Book Two
Oh Lily what have you done and why?? I couldn't believe what I was reading but, even more, I was hoping she wouldn't betray Jake, yet I knew it was not that easy. I loved reading in a little bit more detail what Lily went through to get where she’s at today, even though I might not totally agree with her. There are actually choices that both Lily and Jake make that had me scratching my head and asking why

Now, the last couple of chapters moved fast and had me giddy with a big smile. That is, until the very last chapter and then, WTH??? This book had more sex, lies, secrets and WTF moments than book one, and I can only imagine what book three will bring. 

Book Three
Bravo, Georgia Le Carre, for such an amazingly, beautiful story! The conclusion to Jake and Lily's story could not have been written better!! 

I have to say that I loved Lily's grandmother, because she helped her to put things into perspective; she made Lily see that what was in front of her was what she's always wanted, and to be careful to not let it go. 

Jake is very protective of Lily and had me squirming and rubbing my legs together when he displayed his Alpha-ness! That's all I will say because, to me, this book is like a freight train…if you don’t hold on tight and pay attention, you’ll will miss things as it flows flawlessly and at a fast pace. Beware, there are also bumps thrown in there that had me saying, ‘no way!’ 

Book three was my favorite, not just because it answered the questions I had, but also because I got to see how Jake really felt about Lily, and Lily about Jake. This series, though, is amazing!! Now, can I be greedy and ask maybe for a novella on them, to see if they have any “little ones"? 
~ Review by Kara

Georgia Le Carre writes contemporary and adult romance and is the bestselling author of the Amazon # 1 bestseller, the Billionaire Banker series. She lives in a little old 19th century romantic cottage, surrounded by the most magical garden, filled with fruit and walnut trees and teeming with wildlife. Her diet includes all things chocolate and a voracious appetite for Romance reads, particularly new authors with a fresh voice. When she is not feeding words into Amy, her precious laptop, she can be found lost in a long walk in the woods, particularly on moonlit nights; and often with the man of her dreams.

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