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Crave Me: The Good Ol' Boys (Volume 4) Paperback – May 10, 2016
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I'm not sure if personal experience ruined this for me or just the fact that each chapter seemed to repeat the previous one. I lived with an addict and have watched someone I loved go from boy next door to someone who can't function without snorting a line before his feet hit the floor in the morning, someone who looks nothing like the man you fell in love with and acts like a stranger. I lived it, I made my choices and did what I thought was best. That's where I could not connect with Briggs at all, having been there I know what I'd do, she just pissed me off.
I'm one of the few it appears that didn't love this book.
I've read this author before and enjoyed her work but this one I just could not get into.
I understand the story line of addiction has it's ups and downs, that an addict will fall and pick themselves back up sometimes multiple times, but to me the story moved really slow and was quite repetitive.
At first I just couldn't get into the story, I put the book down and came back to it later. The further in I got the more I realized this book just wasn't doing it for me. Austin honestly made me want to beat him to death on numerous occasions, the whole "I love you" every time I screw up thing doesn't work after awhile, and ten years of it was just too much for me.
And Briggs. Hardcore, hard hearted, but weak as a newborn babe when it came to Austin.
Honestly the baby part would have had me finished with him but she still kept enabling, kept hoping things would change without really forcing them to. The fact that she didn't love herself enough to get out drove me nuts.
I get that she loved him but if you love someone that much GET THEM HELP.
Three stars is the best I can do, I honestly did not feel connected to the characters. The repetitiveness of the story made it seem too drawn out and Austin & Brigg's story probably could have held my attention more and easily been told in under 300 pages instead of 428.
Austin comes from a well to do family but always is a bit lost...Then the accident which seems to be when his life takes a huge turn. Briggs is little girl who's whole life changes in a blink of an eye!
These two lost souls find each other and Briggs find I love for the first time in her life. Austin is addicted to Briggs upon first sight and it only intensified every day..every minute.
"She was like a diamond- smooth but with sharp edges. This Girl..was going to be the end of me.."
Addiction comes in many ways..Love, power, drugs
Broken..finding love..enjoying living until it...the drugs start to tear them apart piece by piece..
Briggs tries to do what is best for them but Austin is so consumed by the power and can not quit...Austin is torn from Briggs by his new love..drug's..
"Loving an addict was like being on a rollercoaster with no seat belt on. You have no idea when it was going to turn. Your just confused, disoriented, fearful, praying..
All you could do is hang on for dear life and hope it didn't kill you."
Learning to trust will bring these two full circle along with learning to love yourself..
An absolute phenomenal book...That leaves you Craving More!
Austin gets in a car wreck his senior year in high school, is flown head first out the front window of the car. He hurts his BFF, Alex, Austin blames himself. Austin knows the group of friends also blame him. Austin finishes high school, but leaves soon afterwards due to a fight with his parents and fighting with his friends. Austin roams around the US, going from state to state. He winds up in Michigan freezing under a bridge. He calls home and his father says he is cut off and basically never to contact them again. What an awful parent. I always feel that I can contact my parents. I felt horrible for him and his tuff love his parents give him.
Austin met Briggs at a party in Miami. Briggs says she is from Washington. Austin makes his way to Washington hoping to find her. He never does. Austin & his traveling friend wind up in New York at a party, and who do they see -- Briggs the one he's been searching for. Briggs & Austin finally talk and spend time together. Briggs invites him back to her place, but just to sleep on the couch.
Briggs is in the drug running business thanks to her Uncle. However, Austin wants to be around her as a body guard. Brigss says this is an awful idea, she doesn't want him around this life style. However, he wants to be around her. Briggs & Austin continue growing their friendship, and do grow together in their relationship with each other.
Briggs & Austin come to love each other, spending years together. Briggs knows Austin better than he knows himself. Austin has demons he needs to fight, however, he isn't strong enough to do it. Briggs tries to be strong enough for the both, however, fighting substance abuse isn't something one alone can fight.
This is a wonderful book, friendship, substance abuse, heartbreak, & love.
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