Series: Good Ol' Boys

Princess Emma Reviews: Crave Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Crave Me by M. RobinsonCrave Me: The Good Ol' Boys on May 10th 2016
Pages: 428
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5 Stars

They say in order to find yourself you have to go home. What if home was what you were running from? Where did that leave you? Always on the other side of the fence. Always looking in. Always wishing you were someone you couldn't be. Until one day you meet her. The one. She was my high, but she was also... My demise.

Series: Good Ol' Boys #4
Also in this series: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1)

5 Crowns

Book 4 in the Good Ol’ Boys series. Each book is a standalone read featuring a character from a group of lifelong friends. You do not need to have read the previous books, but you do HAVE to. This series is amazing and you will only feel more emotionally connected to the main characters in this book if you have read their journey from the very beginning.

Austin has always been the most enigmatic of his group of friends. With 3 of the boys older than him and the only girl of their tight knit group younger, he has never felt he quite fitted in. Always trying to be one of them, to be the perfect good ol’ boy, the best friend he could be and to fit the mould that his parents had created for him seriously takes its toll. One day Austin decides that to find himself he must walk away from them all. Become a man that suits him and not everyone else. But in doing so he must either face his demons head on, or mask them until one day they rear their ugly head and maybe just kill him or the relationships he craves forever.

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Briggs lost her parents at a young age and has blamed their deaths on herself ever since. Sent to live with her uncle that is shady to say the least, she lives in a bubble he has created without friends or any affection from him. When she realises that the only direction she can take in life is the pathway her uncle sets out for her, little does she know that it will lead her towards a man that will be her saviour, her addiction and her own personal hell.

A chance meeting between Austin and Briggs sets them on a love story like no other. They become dependent on each other, but one of them has a darkness, a craving, an addiction that will send them both spiralling down. Will their love be enough to save them, or will the dependency they each fight be their ultimate downfall.

F**k me sideways, what an amazing story and what a conclusion to a seriously EPIC series. What I have loved most about this series is how different each characters journey is. These aren’t stories told over a few months or even a year. These journey take you from childhood, well into adulthood. It is impossible not become emotionally connected to these characters and both the joys and battles they face as years pass them by.

Austin more than any other character has been somewhat of a mystery. He has always played his cards close to his chest, but we also knew he had serious issues. Austin’s continued involvement with drugs won’t surprise any fan of this series. But the severity and the direction his life takes will. Briggs was introduced in previous books as someone he meets on his travels. We get to know her and her background more and we are introduced to a world far removed from the peaceful place Austin grew up in.

Their love is toxic, all-consuming and becomes an addiction for them both. You will watch there slow decline and I found myself hating Briggs at times for introducing Austin into a world that would only end one way. But no one could hate Briggs as much as she hates herself and she tries so hard to be the person to wake Austin up to the depravity of his life.

So although much of this book happens away from his childhood friends, will they be the ones to save him or will Austin be the only one that can save himself?

I am so sad to say goodbye to Lucas, Half-pint, Dylan, Jacob and Austin. They have become important to me and I feel like I have held their hands through every up, down, forwards and backwards step they have taken. This is without doubt one of the most heart-wrenching, angst-building series I have ever read. I have laughed, I have cried and have had my heart warmed by their stories and their friendships. I don’t think a full series has ever gotten 5 stars for every single book from me, and if I could give each book more I would.

 

If you haven’t yet read an M. Robinson book then I implore you to do so. Her writing style, imagination, choice of words and characterisation is first class. She is a huge talent and an author that I am so pleased to have stumbled across. I now can’t wait for her next project, El Dialo. Once you have read Crave Me you will be just as excited as me.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Complicate Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Complicate Me by M. RobinsonComplicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1) by M. Robinson
on September 12th 2015
Pages: 397
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5 Stars

It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.A decision.A simple choice.There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road. A different life. It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. Pretending was better than knowing the truth...I. Ruined. Us.I had her. I lost her. I love her.All I did was complicate us.
STANDALONE series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.

Series: Good Ol' Boys #1
Also in this series: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Crave Me: The Good Ol' Boys
Also by this author: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Road to Nowhere (Road to Nowhere, #1), Ends Here (Road to Nowhere, #2)

5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Good Ol’ Boys series.

Alex or Half- Pint as she is known, has been in love with her best friend for as long as she can remember. She has chased her 4 boys around since she could walk and she loves them all like brothers, except for Lucas. Her and Lucas, although 2 years apart have always shared a special bond, a closeness, and she loves him more than he will ever know.

Complicate Me is a romance that will span years. From childhood friendships, to young people who love but who also hurt each other. This is Lucas and Alex’s story. It isn’t easy or straightforward. It’s complicated and frustrating, but is nonetheless a beautiful love that spans the years. Will they ever find a way to be together, or will obstacles and indeed their own actions get in the way to prevent their happily ever after?

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What. A. Read! This book has every emotion you want in a love story and so much more. It puts the capital A in Angst and grapples with your heart strings from the very start. The characters in this book, well I am seriously invested in them all. I feel like I know them personally, that I have walked in their shoes. And this is down to the pure quality of M. Robinson’s writing. This isn’t a fluffy, cookie cutter romance. M. Robinson has created a world and a life for each of these characters and I for one will not rest until I know everything there is to know about them.

I kind of don’t want to give too much away about the storyline. I think the synopsis is vague for a reason and I don’t want to spoil that. What I can say is that you need to buckle yourself in for a journey between 2 soulmates that destiny has different ideas for. It’s not an insta-love as such, it’s a slow build that starts in childhood and spans nearly 2 decades. The world seems against them, as do those around them, but most of the damage, hurt and mistakes are down to their own actions. (I am stopping here, but I could write on and on about these two amazing characters and their story.)

 

If you want a moving, angst ridden love story that encompasses childhood friendships, family, dealing with the consequences of the mistakes young adults make, and bonds that will never be broken, this is a book that you can’t miss. I am now so sucked into this series, I am off to read Book 2 Forbid Me, Jacob’s story. Wish me luck, I am so going to need it.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Forbid Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Forbid Me by M. RobinsonComplicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1) by M. Robinson
on September 12th 2015
Pages: 397
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5 Stars

It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.A decision.A simple choice.There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road. A different life. It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. Pretending was better than knowing the truth...I. Ruined. Us.I had her. I lost her. I love her.All I did was complicate us.
STANDALONE series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.

Series: Good Ol' Boys #2
Also in this series: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Crave Me: The Good Ol' Boys
Also by this author: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Road to Nowhere (Road to Nowhere, #1), Ends Here (Road to Nowhere, #2)

5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Good Ol’ Boys series. This is a standalone series with interlinking characters, and yes it can indeed be read as such. However, I implore you to read book 1, Complicate Me before you start this one. I honestly believe that it will only improve the reading experience of Forbid me, as it sets the scene and you will embark on it knowing the tight bond these characters have, and for me that is such an imperative part of this series.

Jacob is the oldest of his tight knit group of friends. He loves them all with a loyal intensity and is particularly protective of Alex, the only girl. His part in keeping her and Lucas apart is something he will have to live with, especially given the secret he keeps from them all. He tried to stay away, but she is his own personal siren. She also happens to be 7 years younger than him and his best friend’s kid sister.

Lily has been in love with Jacob for as long as she can remember. She has always been placed in the kid zone, until one day he notices her for the young woman she is becoming. He thinks it’s wrong, but how can love be wrong? And how will they ever make those around them understand the connection that tethers their souls as one.

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I started this book thinking, how the hell can you top Lucas and Alex’s story; with Jacob and Lily’s, that’s how. OMG, this is one hell of a story. Once again M. Robinson’s writing is amazingly beautiful and the story is so well constructed. With Forbid me she has created a book that’s emotional content will suck you in and break your heart.

It is in essence a forbidden love story combined with a best friend romance, however that seriously doesn’t even begin to do this book justice. When Jacob and Lily share their first kiss Lily is just 15 years old and Jacob 22. In some books that would give you a real ick factor. Let me tell you now, it doesn’t with these 2 characters, and M. Robinson’s writing and portrayal of these characters and the love they share is the reason.  This is a beautiful, heart-breaking and angst ridden journey. You have on one hand Jacob, who loves Lily but really struggles with guilt for the attraction and love he has for her. On the other is Lily; determined, stubborn and confidant in them and the future they could have if they could only overcome the obstacles in their way.

Once again it is a journey over many years. Told in dual POV, you get the whole story and it is in a mixture of past and present which totally worked for their story. It is a story that combines love and hurt, broken hearts and redemption. It really is a beautiful book.

 

I seriously can’t recommend this series or indeed this author enough. Her writing is raw and real and I can’t get enough. I am off now to read Dylan’s book, I need to know what his journey will bring and I need to know now!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Undo Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Undo Me by M. RobinsonUndo Me: The Good Ol' Boys by M. Robinson
on February 26th 2016
Pages: 338
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5 Stars

I met her when I was sixteen. I fell in love with her when I was seventeen. She brought me to my knees when I was twenty. I loved her against reason. I loved her against hope. I loved her against all odds. Now she's back, a constant reminder of what I lost, what could have been. I hate her. I resent her. I still love her. Can I forgive her... Will she be my end once again or my beginning?"

Series: Good Ol' Boys #3
Also in this series: Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Crave Me: The Good Ol' Boys
Also by this author: Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Road to Nowhere (Road to Nowhere, #1), Ends Here (Road to Nowhere, #2)

5 Crowns

Book 3 in the Good Ol’ Boys series. This is a standalone series, however as I have said before please, please read the 2 previous books. Each book has interlinking characters and their stories and the bonds they have in their relationships with each other are pivotal. It will really enhance the emotions you feel for them as characters and the journey this book takes them on.

Dylan “Fuckin’” McGraw has always been the leader of the pack. Cocky, direct and honest to a fault, he makes no apologies for his behaviour or his attitude. The girls throw themselves at him and one thing he is good at is catching them and then throwing them back when he has had his fill… until her. She is his game changer.

Aubrey has moved to North Carolina from L.A following the breakdown of her parent’s marriage. She takes an instant dislike to Dylan and his treatment of her only friend, but soon he casts his net and she is unable to escape him.

She challenges him and brings out a side of him that only one other girl has been able to do. His need to protect and love her takes over and the love they share is beautiful and everlasting. Until one day it isn’t and everything they have becomes ugly and tainted… maybe forever!

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My heart hurts so much after this book. All the books in this series have been deep and meaningful, but this book really explores an ugly side to love and how certain experiences ruin everything that is good. Before I go any further I have to advise that this books contains a very serious subject matter. I am not going to go into it as I don’t want to spoil the read for you, I will however say that it may be a trigger for some. Having said that I can also say that M. Robinson has dealt with it in a sensitive and honest manner. Yes it is a hard book to read at times, but by the end you will be glad you have experienced it.

I was never quite sure about Dylan in the previous books. He was always a little too cock sure of himself and very much an arsehole if I’m honest. This book unmasks the real Dylan and let me tell you, you will want a man like him in your life. His love and loyalty to Aubrey is unrivalled. But it is Aubrey who will break your heart. Her journey is such a torrid one and out of all the couples in these books, it really was these two that have the hardest path for many reasons. Angst is the wrong word for this book, poignant and raw is so much better.

As with all these books we start at the very beginning of their story, following both Dylan and Aubrey over the course of two decades. It is a real rollercoaster that throws in many a twist and turn that I for one wasn’t expecting. The quality of M. Robinson’s writing astounds me and her ability to create feelings that hit you deep in the solar plexus is up with the best. Is it a hard journey? Yes most certainly. But it is also a story about everlasting love, loyalty and the extremes we go to for “The One”.

 

Please do not let this series pass you by. It is a rare gem that I stumbled across, and one that I will never ever forget. I now await Austin’s book, Crave Me. He is the most enigmatic character in this series and one that has always battled with himself throughout each book. I am just glad I only have 2 weeks to wait to be back in North Carolina. Bring on the most epic of book hangovers!

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