Craving Absolution is written by Nicole Jacquelyn and was published on July 21st, 2014. It is the third installment of the Aces series and is a MC Romance (motorcycle club romance).
Farrah Miller and Cody “Casper” Butler have a longstanding relationship that both refuse to discuss.
It isn’t romantic.
It may not even be classified as a friendship.
Casper’s been saving Farrah from herself for longer than he’d care to admit, watching silently as she drowned herself in alcohol. Then, when she finally got her act together, he left. He told himself he was giving her time to sort herself out. He tried to give her space.
But getting shot in the chest can change a man’s perspective, and Casper’s done waiting.
When he shows up on her doorstep one night, everything changes.
He’s the man who’s seen her at her very worst.
She’s his weakness.
He runs when things get hard.
She never lets anyone see below the surface and is terrified of being abandoned.
He knows it’s a long shot, that there’s a good chance she’ll never drop her guard for him—but he has to try. Because a life with Farrah is exactly what he wants—even if he has to fight her for it.
When I bought this book, I did not know it was part of a series, let alone the last installment, so I’ve kinda done this whole series backwards yet still found enjoyment in the book. This wasn’t my favorite MC Romance, and I’ve read a lot of them. I love the idea of the rogue rough and tough alpha with a tough as nails yet slightly vulnerable female together. LOVE IT. But in this book, we get a man who seems almost wrong.
Casper is super smart, his family sending him away to boarding school when he was just 7 years old, and it seems like he should be going places if his family didn’t always drag him down (and I mean this in the least offensive way possible) but I feel he would have been even better if he had followed a different path in life, he just doesn’t seem super committed to the MC and its ideals. Farrah is the most self-destructive character I have read about. She’s vulnerable yet she isn’t, anorexic, and weak willed. She witnessed something horrible when she was younger and after experiencing a tragic lost, she turns to drugs, alcohol, and random hook ups; all while Casper follows her around like a lost puppy.
This novel is full of conflict and drama, almost to the point of obnoxiousness. Casper and Farrah are always on the outs over something trivial and it seems to me that they can never find a good place in their relationship. The jealousness we see over Casper and Farrah’s ex, Echo, seemed promising, yet disappointed me when the author didn’t go into detail about the past relationship beyond snide remarks said during spats. The conflict would have been more realistic if the readers know more about Farrah’s relationship with Echo and why it had devastated her so badly when it ended so horribly.
All in all, it was a decent light summer read, and I would rate it a 6 out of 10. If you like drama, make-up sex, and everlasting love (no matter how many spats and arguments) then this is definitely the MC book for you. The other two installments of the series are as following: Craving Constellations (Ace #1) and Craving Redemption (Ace #2).