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Summary

They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension, and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, and takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All 16 times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin, too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and, seeing the librarian in skirts, drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that, and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years. These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be listened to as a standalone novel.

©2018 Adriana Locke (P)2018 Adriana Locke

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Nice and easy

This is a nice easy read. Not too involved. The plot line could of been a bit more involved but I did enjoy it. Performance’s wonderful by Kai and Wen.

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Book 2 is so good!

There is just no way to that all these Gibson boys can be so wonderful! Or is there? Well, Nana has done an incredible job of raising these three, and this book is the story of Lance. Lance is a school teacher who is smitten with the Librarian, Mariah. There is definite attraction, but neither acts on it. When the two finally do get together, it's combustible. They are meant for each other. Lance carries some heavy baggage with him though, and does not want a serious relationship. But can he help it? I love the way Locke always weaves some realness into her stories. The secret that Lance carries is big and can really effect his future with a woman, and the way she handles it beautifully. The best part of this story I found is the relationship the brothers have together and with their grandmother. The true adoration they have for each other, and the love and respect she has raised this family with oozes through and you can feel how it affects their decisions. And the baking...YUM! What fun that is! This is a loving, warm and decadent story and left me wanting to hear Machlan's story.

That warm voice of Wen Ross becomes Lance in this book. He is able to catch the essence of Lance, both the passionate and the vulnerable, and there is a lot of of very emotion with this man. Kai Kennicott flawlessly takes on Mariah, not with a typical librarian tone, but with a truly caring vibe that carries from the students to Lance. Truly a wonderful listen.

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  • bookbruin
  • 22-05-18

Hot for Teacher!

Craft is a sexy and playful enemies to lovers story. It's book 2 in the Gibson Boys series, but can be listened/read as a standalone.

I really enjoyed the sexy banter and innuendo between Lance and Mariah. It made this such a fun listen! Some of the text exchanges had me giggling and laughing out loud, while others had me blushing like crazy. Lance honestly had some of the best come backs and dialogue. Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott narrated it so wonderfully. Wen especially was just the right amount of cocky and vulnerable. Even though I'm not a big fan of the manwhore hero, I loved Lance's amazing chemistry with Mariah and how supportive he was of her throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the build up between these two and the will they/won't they really set the stage for that absolutely scorching scene in the pantry.

Though I loved seeing Lance and Mariah navigate the road between co-workers, friends, and more, I did feel that the overall pacing of the story was a bit slower than the author's previous books. I'm glad there wasn't any true other woman/man drama though and that the push and pull was all internal to Lance and Mariah. The epilogue felt just right for our characters and I'm really excited for Machlan's story next!

*Note: I heard a bit of feedback or echo while listening to this audiobook. It didn't detract from the story or actual narration, but because I'm a big fan of these narrators, I did notice a slight difference from their previous titles.*

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  • Heather North
  • 18-07-18

I loved this!

Amazing listen with loads of emotion, humor, and romance. Lots of fun characters and a great friends-to-lovers story. Amazing narrators, I love their duet style and they bring the characters to vivid life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • KJKM
  • 07-08-18

Oh my History and Librarian

This story was very intense and super sexy. How the each character was read I felt like I was listening to a one sexy story.

What I was so drawn to and had to finish is this couple had a banter that was witty, sexy and romantic. They made me laugh and cry and you can truly feel it as Kai and Wen read. Love loved every second of this audiobook

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  • Liz Thompson
  • 30-07-18

A sweet and charming story with all the feels!

I am loving The Gibson Boys series on audiobook! I could not stop listening! In Craft we get Lance Gibson’s story, the hunky history teacher with the huge heart of gold who stays away from anything remotely close to using the word “ship”. We finally get to know him and his history, but we also get to see all the characters we fell for in Crank, the first book in the series.

Lance Gibson keeps things light with all his female companions, if you will. He carries a secret that haunts him and keeps his heart locked up. But the school librarian, Mariah Malarkey, is an entirely different story. Not quite enemies and not quite friends, they tease and banter each other for over a year. While both keeps the other at a distance, they are drawn to each other.

I cannot begin to express how much I loved Lance. He put on an exterior of a lover and a player, but under all that he was a guy with a huge heart. He was such a sweet, caring and patient man. Mariah was left heartbroken after her breakup and is finding it hard to open up again. Without support from her mother or sister, she is finding her way. Mariah was sweet, honest and tried to guard her heart. But when they finally truly face each other, they can no longer deny what was always between them.

Craft was a sweet and charming story with light angst. The narrators, Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott, did an amazing job bringing Lance and Mariah to life. I loved the story, the characters and the Gibson boys so much! Looking forward to reading more from this family!

4.5 stars! Happy reading!

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  • Christy Baldwin BBU
  • 25-07-18

Fun and fantastic!

<i>Craft</i> was such a fun and fantastic book! Lance and Mariah were both amazing and their banter was the best! It was sweet, romantic, snarky, emotional, and all around a great read.

Lance Gibson is a history teacher who doesn't do commitment. Mariah Malarkey is the librarian at the high school Lance teaches at. He loves nothing more than stealing the sweets she bakes daily and giving her a hard time. I'll say it again- the banter between these two was EVERYTHING! I loved the back and forth between them!

At first these two have a fun, care free, frenimes relationship, but then there are turn of events that change things between them. Things naturally develop and progress and even though both try to fight the feelings, they can't. I adored these two together. I was completely enamored by their coupling. I loved how fresh and fun it was, but it also had moments that pulled at my heart strings and hit me in the feels. I loved that it gave me both sides.

Wen Ross and Kai Kennicot narrated this book, and they make quite the narrating duo. I especially loved the way Lance was voiced. It was perfection! I think these two read together so well and always love when they both narrate a book.

Even though this is book 2 in The Gibson Boys series, I'm confident it can be read as a stand-alone as I have not read the first book and I wasn't lost. I'll definitely be checking it out, though! I can't wait for more from these characters. This book was fabulous and I highly recommend the audio!

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  • BelleReader
  • 15-07-18

Love Will Find A Way

Mariah and Lance are healing each other in ways they didn't even know they needed in this sharp, funny, and sexy tale of life, love, and cupcakes. Mariah has always been the girl left in the corner. It's been easy for everyone in her life to leave her feeling slightly inadequate. If a childhood filled with her mother constantly playing favorite with her sister wasn't enough to give her a complex, her boyfriend choosing to marry and start a family with her perfect sister was enough to seal the deal. The only somewhat bright spot in her life is her fun fantasy flirt life. Flirting with the handsome Lance Gibson and baking him treats makes her heart go pitter patter. It's a safe way to feel wanted without the risk really exposing her heart again. Lance is the king of the hookup. He always is up front and never promises picket fences or happily ever afters and until lately it has always been enough. Usually lite banter followed by the deed is enough of interaction for him, but now all of sudden his feelings are starting to get involved. He has his reasons for keeping his heart out of equation, but that options seems to no longer be in the cards especially as he finds a woman tailor made to fit him.

I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book.

Narration: Wen and Kai are Locke geniuses! They know just how to bring her delectable characters to life and make you forget you are even listen to a book. Their flawless chemistry ignites and you cannot help but really see these characters leap right out of your mind as though it were someone relaying a story to you personally.

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  • theresa
  • 10-07-18

Great listen and great edition to this series

Lance Gibson is a history teacher that doesn’t want to settle down. Mariah Malarkey is the librarian that likes to bake and give Lance a hard time. These two are great and the relationship is fun. The build up to this couple and to find out what happens to them is so good. I could not stop listening to Kai kennicott and Wen Ross narrate This great book from the wonderful Adriana Locke. This is a wonderful series that I can’t wait for the next installment

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  • kgagnon
  • 29-06-18

I absolutely adore these Gibson men!

I absolutely adore these Gibson men! This is Lance and Mariah's sweet and sexy story of love, loyalty and being true to yourself. Lance is so swoony with all his charming cockiness, compassion and sexiness. Mariah appears to be this demure librarian but underneath is a rebellious woman just wanting to let her wild side out. I loved both Lance and Mariah, their chemistry just leaps off the page and I loved them together. Their friends to lovers story is fun, emotional, and super steamy. All the Gibson boys are present and their unconditional love, support, and needling is what makes this story even better.
Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott are amazing as they perform with such passion while capturing the light, homey feel. They really helped to make these characters come alive.
This small town romance series has captivated my heart, and I can't wait for more of the Gibson Boys!

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  • SairaM
  • 26-06-18

Oh those Gibson Boys

I enjoyed listening to the narrators. The dual narration was wonderful, this was the first time listening to these particular narrators. I enjoyed this story, and meeting these characters. I can’t wait to see what the other Gibson Boys are all about.

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  • Pamela
  • 25-06-18

Gibson first for me

Wow what a great story. This is my First Gibson Brothers story. These two characters had such great chemistry. The narration was amazing.