The Craving (Natosha’s Review)

Title: The Craving
Author: Z. Allora
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 3, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, science fiction, fantasy
Page Count: 304 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.

Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.

Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way reunite with his Chosen.

Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away on board a star craft to follow his heart.

Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death.

Just because one has a calling does not mean that is what is truly in his heart

Phoenix learned at the age of 14 that his calling was to be a monk. Truly he was happy about his seeing as how he is a “Chosen One”. But being a chosen one comes with stipulations such as never being able to have sex with anyone even if you meet the one that is your mate. You have too be pure andit is not always easy.

Just one touch from Phoenix’s true mate and what is to be the love of his life starts the cravings to mate with him. Phoenix fights these feelings because he feels he has to be true to his calling and to follow the rules.

But sometimes the heart wants something completely different then what the mind knows and Phoenix has to decide what he wants more.

Once Phoenix comes in contact with Zadra again after some time has past, Phoenix has not forgotten him nor has he forgotten what he felt for him before going to the ministry. Now Phoenix has to decide what he wants more and then he has to deal with his decision.

While this is happening Eros and Riva had the same calling but what was different for these two was they chose each other and now they have consequences for their actions.

This was a very interesting read. It is based around four men that are all alike in the way that they have to decide if they will follow their hearts or if they will follow the path that is laid forth for them. But at the same time they are all different and have different issues and reasoning they have to deal with on a personal level in order to find their true happiness. I really enjoyed this read. I believe that others will feel the same. I look forward to more books by Z. Allora in the future.

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Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.