4.5 /5 Stars
“Crooks definitely has a sultry slow burning writing style that builds anticipation at each turn of the page.”
Stanna is my favorite character in L.A. Caveman. She is passionate, fiery, and completely stubborn. But she is also very intelligent and knows when to push and when to shut up and listen. I think women can see a lot of themselves in Stanna as we must also seek that same balance in our own lives. Stanna is a hard working woman and demands that she be treated fairly and that her work be respected.
The first scene in the book is by far my favorite. Jake, the new boss who just took over the magazine company, tries to fire Stanna right off the bat. Stanna, a woman who will not be threatened or pushed around, sweetly reminds Jake about the contract she signed and that she will not be going anywhere. I loved it. Jake and Stanna were fire and ice from the get go, and this scene set the tone for the rest of the novel.
“It was weird, being with a woman who acted as competitive as a man. But whether she liked to admit it or not, she was still a woman.” — Jake Tremere
L.A. Caveman is a novel that showcases a real relationship where two people are attracted to one another but can’t stand each other’s personalities. There are many natural bumps in the road that was a test for Jake and Stanna, and because their relationship starts on thin ice, how they handle each situation made a huge impact on their relationship with one another, both work and personal. It takes a while for Jake and Stanna to get on the same page, but when they finally do understand one another, the chemistry explodes between them. Even though this novel is not length page-wise, Crooks definitely has a sultry slow burning writing style that builds anticipation at each turn of the page. L.A. Caveman is an excellent novel and Christina Crooks continues to win me over with her work!