Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe
Series: Crooked Creek Ranch, Book 3
Imprint: Bantam Publishing
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Length: 368 pages
This review copy was provided by the publisher through Edelweiss.
In this poignant and deeply sensual new contemporary romance—perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson—Molly O’Keefe proves that lost loves don’t have to stay lost forever.
Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. No one knows that her iron will guards a shattered heart and memories of a man she’s determined to lock out. Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin—still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.
Now the producers want this poster child for bad behavior to undergo an on-air makeover, and Billy, who has nothing to lose, agrees to the project. It’s his only chance to get near Maddy again, and to fight for the right things this time around. He believes in the fire in Maddy’s whiskey eyes and the passion that ignites the air between them. This bad-boy heartbreaker wants a last shot to be redeemed by the only thing that matters: Maddy’s love.
“Irresistible and satisfying . . . addictive and sexy romance at its best.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery
“Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen
This series keeps getting better and better with each installment. Molly O’Keefe definitely knows how to create flawed, soulful, lovable characters who are engaging and so realistic that you immediately become immersed in their lives, and Crazy Thing Called Love is no exception to the rule. I laughed and cried as Ms. O’Keefe allowed us into Maddy and Billy’s life. There were times that I found myself gritting my teeth for all they had endured while hoping and praying that they would find their way back to one another and the Happily Ever After that they so rightfully deserved.
I loved how Ms. O’Keefe wasn’t afraid to show her characters fears whether it was exhibited through anger, sarcasm, tears, raw, uninhibited sex, or love. Crazy Thing Called Love is definitely a story that everyone will relate to and become engrossed in as the story progresses. I couldn’t put the book down and found myself reading all 368 pages in one sitting.
The dynamics between Maddy and Billy is intense, charismatic, sensual, and loving. It’s obvious that these two have never fell out of love with one another, but their fears are palpable, the hurt and demons from the past are evident, and their pride is unmistakable. Ms. O’Keefe does an excellent job of showing how an individual will protect themselves once they’ve been hurt by becoming devoid of emotion and Maddy and Billy are the poster children when it comes to this trope. They’ve been hurt by their family, each other, and people they once considered as friends, which makes for one heck of a complex, emotional story that will pull on your heartstrings at every turn. Trust me when I say that you will not be able to read this story without a hanky because the tears will come.
The secondary characters not only helped the story progress, but also provided more insight into our main characters by allowing them to acknowledge their faults and ultimately become better people as a result of them. Crazy Thing Called Love is messy, frustrating, raw, and emotional, but that’s what makes this story so true to heart. It’s real life at it’s finest where nothing is simple and the harder you try, the more complicated and messed up things become. Even as I write this review, I’m wondering what’s next for this couple and that’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to spoil it for you. However, don’t you just love a book that has the ability to keep you thinking about the characters long after the story has ended? I know that I do and that’s exactly what’s happened to me with Crazy Thing Called Love. I still think that this series would make an excellent television show. It could be the next Dallas, especially since that’s where the setting of the story takes place.
If you’re looking for an inspiring story that portrays real life, where the characters have their own faults and demons to conquer, the emotions are raw, the sex sizzles, the hurt is palpable and will bring a tear to your eye, the banter is witty, the dialogue is fresh, and the love is so darn endearing that it will make you swoon, then Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O’Keefe is definitely the book to read. Ms. O’Keefe has quickly made her way to my auto-buy list because of her mesmerizing stories that have depth and entail characters who have plenty of grit. I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next for this series. I’m hoping that we might get back to Luc’s mom. Hint! Hint!
Crazy Thing Called Love is by far one of the best books that I’ve read in 2012. Keep up the great work Ms. O’Keefe!
Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by AJ!